high resolution world map
This Detailed world political map image HD shows a representation of the world, the land, and the seas of Earth. And No. the map is not proof that the world is a disc. The map is a two-dimensional (flat) projection of the global landmass and oceans that covers the surface of our spherical planet. The map shows the continents, oceans, major countries, and a network of lines (graticule) representing meridians and parallels, the geographic coordinate system.
This physical world map HD image shows the whole World, its topography and includes the main rivers.
- 1 World Map Overview
- 2 Major landforms of the Earth
- 3 Features of the World Map
- 4 Important Oceans
- 5 Dependent territories
- 6 List of Countries in the World in Alphabetical Order:-
- 7 Countries by Continents
- 8 Name Changes
World Map Overview
It is also a political map because it shows landform, bodies of water and other important geographical features such as mountains, deserts and lowlands, but also lakes, rivers.
We have used a Mercator projection for this map because it is the projection most commonly used in schools & colleges. In this map, geographic boundaries that trend north-south appear as vertical lines, geographic boundaries that trend east-west appear as horizontal lines.
This type of projection causes a minimum of country-shape distortion near the equator, a small amount of distortion at mid-latitudes, but extreme distortion near the poles. For that reason, the map does not extend to the north and south poles.
World maps are essentially physical or political. The political world map HD images shows different territorial borders of countries. In contrast, the physical world map displays geographical feature like mountains, land use, water bodies, vegetations, soil type and many other features.
The purpose of this map is to provide correct location, names, and boundaries of all the countries in the world. In fact, this map is very useful for teachers, students and for academic purposes.
In this PDF of the World Map, geographic boundaries that run north to south appear in the form of vertical lines. Moreover, geographic boundaries that run east to west appear as horizontal lines. Meanwhile, the projection used in this image of the World Map leads to minimum country-shape distortion, specifically near the equator.
Further, a little distortion can be found at the mid-latitudes, whereas extreme distortion will occur in the projection of the poles. Therefore, for the reason stated above, we have not extended the world political map HD images towards the north and south poles.
A world map can be defined as a representation of Earth, as a whole or in parts, usually on a flat surface.
This is made using different types of map projections (methods) like Mercator, Transverse Mercator, Robinson, Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area, Miller Cylindrical, to name a few. The creation of the world map has been the result of our quest to seek more knowledge about our Earth.
The World Map HD is a three-dimensional depiction of Earth on a two-dimensional plane.
World Maps are tools which provide us with varied information about any region of the globe and capture our world in different groups like Ocean Maps (shows the location of oceans), mountain maps (indicates location, name, and height of mountains and hills).
Similarly, travel maps, continents, country boundaries and many other theme maps have been made available.
Download the High resolution PDF of political map of the world, centered on Europe and Africa. The map shows the location of most of the world’s countries and includes their names where space allows.
Representing a round earth on a flat map requires some distortion of the geographic features, no matter how the map is done. The high resolution world map below is a two-dimensional (flat) projection of the global landmass and oceans that covers the surface of our spherical planet.
The world map shows the continents, oceans, major countries, and a network of lines representing meridians and parallels, the geographic coordinate system.
Major landforms of the Earth
List of the major landforms, physical features of the world map, that are shown on the map:
Nile, Niger, Congo, Zambezi, Amazon, Mississippi, Paraná, Mackenzie, Yukon, Ob , Mekong, Lena, Yangtze, Amur , Ganges, Yellow River, Yenisei, Indus, Amu Darya, Irrawaddy, Syr Darya, Volga.
Appalachian Mountains, Atlas, Taurus, Ural, Central Siberian Plateau, Himalayas, Plateau of Tibet, Iranian Plateau, Brazilian Highlands, Tian Shan, Altai.
Regions, plains, other landforms:
Congo Basin, West Siberian Plain, Sahara, Amazon basin, Arabian Peninsula, Maghreb, Middle East, Siberia.
Greenland, Iceland, Madagascar, New Guinea, Japan Islands.
Highest peaks (elevation):
Denali 6194, Mount Rainier 4393, Citlaltépetl 5636, Chimborazo 6267, Aconcagua 6962, Kilimanjaro 5895, Elbrus 5642, Mont Blanc 4807, K2 8611, Mt. Everest 8848, Fuji San 3776, Puncak Jaya 4884, Mt. Cook 3755, Mount Cameroon 4040, Mauna KEA 4205.
Oceans, Seas of the world:
Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Guinea, North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Baffin Sea, Barents Sea, Greenland Sea, Hudson Bay, Laptev Sea, Kara Sea, East Siberian Sea, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, Red Sea, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, South China Sea, East China Sea, Coral Sea, East Sea, Sea of Okhotsk, Tasman Sea.
