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January 2012
New National Geographic Maps for 2012
2012 will be another busy year for National Geographic Maps as we continue to expand our offerings of wall maps, travel maps, atlases, and Trails Illustrated outdoor recreation maps.

National Geographic's wall maps will mark several key anniversaries in 2012, including the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Additional wall maps offered in 2012 include Canada's National Parks and Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks.

National Geographic Destination Map series will expand with seven more titles this year, including maps of California's Sierra Nevada; the Canadian Rockies; the Cascades of Washington and Oregon; Miami and the Keys; New York's Finger Lakes; Texas Hill Country; and Wisconsin's Door Peninsula.

By the end of 2012, National Geographic's line of AdventureMaps will exceed 70 titles with new offerings for premier adventure travel destinations including Bali, Lombok, and Komodo; Cuba; France; Germany; Hawaii; Israel; Japan; Kenya; Philippines; Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi; Turkey; Vietnam; and many more.

National Geographic Maps will also launch a new line of State Recreation Atlases this year. Each atlas will include current topographic maps and detailed roads, recreation guides, and much more. Initial atlas offerings will include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
 
National Geographic will also release new Trails Illustrated topographic maps for popular outdoor recreation areas, including Canada's Banff and Jasper National Parks; California's Los Padres and Angeles National Forests; Florida's Ten Thousand Islands; Michigan's Huron and Manistee National Forests; Oregon's Bend and Smith Rock, Mount Hood Wilderness, and Mount Jefferson/Mount Washington Wilderness; Utah's Capitol Reef National Park; Vermont's Mount Mansfield and Stowe; and more.

These new National Geographic Maps will be featured in this monthly newsletter as they become available. More information of these product lines can also be found on our website at natgeomaps.com.
 
FROM THE CARTOGRAPHER'S DESK

Although nothing compared to what we mapmakers experienced during the heady days following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990′s, National Geographic maps have kept pace with—and portrayed—all of the major and minor geopolitical events of 2011. Notable among these were...
 
January
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CUBA: Cuba officially creates two new provinces on New Year's Day—Artemisa and Mayabeque—by dividing La Habana province.
 
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  SOUTHERN SUDAN: From January 9 through January 15, the people of Southern Sudan hold a referendum to determine whether to remain part of a united Sudan or to form a new independent nation. The referendum shows that nearly 99 percent of voters are in favor of dividing Africa's largest country.
 
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  REPUBLIC OF FIJI: The name Republic of the Fiji Islands, as formally slated in that country's 1997 constitution, changes to Republic of Fiji.
 
May
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  ABBOTTABAD, PAKISTAN: The May 2 raid on Osama bin Laden's compound brings the little-known (to Westerners) Pakistani town of Abbottabad to the spotlight.
 
July
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  SOUTH SUDAN: On July 9, South Sudan becomes the world's 195th independent nation.
 
August
LIBYA: The conventional long form name for Libya—Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya—no longer applies. Libya becomes the country's formal conventional name.
 
November
INDIA: On November 1, India's parliament approves a bill effectively changing the name of the state of Orissa (which accounts for nearly 5 percent of India's total area) to Odisha.
 
December
CHALLENGER DEEP: Sonar mapping of the Mariana Trench, conducted by the University of New Hampshire's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, determines that the Challenger Deep—the deepest point on Earth—has a new maximum depth of -10,994 m (-36,070 ft).

—Juan José Valdés, The Geographer and Director of Editorial and Research, National Geographic Maps

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