We are all used to seeing the image of the world as they are depicted in atlases and maps. No one ever thought about the real size of the country, the continent, etc. Were you ever wonder what the actual size of, say, Greenland?
If you cut Greenland such as it is shown on a conventional map and impose, for example, in Africa, it will turn the whole size ice desert, and even a little more.
But whether Greenland is so vast? The problem is that (unlike some of us believe) the Earth has a spherical shape. In order to display a spherical surface on a computer screen, it has to be deformed (unless you have a spherical computer screen).
There are several ways that can be projected on a flat screen scope, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages. Google Maps are close enough to the Mercator projection. Imagine a cylinder around the earth, which regards the earth at the equator. At the same time it bit by bit drawn objects of our planet.
This projection is quite close to reality. However, it involves the distortion of objects the size of some of the Earth: the farther from the equator, we look, the more everything seems bigger.
This is especially true for Greenland due to its farthest position. In fact, compared to Africa Greenland it looks like.
Something similar happened with Russia, which at first sight is huge. In fact, Africa is almost twice that of Russia in the area: 30,220,000 sq km against 17.1 million square kilometers. And really it looks like.
Source — www.jakubmarian.com