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Google Maps Rejects Flat Earth Theory

Dave Parrack 07-08-2018

Google has updated Google Maps so that it no longer shows Earth as a flat plane. Instead, when you zoom out far enough, the view switches to a 3D globe. This shows the Earth as a sphere, with all of the countries and continents the correct dimensions.


Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary 5 NASA Sites to Explore Earth, Space, and Science NASA has made some educational and entertaining sites with interactive features. The aim of these is to tell people what's happening on the earth and in the great beyond. Read More , there are people out there who think the Earth is flat rather than a sphere. The reasons differ from person to person, as does the levels of sincerity. But Flat-Earthers are amongst us, regardless.

Which is why some people aren’t too happy with the latest Google Maps update.

Google Maps Is Technically Correct

Google Maps has, until now, used a Mercator projection of Earth. A Mercator projection displays Earth as a flat map, as if the globe has been pulled apart and flattened. Mercator projections are mostly used for nautical purposes.

The problem with Mercator projections is that countries and continents become distorted as you move away from the equator. Which as far as Google Maps is concerned, made Greenland (836,000 square miles) look the same size as Africa (11.73 million square miles).


Now, Google has updated Google Maps so that it shows Earth as a 3D globe. So when you zoom all the way out from your location you’ll see the world as a 3D sphere. And all of the countries and continents will be the correct size and shape.

This small-but-significant update has been welcomed by everyone… with the exception of Flat-Earthers, for obvious reasons. While the old Google Maps didn’t represent Earth exactly as most of them believe it to be, it was at least flat.

The Mobile Apps Are Still Flat-Earthers

The new 3D Globe Mode currently only works at, with the apps still showing the Earth as flat. However, thanks to Google’s use of WebGL, the new view should work across most web browsers, including the much-maligned Microsoft Edge This Is What Microsoft Edge Is Good For Microsoft Edge is way better than Internet Explorer. It's time to become browser agnostic. We'll show you the unique features that make Edge worth using, even if it's not your main browser. Read More .

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  1. Rickybobby
    August 17, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Well, well....Google said it, so I believe it. Flat earthers dont have to prove anything. Its the other guys who got all the proving to do. Would like to encourage you to do that without theories. Good luck to ya. We’ll be waiting.....

  2. Voytek
    August 8, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Still a CGI model...

    • Mayray
      August 10, 2018 at 2:38 am

      Yep, more brainwashing! Pretty soon Google will remove the words Flat Earth from their search and people will have to actually pick up a book and read it to learn the truth! Zetetic Astronomy would be a good one to start with....