Can You Find Texas On The Peters Map?

The familiar world map – as it appears on the walls of school rooms – may not be an accurate representation of the relative size or location of land masses. Or even states like Texas.

By Joy DiazMarch 29, 2017 2:18 pm| ,

The majority of us grew up with the Mercator projection – a beautiful piece of cartography that represents the world map most countries use.

But — apparently — it’s deeply flawed, to the point that some school districts are starting to adopt a different world map called the Peters map, or the Peters projection. It looks very different. Europe looks smaller. So does the United States. Africa looks much longer.

The Texas Standard’s Joy Diaz took the Peters map out on the streets to see if Texas is where it’s supposed to be.