Europe, China, India & US comfortably fit into Africa's landmass

The most common way of representing Africa on maps and globes dramatically understates the size of the continent.

Designer Kai Krause's visualization of some of the world's largest territories puzzled together inside Africa's outline gives a sense of the distortions introduced by the Mercator projection.

Africa Dwarfs China, Europe and the U.S. [Mark Fischetti/Scientific America]

(via Bruce Sterling)