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2015-01-16: 3.3.0
- Added new Manual Shaded Relief to the 50m raster set.
2014-10-18: 3.2.0
- Erased [Sandy Island](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Island,_New_Caledonia) from all Natural Earth raster files (10m and 50m sets).
2013-12-03: 3.1.0
- Minor fix to restore missing Brcko District and portion of Republic Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina that went missing in 3.0.0 when Brcko District was added to the admin-1 but not completely to admin-0. The boundary lines were fixed in 3.0.0 already.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_disputed_areas_scale_rank_minor_islands - Restore missing Brcko
District and portion of Republic Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_disputed_areas - Restore missing Brcko District and portion of
Republic Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_countries - Restore missing Brcko District and portion of
Republic Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_countries_lakes - Restore missing Brcko District and portion of
Republic Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_map_subunits - Restore missing Brcko District and portion of
Republic Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_map_units - Restore missing Brcko District and portion of Republic
Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_scale_rank_minor_islands - Restore missing Brcko District and
portion of Republic Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_scale_rank - Restore missing Brcko District and portion of
Republic Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_sovereignty - Restore missing Brcko District and portion of
Republic Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_label_points - Add Brcko District and portion of Republic Srpska
in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2013-12-01: 3.0.1
- Tiny bug fix, reposting ne_10m_land SHP and ZIP.
- BUG FIX: ne_10m_land - Fix NaN error in SHP component. Bad file copy earlier?
2013-06-02: 3.0.0
- Many thanks to the individuals who contributed over the last year of development: Tom, Nathaniel, staff of Geographx in New Zealand, David at foursquare and more.
GENERAL
1) Updates to the admin-1 layer in 10m series to radically increase coverage, quality, and move towards fully UTF-8 based Shapefiles, no more GeoDB! Because everything is now SHP format, the 50m and 110m admin-1 files have also been renamed.
2) Updates in New Zealand for coastline, rivers, lakes, geographic areas, roads, railroad, and populated places.
3) Coastline updates in New Zealand, deletion of Sandy Island, and other admin-1 adjustments force the admin-0, and ocean, land & some bathymetry polygons to rebuild.
4) Pinnacles National Monument elevated to National Park.
5) Salish Sea added for physical marine label areas.
6) Minor changes for Russian hydrology in 10m and 50m series.
7) Sister site quattroshapes.com launches with administrative data at nominal 1:100,000 scale.
10M_CULTURAL
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_boundary_lines_disputed_areas - more disputed areas to match
US State Department data.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_disputed_areas_scale_rank_minor_islands - more disputed areas
to match US State Department data.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_disputed_areas - more disputed areas to match US State
Department data.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_boundary_lines_land - better match US State Department
1:100,000 data.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_boundary_lines_map_units - minor to no change.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_boundary_lines_maritime_indicator - Caribbean adjustment.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_countries - minor changes to attributes, coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_countries_lakes - minor changes to attributes,
coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_map_subunits - minor changes to attributes, coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_map_units - minor changes to attributes, coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_scale_rank_minor_islands - minor changes to attributes,
coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_scale_rank - minor changes to attributes, coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_sovereignty - minor changes to attributes, coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_label_points - minor changes to attributes, coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces - major changes to attributes and coverage,
coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces_scale_rank - major changes to attributes and
coverage, coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces_lakes - major changes to attributes and
coverage, coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces_lines - major changes to attributes and
coverage, coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_1_label_points - major changes to attributes and coverage,
coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_populated_places - additional coverage in New Zealand.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_railroads - additional coverage in New Zealand.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_roads - additional coverage in New Zealand.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_parks_and_protected_lands- Pinnacles National Monument elevated to
National Park.
10M_PHYSICAL
- UPDATED: ne_10m_coastline - No more Sandy Island, better coverage in New Zealand
- UPDATED: ne_10m_minor_islands_coastline - minor adjustments.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_geography_marine_polys - Salish Sea added.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_geography_regions_polys - additional coverage in New Zealand.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_lakes - additional coverage in New Zealand; Russian adjustments.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_land - No more Sandy Island, better coverage in New Zealand
- UPDATED: ne_10m_land_scale_rank - No more Sandy Island, better coverage in New Zealand
- UPDATED: ne_10m_ocean - No more Sandy Island, better coverage in New Zealand
- UPDATED: ne_10m_ocean_scale_rank - No more Sandy Island, better coverage in New Zealand
- UPDATED: ne_10m_rivers_lake_centerlines_scale_rank - additional coverage in New
Zealand; Russian adjustments.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_rivers_lake_centerlines - additional coverage in New Zealand; Russian
adjustments.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_bathymetry_I_2000 - No more Sandy Island
- UPDATED: ne_10m_bathymetry_J_1000 - No more Sandy Island
- UPDATED: ne_10m_bathymetry_K_200 - No more Sandy Island
- UPDATED: ne_10m_bathymetry_L_0 - No more Sandy Island
- UPDATED: ne_10m_land_ocean_label_points - No more Sandy Island, other
coastline changes.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_land_ocean_seams - No more Sandy Island, other coastline changes.
