conical projection

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conic projection

conic projection

or conical projection
n.
A method of projecting maps of parts of the earth's spherical surface on a surrounding cone, which is then flattened to a plane surface having concentric circles as parallels of latitude and radiating lines from the apex as meridians.
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Noun1.conical projection - a map projection of the globe onto a cone with its point over one of the earth's polesconical projection - a map projection of the globe onto a cone with its point over one of the earth's poles
map projection - a projection of the globe onto a flat map using a grid of lines of latitude and longitude
polyconic projection - a conic projection of a map having distances between meridians equal to those distances on a globe
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In book 2 of his Geography, he described two methods for mapping a spherical surface on a plane without excessive distortion: Both are conic projections that avoid the distortion inherent in simple rectangular projections (such as the familiar Mercator maps, on which Greenland is the size of South America), and preserve the appearance of a partial globe.