A amazing reappraisal of the comparative sizes of the continent of Africa and various other large countries shows just how distorted the Mercator projection is when the areas nearer the poles are flattened out, seen here. I've always found maps fascinating but it is difficult to get a feel of the size of somewhere from a flat map. This truly turns one's perceptions around! I had no idea that the US could fit into southern half of the continent and that China which seems to be endlessly vast fits easily into just part of the northern section. And europe looks so tiny in comparison. you learn something new every day .