I know this should be a trivial question, but I still will ask it as I have a knot it my head...

The Web Mercator is distorting shapes and areas further from the equator. This is why Greenland is so big on a static world map.

When I would drag down greenland over the equator in QGIS, the size is still way too big. I am wondering why. I imagined that the distortion in size would have been compensated by it being closer to the Equator now?

I guess it is the initial size it has on a Web Mercator map that makes it so wrong, even when interactively dragging it further south?!

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    If you had translated the angular units that would have worked, but translating the exaggerated "meters" can't work.
    – Vince
    Commented Oct 15, 2023 at 16:31
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    See this very similar question: gis.stackexchange.com/q/393558/88814
    – Babel
    Commented Oct 21, 2023 at 15:25


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