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Manual Reference Pages  -  MAP (1)


map, mapdemo, mapd - draw maps on various projections




map projection [ option ... ]



Map prepares on the standard output a map suitable for display by any plotting filter described in plot(1). A menu of projections is produced in response to an unknown projection. Mapdemo is a short course in mapping.

The default data for map are world shorelines. Option -f accesses more detailed data classified by feature.
-f [ feature ... ]
  Features are ranked 1 (default) to 4 from major to minor. Higher-numbered ranks include all lower-numbered ones. Features are
  seacoasts, lakes, and islands; option -f always shows shore1
  intermittent lakes
  intermittent rivers
  3=irrigation canals
  2=disputed boundaries, 3=indefinite boundaries
state states and provinces (US and Canada only)
In other options coordinates are in degrees, with north latitude and west longitude counted as positive.
-l S N E W
  Set the southern and northern latitude and the eastern and western longitude limits. Missing arguments are filled out from the list -90, 90, -180, 180, or lesser limits suitable to the projection at hand.
  Set the scale as if for a map with limits -l S N E W . Do not consider any -l or -w option in setting scale.
-o lat lon rot
  Orient the map in a nonstandard position. Imagine a transparent gridded sphere around the globe. Turn the overlay about the North Pole so that the Prime Meridian (longitude 0) of the overlay coincides with meridian lon on the globe. Then tilt the North Pole of the overlay along its Prime Meridian to latitude lat on the globe. Finally again turn the overlay about its ‘North Pole’ so that its Prime Meridian coincides with the previous position of meridian rot. Project the map in the standard form appropriate to the overlay, but presenting information from the underlying globe. Missing arguments are filled out from the list 90, 0, 0. In the absence of -o, the orientation is 90, 0, m, where m is the middle of the longitude range.
-w S N E W
  Window the map by the specified latitudes and longitudes in the tilted, rotated coordinate system. Missing arguments are filled out from the list -90, 90, -180, 180. (It is wise to give an encompassing -l option with -w. Otherwise for small windows computing time varies inversely with area!)
-d n For speed, plot only every nth point.
-r Reverse left and right (good for star charts and inside-out views).
-v Verso. Switch to a normally suppressed sheet of the map, such as the back side of the earth in orthographic projection.
-s2 Superpose; outputs for a -s1 map (no closing) and a -s2 map (no opening) may be concatenated.
-g dlat dlon res
  Grid spacings are dlat, dlon. Zero spacing means no grid. Missing dlat is taken to be zero. Missing dlon is taken the same as dlat. Grid lines are drawn to a resolution of res (2° or less by default). In the absence of -g, grid spacing is 10°.
-p lat lon extent
  Position the point lat, lon at the center of the plotting area. Scale the map so that the height (and width) of the nominal plotting area is extent times the size of one degree of latitude at the center. By default maps are scaled and positioned to fit within the plotting area. An extent overrides option -k.
-c x y rot
  After all other positioning and scaling operations have been performed, rotate the image rot degrees counterclockwise about the center and move the center to position x, y, where the nominal plotting area is -1≤x≤1, -1≤y≤1. Missing arguments are taken to be 0. -x Allow the map to extend outside the nominal plotting area.
-m [ file ... ]
  Use map data from named files. If no files are named, omit map data. Names that do not exist as pathnames are looked up in a standard directory, which contains, in addition to the data for -f,

world World Data Bank I (default)
states US map from Census Bureau
  US map from Census Bureau

The environment variables MAP and MAPDIR change the default map and default directory.
-b [lat0 lon0 lat1 lon1... ]
  Suppress the drawing of the normal boundary (defined by options -l and -w). Coordinates, if present, define the vertices of a polygon to which the map is clipped. If only two vertices are given, they are taken to be the diagonal of a rectangle. To draw the polygon, give its vertices as a -u track.
-t file ...
  The files contain lists of points, given as latitude-longitude pairs in degrees. If the first file is named the standard input is taken instead. The points of each list are plotted as connected ‘tracks’.
Points in a track file may be followed by label strings. A label breaks the track. A label may be prefixed by ", or and is terminated by a newline. An unprefixed string or a string prefixed with " is displayed at the designated point. The first word of a or string names a special symbol (see option -y). An optional numerical second word is a scale factor for the size of the symbol, 1 by default. A symbol is aligned with its top to the north; a symbol is aligned vertically on the page.
-u file ...
  Same as -t, except the tracks are unbroken lines. (-t tracks appear as dot-dashed lines if the plotting filter supports them.)
  The file contains plot(7)-style data for or labels in -t or -u files. Each symbol is defined by a comment :name then a sequence of and commands. Coordinates (0,0) fall on the plotting point. Default scaling is as if the nominal plotting range were commands in file change the scaling.


