My Projection Collection:
Central Cylindrical vs. Mercator
|Creator||Unknown (1850 approx.)||Gerardus Mercator (1569)|
|Remarks||Perspective cylindrical map projection, truncated at 75° North/South.
Due to its severe inflation near the poles, it is practically unused in cartography. Common usage is to illustrate the construction of cylindrical projections – and to show that the Mercator projection is not constructed perspectively as sometimes claimed.
|Cut off at 84° North and South|
|recommended comparisons||Mercator||Baker Dinomic
This pairing is among the list of recommended pairings – but why?
Contrary to what is sometimes claimed, the Mercator projection is not constructed perspectively. A perspective projection results in the Central Cylindrical instead.
1. Comparison: Physical Map
2. Comparison: Silhouette Map
3. Comparison: Tissot Indicatrix, 30°