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- [map projections] A 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-Kr�ger coordinate system is similar to the universal transverse Mercator coordinate system. The Gauss-Kr�ger projection is named for the German mathematician and scientist Karl Friedrich Gauss and the German geodesist and mathematician Johann Heinrich Louis Kr�ger.