Another demonstration of the surface area of the Moon compared to Earth

Sunday, July 04, 2010

In yesterday's post about Moon Zoo and the surface area of the Moon I wrote that the surface area is equivalent to Russia plus Canada plus the US plus South Africa; in other words, the Moon is huge and to pretend that we've done any serious exploring there over some thirteen days on the surface is a joke. The size of Russia and Canada is a bit difficult to visualize though, as the two are quite massive and have a large area concentrated in the north. Thus it might be interesting to find another list of countries to put together to equal the surface area of the Moon. Wikipedia has a list of countries by total area here, so starting from the smallest let's see how many countries we can fit before we reach 37,000,000 km2. I've put the countries on a spreadsheet here, but the simple list of countries is as follows:

Vatican City
Monaco
Nauru
Tuvalu
San Marino
Liechtenstein
Marshall Islands
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Maldives
Malta
Grenada
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Barbados
Antigua and Barbuda
Seychelles
Palau
Andorra
Saint Lucia
Federated States of Micronesia
Singapore
Kiribati
Tonga
Bahrain
Dominica
São Tomé and Príncipe
Mauritius
Comoros
Luxembourg
Samoa
Cape Verde
Trinidad and Tobago
Brunei
Cyprus
Lebanon
Jamaica
The Gambia
Qatar
Vanuatu
Montenegro
The Bahamas
East Timor
Swaziland
Kuwait
Fiji
Slovenia
El Salvador
Israel
Belize
Djibouti
Republic of Macedonia
Rwanda
Haiti
Burundi
Equatorial Guinea
Albania
Solomon Islands
Armenia
Lesotho
Belgium
Moldova
Guinea-Bissau
Taiwan
Netherlands
Bhutan
Switzerland
Denmark
Estonia
Dominican Republic
Slovakia
Costa Rica
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia
Togo
Latvia
Lithuania
Sri Lanka
Georgia
Ireland
Sierra Leone
Panama
Czech Republic
United Arab Emirates
Austria
Azerbaijan
Serbia
Jordan
Portugal
Hungary
South Korea
Iceland
Guatemala
Cuba
Bulgaria
Liberia
Honduras
Benin
Eritrea
Malawi
North Korea
Nicaragua
Greece
Tajikistan
Bangladesh
Nepal
Tunisia
Suriname
Uruguay
Cambodia
Syria
Senegal
Kyrgyzstan
Belarus
Guyana
Laos
Romania
Ghana
Uganda
United Kingdom
Guinea
Ecuador
Gabon
New Zealand
Burkina Faso
Philippines
Italy
Oman
Poland
Côte d'Ivoire
Norway
Malaysia
Vietnam
Finland
Republic of the Congo
Germany
Japan
Zimbabwe
Paraguay
Iraq
Sweden
Morocco
Uzbekistan
Papua New Guinea
Cameroon
Turkmenistan
Spain
Thailand
Yemen
Kenya
Botswana
Madagascar
Ukraine
Central African Republic
France
Somalia
Afghanistan
Myanmar
Zambia
Chile
Turkey
Pakistan
Mozambique
Namibia
Venezuela
Nigeria
Tanzania
Egypt
Mauritania
Bolivia
Ethiopia
Colombia
South Africa

Put all those together and you have 37 million square kilometres.

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