Mercator

Mercator’s Chart of the World (1569).


The property of preserving areas is, however, a valuable one when the purpose of the map is to exhibit areas. If, for example, it is desired to give an idea of the area and distribution of the various states comprising the British Empire, this is a fairly good projection. Mercator’s, which is commonly used in atlases, preserves local shape at the expense of area, and is valueless for the purpose of showing areas.

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