50M_CULTURAL
- UPDATED: ne_50m_admin_1_states_provinces - remove _shp postfix like 10m changes.
- UPDATED: ne_50m_admin_1_states_provinces_scale_rank - remove _shp postfix
like 10m changes.
- UPDATED: ne_50m_admin_1_states_provinces_lakes - remove _shp postfix like 10m changes.
50M_PHYSICAL
- UPDATED: ne_50m_lakes - Russian hydro.
- UPDATED: ne_50m_rivers_lake_centerlines_scale_rank - Russian hydro.
- UPDATED: ne_50m_rivers_lake_centerlines - Russian hydro
110M_CULTURAL
- UPDATED: ne_110m_admin_1_states_provinces - remove _shp postfix like 10m changes.
- UPDATED: ne_110m_admin_1_states_provinces_lakes - remove _shp postfix like 10m changes.
- UPDATED: ne_110m_admin_1_states_provinces_scale_rank - remove _shp postfix
like 10m changes.
2012-10-12: 2.0.0
- Full details: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/miscellaneous/natural-earth-v2-0-0-release-notes/.
- Many thanks to the individuals who contributed over the last year of development: Tom, Nathaniel, Alex Tait, Hans van der Maarel, Scott Zillmer, Mike Migurski, Daniel Huffman, Xan Gregg, Peter Bispham, Drew Noakes, Miguel Angel Vilela, Matthew Toro, Kevin Pickell, Shawn Allen, Robert Coup, Iain, Leo, and more! Thanks also to Stamen thru the Knight Foundation Citytracking grant for sponsoring a portion of this work including remastering geometries for better PostGIS import, the move to Github, and adopting semantic versioning.
GENERAL
- UPDATED: NATURAL_EARTH_UPDATE_2.0.0 - This release focuses on 7 major areas:
1) Economic geography: adds global roads, railroads, ports, airports, and time zones to
show how people are interconnected and goods route.
2) Remastered geometries: fixes topological errors at 1:10 to 1:1,000 scales in the basic
coastline, ocean, land, admin-0, and admin-1 related themes for files in the the 1:10m
scaleset. By removing self-intersections, sliver polygons, and adjusting offset polygons,
Natural Earth imports into more GIS software (like PostGIS) and will be easier to
maintain. The coastline is adjusted to better conform to ~1:3,000,000 satellite imagery.
Because of all these changes, some raster themes are also updated. Land, ocean, and minor
islands all build topologically by scripting ingredients, as do the admin-0 and admin-1
cultural themes.
3) Introduce Gray Earth rasters. Worldwide terrain depicted monochromatically in shades of
gray. It combines shaded relief and regionally adjusted hypsography that emphasizes both
high mountains and the micro terrain found in lowlands. View new raster »
4) New file name and field name schemas. Full adoption of ne_10m_theme_name.shp file names
with `ne_` prefix to allow better import into GeoDB and PostGIS storage, lowercase field
(column) names instead of MiXeD and UPPER cased names, and use of consistent `name` field
(versus name1).
5) Address user submitted bug reports, ~25 since the 1.4 release, and earlier.
6) Moved to Github for the backend versioned file management and coordination. Includes
scripts to package updates and auto-create derived themes.
7) Adopt semantic versioning. Know, by theme, the level of effort needed to update your
maps when Natural Earth data updates are released.
* Other notable changes:
All themes now include README and VERSION files. The admin-0 attributes have more veracity
and now includes nested disputed areas (was a sidecar). Adds continent, region, subregion
codes. Adds versions of country and admin-1 without boundary lakes. All places and parts
of places have population and GDP estimates. The populated places pop_max and pop_min
attributes are now fully built out for all records (pop max is for the metropolitan area,
pop_min is for the incorporated city of the same name). populated places now include
rank_max and rank_min for simple town size grading. All instances of name1 have been
changed to name, name to name, name2 to name_alt. Vertexes were added to many themes to
allow them to project into conics smoothly (they're back!). All field (column) names are
now generally in the order of: scalerank, featurecla, name, name_alt, natscale,
labelrank, *.
PACKAGES
- UPDATED: NATURAL_EARTH_QUICK_START - Incorporates all changes above and below.
10M_BUILDING_BLOCKS
- **NEW**: NE_10M_LAND_OCEAN_LABEL_POINTS - Used for building the 10m
physical geometry.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_MINOR_ISLAND_LABEL_POINTS - Used for building the
10m physical geometry.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_LABEL_POINTS - Used for building the 10m
cultural geometry.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_LABEL_POINTS.GDB - Used for building the
10m cultural geometry.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_LABEL_POINTS_DETAILS.GDB - Used for
building the 10m cultural geometry.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_LAND_OCEAN_SEAMS - Used for building the 10m
physical geometry. Includes densified vertex along lines to allow
smooth projection into conics.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_SEAMS - Used for building the 10m cultural
geometry. Includes densified vertex along lines to allow smooth
projection into conics.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_SEAMS - Used for building the 10m cultural
geometry. Includes densified vertex along lines to allow smooth
projection into conics.
