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August epicycloidal




Meridians: Central meridian is straight. Other meridians are curved and concave toward the central meridian.
Parallels: Equator is straight. Other parallels are curved and concave toward the nearest pole.
Poles: Points
Symmetry: About the central meridian or the Equator


Increases rapidly with distance from the center


Great distortion of area toward the 180th meridians in comparison with the center

Other features

Boundary of the world map is a two-cusped epicycloid. Like the Eisenlohr projection, this projection has no “singular” point at which conformality fails. Unlike the Eisenlohr, the map boundary has a varying scale.


Novelty whole-world maps


Presented by F. August and G. Bellermann in Germany in 1874


Transverse oblique aspect used by Athelstan F. Spilhaus in 1942 to show a map of world oceans

Other names


Similar projections

Eisenlohr has a boundary of constant scale.
Van der Grinten IV is not conformal and has circular arcs for meridians and parallels.

Description adapted from J.P. Snyder and P.M. Voxland, An Album of Map Projections, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1453. United States Government Printing Office: 1989.