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Map makers want to make maps that do three things (amongst others):

* Preserve angles to determine direction of travel
* Preserve relative areas to compare land measurements
* Preserve relative distances to estimate time of travel

Unfortunately no map can simultaneous have all three so maps can only approximate the real geometry of a curved surface.

Map making, therefore, is a compromise so there are many different named projections.

Here are a few.

IMG:Mercator.png

* Mercator - rhumb lines are represented by straight segments

IMG:Strerographic.png

* Stereographic - shape of circles are conserved

IMG:Hammerprojection.png
* Hammer projection is an equal-area map projection

IMG:Conical.png

* Conical Gnomonic projection - gnomonic projection displays all great circles as straight lines.
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| |>> IMG:Mercator.png _ Mercator _ rhumb lines are represented _ by straight segments | |>> IMG:Strerographic.png _ Stereographic _ shape of circles _ are conserved |
| |>> IMG:Hammerprojection.png _ Hammer projection is an _ equal-area map projection | |>> IMG:Conical.png _ Conical Gnomonic projection _ displays all great circles as straight lines. |
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