Peters Projection Pros and Cons?

What are the pros and cons of the Peters projection map?
The Peters projection is an equal area map. The area of each country and land mass is accurate, but the shape and contour is not. You'll notice the continents are very elongated and narrow.
I was asked this question at school and I don't know what the answer is.
Can you list the pros and cons of the Peters Projection map?

asked by Lauryn in Geography | 4929 views | 12-08-2009 at 08:29 PM

The Peters Map of the World is an equal-area map. One square inch anywhere equals the same number of square miles. It presents the relative size of areas with complete accuracy. But what a different world this seems to be. This is a projection of the world that gives areas their ‘true’ relative size. You can easily see how much larger South America is than Europe. On the other hand, compass bearings are not straight on this map. Maps really are like points of view. The drawback to the Peters map is that to achieve relative size with complete accuracy, it is necessary to distort shapes. Think of an orange peel. Hard to get it to lie flat. Cartographers have the same problem wrestling the round earth onto a flat surface.

Pros - Each country gets fair representation of its size.
Cons - it's not accurate for navigation.

answered by Perl | 12-08-2009 at 08:35 PM

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