Definition of Peters projection in English:
A world map projection in which areas are shown in correct proportion at the expense of distorted shape, using a rectangular decimal grid to replace latitude and longitude. It was devised in 1973 to be a fairer representation of equatorial (i.e. mainly developing) countries, whose area is under-represented by the usual projections such as Mercator’s.
- Proponents of the Peters projection map claim that their map is a good, fair, and non-racist view of the world.
- The Peters projection is one way of looking at the spherical earth as a flat map. Useful for political maps, it shows the true area of land masses, choosing instead to distort their shape.
Named after Arno Peters (1916–2002), German historian.
Definition of Peters projection in:
- US English dictionary
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