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World Maps

There are many different kinds of world maps and many different reasons one searches for world maps. There are all kinds of interesting maps available that you may have never thought about.

Through extensive research we have brought you links to some of the best world maps availble online (free).

See below for individual continents and selected individual countries.

A Few Quick Earth Facts

  • world mapThe diameter of the Earth at the equator is 7926 miles.
  • The diameter of the Earth through the poles is 7900 miles.
  • The Earth weighs 598,000,000,000,000,
    000,000,000 metric tons (598 sextillion).
  • Earth orbits around the Sun at 66,000 miles per hour.
  • The speed of the Earth spinning on its axis at the equator is about 1250 miles per hour.

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World Maps Resources

  • Antique Maps - A brief primer.
  • Continent Location - (click on the map to enlarge)
  • Continental Drift - Five maps showing the progression from 225 million years ago through the present.
  • Distance Calculator - Not a map, but a useful map-related tool. Enter "from" and "to" cities and the results are given in "as-the-crow-flies" miles.
  • Earthquake - Recent earthquake activity - click on the map to see more detail.
  • Gross Domestic Product - (per capita - click on map to enlarge)
  • Geochron - Information about the popular timekeeping piece that indicates where the sun is shining at any given moment.
  • Globes - A brief history of the globe and other useful globe information.
  • Historical World Maps - Go to the Perry-Castaneda Library and select from about a dozen historical world maps.
  • History of World Maps - A brief primer.
  • Latitude/Longitude Finder - Not a map, but a useful map-related tool. Enter just about any city or town and the results give longitude and latitude.
  • Lightning - Distribution of worldwide lightning strikes (click on the map to enlarge)
  • Shaded Relief - A PDF file - click on the zoom buttons to enlarge or shrink.
  • Time Zones (click on the map to enlarge)
  • World Political Map . An inexpensive wall map for purchase. We have one of these in our office - very nice for the price.

Individual Continents

Africa Australia
(Including Oceania)
North America
Asia Europe South America


Individual Countries

Canada France Japan Scotland
China Germany Mexico Spain
Croatia Greece Netherlands Sweden
Czech Republic India New Zealand Thailand
Egypt Ireland Russia Turkey
England Italy


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