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Cartographer Solved the 'Greenland Problem'

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Cartographer Solved the 'Greenland Problem'

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Cartographer Solved the 'Greenland Problem'

Cartographer Solved the 'Greenland Problem'

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Arthur Robinson, who died Oct. 10 at the age of 89, is best known for the "Robinson projection." It was a solution to the "Greenland problem," an age-old cartographers' bugaboo wherein Greenland looks disproportionately large on maps drawn to the most familiar Mercator projection. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Joel Morrison, one of Robinson's former students.