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EARTH Platinum Atlas

Winner of the 2013 IMIA Global Award for Best Map Product.

Winner of the 2013 IMIA George Stanton Award for Best Map Product in the Asia Pacific region.

In September 2010 Geographx was commissioned by Sydney-based publisher, Millennium House, to manage the cartography for the limited edition Earth Platinum world atlas.

The Earth Platinum atlas was published in February 2012. It stands 1800mm high, and weighs 150kg. Each double spread map covers 5 square metres. In addition to maps the atlas features gigapan photography.

Earth Platinum is now recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest atlas. It was printed on a Machine KBA 205 Rapida press by Litorama in Milan, and hand bound in Hong Kong. A large number of people were associated with the production, including more than a dozen map editors and 90 cartographers working from offices on six continents.

In addition to overseeing the cartography, Geographx produced the relief mapping that underlies the artwork on each map.

The project was immensely challenging, requiring the practical resolution of numerous technical and logistical issues. Geographx received a Special Commendation for its work on this project at the 2014 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards.

A copy of the Earth Platinum atlas has been acquired by the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington and is expected to go on public display in March 2015.

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