Definition of Peters projection in English:

Peters projection


  • A world map projection in which areas are shown in correct proportion at the expense of distorted shape, using a rectangular decimal grid to replace latitude and longitude. It was devised in 1973 to be a fairer representation of equatorial (i.e. mainly developing) countries, whose area is underrepresented by the usual projections such as Mercator's.

    • ‘The Peters projection is one way of looking at the spherical earth as a flat map. Useful for political maps, it shows the true area of land masses, choosing instead to distort their shape.’
    • ‘Proponents of the Peters projection map claim that their map is a good, fair, and non-racist view of the world.’


Named after Arno Peters (1916–2002), German historian.


Peters projection

/ˈpidərz prəˈdʒɛkʃən/