A close-up view of a section of Central America and the Caribbean.
A better look at the topographical shading used on this map.
The Satellite World
Client: Dorling Kindersley
An administrative map of the world with an added dimension. Rather than merely employing flat colour tints, this map utilises a digital relief shading technique, in conjunction with satellite imagery. This enables the viewer to obtain a sense of the world's topography and climate zones as well as identify its political divisions.
In addition to displaying continents and countries, the world's dependent territories, oceans, major seas, disputed regions and largest lakes are also mapped.
This map makes use of the Eckert IV projection. A pseudo-cylindrical projection that, being an equal-area projection, gives the viewer a realistic impression of the relative sizes of different regions.
Data from the following sources were used in the compilation of this map: Blue Marble: Next Generation: NASA's Earth Observatory; ETOPO2: National Geophysical Data Center; VMAP0: NIMA.