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Natural Earth II vs. Robinson

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  Natural Earth II Robinson
Creator Tom Patterson, Bojan Savric, Bernhard Jenny (2015) Arthur H. Robinson (1963)
Group Pseudocylindric Pseudocylindric
Property Compromise Compromise
Other Names
Remarks The Natural Earth II is a new pseudocylindrical projection with a highly rounded shape. At high latitudes the meridians bend steeply inward to short pole lines.

Compared to other rounded projections, such as the Aitoff and Mollweide (…), the Natural Earth II bulges out less on the sides, filling more of the printed page with your map. Continents look familar without the north-south streching found on the Eckert IV. The Natural Earth II has areal distortion values similar to those of the popular Robinson and Winkel Tripel projections.

(Quoted from the projection’s introduction)

Not to be confused with the Natural Earth II World Environment Map (also by Tom Patterson), which is used in nearly all projection images here.
Not based upon mathematical formulas but tabular coordinates providing positions of the meridians and parallels in order to produce a »right-looking« map.
recommended comparisons Aitoff
Eckert IV
Winkel Tripel
Natural Earth
Equal Earth
Natural Earth II
Natural Earth
Wagner V
This pairing is among the list of recommended pairings – but why?
When Natural Earth II was introduced, the creators showed this pairing, too.

1. Comparison: Physical Map

Natural Earth II
Natural Earth II

2. Comparison: Political Map

Natural Earth II
Natural Earth II

3. Comparison: Silhouette Map

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Grey areas: Superimposition of projections
Natural Earth II Silhouette Map
Robinson Silhouette Map

4. Comparison: Tissot Indicatrix, 30°

Natural Earth II
Natural Earth II Tissot Indicatrix
Robinson Tissot Indicatrix

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