Google has some bad news for flat earthers.
The search giant has updated Google Maps so that when users zoom out completely, the perspective switches to a 3D globe, instead of a flat map view.
Prior to the update, Google Maps used a 2D Mercator projection, which stretches a globe-shape onto a flat surface and often wrongly depicts the actual size of certain countries.
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A new update for Google Maps means that when users fully zoom out on the screen, the perspective switches to a 3D globe, instead of a flat map view
The well-known Mercator projection, which typically depicts the earth of a flat surface such as a poster or book, unintentionally distorts the size and land mass of countries the farther they are from the equator.
It proves that there is no accurate way to take a spherical surface and map it in a flat plane without it becoming distorted.
‘With 3D Globe Mode on Google Maps desktop, Greenland’s projection is no longer the size of Africa,’ Google wrote in a tweet.
The update only works in desktop mode, not in the Google Maps app, where the earth is still shown as a plane.
It can be accessed on all major browsers, such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox.
The move comes as Google Maps has gotten smarter since its initial release 13 years ago.
Google recently introduced an AI feature that can inform you how much it thinks you’ll like a restaurant.
The tool combines AI, previous search history and user reviews to generate a score out of 100.
The update only works in desktop mode, not in the Google Maps app, where the earth is still shown as a plane. It’s accessible on browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox
Called ‘Your Match,’ it will only work if users opt to let Google Maps log their location.
Google first unveiled the feature at its annual I/O developers conference earlier this year.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE MERCATOR MAP?
Africa is around 14 times larger than Greenland and yet on the map both are almost same size.
Brazil is more than five times larger than Alaska, yet Alaska is larger than Brazil on the map.
The map suggests that Scandinavian countries are larger than India, whereas in reality India is three times the size of all Scandinavian countries put together.
While it looks like Europe is larger than North America on this map, in reality the reverse is true. Russiaalso isn’t as large as it is depicted, with Africa larger than Russia in reality.