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ERIC Number: EJ904762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Seafarers, Great Circles, and a Tad of Rhumb: Understanding the Mercator Misconception
DiSpezio, Michael A.
Science Scope, v34 n3 p14-17 Nov 2010
Being flat, Mercator maps inherently misrepresent some aspects of Earth's geography. That's because there is absolutely no way to simultaneously conserve all of the elements of three-dimensional space in a two-dimensional model. To dispel misconceptions, check out the Activity Worksheet and the website resources included in this article. Along with your own arsenal of mapping experiences, these suggested resources offer a rich and varied landscape on which to tackle the Mercator misconception and associated misunderstandings in map projections. (Contains 5 online resources and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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