Understanding Map Projections

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Why do we use map projections?

To make it easier to carry the representation of the Earth

What is the main drawback of using a globe to represent the Earth?

It cannot be carried in a suitcase easily

Why is it difficult to represent Earth's surface in two dimensions without distortion?

Because Earth's surface is complex and varied

What do map projections aim to achieve despite their limitations?

Preserve different attributes of Earth's surface

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Limitations of Globes and Map Projections

  • The main drawback of using a globe to represent the Earth is that it is impractical for everyday use due to its size and difficulty to transport.
  • Representing Earth's surface in two dimensions without distortion is difficult because of its spherical shape, which cannot be accurately replicated on a flat surface.
  • Distortions occur when projecting a 3D object onto a 2D surface, resulting in inaccuracies in shape, size, and distance.

Purpose of Map Projections

  • Map projections aim to achieve a compromise between preserving the shape, size, and distance of geographical features, despite their limitations.
  • Projections strive to provide an accurate representation of the Earth's surface, considering the curvature of the Earth, while allowing for practical use in navigation, education, and other applications.

Explore the concept of map projections and how they are used to represent the Earth's surface in two dimensions. Learn about the challenges and limitations of map projections, and how they are essential for creating paper maps for navigation and exploration.

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