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Michelin Map The World 13701 (Laminated, Rolled) (Maps/Wall (Michelin)) Map – Wall Map, January 1, 2007
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The map is of very high quality and based on my measurements, its dimensions are: 4.5ft by 3.5ft. Make sure you have enough wall space!
Now, as to the map itself ... one thing I look for in a world map is that it have some approach for de-emphasizing the spreading out that occurs in 2-dimensional world maps toward the poles. You've seen maps where Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Russia each look like they're being presented via a carnival mirror. That's something that a globe, in all its spherical wonderfulness, handles perfectly well, and it's a challenge to deal with on a 2D basis. Most world maps just give in and bloat those regions near the poles. This map? Well, it makes some effort. Those regions are expanded, but the presentation does as good a job as might reasonably be done for a 2D map that still presents the geography on a continual basis (rather than segregating the far north and far south regions into separate areas). And, while the arctic regions are huge on the main map, separate views of those shown in the map's lower left rectify that.
Country borders are clear due to a decent use of colors, although it's a bit too pastel. Use of some more primary colors would help make boundaries more distinct. Large-ish cities are represented by white dots, and world capitals are rep'd by black dots, a nice touch. So too is a presentation of time zones in the map's lower right.Read more ›
[2014 update: an Amazon customer just wrote me to let me know the map no longer has the ½" extra laminate around the edge].
*Lists country and state/province/territory capitals.
*Lists populations and other fun facts near country flags which line top/bottom.
*Grid locations near flags so you can quickly locate a country on the map.
As others have commented, it IS very large, so make sure you have room for it!
My one complaint is that the laminate is a little cheaper than I expected... a pushpin accidentally tore through the corner with very little tugging when I was putting it up. Still, it's not terrible and a very very nice map for this price!
I'm even buying another one to put up in my home office.
Another comment: Amazon has alternately listed as "available in 1 week, available in 1-2 months, available March XX" as I researched maps over the past week and a half. I ended up ordering it direct from Amazon anyway (because the sellers gave me really lame emails responses when I had questions, and I was more comfortable with the speed/efficiency of a return through Amazon themselves if it had been necessary) and it ended up shipping within a day or two and was here within a week.
Great product, and great service from Amazon as usual!
laminated surface not only allows writing with white board pens, but also prevents the map from sagging!
the latter is a welcome "side effect" - in the past I usually had to re-tighten unsightly sagged maps after a while, creating additional holes in the map and/or the wall.
Not so with this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This map is really nice!! I look at it every day. Great colors, a good size and nice to have the flags of the countries on the top and bottom. Amazing for the price.Published 2 months ago by Tyler Goff
Design is good, but it is NOT LAMINATED, and the product was kind of damaged when it received.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This map hangs in a prominent spot in our home and is referred to often.Published 5 months ago by Larry Barrett
This is a beautiful map. I bought it for the lobby at work. Its huge, so you need a big wall to put it on. I couldn't be more pleased with it.Published 5 months ago by PGray
This is by far the BEST map you can get for the price. .My son absolutely loved it (Christmas Present) .. The most unique feature about this map in particular was the flags list.. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Omar Reyna
The quality is great, however I was very disappointed in the dimensions. Someone in a previous review stated that the dimensions were 3.5 ft. X 4.5 ft. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David Kirk
Great price for this very large wall map which my children have already enjoyed so much!Published 6 months ago by Karen Redmond