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National Geographic World Map

National Geographic World Map)

Map Service Name: NatGeo_World_Map

Description: This map is designed to be used as a general reference map for informational and educational purposes as well as a basemap by GIS professionals and other users for creating web maps and web mapping applications.

The map was developed by National Geographic and Esri and reflects the distinctive National Geographic cartographic style in a multiscale reference map of the world. The map was authored using data from a variety of leading data providers, including Garmin, HERE, UNEP-WCMC, NASA, ESA, USGS, and others.

This reference map includes administrative boundaries, cities, protected areas, highways, roads, railways, water features, buildings, and landmarks overlaid on shaded relief and land-cover imagery for added context. The map includes global coverage down to ~1:144k scale and more detailed coverage for North America down to ~1:9k scale.

Map Note:Although small-scale boundaries, place-names, and map notes were provided and edited by National Geographic, boundaries and names shown do not necessarily reflect the map policy of the National Geographic Society, particularly at larger scales where content has not been thoroughly reviewed or edited by National Geographic.

As illustrated in the following coverage map, worldwide coverage is provided down to ~1:144k in World Standard and World Basic. Regional coverage for North America is provided in World Standard and Advanced (down to ~1:9k), World Basic (down to ~1:72k in North America), and North America Standard and Advanced (down to ~1:9k).

Coverage map for National Geographic World Map showing levels of detail

Data Notes: The following credits include a list of data providers used to develop the map. Below are a few additional notes:

  • Reference Data—National Geographic, Esri, Garmin, HERE, INCREMENT P, Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), METI.
  • Land Cover Imagery—NASA Blue Marble, ESA GlobCover 2009 (Copyright notice: © ESA 2010 and UCLouvain).
  • Protected Areas—IUCN and UNEP-WCMC (2011), The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) Annual Release. Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC. Available at
  • Ocean Data—GEBCO, NOAA.

Attribution: Content may not reflect National Geographic's current map policy. Sources: National Geographic, Esri, Garmin, HERE, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCan, GEBCO, NOAA, INCREMENT P

Coordinate System: Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere (WKID 102100)

Tiling Scheme: Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere

Map Service Data Format: Map server cache in JPEG format