This is an enhanced satellite image map of the world in an Oblique Mercator projection with a latitude/longitude grid at 15° intervals. World topography and hydrology are depicted in exceptional detail. The parameters of this map projection have been carefully chosen so that the inevitable distortion that occurs is relegated to the oceans and to the least populated and least recognizable land masses. The result is a unique visually interesting flat map of the world that exhibits nearly no distortion in the most familiar areas, even at the poles. This version of the map has been done in a stylish portrait orientation perfectly suited to hang as an elegant piece of art in your home, office, or gallery. This view of the world was created using surface observation data collected with NASA’s MODIS satellite instrumentation in June through December. It is cloud free, created from multiple mosaics of satellite images, utilizing two visual bands and three thermal bands. The land cover image has been combined with high resolution hydrology and shaded relief elevation data to produce a final image resulting in easy to discern natural features such as rivers, mountains, and forests. Ocean bathymetry is based on the GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans) data sets. The source resolution of this map is 30 arc-seconds (1 pixel per km at the equator). Political borders are demarcated using red outlines This high quality giclee print map is available in multiple sizes ready for framing or with museum quality beveled edge frame mounting. Each map is produced as a detailed museum quality archive print. This special printing process is known as Giclee (zhee-CLAY) and is commonly used to produce very high quality fine art prints. The result is an exquisitely detailed print of substantially higher quality than a standard map poster. Inks have a lightfastness rating of over 100 years, guaranteeing minimal noticeable fading over a very long period of time. Giclee printing is superior to traditional lithography in a number of ways: colors are brighter, lasts longer, and is a higher resolution. Giclee print on glossy photo paper is dry-mounted to 1/4′ MDF in a heat press using archival-quality acid-free dry mounting adhesive. Final result is a non-glare, easy to clean professional product suitable for public display in the worlds most prestigious museums or galleries. Giclee prints ship within 3-4 business days. We ship our prints rolled up using high quality heavy duty cardboard tubes, a protective layer of foam is wrapped around each print. Dry-mounted framed prints ship within 2 weeks. These are carefully packaged in sturdy shipping cartons. Framed prints larger than 60′ x 30′ ship via freight truck. Weight measurements listed for each item reflect a dimensional shipping weight and are not representative of the actual physical weight of the item itself. These are printed and mounted to order and cannot be returned once opened. Giclee is a specialized ink-jet printing process for creating fine art prints. Printed on 10 mil luster photo paper using high-end professional 12-color printers. Each giclee is produced using very high resolution digital files resulting in incredibly detailed archival prints suitable for display in museums or art galleries. A giclee print is dry-mounted to 1/4′ MDF using a heat-press. Matte laminating film is applied to protect the print from UV fading and provide a scratch resistant, washable surface. The 1′ deep box is finished with a 1/8′ beveled edge. A 2′ x 1′ frame bonded to the rear features a channel for hanging using a wood screw. Source.