A new, more accurate world map has been developed

When representatives of the Boston Public School District decided to make changes to the current educational maps, a group of scientists from the United States and Australia came to their aid. As a result of their joint work, a more accurate map of the world was created, which they called "Equal Earth".

The main problem of the vast majority of geographical maps is the error in the size of the objects depicted on it. The reason is that the maps are flat and the Earth is round. Therefore, cartographers have to project a complex surface onto a plane.

There are many ways to solve this problem. So, for example, a fairly widespread type of maps with the Mercator projection was created, on which the pole zones are somewhat stretched, and the equatorial zones, on the contrary, are compressed in order to fix the lines of latitude and longitude. As a result, continents such as Africa and South America turned out to be much smaller than they really are, while Greenland seems huge.

Another attempt to overcome cartographic distortions is the Gall-Peters map, where the sizes of all continents are depicted as accurately as possible. However, a new problem arose with it - the continents turned out to be distorted, elongated. A map with a Robinson projection is an attempt to find a compromise between accuracy and appearance, and part of it had to be sacrificed precisely.

The Equal Earth map has the same size and contours as the Robinson projection, but with larger equatorial regions. To date, this is the most accurate representation of our planet on the map plane.