Gall–Peters projection

specialization of a configurable equal-area map projection

The Gall–Peters projection is an equal-area map projection. It cannot be used to navigate with. It is a map style that has areas near the equator appear to be smaller than they are. Those areas closer to the poles appear larger.[1] It was named after James Gall and Arno Peters. A controversy came up in the late 20th century about the political implications of map design. Maps based on this projection are promoted by UNESCO.[2] They are also widely used by British schools.[3]The Gall-Peters projection was Made in 1885 but publiched by Arno Peters in 1974.

The Gall-Peters projection of the world map


  1. Sarah Elizabeth Battersby, Distortion of Area in the Global-scale Cognitive Map: A Geographic Perspective (Santa Barbara, CA: University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006), p. 124
  2. John D. Barrow, Cosmic Imagery: Key Images in the History of Science (New York: W.W. Norton, 2008), p. 251
  3. Hannah B. Higgins, The Grid Book (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009), p.94