Monday, September 16, 2013

Adaptive Projection Mapping

More Than Just Mercator


You may have noticed that most popular online mapping sites use Mercator projections, which distort the shape of large, northern countries, like Canada, and makes it difficult to accurately interpret relative distance as the latitude increases. Mercator is a cylindrical projection, that shows polar countries at an exaggerated size compared to equatorial countries at small scales. Notice on most online maps how Greenland is the same size as South America, where in reality, the area of South America is more than 8 times that of Greenland!