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Tom Patterson

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We published the Natural Earth II, a new pseudocylindrical projection that will appeal to those who prefer their world maps well rounded. You can take a look at it here:

 

http://www.shadedrelief.com/NE2_proj/

 

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Thanks Tom. Just out of curiousity, will you be supplying a .wkt or .prj description of the projection as well?


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Including those files is something that we can do in the future -- thanks for the suggestion. Our top priority right now is getting the word out to developers about the NE2. 



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thanks Tom. very interesting. 



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This is beautiful Tom. Has all the benefits of Mollweide and Eckert IV but is much kinder tomid-to-high latitudes. The outer curves (which may be not quite circles?) manage to give a "planetary" impression, strongly reminiscent of the view from space.



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Has all the benefits of Mollweide and Eckert IV but is much kinder tomid-to-high latitudes.


It doesn't have the advantage of being equal-area like Mollweide and Eckert IV do, which is why it can afford to be kinder to the high latitudes.

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It doesn't have the advantage of being equal-area like Mollweide and Eckert IV do, which is why it can afford to be kinder to the high latitudes.

 

Quite right. I had almost said "has all the beauty..." and possibly should have.

 

Yet I think Natural Earth II gives the eye a more accurate *impression* of relative area (between different latitudes and different longitudes) than either Mollweide or Eckert IV does.*

 

Which matters and counts.

 

(*Except for Greenland and Antarctica, on a strict comparison with Mollweide. But I think the more realistic depiction of those landmasses in Natural Earth II largely counteracts the analytical difference so that, even there, we get a more accurate relative impression.)






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