a particular and early map projection in common use especially for navigational maps

A cylindrical map projection devised by Gerardus Mercator in 1569. Its parallels and meridians are straight lines, and the unavoidable east-west stretching away from the equator is accompanied by a corresponding north-south stretching, so that at each location the east-west scale is the same as the north-south-scale.

a map projection of the earth onto a cylinder; areas appear greater the farther they are from the equator

a depiction of the earth that has the properties that lines of constant longitude (meridians) meet lines of constant latitude at right angles

a mathematical method of showing a map of the globe on a flat surface

an example of a cylindrical projection surface

A way of representing the round Earth on a flat sheet of paper, devised in the 16th century by the cartographer Gerard Mercator. It has the lines of latitude and longitude cutting each other at right angles, which distorts the Earth's shape near the North and South Poles.

A Mercator projection is a type of rectangular map (a cylindrical projection) in which the true compass directions are kept intact (lines of latitude and longitude intersect at right angles), but areas are distorted (for example, polar areas look much larger than they really are). Mercator projections are useful for nautical navigation. Geradus Mercator devised this cylindrical projection for use in navigation in 1569.

A cylindrical map projection. First introduced in 1569 by a Flemish mathematician and geographer named Gerhard Mercator. It is commonly used in navigational charts. Distortions occur as you move either far north or far south.

Mercator is a conformal map projection, that is, it preserves angular relationships. Mercator was designed and is recommended for navigational use and is the standard for marine charts. Mercator is often and inappropriately used as a world map projection in atlases and for wall charts where it presents a misleading view of the world because of the excessive distortion of area in the higher latitude areas.

Map projection system that presents true compass direction. Distortion is manifested in terms of area. Area distortion makes continents in the middle and high latitudes seem larger than they should be. Specifically designed for nautical navigation.

A map projection designed by Gerardus Mercator, where the earthâ€™s surface is drawn as it would appear if projected on a cylinder wrapped around the earth.

The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection presented by the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator, in 1569. It became the standard map projection for nautical purposes, for it is a conformal projection (scale is the same in every direction, around any position) and rhumb lines, which are the lines making constant angles with the meridians, are represented by straight segments.