The Differences Between The Mercator And The Peters World Maps

The Differences Between The Mercator And The Peters World Maps.

The earth is round. The challenge of any world map is to represent a round earth on a flat surface. There are literally thousands of map projections. Each has certain strengths and corresponding weaknesses. Choosing among them is an exercise in values clarification: you have to decide what’s important to you. That is generally determined by the way you intend to use the map. The Gall-Peters Projection is an area accurate map, named after James Gall and Arno Peters, it  is one specialisation of a configurable equal-area map projection known as the equal-area cylindric or cylindrical equal-area projection. It is one of the most stimulating, and controversial, images of the world. When this map was first introduced by historian and cartographer Dr. Arno Peters at a Press Conference in Germany in 1974, it generated a firestorm of debate. The first English-version of the map was published in 1983, and it continues to have passionate fans as well as staunch detractors. Maps based on the projection are promoted by UNESCO, and they are also widely used by British schools. Public schools in Boston, Massachusetts, began phasing in these maps in March 2017, becoming the first public school district in the United States to adopt them as their standard.

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