# What is map distortion?

## What is map distortion?

distortion. On a map or image, the misrepresentation of shape, area, distance, or direction of or between geographic features when compared to their true measurements on the curved surface of the earth.

## What is map distortion for kids?

A map’s depiction of the Earth’s surface is a distortion because it is attempting to fit a curved surface onto a flat sheet. This is explained by the Mercator Projection, which is a cylindrical projection of a map in a way that all latitudes have the same length as the equator.

## How is making a map of Earth like trying to flatten an orange peel?

There are two basic methods that the mapmaker uses in projections:

1. The mapmaker “slices” the sphere in some way and unfolds it to make a flat map. This is like flattening out an orange peel.
2. The mapmaker can look at the sphere from a certain point and then translate this view onto a flat paper.

## Why do all flat maps have distortion?

This may be due in part to the nature of two-dimensional maps. Flattening a three-dimensional globe onto a flat surface isn’t possible without some distortion. Mercator maps distort the shape and relative size of continents, particularly near the poles.

## What are the 4 types of map distortions?

There are four main types of distortion that come from map projections: distance, direction, shape and area.

## Which map has the most distortion?

The Lambert Conformal Conic is derived from a cone intersecting the ellipsoid along two standard parallels. When you “unroll” the cone on a flat surface, this becomes the mathematically developed surface. The most distortion occurs in the north-south directions.

## Which map is most like globe?

Share All sharing options for: Google Maps now depicts the Earth as a globe. Google introduced a new update to Google Maps: when you zoom all the way out, the Earth will no longer be displayed as a flat surface, but as a globe. It’s a change that allows the map to more accurately display the Earth.