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English: Condensed explanation of Mercator-projection maps, converted to SVG format from larger USGS file of GIF format. See enlarged view below, using a wikitable to expand beyond original size.
Date February 2005
Source derivative from USGS image file,
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Author derived from US Government USGS

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The Mercator projection shows courses of constant bearing as straight lines. While common, scholars advise against using it for reference maps of the world because it drastically inflates the high latitudes.


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