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Q: Why can maps not show the exact size or shape of Earth?
A: Maps cannot show the exact size or shape of Earth because it is impossible to accurately depict a 3-dimensional object (the spherical Earth) on a flat, 2-dimensional surface (a map). Various methods, called projections, have been devised to create a reasonable compromise for this problem.
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Asked 10/19/2009 4:57:46 PM
Updated 4/22/2016 3:39:04 AM
Edited by Janet17 [4/22/2016 3:35:37 AM]
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Maps cannot show the exact size or shape of Earth because it is impossible to accurately depict a 3-dimensional object (the spherical Earth) on a flat, 2-dimensional surface (a map). Various methods, called projections, have been devised to create a reasonable compromise for this problem.
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