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The Big Picture

Maps Aren't Just About Geography Anymore

Image courtesy National Geographic Channel

With the explosion of infographics and big data, maps can tell us all kinds of things about the human experience. National Geographic Channel's series The Big Picture is about finding the unexpected—and sometimes surprising—realities in both the world at large and our own backyard, revealed by crunching the numbers and finding new ways to visualize data.


Use the map tours, interactives, reference content, and activities in this collection to delve deeper into the show's themes.


These interactive map tours were designed to supplement episodes of ​The Big Picture​, premiering on March 30, 2015 at 9 p.m.


This content complements the episode ​Treasure Hunt​, airing March 30, 2015 at 9 p.m.

Natural Disasters

This content complements the episode ​Surviving Nature's Fury, airing April 13, 2015 at 9 p.m.


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MapMaker Interactive

Explore your world with map themes, data, and tools for customizing your map. Create maps and share them. This easy-to-use tool is great for getting started with interactive mapping and GIS and is now optimized for tablets.