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map distortion - squares become distorted into rectangles...

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I do believe that maps can very easily influence people. Throughout time we are most likely exposed to a map that is formatted the same way (or very similar) and that is what we view the world to be. The map that is most primarily used is where the United States and Africa are most centered - because they are more centered, the longitudinal and latitudinal lines are more square and even whereas when you move towards the left or right, the
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Unformatted text preview: squares become distorted into rectangles and usually angled up or down slightly. Therefore, of course there is natural distortion of shape and size. I even remember some years ago I thought that Alaska was huge (which it does seem, almost half the size of Canada!) until I saw a photograph. Alaska is definitely large, but no where near the size that it is portrayed on a map....
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