- What are the four distortions on the Robinson projection?
- What are disadvantages of map projections?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Robinson projection?
- What is good about the Robinson projection?
There are four basic characteristics of a map that are distorted to some degree, depending on the map projection used. These characteristics include distance, direction, shape, and area.
Disadvantages: Mercator projection distorts the size of objects as the latitude increases from the Equator to the poles, where the scale becomes infinite. So, for example, Greenland and Antarctica appear much larger relative to land masses near the equator than they actually are.
Advantage: The Robinson map projection shows most distances, sizes and shapes accurately. Disadvantage: The Robinson map does have some distortion around the poles and edges.
The Robinson projection is unique. Its primary purpose is to create visually appealing maps of the entire world. It is a compromise projection, it does not eliminate any type of distortion, but it keeps the levels of all types of distortion relatively low over most of the map.