Although present-day maps are more accurate than the ancient ones, our understanding of the world still stirs debate. That's because reference sources do not always report the same geographic information.
Inquiring readers help us understand why discrepancies occur.
Kyle H., and his eighth-grade classmates from Illinois, have found contradictory information about the size of China and the United States.
Q: Which country is larger in land area: China or the U.S.?
A: At JS, we use the Population Reference Bureau to determine a country's land area. According to the PRB, the U.S. is the third-largest country in the world and China is fourth. But not all sources agree with this ranking. For example, if surveyors did not add the area of the Great Lakes to the U.S. total, China would rank as the world's third-largest country, with the U.S. fourth.
Examine the area comparison map. Remember to check your data against a few sources.
CHINA 3,696,100 square miles
Contiguous U.S. 3,021,295 square miles
Total U.S. 3,117,196 square miles
China is clearly larger than the 48 states. But when compared to the entire U.S., it falls just short.
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|Date:||Mar 14, 2003|
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