Geo Quiz: Which Country is Bigger?

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This quiz challenges you to figure out which country is bigger based on a series  of world maps using the Mercator map projection.   Originally developed in 1569 by Flemish cartographer, Gerardus Mercator, the Mercator map projection is a cylindrical map projection.

A conformal map projection, the Mercator projection preserves angles, making it a useful projection for navigational purposes since it preserves directional bearing.  The Mercator projection does distort the sizes and shapes of geographic features and this distortion increases the closer the object is to the poles.  This means that features closer to the poles appear to be radically larger than they are in real life.  Despite this distortion, the Mercator map projection has become the most used projection, used by such online map applications such as Google Maps.

A common complaint is Mercator makes certain features look disproportionately large.  For example, Greenland on a Mercator map looks to be almost as big as Africa.  In reality, the continent of Africa is almost 14 times larger than Greenland in area (30,200,000 km² compared to 2,166,086 km²).

Each world map shows two highlighted countries in yellow. There are ten questions in this quiz.  It is up to you to figure out which country is the bigger one in terms of geographic area.  To select, check the box next to the country name after each map to select the country that you think is the bigger one.  All country area statistics are from MapFight.  All maps were created in QGIS using Natural Earth data.

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Algeria versus Kazakhstan

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Australia versus Brazil

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Sweden versus Venezuela

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Chad versus Finland

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Uruguay versus Portugal

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Morocco versus Madagascar

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Mexico versus Sudan

Please select 2 correct answers

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Suriname versus Iceland

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Spain versus Ethiopia

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Somalia versus Italy

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Which Country is Bigger?
Country Sizes:
Algeria (2,381,741 km²) is 0.87 times as big as Kazakhstan (2,724,900 km²).
Australia (7,692,024 km²) is 0.9 times as big as Brazil (8,514,877 km²).
Sweden (441,370 km²) is 0.48 times as big as Venezuela (912,050 km²).
Chad (1,284,000 km²) is 3.79 times as big as Finland (338,419 km²).
Uruguay (176,215 km²) is 1.91 times as big as Portugal (92,090 km²).
Morocco (446,550 km²) is 0.76 times as big as Madagascar (587,000 km²).
Mexico (1,964,375 km²) is 1.04 times as big as Sudan (1,886,000 km²).
Suriname (163,820 km²) is 1.59 times as big as Iceland (103,000 km²).
Spain (505,992 km²) is 0.46 times as big as Ethiopia (1,104,300 km²).
Somalia (637,657 km²) is 2.12 times as big as Italy (301,336 km²).

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