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mercator's projection


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a mode of representing the sphere in which the meridians are drawn parallel to each other, and the parallels of latitude are straight lines whose distance from each other increases with their distance from the equator, so that at all places the degrees of latitude and longitude have to each other the same ratio as on the sphere itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a map projection of the earth onto a cylinder; areas appear greater the farther they are from the equator


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