Natural Earth

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Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10 million (1 cm = 100 km), 1:50 million, and 1:110 million map scales. Natural Earth's data set contains integrated vector and raster mapping data.[1]

Example of a public domain map in the Natural Earth database

The original authors of the map dataset are Tom Patterson and Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso, but Natural Earth has expanded to be a collaboration of many volunteers and is supported by the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS).[2] It is free for public use in any type of project.

The dataset includes the fictitious 1-meter-square Null Island at 0°N 0°E for error-checking purposes.[3]