One of the drawbacks when correctly representing the dimensions of the land mass of countries and continents on maps is that due to the shape of the Earth it is not possible to create a rectangular plan with adequate information. Most maps treat the surface of the planet as if it were a cylinder, and this shape does not allow the proportions shown to be correct.
That is why, with the intention of creating a way to visualize the real size and shape of the countries, a web page was created in which a territory can be selected and moved over a map that generates size and shape modifications to represent the most appropriate dimensions to compare its extension with respect to others.
The deformations that can be seen in the shape of the territory are due to the fact that although the map appears flat as it does in other representations of the planet, the countries will have the same dynamics as if they were displaced on the surface of the Earth, whose curvature is more pronounced at the Equator and more flattened at the Poles.
On the other hand, Brazil has an extension of territory that competes with or at least is visually similar to that of the United States and, although its size on the maps does not reflect it, its extension is greater than that of the entire European continent except for Russia, country whose length stretches from the southernmost tip of Argentina to Nicaragua in Central America.
To use this website, which is freely accessible, users must go to “thetruesize.com” and enter the name of the country they wish to compare to. The territory will be selected with a colored outline that can be dragged around the map with the cursor.
In case people decide to remove the selection from the map, they will be able to right-click on it, but this is not an impediment to being able to select and move more than one national territory at the same time.
Game simulates the impact of an asteroid anywhere on Earth
Another web page that uses maps to interact with information is the Asteroid Launcher, which allows users to know what the effects of an impact would be in their cities, regions and their entire country together with the statistics of deaths and the potential destruction that may cause.
Users will be able to choose the components of the celestial bodies (iron, coal, gold or stone), in addition to their size, the speed with which they reach the planet and the angle of impact. In this way, curious people will be able to entertain themselves by modifying these characteristics in each launch.
After having customized the asteroid that will be launched at a particular area of the earth, people will be able to indicate the angle and speed of the impact. To start the simulation you will have to press the “Launch Asteroid” button.
Among the information available as part of the simulation are different stages of impact. The simulator creates an approximate impact zone that calculates the deaths caused by the celestial body, in addition to other data such as the area that would be consumed by a fireball, an area of influence that will experience earthquakes due to the impact and the gust of wind. that could affect areas relatively close to the impact.