The map shows how Africa (30,3 million km˛) is larger than the combination of China (9,6 million km˛), the US (9,4 million km˛), Western Europe (4,9 million km˛), India (3,2 million km˛) and Argentina (2,8 million km˛), three Scandinavian countries and the British Isles (map gives no surface for these last two areas).
The Peters Projection World Map is one of the most stimulating, and controversial, images of the world. When this map was first introduced by historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters at a Press Conference in Germany in 1974 it generated a firestorm of debate. The first English-version of the map was published in 1983, and it continues to have passionate fans as well as staunch detractors.
Traditional world maps such as the Mercator often exaggerate the scale towards the poles, giving an erroneous picture of the relative sizes of different countries. For example, Mercator maps show Greenland to be roughly the same size as Africa, when, in reality, Africa is actually fourteen times larger. Africa also looks considerably smaller than Russia on a Mercator map, even though Africa is actually 33% larger. However, generations of navigators weren't bothered much by Mercator's misrepresentations, since they cared most about longitude and latitude, which the Mercator projection handles rather well.
We all know this;
But, in proper proportions, this one is much, much more accurate;
And just to throw you for a loop;