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kar tog' ra fE, the production of maps

Gerardus MercatorGerardus Mercator published an 18-sheet map of the world that used a projection he devised. His technique projected a world map as if from a cylinder so that it filled a rectangle on which the lines of latitude and longitude ran straight and parallel. This enabled navigation to be charted in straight lines on a far more accurate basis than had been possible before.
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