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Mercator Projection maps


Gerardus Mercator was born in Flanders in 1512.

Mercator wrote on his charts “If you wish to sail from one port to another, here is a chart, and a straight line on it, and if you follow this line carefully Mercator projection mapyou will certainly arrive at your destination. But the length of the line may not be correct. You may get there sooner or may not get there as soon as you expected, but you will certainly get there.”

The traditional world map, as you would see in grade school, is based on a map projection originally devised by Mercator.

On a map developed from a Mercator projection, meridians and parallels are shown as straight lines at right angles.

Mercator projection is used for plane coordinate systems for state that have their axis orientated North-South.

Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wyoming.

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