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Even cartographers need some direction

By Walker Womack
 Staff Writer 

The issue of just how one is supposed to represent the near-spherical, three-dimensional world on a quite flat, planar surface—that is, a map—has led, naturally, to debate, some of a particularly nasty nature. 

Proponents of the Mercator say their map is practical and easily implemented, while those of the Galls-Peter cry foul, claiming the inflations produced by the Mercator carry unfortunate political implications as to the significance, or lack thereof, of equatorial countries.

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