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On the wordpress stats page, a map is shown to visualize views to your blog by country. A nice idea, but the WordPress developers have used the Mercator projection. Here you see how a map in this projection looks like:

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This kind of map has certain advantages for navigation (I don’t want to go into those details here) but it has a huge problem: the nearer you get to the poles, the more the areas are stretched  As a result, land areas near the poles appear much larger than land areas near the equator. In many cases (like in the stats-page of WordPress), Antarctica is left out, resulting in an asymmetrical map with a large northern area and a small tropical area.

For example, Greenland here seems to be similar in size as South America although the latter is in reality more than eight times as large. Europe appears much larger…

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