NATURAL_EARTH_VECTOR
- **NEW**: NATURAL_EARTH_VECTOR.SQLITE All natural earth themes
packaged in a single sqlite database file.
HOUSEKEEPING
- UPDATED: NE_ADMIN_0_DETAILS - Track admin-0 countries and other
levels. Updated for South Sudan, map colors, population figures,
removed () from notes, and more. note: diffs between sov, adm0, map
units, map subunits, and new breakaways are all calculated on the a3
codes now, no longer mix of names and a3 codes. Added and split
note_adm0 and note_brk to note which countries are parts of which
sovereignties and who's breaking away or disputing. One spurious
“county” feature code fixed to “country” (finland). Added labelrank
on all. Added new mapcolors (7, 8, 9 and old 13). Includes new
detail on Caribbean Netherlands map unit. Adds more detail to Bhutan
disputed areas. Now includes continent codes, and future region code
placeholder columns. Fixes over 2.0.0 release candidate 2 problems
in Georgia, Chile, and Cyprus for parts that had scaleranks > 6 and
were disappearing from countries and up on selection / dissolve.
Added name_len to know when to abbreviate labels.
- **NEW**: NE_ADMIN_0_FULL_ATTRIBUTES - Added as placeholder for
extra thematic data by country (eg from World Bank, CIA World
Factbook, etc) but only has old 1.2 era data for now.
- **NEW**: NE_ADMIN_1_DETAILS - Track admin-1 states and provinces.
- UPDATED: NE_THEMES_VERSIONS - What version is each file at? Stats on each.
10M_CULTURAL
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_SOVEREIGNTY - See changelog for
ne_10m_admin_0_scale_rank_minor_islands, below.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_COUNTRIES - See changelog for
ne_10m_admin_0_scale_rank_minor_islands, below.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_MAP_UNITS - See changelog for
ne_10m_admin_0_scale_rank_minor_islands, below.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_map_subunits - See changelog for
ne_10m_admin_0_scale_rank_minor_islands, below.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_DISPUTED_AREAS - See changelog for
ne_10m_admin_0_disputed_areas_scale_rank, below.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_DISPUTED_AREAS_SCALE_RANK - Now derived
from the admin-0 scale ranks. specific admin_a3 codes have been
added for each. additional disputed areas have been added, some
modified, including adding Taiwan, more detail around Bhutan, and
adding labelrank attribute to help know when it's relevant to label
on map. Fixes: N96NSYPAPV.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_SCALE_RANK - See changelog for
ne_10m_admin_0_scale_rank_minor_islands, below.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_SCALE_RANK_MINOR_ISLANDS - Name change to
removed plural from scale rank. Rebuilt geometry so all admin-0
parts have coincidental boundary linework (no sliver polygons, no
small self-intersection loops). Uses updated admin-0 details, including
final iso code for South Sudan, recombining Gaza Strip and West Bank
into Palestine, retiring Maly Vysotsky island back to Russia as the
Finish lease expired. Now incorporates disputed areas an some depreciated
areas for easier political map assembly. Fixes: VS55865Z8A, 2MH8QDPMWZ,
89272PRVWP, 86981W1MPA, WUAU1PQN6H, 8XV9T88TM6, AWLB5ZJXMN.
- UPDATED: ne_10m_admin_0_boundary_lines_land - Minor updates to
alignment of boundary lines (and topology fixes), additional coding to
allow official US gov't view of same. better disputed coding, including
Kosovo. Densified vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into
conics. Moved Omani exclave Madha to correct location. Adds left and right
labels and codes. Fixes: N96NSYPAPV, ZQNTN5VGDD, Z8ZYYUQZVS.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_BOUNDARY_LINES_MARITIME_INDICATOR - Minor
updates, including marking Alaska / BC boundary as disputed. Moved
Hong Kong admin-1 line to admin-0 marine indicator. Includes
densified vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
name1 have been changed to name, name to name, name2 to name_alt.
Fixes: 4VA9P9UGQE.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_BOUNDARY_LINES_MAP_UNITS - Minor updates to
alignment of boundary lines, additional coding to allow official US
gov't view of same. Better disputed coding. Densified vertex along
lines to allow smooth projection into conics. The ZIP now contains the
lines, not the polygons. Fixes: N96NSYPAPV, ZP7DXPEM1M
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_BOUNDARY_LINES_DISPUTED_AREAS - Minor
updates to alignment of boundary lines, additional coding to allow
official US gov't view of same. Better disputed coding. Densified
vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics. Adds
notes about who's claim the line is in the name column. Fixes:
N96NSYPAPV.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_PACIFIC_GROUPINGS - Densified vertex along
lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_ANTARCTICA_CLAIMS - Although countries have
paused their claims to the southernmost continent, they haven't
suspended them. Thanks, Hans!
