Mercator


Maps and Cartography

The Mercator projection. Source: USGS.

A Look at the Mercator Projection

Learn about the Mercator map projection – one of the most widely used and recently, most largely criticized projections. Amanda Briney takes a look at the history and development of the Mercator projection, how it works and some criticisms of the projection. The Mercator projection is just one of many map projections but it is one of the most recognizable.

Maps and Cartography

Planisphere Celeste Meridionale, 1705Planisphere Celeste Meridionale, 1705.

Notable Cartographers and Their Maps

Cartography is the art and science of map making. It requires a steady hand, attention to detail, and comprehensive knowledge of geography. Though most people can’t name one cartographer off of the tops of their heads, let alone a group of them, maps play an influential role in everyone’s lives. […]