I am trying to present a map of our polar regions using QGIS software. I am using an azimuthal (polar) projection. I have added a graticule (gridlines) to the map as a background, which are at 10 degrees lat/long intervals.

However, instead of having neat circles around the pole, the mapping output shows straight lines between the 10 degree longitude intervals. Is is possible to get a curved line between the longitude intervals? I realize that a workaround is to create a shapefile with the 10 degree gridlines and upload it to my map, but I would prefer a more elegant solution.

Map in polar azimuthal projection showing lines

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I don't think there is a way.

The solution is to actually get the grid lines as a layer. These can be download from: Natural Earth

You will also have to densify them: Vector>Geometry Tools> Densify Geometries...

You can see the results: https://www.flickr.com/photos/115987875@N04/15852477732/in/pool-qgis/

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    This is a useful link to obtain the grid line layer although I was hoping for way to use the graticule function itself. Jul 26, 2016 at 13:23

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