This unique view employs a new map projection to accentuate the Pacific Rim, and shows Oceania and Asia in close proportion to their actual size on the Earth. It brings Oceania and Asia into the center of the picture, while dramatically showing the entire breadth of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific-centered world map features classic National Geographic cartography, with political boundaries, thousands of place names, time zones, and special insets showing world vegetation and land use, and population density.
National Geographic is a renowned authority in cartography. Since 1888 the Society's maps have helped spread geographic knowledge around the globe. Founded in 1915 as the Map Department of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Maps is responsible for illustrating the world around us through the art and science of mapmaking. Today, National Geographic Maps continues this mission by creating the world’s best wall maps, outdoor recreation maps, travel maps, atlases and globes that inspire people to care about and explore their world. 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 an unparalleled standard of achievement.