Understanding map projections: Chapter 15

Edited by: Alexander J. Kent and Peter Vujakovic



It has probably never been more important in the history of cartography than now that people understand how maps work. With increasing globalization, for example, world maps provide a key format for the transmission of information, but are often poorly used. Examples of poor understanding and use of projections and the resultant maps are many; for instance, the use of rectangular world maps in the United Kingdom press to show Chinese and Korean missile ranges as circles, something which can only be achieved on equidistant projections and then only from one launch point (Vujakovic, 2014).

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Understanding map projections: Chapter 15
ISBN 9781138831025
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Routledge
Contributing office(s) National Geospatial Program
Description 21 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Handbook
Larger Work Title The Routledge handbook of mapping and cartography