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Apian II

Apianus II




Meridians: Central meridian is straight. Other meridians are elliptical arcs equally spaced along the equator but not along other parallels.
Parallels: Straight lines, equally spaced along the central meridian.
Poles: Points.
Symmetry: Along the central meridian and the equator.


True only along the equator.


Moderate. Undistorted along equator. Away from the equator and central meridian, distortion is dominated by angular deformation.

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This projection extends Apianus globular II from hemispheric to full world. Mollweide is also a 2:1 elliptical shape, but is equal-area, having parallels spaced differently.


As a hemisphere, the projection was presented by Peter Apian (Petrus Apianus or Peter Bienewitz) (1495–1552) of Saxony in 1524. This projection is a simple extension.

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