Mercator projection with pole shifted to where you live

June 9, 2014  |  Mapping

Extreme Mercator

Drew Roos made a thing that lets you move the poles of the Mercator projection to anywhere in the world.

As you probably know, map projections all have their pros and cons since there are challenges that come with transforming a globe onto a two-dimensional surface. The Mercator projection, one of the most well-known, distorts as you approach the poles. The scale approaches infinity actually, which is why we're used to seeing a Greenland that is bigger than Africa. (It's not.)

Above shows the pole shifted to Washington, D.C. Trippy.

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