Mercator projection

1569 Mercator projection

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Gerardus Mercator cartography

Mercator projection



A loxodrome, also known as a rhumb line, maintains a constant angle to the north pole so that on a globe it can trace a spiral to the north pole, rather than taking the shortest distance. This is sort of like life, at least for us lucky people.

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