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map projection: Other Projections

Among the other commonly used map projections are the Mollweide homolographic and the sinusoidal, both of which are equal-area projections with horizontal parallels; they are especially useful for world maps. Goode's homolosine projection is a composite using the sinusoidal projection between latitudes 40°N and 40°S and the homolographic projection for the remaining parts. Interruptions, or splits, are often made in the ocean areas in order to show land areas with truer shapes. The Robinson, or orthophanic, projection, devised by A. H. Robinson for Rand McNally and also used for a time by the National Geographic Society, gained acceptance because it accurately represents relative size, Neither a conformal nor an equal-area projection, it is most accurate in the temperate zones.

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