Everyone know that Alaska is the biggest state. At 665,384, Alaska is twice as big as the next largest state, Texas, and nearly a quarter the size of the continental US. Perhaps even more surprisingly, if Alaska were a country it would be the 17th largest in the world, just a tad larger than Iran. But as amazing as those numbers are, they may not give you a great idea of how Alaska’s girth actually compares to different countries, since size is often better understood visually.
But before you head off to Google Maps to see how Alaska compares to other countries, keep in mind that Google Maps uses the Mercator projection, a 2D map projection that sacrifices size in order to maintain shape. These map distortions warp landmasses to make them look larger the further they are from the equator.
In order to get around Mercator distortions, we used thetruesize.com, which corrects for Mercator distortions, to create our maps comparing Alaska to countries around the world, then added some extra data around each country. Which is bigger: Alaska or Madagascar? How about Alaska or Saudi Arabia? Check out the infographic to find out.
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