Definition

A projection of a portion of the earth’s surface such that the most direct route (rhumb line) between two points are depicted as straight line. Distortions increase away from the center of the map, as at the poles, where continents appear larger than they are. Projection results in the lengthening of latitude side of the latitude/longitude boxes (become more portrait shpaed) as one moves away from the Equator, where the boxes are square. Named after the 16th-century Flemish cartographer Geraldus Mercator, who first used the projection in a 1568 chart.

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