Icosahedron

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A regular 20-faced polyhedron.

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However, in global grid systems, the most useful icosahedron is a truncated form which more easily represents the Earth. In the truncated form, the points of the triangle faces are removed, creating central pentagon shapes surrounded by hexagons.

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PYXIS uses the truncated icosahedron. To ensure that the tiling works on the polyhedron's surface, the pentagons are considered hexagons with a one-sixth gap. In the unfolded icosahedron, gaps in the northern hemisphere face north, and gaps in the southern hemisphere face south.

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