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Geographers must know about… Map Projections

Maps are wrong. You are a Geographer, so you need to face up to this. The world map that most people are familiar with is a projection devised by a man called Mercator in the 1560s. The Mercator projection is brilliant for navigation because it is stretched and twisted in just such a way that directions on the map are exactly the same as compass directions on the real earth. However, the Mercator projection is also rubbish, because in order to make the directions and navigation work right it had to squeeze up all the distances at the equator and stretch them more and more as you move towards the poles…

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Geographers must know about… Map Projections

Maps are wrong. You are a Geographer, so you need to face up to this. The world map that most people are familiar with is a projection devised by a man called Mercator in the 1560s. The Mercator projection is brilliant for navigation because it is stretched and twisted in just such a way that directions on the map are exactly the same as compass directions on the real earth. However, the Mercator projection is also rubbish, because in order to make the directions and navigation work right it had to squeeze up all the distances at the equator and stretch them more and more as you move towards the poles…