Over a century ago, Society president Alexander Graham Bell set the goal: to understand “the world and all that is in it.” The Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE) has been pursuing that work since it awarded its first grant in 1890. Since then, the CRE has made more than 7,500 grants, all “for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge.” This map shows the fascinating events and cutting-edge research that National Geographic has supported around the globe.
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.