- **NEW**: NE_10M_ADMIN_0_ANTARCTICA_CLAIM_LIMIT_LINES - Although
countries have paused their claims to the southernmost continent,
they haven't suspended them. Thanks, Hans!
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_SHP - Multiple, see changelog fr
ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces_geodb.gdb, below.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_LINES_SHP - Multiple, see changelog fr
ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces_geodb.gdb, below.
Now an export of the geodb version (some details lost in
utf8-windows1252 character conversion). Note the _shp postfix is
enforced now.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_LINES_GEODB.gdb - To allow
for left and right labeling along lines using the utf8 names.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_GEODB.gdb - Rebuilt
geometry so all admin-1 have coincidental boundary line work (no
sliver polygons, no small self-intersection loops) and new coastline
(Gibraltar is in the right spot, 1000s of other spots world wide).
Removed duplicate lines in the philippine. Added new provinces in
New Zealand. Moved Hong Kong admin-1 line to admin-0 marine
indicator. Fixed Canada boundary between Labrador and Quebec. Fixes
Czech admin-1 regions. Uses updated admin-1 details. name1 have been
changed to name, name to name, name2 to name_alt. Added name_len to
know when to abbreviate labels. Updates map colors. No longer
includes Baffin Island lake. Fixes 95ZDQXDPHW, G8Y31LEYY8,
XZ2G1MU9HJ, 4VA9P9UGQE, WNVSE7BTRM.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_LAKES_GEODB.gdb - Multiple, see
changelog for ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces_geodb.gdb, above.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_LAKES_SHP - Multiple, see
changelog for ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces_geodb.gdb, above.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_SCALE_RANK_GEODB.gdb Multiple,
see changelog for ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces_geodb.gdb, above.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_SCALE_RANK_MINOR_ISLANDS_GEODB.gdb -
Multiple, see changelog for ne_10m_admin_1_states_provinces_geodb.gdb.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_POPULATED_PLACES - A couple name corrections
(Morelia, Mexico spelling fixed. Mazatlan, Mexico spelling fixed.
Clarified confusion around Tabatinga / Leticia on the Colombian /
Brazilian border. On the Brazil / Bolivia border, clarified
Brasileia / Cobija. Fixed spelling of Shuozhou, China), many
population max values, mostly in China, India, rift valley (Africa),
Nigeria, and other countries in east Asia, but some elsewhere. Made
sure cities in Switzerland are coded admin-0 of CH and China are CN.
Moved Amundsen Base to 176° so it's in the -12 timezone. Also moved
Peter I Island. Vatican City is also moved to be contained by it's
admin-0 polygon. Same for San Marino. Added a poprank column with 0
to 14 numerical classes. Deleted spurious Extra Eureka town in Canada
near Greenland. Delete duplicate town Urengoy in RUS, rename the real
one Novy Urengoy. Fixes: 4SUAZ7BB49, D459XT1Z6Y.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_POPULATED_PLACES_LESS_COLUMNS - Now auto generated
from the - ne_10m_populated_places file. see that changelog.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_URBAN_AREA - Removed spurious urban polygons in
Nevada and other high reflectance desert areas or ice fields like on
Mt. Hood in Oregon. Added detailed scalerank attributes.
- NO DIFF: NE_10M_LANDSCAN_URBAN_AREAS.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_PARKS_AND_PROTECTED_LANDS_AREA - Filename is now
parks and protected lands, but content remains exclusively United
States only. Several new parks added, see readme. Fixed topology
errors. Adjusted coastlines to match new coastlines. Adjusted a few
scale ranks for zooms 2, 3, 4.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_PARKS_AND_PROTECTED_LANDS_SCALE_RANKS - Source for
dissolved park area multi-polygons.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_PARKS_AND_PROTECTED_LANDS_LINES - Filename is now
parks and protected lands, but content remains exclusively united
states only. several new parks added, see readme.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_PARKS_AND_PROTECTED_LANDS_POINTS - Filename is now
parks and protected lands, but content remains exclusively United
States only. Several new parks added including Cesar Chavez National
Monument, see readme for full details. Added missing “name” column.
Some reranking for scaleranks 7, 8, 9 for parks in urban centers.
Added missing unit_codes for Clinton Birthplace NHS and River Raisin
NBP.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ROADS - Now global coverage, includes scaleranks.
new Europe roads include route numbers and road types. Added some
detail in North America.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ROADS_NORTH_AMERICA_SUPPLEMENT - Now includes scaleranks.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_RAILROADS - Now global coverage, includes scaleranks.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_AIRPORTS - Added airports as a selection of Mile High Club (updated).
- **NEW**: NE_10M_PORTS - Added ports as a selection from High Seas (updated).
- **NEW**: NE_10M_TIME_ZONES Generalized time zones, thanks Alex!
Includes special dispensation for Antarctica.
