# Albers Equal-Area Conic

Name | Albers Equal-Area Conic |

Model | Conic |

Type | Equal Area |

Meridians | Straight lines converging on the polar axis (but not on pole) |

Parallels | Arcs of concentric circles concave toward a pole |

Spacing Meridian | Equal on the standard parallels Decreases towards the poles Intersect parallels at right angles Symmetrical graticule |

Spacing Parallels | Decreases away from the standard parallels Increases between standard parallels |

Linear Scale | True on standard parallels 1.25% maximum scale error on U.S. (29.25N & 45.5N) |

Specialties | May have 1 or two standard parallels No deformation of area Individual sheets can be joined at the edges |

Uses | Area of interest has a predominantly East-West extent Large countries with East-West extents |

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