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- [map projections] An ellipsoidal projected coordinate system that uses the transverse Mercator projection to divide the world into standard zones 6 degrees wide. Used mainly in Europe and Asia, the Gauss-Krüger coordinate system is similar to the universal transverse Mercator coordinate system. The Gauss-Krüger projection is named for the German geodesist, mathematician, and physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss and the German mathematician and surveyor/geodesist Johann Heinrich Louis Krüger.