10M_PHYSICAL
- UPDATED: NE_10M_RIVERS_LAKE_CENTERLINES - See changelog for
ne_10m_rivers_lake_centerlines_scale_ranks for details.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_RIVERS_LAKE_CENTERLINES_SCALE_RANKS - Updated river
names, few new rivers, splits. added river connector in Sweden
between lake near Stockholm and Baltic Sea. Fixes in France and
Netherlands. Fixes Mackenzie river at it's confluence with Dawson
river in Australia. Names the Mahakam in Borneo (Rivernum 544).
Changes scalerank on Nelson river in Canada.
Fixes: SHAWNZQJ3B, 5J47B13PJ7, W9X539LBUT, 35YLBL2W9Z.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_RIVERS_LAKE_CENTERLINES_NORTH_AMERICA_SUPPLEMENT -
Updated river names, few new rivers, splits. Fixes: SHAWNZQJ3B,
5J47B13PJ7.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_RIVERS_LAKE_CENTERLINES_EUROPE_SUPPLEMENT - Updated
river names, few new rivers, splits. fixed topology errors. Fixes:
SHAWNZQJ3B.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_LAKES - Removed major lake groupings (Great Lakes,
Finger Lakes, etc) to geography label areas instead. Title cased the
feature class values. Added Swedish lake near Stockholm (had been
extension of Baltic Sea in ocean theme). Fixed topology errors.
Fixed a few reservoir and salt lake codes (thanks Craig!).
- UPDATED: NE_10M_LAKES_NORTH_AMERICA_SUPPLEMENT - Name1 have been
changed to name, name to name, name2 to name_alt. Fixes 4VA9P9UGQE.
- NO DIFF: NE_10M_LAKES_EUROPE_SUPPLEMENT.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_LAKES_HISTORIC - Name1 have been changed to name,
name to name, name2 to name_alt. Updated scale ranks so Aral Sea is
3, lake in Mexico is now 8. Fixes 4VA9P9UGQE.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_LAKES_PLUVIAL - Fixed topology errors.
- NO DIFF: NE_10M_PLAYAS.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GEOGRAPHY_REGIONS_POLYS - Now includes major lake
groupings (Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, etc) moved, from lake theme.
Fixed topology errors. Title case feature class values. Removed
duplicate Laccadive Islands poly.
- NO DIFF: NE_10M_GEOGRAPHY_REGIONS_POINTS.
- NO DIFF: NE_10M_GEOGRAPHY_ELEVATION_POINTS.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GEOGRAPHY_MARINE_POLYS - Updated the scale ranks
for better zoom-by-zoom mapping. Fixed topology errors.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_LAND - A dissolved version of the original 1.x
file, now renamed "ne_10m_land_scale_rank", see that changelog for
full details. Fixes XAWXTN54GT.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_LAND_SCALE_RANKS - Renamed our original land file
to this. Incorporates new coastline. Includes densified vertex along
lines to allow smooth projection into conics. Fixes XAWXTN54GT.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_OCEAN - A dissolved version of the original 1.x
file, now renamed "ne_10m_ocean_scale_rank", see that changelog for
full details. Fixes XAWXTN54GT.
- **NEW**: NE_10M_OCEAN_SCALE_RANKS - Renamed our original ocean file
to this. Incorporates new coastline. Removed Swedish lake near
Stockholm (had been extension of Baltic Sea in ocean theme) to lakes
layer. Incorporates new coastline. Includes densified vertex along
lines to allow smooth projection into conics. Fixes XAWXTN54GT.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_COASTLINE - Better matches modern satellite imagery
to zoom 8-ish. The earlier coastline could have been several
kilometers off (like in Gibraltar). Several large new islands added.
Includes densified vertex along lines to allow smooth projection
into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_MINOR_ISLANDS - Better matches modern satellite
imagery to zoom 8-ish. the earlier coastline could have been several
kilometers off. several hundred small new islands added.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_MINOR_ISLANDS_COASTLINE - Better matches modern
satellite imagery to zoom 8-ish. the earlier coastline could have
been several kilometers off. several hundred small new islands
added.
- NO DIFF: NE_10M_REEFS.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GLACIATED_AREAS - Donut holes in large glaciers are
now punched thru rather than being duplicate polygons. Clipped to
new land shape. May miss a few sliver polygons between ice and
coastline. Fixed topology errors. Includes densified vertex along
lines to allow smooth projection into conics. Fixes: 1EH6NRTJ6P.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ANTARCTIC_ICE_SHELVES_POLYS - Densified vertex
along lines to allow smooth projection into conics. Fixed topology
errors. Remade columns (fieldnames).
- UPDATED: NE_10M_ANTARCTIC_ICE_SHELVES_LINES - Densified vertex
along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_ALL - Includes new coastline, fixes
topology errors and vertex densification, see below.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_0 - Better matches modern satellite
imagery to zoom 8-ish. The earlier coastline could have been several
kilometers off. several large new islands added. topology errors
repaired. Includes densified vertex along lines to allow smooth
projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_200 - Topology errors repaired. Includes densified
vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_1000 - Topology errors repaired. Includes densified
vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_2000 - Topology errors repaired. Includes densified
vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- WAITING: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_3000 - Still needs further fixes. Includes densified
vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- WAITING: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_4000 - Still needs further fixes. Includes densified
vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- WAITING: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_5000 - Still needs further fixes. Includes densified
vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_6000 - Topology errors repaire. Includes densified
vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- WAITING: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_7000 - Still needs further fixes.
