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The following programs and data were used when composing these map projection pages: Formulas for the Eisenlohr and Van der Grinten IV projections were kindly donated by J.P. Snyder and Paul B. Anderson.

And now something which did not fit anywhere else

I hope this document has helped the reader to develop an interest in cartography, understand some important concepts and how to best choose (or refuse) a map projection. If not, one may always take comfort in the immortal stanzas of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark - an Agony in Eight Fits:

Fit the First - The Landing

...Navigation was always a difficult art,
   Though with only one ship and one bell:
And he feared he must really decline, for his part,
   Undertaking another as well

Fit the Second - The Bellman's Speech

...He had bought a large map representing the sea,
   Without the least vestige of land:
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
   A map they could all understand.

"What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators,
   Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?
So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
   "They are merely conventional signs!

"Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
   But we've got our brave Captain to thank"
(So the crew would protest) "that he's bought
us the best -
   A perfect and absolute blank!"

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