Spherical World Map

Used since the 16th century for navigation straight lines on this map can be used accurately as compass bearings but the size and shape of continents are distorted. It is a little known fact that captain james cook discoverer of australia new zealand papua new guinea hawaii tahiti and other islands in the pacific was trained as both a navigator and as a mathematician. What is spherical mercator spherical mercator is a de facto term used inside the openlayers community and also the other existing open source gis community to describe the projection used by google maps microsoft virtual earth yahoo maps and other commercial api providers.

spherical world map