Mercator projection . It may not sound like it at all, but it’s the type of map projection that, until today, you’re using in Google Maps and in the vast majority of map applications. It was devised by Gerardus Mercator in 1569 and is based, in a few words, on a cylindrical projection of the terrestrial globe whose utility lies in the facility to draw straight lines (which helped when navigating and tracing routes). Unfortunately, the usefulness and ease of use do not go hand in hand with truthfulness and the faithful representation of reality , since the different continents and terrestrial zones appear completely distorted. Is Earth what you see? Yes. Is it a real image of Earth? Absolutely.
And why do we tell you this? Because
And how does this affect you as a Google Maps user? In absolutely nothing . The distances between two points remain the same and everything is in the same place where it was last week, do not worry. If you want to see it for yourself, since this update has not reached the mobile version of Google Maps, it is best to download Google Earth . The projection of the Earth that is shown in this app is the same that now appears in the web version of Google Maps.
With 3D Globe Mode on Google Maps desktop, Greenland’s projection is no longer the size of Africa.
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