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Sunday, July 21, 2013

The true size of Africa will surprise you

In attempt to fight the rampant Immappancy, Kai Krause has developed a map titled "The true size of Africa." Immappancy means insufficient knowledge of geography. In the original map, Krause has included a number of countries that are cut and rotated for visualization purposes. Please check  the original map below.

The African continent


Joe Martino from Collective Evolution explains that the map shows how Africa is larger than the combination of China, the US, Western Europe, India and Argentina, three Scandinavian countries and the British Isles.
According to the original document available on the public domain, a survey with American schoolkids, Asian, and European college students  prove that they suffer from immappancy. The particular extreme is the worldwide misjudgment of the true size of the African continent.


Africa is the second biggest continent on earth after Asia. Africapedia, a collaborative environment that seeks to build the most complete and trusted marketplace of facts and data on Africa has posted data comparing the size of Africa to other continents. Below the ranking of continents from the first to the last with the size in square kilometres.
1. Asia has a size of 44,579,000 (in square km)
2. Africa has a size of 30, 065,000 (in square km)
3. North America has a size of 24,256,000 (in square km)
4. South America has a size of 17,819,000 (in square km)
5. Antarctica has a size of 13,209,000 (in square km)
6. Europe has a size of 9,938,000 (in square km)
7. Australia/Oceania has a size of 7,687,00 (in square km)

Besides being huge, the continent of Africa is also diverse with 54 sovereign states that are members of the United Nations and the African Union (AU)-Morocco is not a AU member. In Africa, there are also partially recognized states and dependent territories, Wikipedia explains.

Since 2012, the African Union (AU) is led by Dr.Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma from South Africa; Dlamini-Zuma made history as the first female head of the African Union Commission. The vision of this pan-African organization is that of "an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena."