Geografie 1999, 104, 257-267

Loxodrome in mathematical cartography

Radek Dušek

Katedra fyzické geografie a geoekologie, Přírodovědecká fakulta OU, 30. dubna 22, 710 00 Ostrava, Czechia

The history of loxodrome is described in detail. The inaccuracies and errors related to loxodrome including its definition and significance are shown and clarified with the help of examples from the present cartographic literature. Facts usually omitted in cartography are presented, i.e. uncertainty of definition using two points and real picture in the Mercator projection. Problems related to the length of loxodrome and its parts are numerically solved and graphically presented. Loxodrome offers unsolved issues even in present days.