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A projection of a map of the world on to a cylinder in such a way that all the parallels of latitude have the same length as the equator, used especially for marine charts and certain climatological maps.
‘Mercator made many new maps and globes, but his greatest contribution to cartography must be the Mercator projection.’
‘We then interpolated the gravity and topography data onto a 5 km grid using a minimum curvature algorithm and an oblique Mercator projection which minimized distortion.’
‘Many people are familiar with the Mercator projection, which maps positions on a globe onto a rectangular grid - enabling a map of the world to fit neatly on an atlas page.’
‘In map making, the prevalent European Mercator projection system introduces distortions making some areas much bigger and others much smaller.’
‘In the standard Mercator projection, the poles appear not as points but as a straight line.’