Map World Robinson City Vector

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Key Features of the Robinson Projection:

  1. Pseudocylindrical Projection: The Robinson Projection is a pseudocylindrical map projection, meaning that it attempts to balance the distortion of size and shape across the entire map by curving parallels and meridians.
  2. Balanced Distortions: One of the main features of the Robinson Projection is its attempt to provide a compromise that minimizes distortion in terms of size, shape, distance, and direction throughout the map. This makes it suitable for a wide range of uses.
  3. Global Coverage: The Robinson Projection is designed to represent the entire globe, providing a world map that offers a visually pleasing and balanced depiction of the Earth’s surface.
  4. Favorable for General Reference: The projection is often used for general reference maps and world atlases due to its aesthetic appeal and its attempt to maintain a realistic representation of continents and oceans.

Advantages of the Robinson Projection:

  1. Visual Appeal: The Robinson Projection is known for its visually pleasing appearance, making it popular for world maps used in educational materials, atlases, and wall maps.
  2. Balanced Distortion: Compared to some other projections, the Robinson Projection attempts to distribute distortions more evenly across the map, minimizing extreme distortions in any particular area.
  3. Suitable for General Use: The projection is suitable for general-purpose world maps where an aesthetically pleasing representation is desired without sacrificing too much in terms of accuracy.

Disadvantages of the Robinson Projection:

  1. Distortion at Poles: Similar to many other pseudocylindrical projections, the Robinson Projection introduces distortion towards the polar regions. This can lead to misrepresentations of the sizes of polar land masses.
  2. Not Equal Area: The Robinson Projection is not an equal-area projection, which means that it does not accurately represent the relative sizes of land masses. Areas may still be distorted, although less so than in some other projections.
  3. Not Conformal: Unlike conformal projections that preserve local shapes and angles, the Robinson Projection sacrifices conformality to achieve a more balanced overall representation. This can result in distortions of shapes in various regions.

In summary, the Robinson Projection is chosen for its attempt to strike a balance between various types of distortions, making it suitable for general reference maps where a visually pleasing representation is important. However, users should be aware of its limitations, especially in terms of distortions near the poles and its non-conformal nature. The choice of map projection depends on the specific requirements of the intended use.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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