The colorful World Explorer map is designed using the Winkel Tripel projection, which reduces the distortion of land masses near the poles. Inset charts list largest cities by population and the largest countries by land mass and population.
National Geographic is a renowned authority in cartography. For 120 years the Society's maps have helped spread geographic knowledge around the globe. A vast database allows National Geographic to combine the latest data gained by space-age technology with innovative digital mapping techniques to create state-of-the-art political, physical, and thematic maps. The Society's meticulous research and attention to detail have established a standard of achievement that is unparalleled.