This pseudo cylindrical projection is used primarily for world maps.
A pseudo cylindrical projection.
Parallels are equally spaced straight lines. Meridians are equally spaced elliptical curves. The meridians at +/-180° from the central meridian are semicircles. The poles and the central meridian are straight lines half as long as the equator.
This stretching decreases to zero at 37°55' N and S. Nearer the poles, features are compressed in the north–south direction.
Area isn't preserved.
The equator doesn't have any angular distortion. Direction is distorted elsewhere.
Scale is correct only along 37°55' N and S. Nearer the poles, features are compressed in the north–south direction.
Useful only as a world map.
Uses and applications
Suitable for thematic mapping of the world.
- False Easting
- False Northing
- Central Meridian