Equatorial projections centered on the Prime Meridian (longitude 0). Parallels are straight horizontal lines.

mercator equally spaced straight meridians, conformal, straight compass courses
sinusoidal equally spaced parallels, equal-area, same as
cylequalarea lat0
  equally spaced straight meridians, equal-area, true scale on lat0
cylindrical central projection on tangent cylinder
rectangular lat0
  equally spaced parallels, equally spaced straight meridians, true scale on lat0
gall lat0 parallels spaced stereographically on prime meridian, equally spaced straight meridians, true scale on lat0
mollweide (homalographic) equal-area, hemisphere is a circle
gilbert() sphere conformally mapped on hemisphere and viewed orthographically
gilbert globe mapped conformally on hemisphere, viewed orthographically
Azimuthal projections centered on the North Pole. Parallels are concentric circles. Meridians are equally spaced radial lines.

azequidistant equally spaced parallels, true distances from pole
azequalarea equal-area
gnomonic central projection on tangent plane, straight great circles
perspective dist
  viewed along earth’s axis dist earth radii from center of earth
orthographic viewed from infinity
stereographic conformal, projected from opposite pole
laue radius = tan(2×colatitude), used in X-ray crystallography
fisheye n stereographic seen from just inside medium with refractive index n
newyorker r radius = log(colatitude/r): New Yorker map from viewing pedestal of radius r degrees
Polar conic projections symmetric about the Prime Meridian. Parallels are segments of concentric circles. Except in the Bonne projection, meridians are equally spaced radial lines orthogonal to the parallels.

conic lat0 central projection on cone tangent at lat0
simpleconic lat0 lat1
  equally spaced parallels, true scale on lat0 and lat1
lambert lat0 lat1
  conformal, true scale on lat0 and lat1
albers lat0 lat1
  equal-area, true scale on lat0 and lat1
bonne lat0 equally spaced parallels, equal-area, parallel lat0 developed from tangent cone
Projections with bilateral symmetry about the Prime Meridian and the equator.

polyconic parallels developed from tangent cones, equally spaced along Prime Meridian
aitoff equal-area projection of globe onto 2-to-1 ellipse, based on azequalarea
lagrange conformal, maps whole sphere into a circle
bicentric lon0 points plotted at true azimuth from two centers on the equator at longitudes ±lon0, great circles are straight lines (a stretched gnomonic )
elliptic lon0 points plotted at true distance from two centers on the equator at longitudes ±lon0
globular hemisphere is circle, circular arc meridians equally spaced on equator, circular arc parallels equally spaced on 0- and 90-degree meridians
vandergrinten sphere is circle, meridians as in globular, circular arc parallels resemble mercator
Doubly periodic conformal projections.

guyou W and E hemispheres are square
square world is square with Poles at diagonally opposite corners
tetra map on tetrahedron with edge tangent to Prime Meridian at S Pole, unfolded into equilateral triangle
hex world is hexagon centered on N Pole, N and S hemispheres are equilateral triangles
Miscellaneous projections.

harrison dist angle
  oblique perspective from above the North Pole, dist earth radii from center of earth, looking along the Date Line angle degrees off vertical
trapezoidal lat0 lat1
  equally spaced parallels, straight meridians equally spaced along parallels, true scale at lat0 and lat1 on Prime Meridian
lune(lat,angle) conformal, polar cap above latitude lat maps to convex lune with given angle at 90°E and 90°W
Retroazimuthal projections. At every point the angle between vertical and a straight line to ‘Mecca’, latitude lat0 on the prime meridian, is the true bearing of Mecca.

mecca lat0 equally spaced vertical meridians
homing lat0 distances to Mecca are true
Maps based on the spheroid. Of geodetic quality, these projections do not make sense for tilted orientations. For descriptions, see corresponding maps above.

sp_albers lat0 lat1


map perspective 1.025 -o 40.75 74 A view looking down on New York from 100 miles (0.025 of the 4000-mile earth radius) up. The job can be done faster by limiting the map so as not to ‘plot’ the invisible part of the world: A circular border can be forced by adding option (Latitude 77.33° falls just inside a polar cap of opening angle arccos(1/1.025) = 12.6804°.)
map mercator -o 49.25 -106 180 An ‘equatorial’ map of the earth centered on New York. The pole of the map is placed 90° away (40.75+49.25=90) on the other side of the earth. A 180° twist around the pole of the map arranges that the ‘Prime Meridian’ of the map runs from the pole of the map over the North Pole to New York instead of down the back side of the earth. The same effect can be had from map mercator -o 130.75 74
map albers 28 45 -l 20 50 60 130 -m states A customary curved-latitude map of the United States.
map harrison 2 30 -l -90 90 120 240 -o 90 0 0 A fan view covering 60° on either side of the Date Line, as seen from one earth radius above the North Pole gazing at the earth’s limb, which is 30° off vertical. The -o option overrides the default -o 90 0 180, which would rotate the scene to behind the observer.


  World Data Bank II, for -f
/lib/map/* maps for -m
/lib/map/*.x map indexes
mapd Map driver program




map(7), plot(1)


‘Map seems to be empty’—a coarse survey found zero extent within the -l and -w bounds; for maps of limited extent the grid resolution, res, or the limits may have to be refined.


Windows (option -w) cannot cross the Date Line. No borders appear along edges arising from visibility limits. Segments that cross a border are dropped, not clipped. Excessively large scale or -d setting may cause long line segments to be dropped. Map tries to draw grid lines dotted and -t tracks dot-dashed. As very few plotting filters properly support curved textured lines, these lines are likely to appear solid. The west-longitude-positive convention betrays Yankee chauvinism. Gilbert should be a map from sphere to sphere, independent of the mapping from sphere to plane.
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