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This projection is similar to the Mercator projection except that the polar regions are not as areally distorted. Spacing between lines of latitude as they approach the poles is less than in the Mercator projection. It decreases the distortion in area, but the compromise introduces distortion in local shape and direction.
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Cylindrical projection. Meridians are parallel and equally spaced, lines of latitude are parallel, and the distance between them increases toward the poles. Both poles are represented as straight lines.
All meridians and all parallels.
Useful only as a world map.
General-purpose world maps.