Mollweide projection

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The Mollweide projection (also called Homalographic projection or the Babinet projection) is a world map projection that minimizes area distortion while sacrificing the accuracy of shape and angle. It is a representation of the world map on an ellipse with a 2:1 ratio. The projection was originated in 1805 by Karl B. Mollweide in Germany. Although it is not widely used today, the Molleweide projection has been influential in the development of other projections.

The Mollewiede projection is pseudocylindrical and equal-area. The central meridian is straight and the 90th meridians are circular arcs. Parallels are straight, but unequally spaced. Scale is true only along the standard parallels of 40:44 N and 40:44 S.[1]

Mollweide world map projection

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  1. Peter H. Dana, The Geographer's Craft Project, Department of Geography, The University of Colorado at Boulder