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- Created 2012-03-14
is a cylindrical map projection presented by the
geographer and cartographer
in 1569. It became the standard map projection for nautical purposes because of its ability to represent lines of constant
, known as
s or loxodromes, as straight segments which conserve the angles with the meridians. While the linear scale is equal in all directions around any point, thus preserving the angles and the shapes of small objects (which makes the projection
), the Mercator projection distorts the size and shape of large objects, as the scale increases from the Equator to the poles, where it becomes infinite.
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