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Mercator vs. Patterson Cylindrical

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  Mercator Patterson Cylindrical
Creator Gerardus Mercator (1569) Tom Patterson, Bojan Savric, Bernhard Jenny (2014)
Group Cylindric Cylindric
Property Conformal Compromise
Other Names
Remarks Cut off at 84° North and South 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.
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Braun Perspective
Central Cylindrical
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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
Mercator Silhouette Map
Patterson Cylindrical Silhouette Map

4. Comparison: Tissot Indicatrix, 30°

Mercator Tissot Indicatrix
Patterson Cylindrical
Patterson Cylindrical Tissot Indicatrix

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