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GRAPHIC: The True Size of Africa

October 12, 2010

Once in a while you come across a picture or illustration that really is worth a thousand words. The eye-opening map overlay below -- billed as "a small contribution in the fight against rampant immapancy -- was created by Kai Krause, a user interface and software designer best known for his Kai's Power Tools series of products. (H/t @viewfromthecave via @chayling)

 

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So, the next time you hear someone talking about "Africa" as if it were a large-ish (and largely homogenous) country, remind them: It's bigger than the United States, China, India, Japan, and all of Europe -- combined.

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Posted by John  |   October 15, 2010 at 03:12 PM

I guess Alaska is no longer a part of the United States. Since Alaska is larger than Texas, Montana, and California combined you'd have to boot one of the countries in the comparison out of this graph. If the comparison is going to be made, it should be a little more accurate.

Still a stunning measure of land mass. But I'm not sure that comparing countries to continents is like comparing apples to oranges.

Posted by Renee Westmoreland  |   October 15, 2010 at 08:50 PM

Good catch, John. Still think, however, that the chart beautifully subverts the idea of Africa as monolith. Anything that big has to be wildly and wonderfully diverse.

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