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Friday, May 29, 2009

So, just how big is Africa??


From the amazing blog of Ryan C. Briggs.



Posted on Scarlett Lion, June 2008.



Posted on Scarlett Lion, August 2008, hat tip Jillian C. York.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmm, how about the map of major contributions to arts and sciences in the last 2000 years? HIV victims?

Anonymous said...

Africa is a continent and you're comparing it to countries

Scarlett Lion said...
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George said...

Sadly, Uncyclopedia's descriptions of how Americans see Africa are pretty accurate.

See these maps, for example.

texasinafrica said...

Thank-you, thank-you! I've been wanting one of those maps of other countries superimposed to use in my classes, but couldn't find one (my profs used them in intro African studies/politics classes back in the day). And I LOVE the last map. Especially since there are no tigers in Africa.

Anonymous said...

because the United States doesn't include Alaska?

shalvey said...

Very interesting point... Thanks

Scarlett Lion said...

It's crazy to me how things can be interpreted so radically differently by different people.

Some love these maps (@texasinafrica, @shalvey) and others criticize me (as in, @anonymous #2 "YOU'RE comparing it to countries," emphasis mine) and others nitpick (@anonymous #4, comment #6 for not including Alaska).

To both the lovers and the haters, thanks and thanks. That's why maps are awesome.

RC said...

Anonymous said... "Hmm, how about the map of major contributions to arts and sciences in the last 2000 years? HIV victims?"
May 30, 2009 1:14 PM

If you're HONESTLY interested, then you can start here...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_art

and here...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_and_technology_in_Africa

BTW, HIV is in Western Europe and North America too.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDS_pandemic#Western_Europe

smokeonit said...

interesting to see that the UK is viewed as NOT part of western europe, LOL...

smokeonit said...

RC: it's better to ignore ignorant people that leave flaming comments like that...!

m said...

smokeonit. UK is there. and Ireland. and Sweden, Norway and Finland. They are just not attached to the mainland Europe. because they are not attached to the mainland Europe :) turn the map upside down, if it makes it easier for you to visualise.
(btw. Iceland and Greenland are not in the pic)

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Anonymous said...

" because the United States doesn't include Alaska?"

I think the point of this maps was to illustrate the vastness of the African continent. As big as Alaska is, it would only add 1.7 million Km squared. Much smaller than it looks on most maps. You probably did not notice that Madagascar is missing as well...did you?