National Geographic celebrates 100 years of stunning pull-out maps

National Geographic celebrates 100 years of stunning pull-out maps

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As National Geographic completes 100 years of pull-out maps, it amazes the readers by presenting the most stunning presentations in the realm.

The trend of pull-out maps in the magazine began with a map of the western front, which got displayed in the May 1918 issue. This, approximately, 2 by 3 foot sheet map presented the 400-mile battle line across France and Belgium. This is where much of the World War I fighting had occurred. This was the first supplement map provided by the magazine and was completely created by its own cartography department.

Glance through some of the most memorable maps created by the magazine below. The collection includes pioneering maps of the ocean floor, a map of the moon published just months before the first astronauts set foot on its surface, stunning maps of landmarks like the Mount Everest, World War II-era maps of Germany and the South Pacific to a map of Afghanistan produced for the December 2001 issue, as well as maps of animal migrations and ancient cultures.

11918 WESTERN THEATRE OF WAR

21918 RACES OF EUROPE

31922 AFRICA 

41922 THE WORLD

51925 THE ARCTIC

61938 WASHINGTON, D.C.

71944 GERMAN OFFENSIVE

81967 INDIAN OCEAN FLOOR

91969 THE EARTH’S MOON

101972 PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST

111973 THE RED PLANET

121975 ALASKA

131976 PORTRAIT USA

141985 A TRAVELER’S MAP OF THE ALPS

151986 PACIFIC NORTHWEST

161988 WASHBURN’S EVEREST

171993 NORTH AMERICA IN THE AGE OF THE DINOSAURS

182001 AFGHANISTAN

192018 BIRD MIGRATION