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Gall-Peters vs. Patterson Cylindrical

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  Gall-Peters Patterson Cylindrical
Creator James Gall / Arno Peters (1852 / 1967) Tom Patterson, Bojan Savric, Bernhard Jenny (2014)
Group Cylindric Cylindric
Property Equal-area Compromise
Other Names
  • Gall Orthographic
  • Peters projection
Remarks Original design by James Gall, independently developed again by Arno Peters in 1967 and presented to the public in 1973. The Patterson cylindrical balances polar exaggeration against maintaining the familiar shape of continents.

Read Introducing the Patterson Cylindrical Projection on

Here on there’s an article about Patterson Cylindrical.

Note: Up to the end of 2019 I showed a wrong rendition of the Patterson projection here (having a false aspect ratio). The current image is correct. Read the blogpost about this.
recommended comparisons Strebe-Hammer 29°S Miller
Equirectangular (28°)
Equirectangular (35.6°)

1. Comparison: Physical Map

Patterson Cylindrical
Patterson Cylindrical

2. Comparison: Political Map

Patterson Cylindrical
Patterson Cylindrical

3. Comparison: Silhouette Map

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Grey areas: Superimposition of projections
Gall-Peters Silhouette Map
Patterson Cylindrical Silhouette Map

4. Comparison: Tissot Indicatrix, 30°

Gall-Peters Tissot Indicatrix
Patterson Cylindrical
Patterson Cylindrical Tissot Indicatrix

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