- WAITING: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_8000 - Still needs further fixes.
- WAITING: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_9000 - Still needs further fixes.
- WAITING: NE_10M_BATHYMETRY_10000 - Still needs further fixes.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GEOGRAPHIC_LINES - New int'l date line, thanks
Alex! Also densified linework for smoother projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GRATICULES_ALL - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GRATICULES_1 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GRATICULES_5 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GRATICULES_10 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GRATICULES_15 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GRATICULES_20 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_GRATICULES_30 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_WGS84_BOUNDING_BOX - Densified vertex along lines
to allow smooth projection into conics.
10M RASTERS
- UPDATED: HYP_HR_SR_W_DR_OCEAN - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: HYP_LR_SR_W_DR_OCEAN - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: HYP_HR_SR_W_DR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: HYP_LR_SR_W_DR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: HYP_HR_SR_W - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: HYP_LR_SR_W - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: HYP_HR_SR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: HYP_LR_SR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE1_LR_LC_SR_W_DR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE1_LR_LC_SR_W - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE1_LR_LC_SR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- NO DIFF: NE1_LR_LC.
- UPDATED: NE1_HR_LC_SR_W_DR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE1_HR_LC_SR_W - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE1_HR_LC_SR, new embedded shaded relief.
- NO DIFF: NE1_HR_LC.
- UPDATED: NE2_LR_LC_SR_W_DR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE2_LR_LC_SR_W - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE2_LR_LC_SR, new embedded shaded relief.
- NO DIFF: NE2_LR_LC.
- UPDATED: NE2_HR_LC_SR_W_DR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE2_HR_LC_SR_W - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE2_HR_LC_SR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- NO DIFF: NE2_HR_LC.
- NO DIFF: NE_10M_OCEAN_BOTTOM_OB_LR.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_SHADED_RELIEF_SR_HR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE_10M_SHADED_RELIEF_SR_LR - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- **NEW**: GRAY_HR_SR_OB_DR - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
- **NEW**: GRAY_HR_SR_OB - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
- **NEW**: GRAY_HR_SR_W - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
- **NEW**: GRAY_HR_SR - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
- **NEW**: GRAY_LR_SR_OB_DR - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
- **NEW**: GRAY_LR_SR_OB - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
- **NEW**: GRAY_LR_SR_W - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
- **NEW**: GRAY_LR_SR - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
50M CULTURAL
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_COUNTRIES - See changelog for ne_50m_admin_0_scale_ranks.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_SOVEREIGNTY - See changelog for ne_50m_admin_0_scale_ranks.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_MAP_UNITS - See changelog for ne_50m_admin_0_scale_ranks.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_MAP_SUBUNITS - See changelog for ne_50m_admin_0_scale_ranks.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_SCALE_RANKS - Fixes topology errors, uses
updated admin-0 details, new lake in sweden is no longer punched
out (was part of ocean). Densified vertex along lines to allow smooth
projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_TINY_COUNTRIES - Updated admin-0 details.
- **NEW**: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_TINY_COUNTRIES_SCALE_RANK - To ease final admin-0 details.
Added Caribbean Netherlands, Macao, and Hong Kong.
- NO DIFF: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_BOUNDARY_MAP_UNITS.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_BOUNDARY_LINES_LAND - A additional coding
to allow official US gov't view of same. better disputed coding, in
alignment with 10m file Kosovo, etc). Densified vertex along lines
to allow smooth projection into conics. Fixes: N96NSYPAPV.
- NO DIFF: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_BOUNDARY_LINES_MARITIME_INDICATOR.
- NO DIFF: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_PACIFIC_GROUPINGS.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_BREAKAWAY_DISPUTED_AREAS - Filename change.
minor updates to alignment of boundary lines, additional coding to
allow official US gov't view of same. better disputed coding.
Densified vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
Fixes: N96NSYPAPV.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_0_BOUNDARY_LINES_DISPUTED_AREAS - Filename
change. minor updates to alignment of boundary lines, additional
coding to allow official US gov't view of same. Better disputed
coding. Densified vertex along lines to allow smooth projection into
conics. Fixes: N96NSYPAPV.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_SHP - Added some new ISO
coding, other minor changes. Fixes topology errors. Adds admin-1 for
brazil and australia. Uses same coding as 10m files. Derived from
new scale rank version.
- **NEW**: NE_50M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_SHP_SCALE_RANK - Added a
version for data linking ease in future revisions.
- **NEW**: NE_50M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_LAKES_SHP - Added new
version that punches out large lakes, based on lakes of scalerank = 0.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_LINES_SHP - Filename
change to remove plural from scale rank. Fixes topology errors. adds
more columns for selection based on 10m version.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_POPULATED_PLACES - Now auto generated from the
ne_10m_populated_places file, see that changelog.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_POPULATED_PLACES_SIMPLE - Now auto generated from
the ne_10m_populated_places file, see that changelog.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_URBAN_AREA - Added detailed scale ranks based on
new coding of 10m file.
