21 September 2006

Mercator Madness

I grew up with Mercator projection maps. If you don't remember them, those are the ones that made Greenland look bigger than North America. I did not realize how distorted it had made some states look th0ugh, until today.

On Fox & Friends this morning, Senator Byron Dorgan of ND was discussing immigration reform. He was asked about the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico in ND , and he responded, (this is a very close paraphrase) "In North Dakota, we also have a border - with Canada. We have 4000 miles of border with Canada."

North Dakota has 4000 miles of border with Canada! Wow. According to this site, ND is 70,704 square miles. That means that the state is only 17.6 miles wide, north to south!

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