It's not easy to find an accurate high-definition world map, but we've got you covered. Explore our carefully curated atlas.
A map is a graphical and visual depiction of the surface of planet Earth.
It is necessarily a distorted flat - printed (paper) or digital (Google Earth and Google Maps) - viewable representation of the globe.
How many countries are there on the planet? What are the seven continents of the world, and where are they located?
The following printable world maps can only be used for educational purposes and never for commercial, advertising, or marketing purposes.
You can use it as a wallpaper or poster for taking a quick look at continents, countries, and regions of the world.
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1. General Reference World Maps
The most relevant and popular general reference maps of the world are physical, political, and geological.
They illustrate geographic features such as mountains as well as countries and their borders.
A world map is always designed using a projection to represent the Earth on a plane and will always distort directions and distances.
The most famous map projection is the Mercator Projection, a cylindrical map created in 1569 by cartographer and geographer Gerardus Mercator.
His work became the standard map projection for sailing and sailors because it represented any course of constant bearing as a straight segment.
In other words, it is a valid nautical chart.
The Political World Map
A political map is a map of the world with all country names labeled, or/and with the boundaries perfectly visible and the major cities identified.
The Physical World Map
The physical map is a map of the world featuring the Earth's contours and its main topographic feature. It depicts the five oceans of the world, rivers and lakes, mountains, and other landforms.
The Geological World Map
The geologic map is a map of the world that compiles geological features such as the ice cap, plutonic terranes, metamorphic and/or plutonic terranes, mainly sedimentary terranes, mixed sedimentary-volcanic terranes, melange/schist or tectonic belt, unclassified terranes, and mainly volcanic terranes.
The Outline World Map
The outline map is a simple map of the world - colored or blank - without country borders. It usually features gray continents and white oceans or two-color models.
2. Thematic World Maps
Today, there are also maps specifically designed to feature or highlight a particular theme in a geographic area.
A thematic map is a type of map specifically designed to show a particular theme connected with a certain region.
In other words, they provide specific information about certain locations and spatial patterns.
The Coronavirus Covid-19 World Map
The Coronavirus Covid-10 world map was developed by Lauren Gardner, a civil and systems engineering professor at Johns Hopkins University. It is a near-real-time tool that allows us to track the outbreak that spread across the globe.
The Macroclimate World Map
The macroclimate map is a map of the world that features the main climate regions of the Earth and the planet's most stable climatic zone patterns.
The Life Expectancy World Map
The life expectancy map is a color-coded world map that allows us to compare the distribution of the average life expectancy at birth across the globe.
The UN Human Development Index World Map
The United Nations (UN) Human Development Index (HDI) map is a world map the ranks nations into a combined formula that measures life expectancy at birth, school education for children and adults, and per capita income.
The Earth at Night World Map
The Earth at night map is a world map produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that features the most urbanized areas on Earth based on the lights that are visible from outer space during the nighttime hours.
The Religions World Map
The religions map is a map of the world that displays the distribution, size, and percentage of the planet's major religions by countries.
The Legal Systems World Map
The legal systems map is a map of the world that highlights countries based on the five legal systems: civil law, common law, customary law, religious law, and mixed legal system.
The Bathymetric World Map
The bathymetric map is a map of the world that illustrates the depth contours of the Earth's ocean floor and the underwater features' shape, size, and distribution across the globe.
The Continental Map
The continental map is a map that focuses on the political and physical features of the seven largest continuous masses of land, also known as continents: North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica.