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cylindrical projection

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  1. [map projections] A map projection that transforms points from a spheroid or sphere onto a tangent or secant cylinder. The cylinder is then sliced from top to bottom and flattened into a plane. Meridians (lines of longitude) and parallels (lines of latitude) are projected as straight lines that intersect at right angles on the map. Distance, shapes, and area become increasingly distorted as one moves away from the origin. Media/cylindrical-projection.gif

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