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World Executive [Laminated] (National Geographic Reference Map) Map – October 13, 2015

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Founded in 1915 as the Cartographic Group, the first division of National Geographic, National Geographic Maps has been 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, recreation maps, atlases, and globes which inspire people to care about and explore their world.
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Product Details

  • Series: National Geographic Reference Map
  • Map: 1 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Maps; 2015 edition (October 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792283252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792283256
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 31.2 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Map Verified Purchase
Was not crushed in transport. I initially disliked the idea that it was laminated, but could not find this size map any other way. Now I'm really glad that it is. It didn't occur to me how much we, and others would lean in and touch the map. Imagine the dirty, greasy fingerprints that would have left!

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!
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Excellent product! I put this out on the kitchen table. My four boys(ages 5-14) have spent hours(not all at once) just surveying it as I challenge them to find continents, then countries, deserts, cities, etc. The colors are very pleasant for any wall or as I did covered with a plastic sheet on the kitchen table.
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The map is very extensive and looks very nice. $25 may seem heavy for a world map but the lamination and labeling make it a worthy buy.
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We bought this map so we can have a record of all the places we travel to (I use little self-adhesive jewels to mark the cities/sites.) It is so large, I can actually look at it without my glasses (you youngsters have no idea...!) This is a beautiful map that is rich in detail and very attractive on the wall. I searched many sites on the net but this was by far the best price for this map. Get one for your office or for your kids. Worth every penny!
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Great map, construction is reasonable but did not exceed expectations. Worked perfectly for the project I used it for. Used along with a custom build frame and frontlit with recessed LED's. Backed with insulation and ended up pretty nice for the wife to pin!
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Con unas dimensiones de 185'42x124'46 cms (centímetros) este mapamundi plastificado editado en el año 2012 por la NG tiene un cuidado diseño cartográfico que embellecerá cualquier pared en la que lo colguemos.
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.
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absolutely the best value out there! my 14 year old son wanted a large map for his bedroom and he wanted one with an antique look. we found this for an unbelievable price under $80, in fact, HALF of that, plus this one is laminated. We did our comparison shopping and this one was the best one we found online. Came in great condition in a tube and it was easy to hangup on the wall---we just used push pins and a leveler.

Now I can play geography games with my kids like---"name the 6 countries that end with "stan"". They love it too.
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I researched for a long time and settled on this map for two reasons:

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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