Features of the World Map
Important features represented by the world map are the continents of the world. Our world map is divided into 7 important continents, which are listed below: (Ordered from largest to smallest)
- North America
- South America
- Oceania (Australia)
The world map also portrays the important oceanic divisions on earth, which includes:
- Arctic Ocean
- Atlantic Ocean
- Indian Ocean
- Pacific Ocean
- Southern Ocean (Also known as Great Southern Ocean and Antarctic Ocean)
Dependencies are territorial units that do not have full political independence or sovereignty; they are under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state such as France, the United Kingdom, or the United States, but are not formally annexed.
The probably best known dependent territories are Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, French Polynesia, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, New Caledonia, Aruba, Curaçao, Bermuda, the Falkland Islands, and Gibraltar.
List of Countries in the World in Alphabetical Order:-
|Algeria||Hong Kong||Palestinian Territories|
|Angola||I||Papua New Guinea|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Iceland||Paraguay|
|Belgium||K||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|Benin||Kenya||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Bolivia||Korea, North||San Marino|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Korea, South||Sao Tome and Principe|
|Burkina Faso||Laos||Sierra Leone|
|Cape Verde||Liechtenstein||South Africa|
|Central African Republic||Lithuania||South Korea|
|Congo, Democratic Republic of the||Malaysia||Sweden|
|Congo, Republic of the||Maldives||Switzerland|
|Dominica||Mongolia||Trinidad and Tobago|
|East Timor (see Timor-Leste)||Mozambique||Turkmenistan|
|Ecuador||Myanmar (formerly Burma)||Tuvalu|
|Eritrea||Nepal||United Arab Emirates|
|Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)||Netherlands Antilles||United States of America (USA)|
|Finland||Nigeria||Vatican City (Holy See)|
|G||North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia)||Venezuela|
Countries by Continents
There are 54 sovereign states (countries) in Africa. An estimated 1.34 billion people live on the second-largest continent (in 2020).
There are 35 sovereign states in the Americas. Approximately 1 billion people live on the double continent.
In North America (which includes Central America and the Caribbean), there are 23 sovereign countries, eight inhabited dependent territories, and about a dozen or so other territories, remnants from the colonial period, nicely named overseas departments, overseas collectivities, and constituent countries. And there is Greenland, the largest island in the world is a dependency of the Kingdom of Denmark.
12 independent countries share the continent of South America, plus one French overseas department, French Guiana, and two dependent territories, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (both British overseas territories).
The Far East, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the largest and most populous continent has many subregions. Asia counts 49 generally recognized sovereign states, all members of the United Nations, plus two states with a kind of limited, but substantial, international recognition, Taiwan (ROC), and Palestine (State of Palestine). 4.64 billion People live in Asia.
The two most populous countries in the world are in Asia, China and India. Asia’s largest country by area is Russia, Asian Russia occupies almost 30% of the entire continent.
Oceania, one continental-sized territory (Australia), three major archipelagos (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia), 14 sovereign countries, 10,000 islands, 42.6 million people. Together with Australia, Oceania forms the Australia/Oceania Region.
The western portion of the Eurasian continent is known as Europe. There are 44 sovereign countries, not included are countries that only have a small territory in Europe like Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. 43 European countries are members of the United Nations (Vatican City is not.
The Holy See, which represents the Vatican City State in international relations, has permanent observer status at the UN). 27 countries are members of the European Union. 747 million people live in Europe.
There are no countries in Antarctica. There are no people in Antarctica apart from some personnel from research stations and field camps. A number of countries operate seasonal or year-round research stations on the continent and its surrounding islands.
Usually, the location of a country can be described by the continent on which it is located, but there are some countries with territories that extend across a continental border, such as Egypt, which is located in North Africa and Western Asia.
Russia stretches over Eastern Europe and North Asia. Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan extend partially into Europe, and Turkey occupies a small portion of mainland Europe in East Thrace.
There are some minor changes to earlier maps.
Three countries changed their names:
- Swaziland is now Eswatini (eSwatini: Land of the Swazis)
- the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia finally became North Macedonia
- the Czech Republic wants now to be called Czechia
Other country name changes that happened since the year 2000.
- East Timor changed to Timor-Leste (in 2002 as another official name)
- The Hungarian Republic added Hungary in 2012 as another official name
- Libya changed its name to State of Libya (in 2013 but not recognized)
- Cape Verde added Cabo Verde in 2013 as another official name; they speak Portuguese there
- The Islamic Republic of The Gambia changed its name to Republic of The Gambia in 2017; maybe for image concerns?
- Yugoslavia – In 2003, FR Yugoslavia became officially known as the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro (abbreviated SUSM). In 2006, Montenegro seceded from the union and regained independence on 3 June 2006.
Capital name change
The capital of Kazakhstan Astana was renamed Nur-Sultan in 2019.
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