The Mercator projection is one of the most common map projections in existence. The primary reason for it’s success is that it plots any course of constant bearing (angle w.r.t to North, a.k.a a rhumb line) as a straight line, which was extremely useful for ship navigation in the early days of it’s existence.
The Mercator map was created in-full firstly by Gerhard Kremer, who went by the trade name of Gerhard Mercator. He created the map in 1569, and named it Nova et Aucta Orbis Terrae Descriptio ad Usum Navigantium Emendata1.
Web Mercator Projection
The Web Mercator projection is a slight variant of the standard Mercator projection. It is used in many web-based mapping programs (e.g. Google Maps, Leaflet).
Transverse Mercator Projection
Like the Mercator projection, the Transverse Mercator projection is a cylindrical projection. However, the main difference is that the cylinder’s axis is not coincident with the polar axis of the earth. Instead, the cylinder is rotated 90 degrees, so that the cylinder’s axis is parallel to the equator. The cylinder’s axis can be chosen to be coincident with any line of meridian (line of constant latitude).
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