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December 13, 2010

Exactly how big is Africa?


From Krulwich Wonders: "Africa is so big, you can pack in all of the U.S., all of China, the enormity of India and every bit of Europe and still have room for Japan at the lower right."

Map by designer Kai Krause and Information is Beautiful.

[via Richard Kashdan]

December 13, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Was this not supposed to be common knowledge? I mean, has anyone ever looked at a globe?

And the fact that several countries, all of which take up only a medium size of their continent fit into the worlds largest continent? And the fact that they skipped throwing in Alaska which has 1/4th of the US's landmass in it...doesn't that kinda throw things off.

How about comparing all of North America to all of Africa? You quickly find that Africa is about 1.2x the size of NA...comparable in a lot of ways. This is probably only news to Americans that think we have the largest country in the world, and take up 3ths of the planet. Sarah math, of course...most Americans probably wouldn't even know that Canada actually has more landmass than the US...we like to think of it as our little hat. Showing a map to an American that has Canada on North America where they can see that it is actually bigger? Nah...wouldn't work...cognitive dissonance gets in the way...

Posted by: clifyt | Dec 14, 2010 11:06:33 AM

I've long wished there was a site on the web where I could superimpose the images of any two countries to get a visual size comparison. It's always so enlightening to see. Anybody know of such an animal?

Posted by: Steve | Dec 14, 2010 10:34:56 AM

Where are Alaska and Hawaii?

Posted by: Amy | Dec 13, 2010 9:27:21 PM

Great comparison!

Question of the week,

How many Road Islands can fit in Africa?

Posted by: Joe Peach | Dec 13, 2010 4:21:08 PM

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