Exactly how big is...
I always knew of the Mercator Projection and how it makes things (errm land) at high latitudes appear larger than they are, so I decided today to give it a shot and try some comparisons using essential tools like Google Earth, Google Maps, Alt-PrtSc and... Photoshop.
Comparisons always need to be made against a known measure (to me) which of course had to be my native Greece, therefore I decided to bring some northern countries to the... Mediterranean Sea.
I've been living in ye olde Albion for quite some time now, so first things first; Great Britain to the Med:
I've got something with Denmark, maybe because I have a few friends living there, maybe because my wife has a vein of Danish blood. Whatever, Denmark is up North so it's a good test! :-)
Further North - Iceland
Well Iceland is bloody North and its an island too, therefore it should really prove my point. Copy and paste from the Mercator projection and it can hardly fit on your screen, look at it from the same altitude in Google Earth and it's tiny! Ok, not that tiny but smaller!
And, that's all I managed to do tonight! Coming up next... California!