Maps are hugely important tools in our everyday life, whether it’s guiding our journeys from point A to B, or shaping our big picture perceptions about geopolitics and the environment.
Ever Since the creation of the first maps, there has always been trouble in representing the 3D world by 2D maps. There are many different styles of maps, each sacrificing different aspects: with each style made for a specific design, for example the Mercator map was made for navigating the sea, however, it distorts the size of the countries, especially on the
edges. For example, the US and Canada take up ~25% on the Mercator map, when in reality they only occupy 5%. Google, whose map app is used by approximately 150 million people per month, took the bold step of using different projections for different purposes in 2018. The Earth is depicted as a globe at further zoom levels, displaying the world as it actually is: round. Nowadays, people use digital maps more often, and as people become more accustomed to equal area maps and seeing the Earth in its spherical form, misconceptions about the size of continents may become a thing of the past.