- **NEW**: NE_50M_AIRPORTS - Now auto generated from the ne_10m_airports file.
- **NEW**: NE_50M_PORTS - Now auto generated from the ne_10m_ports file.
50M_PHYSICAL
- UPDATED: NE_50M_RIVERS_LAKE_CENTERLINES - Added lake to baltic
connector in Sweden. name1 have been changed to name, name to name,
name2 to name_alt. Fixes 4VA9P9UGQE.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_RIVERS_LAKE_CENTERLINES_SCALE_RANKS - Added lake to
baltic connector in Sweden. name1 have been changed to name, name to
name, name2 to name_alt. Fixes 4VA9P9UGQE.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_LAKES - Moved lake in Sweden here instead of ocean.
name1 have been changed to name, name to name, name2 to name_alt.
fixes 4VA9P9UGQE.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_LAKES_HISTORIC - name1 have been changed to name,
name to name, name2 to name_alt. Updated scaleranks. Fixes
4VA9P9UGQE.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_PLAYAS - name1 have been changed to name, name to
name, name2 to name_alt. Fixes 4VA9P9UGQE.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GEOGRAPHY_REGIONS_POLYS - Now auto generated from
the 10m version. Now includes major lake groupings (Great Lakes,
Finger Lakes, etc) moved from lake theme.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GEOGRAPHY_REGIONS_POINTS - Now auto generated from the 10m version.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GEOGRAPHY_REGIONS_ELEVATION_POINTS - Now auto
generated from the 10m version.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GEOGRAPHY_MARINE_POLYS - Now auto generated from the 10m version.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_LAND - name1 have been changed to name, name to
name, name2 was removed. Removed lake near Stockholm, Sweden. Fixes
4VA9P9UGQE. Densified vertex along lines to allow smooth projection
into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_OCEAN - name1 have been changed to name, name to
name, name2 was removed. Removed lake near Stockholm, Sweden. Fixes
4VA9P9UGQE. Densified vertex along lines to allow smooth projection
into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_COASTLINE - Removed lake near Stockholm, Sweden.
- NO DIFF: NE_50M_GLACIATED_AREAS.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ANTARCTIC_ICE_SHELVES_POLYS - Densified vertex along lines
to allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_ANTARCTIC_ICE_SHELVES_LINES - Densified vertex along lines
to allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GEOGRAPHIC_LINES - New int'l date line, thanks Alex! Also
densified linework for smoother projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GRATICULES_ALL - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GRATICULES_1 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GRATICULES_5 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GRATICULES_10 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GRATICULES_15 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GRATICULES_20 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_GRATICULES_30 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_WGS84_BOUNDING_BOX - Densified vertex along lines
to allow smooth projection into conics.
50M RASTER
- UPDATED: HYP_50M_SR_W - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: HYP_50M_SR - New embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE1_50M_SR_W - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE1_50M_SR - New embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE2_50M_SR_W - New water areas, new embedded shaded relief.
- UPDATED: NE2_50M_SR - New embedded shaded relief.
- NO DIFF: NE_50M_OCEAN_BOTTOM_OB_50M.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_BATHYMETRY_BATHY_50M - New water areas.
- UPDATED: NE_50M_SHADED_RELIEF_SR_50M - New embedded shaded relief.
- **NEW**: GRAY_50M_SR - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
Final files use ALL CAPS names, release candidates didn't.
- **NEW**: GRAY_50M_SR_W - Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
Final files use ALL CAPS names, release candidates didn't.
- **NEW**: GRAY_50M_SR_OB Special greyscale relief + hypsometric tints.
Final files use ALL CAPS names, release candidates didn't.
110M CULTURAL
- UPDATED: NE_110M_ADMIN_0_COUNTRIES - Fixes topology errors, uses updated details.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_ADMIN_0_SOVEREIGNTY - Fixes topology errors, uses updated details.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_ADMIN_0_MAP_UNITS - Fixes topology errors, uses updated details.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_ADMIN_0_SCALE_RANKS - Fixes topology errors, uses updated details.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_ADMIN_0_TINY_COUNTRIES - Fixes topology errors,
uses updated admin-0 details.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_ADMIN_0_BOUNDARY_LINES_LAND - A additional coding
to allow official US gov't view of same. added disputed codings
(Kosovo, etc). More consistent with 10m file now. Added missing
Chile, Peru boundary, thanks Brody!
- UPDATED: NE_110M_ADMIN_0_PACIFIC_GROUPINGs - Densified vertex along
lines to allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_SHP - Added some new ISO
coding, other minor changes. Fixes topology errors. Uses same coding
as 10m files. Derived from new scale rank version.
