A Visualization of the True Distortion of the Standardized World Map

BuzzFeedBlue points out just how distorted the world map most people are familiar with truly is. The map used in the video is the result of the Mercator projection, created in 1569 by Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator as an attempt to flatly represent the spherical Earth. To do this, certain sections of the Earth are shown grossly out of proportion to their true size.