Science: The New Shape of the World

A pioneering map presents a fresh view of reality

It's not every day one gets to cut the Soviet Union in half," mused the National Geographic Society's chief cartographer, John Garver Jr. Indeed, on the new map of the world that the society is sending its 11 million members, the Soviet Union has lost 18 million sq. mi. -- more than two-thirds of the territory it appeared to encompass on the National Geographic's maps for the past half-century. The diminution, to be sure, is only on paper, but to millions of map readers the world over, perception is reality. And that reality is about to be changed by the National...

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