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Want to know where Kurdish is spoken in Iran? Or how many countries have overlapping claims on Antarctica? Or which parts of the West Bank are officially declared both combat zones and nature reserves? Check out the online Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection from the University of Texas at Austin. Simple and easy to navigate, the ...

Want to know where Kurdish is spoken in Iran? Or how many countries have overlapping claims on Antarctica? Or which parts of the West Bank are officially declared both combat zones and nature reserves? Check out the online Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection from the University of Texas at Austin.

Simple and easy to navigate, the site offers thousands of city, state, country, continent, and world maps, organized alphabetically and by region. Although some stick to political boundaries and natural terrain, many reveal economic, cultural, and linguistic contours as well. Most of the maps were created digitally and the quality of the scanned ones is generally very good; some, however, are old and fuzzy or marred with creases. But any lapses in quality control are made up for in utility: All of the maps can be reproduced for free. And if for some reason you don’t find the map you’re looking for, one of the collection’s more than 120 links to other map sites will probably lead you to it.

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