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World Executive [Laminated] (National Geographic Reference Map) Map – October 13, 2015
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We also found an extremely affordable way to frame it out. Just by happenstance, we were at Home Depot and we saw large pieces of Styrofoam used for insulation larger than the map itself. It cost us less than $8. We cut the foam down and spray mounted the map directly onto the silver side of the Styrofoam. Bought thin pieces of wood to frame out the map and then hot glued those pieces to the edge of the map/foam. Not only do we have a very lightweight map that won't weigh down our wall, the foam allows us to still use pins to mark our destinations. We researched investing in an actual frame, cork board backing, foamcore boards, etc. All were expensive options.This alternative was extremely cost effective and looks great!
Con el tratamiento de plastificado que trae y, una vez enmarcado en destino, no es necesario colocar cristal; con el correspondiente ahorro en peso.
Resumiendo, una preciosidad.
Now I can play geography games with my kids like---"name the 6 countries that end with "stan"". They love it too.
1) I like the projection. It uses the Winkel-Tripel projection, which is a fair compromise between accurate distances and accurate shapes. The one you see on Google Maps is the Mercator projection, which heavily distorts distances towards the top and bottom edges of the map. That said, no projection is perfect (you're mapping a sphere onto a rectangle -- there is no perfect conversion!), and I like what Nat Geo has chosen.
2) It has a lot of information like city names and the four other maps at the corners. The population density one in particular provides a nice view of where are the population-dense areas. One problem might be that having so much data makes it a little hard to get a clear glimpse of country locations. On simpler maps, you have mostly just country name, so at a glance you can figure out who are neighbors and such. Central Europe here is packed with so many city names that it's hard to figure out who's where.
Upon opening the map (which was wrapped in plastic and came in a nice elongated cuboid), my immediate problem was how fragile the lamination is. Unlike some maps I've had, the lamination here is very thin and I immediately wind up with some fold lines, which are very obvious at the edges of the map. Granted, I may have been a little clumsy. But you need to adjust your expectations and be exceptionally careful when handling the map.
The map is very well-priced though, IMO, and it's hard to find other good maps at this price. I would buy this again but unwrap it with more care.
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Great, readable and durable map. I mounted it on a wall to mark our travels it map tacks. I mounted it on a piece of luan, and framed it with small pictures of the places we'd... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ice Skater
Gorgeous map very detailed. Just two issues both which are minor. First, the National Geographic logo right in the middle bottom is a bit distracting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Guches
The map wasn't laminated as firmly as I expected or would have liked, but nontheless is a great map to put on a wall. One of my favorite world maps.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The map is nice, very nice printing. Everywhere labeled nicely. My only problem is the lamination is very thin. Read morePublished 2 months ago by damien purcell
This map is exactly what I was looking for. It is big enough to be able to identify and mark individual countries and major cities, but does not take up he whole wall. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John M. Creagar
Very large! My husband loves it and it is exactly what I was looking for. Everything is very detailed and well made. Doesn't look cheap I would recommend this map. Great buyPublished 6 months ago by Megan