# Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area

Name | Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area |

Model | Azimuthal |

Type | Equal Area |

Meridians | Polar: Straight lines radiating from the point of tangency Oblique: Complex curves concave toward straight central meridian Equatorial: Complex curves concave toward straight central meridian |

Parallels | Polar: Concentric circles Oblique: Complex curves Equatorial: Complex curves |

Spacing Meridian | Polar: Equal and increases |

Spacing Parallels | Polar: Unequal and decreases toward the edges |

Linear Scale | Better than most Azimuthals but not as good as equidistant Angular deformation increases toward edges Scale decreases radially toward edges |

Specialties | The only projection that can represent both areas and true direction from the center of the projection |

Uses | Generally only used for one hemisphere at a time |

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