Mercator projection


Definition of Mercator projection

: a conformal map projection of which the meridians are usually drawn parallel to each other and the parallels of latitude are straight lines whose distance from each other increases with their distance from the equator

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Mercator projection

First Known Use of Mercator projection

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Mercator projection

Gerardus Mercator

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“Mercator projection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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