map projections

World map created in 1514 by Oronce Fine (1494–1555) who was one of the first French scholars to work with cartography.

Cordiform: Heart-Shaped Map Projections

Caitlin Dempsey

Heart shaped map projections are known as cordiform map projections which is derived from the Latin "cor" for heart and form for shape.

A circular map of the world centered on the North Pole. The oceans are blue and the land masses are green and brown.

Types of Map Projections

Elizabeth Borneman

Map projections are used to transform the Earth's three-dimensional surface into a two-dimensional representation.

Half of the Earth shown in a map.

What is a Map Projection?

Caitlin Dempsey

Map projections are techniques used to transform the Earth's three-dimensional surface onto a two-dimensional plane, inevitably introducing some distortion in area, shape, distance, direction, or scale.

Free GIS Books

Caitlin Dempsey

Most of these free GIS books are available in downloadable PDF format and can be read from a computer or on an eBook reader.  

Equal Earth map projection with vector country boundaries © Caliper Corporation

Using Map Projections with Maptitude


Stewart Berry discusses how Maptitude works with different map projections.