- **NEW**: NE_110M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_SHP_SCALE_RANK - Added a
version for data linking ease in future revisions.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_ADMIN_1_STATES_PROVINCES_LINES_SHP - Filename
change to remove plural from scale rank. Fixes topology errors. Adds
more columns for selection based on 10m version.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_POPULATED_PLACES - Now auto generated from the
ne_10m_populated_places file, see that changelog.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_POPULATED_PLACES_SIMPLE - Now auto generated from
the ne_10m_populated_places file, see that changelog.
110M_PHYSICAL
- UPDATED: NE_110M_RIVERS_LAKE_CENTERLINES - name1 have been changed
to name, name to name, name2 to name_alt. Fixes 4VA9P9UGQE.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_LAKES - Deleted Caspian Sea (already represented
in the 110m ocean theme). name1 have been changed to name, name to
name, name2 to name_alt. Fixes STRJ4AN2LH, 4VA9P9UGQE.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GEOGRAPHY_REGIONS_POLYS - Now auto generated from
the 10m version. Now includes major lake groupings (Great Lakes)
moved from lake theme.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GEOGRAPHY_REGIONS_POINTS - Now auto generated from 10m version.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GEOGRAPHY_REGIONS_ELEVATION_POINTS - Now auto
generated from the 10m version.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GEOGRAPHY_MARINE_POLYS - Now auto generated from the 10m version.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_LAND - Fixed topology.
- NO DIFF: NE_110M_OCEAN.
- NO DIFF: NE_110M_COASTLINE.
- NO DIFF: NE_110M_GLACIATED_AREAS.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GEOGRAPHIC_LINES - New int'l date line, thanks
Alex! Also densified linework for smoother projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GRATICULES_ALL - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GRATICULES_1 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GRATICULES_5 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GRATICULES_10 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GRATICULES_15 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GRATICULES_20 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED: NE_110M_GRATICULES_30 - Densified vertex along lines to
allow smooth projection into conics.
- UPDATED NE_110M_WGS84_BOUNDING_BOX densified vertex along lines
to allow smooth projection into conics.
2011-08-19: 1.4.0
- Full details: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/natural-earth-version-1-4-release-notes/
- NOTE: Over 65 files have changed in version 1.4 of Natural Earth.
- NEW: Sovereign country of South Sudan independence on July 2011.
- CHANGED: South Sudan and Sudan's administrative level-1 units have also been refreshed.
- NOTE: The disputed Sudan and South Sudan area of Abyei is retained.
- NEW: Panama and Papua New Guinea back to separate countries. They were accidentally
merged into a super country in some admin-0 files for the 1.3.0 release.
- NEW: 50m admin-1 states and provinces now includes version with lakes punched out.
- NEW: The 10m admin-1 file now includes a “scale rank” exploded version.
- CHANGED: A lake south of Kaunas on the Nemunas river has been recoded as an artificial
reservoir named “Kauno marios”.
- CHANGED: Rivers, 10m - Database structure changes: Name1 is now Name, Name2 is now
Name_alt Attribute changes: Several dozen missing strokes weights were
corrected, 1/2 dozen scaleRanks. One new mystery river segment.
- CHANGED: 1. The stream marked as the Parana in Argentina has been renamed: the lower
stretch is the lower portion of the remains Parana, then the Paraguay upstream
from the confluence of the Paraguay and Parana. Then Cuiaba upstream from its
confluence with the Paraguay, on up to the source.
- CHANGED: The Angara, a tributary of the Yenisey river, in Russia was at a scale rank 2
while it’s parent was scale rank 4.
- CHANGED: Upper section of the James River is the Cowpasture River.
- CHANGED: South Branch of the Potomac, near its source, edited to add wiggle that
matches National Atlas.
- CHANGED: La Grand Riviere in Canada name fix.
- CHANGED: RivNum 22874 renamed Pahsimeroi river
- CHANGED: The Palouse river headwaters extended to Idaho
- CHANGED: The Grand Ronde is likewise shorter than National Atlas suggests, starting a
bit farther south than marked.
- CHANGED: Similkameen river edited to match with the 10m Admin-1 vectors and branch off
from the Okanogan at Oroville, WA, and then proceed west & north into Canada,
where it remains.
- CHANGED: Where the Snake River joins the Columbia River, part of the path of the
Columbia was marked as the Snake.
- CHANGED: Sweden river funk: ‘Dallven’ instead of the correct ‘Dalälven‘. A few others
like that, need more clarification. via Graham Asher
- CHANGED: IJssel river in Netherlands was incorrectly named Irrawaddy via Nathaniel
- NEW: North America Rivers supplement - Database structure changes: Name1 is now
Name, Name2 is now Name_alt Removed River, abbreviated Creek, North, South,
East, West, Branch, etc. in the Name column to make consistent with the basic
Rivers theme. Preserved the original in Name_full.
- CHANGED: River names in U.S. desert south west. via Daniel Huffman, below:
- CHANGED: The Marias River, a tributary of the Missouri in Montana, is listed as the
“Marais” in the Natural Earth dataset.
- CHANGED: Upper portion of the stream marked as the “Maury River” (tributary to the
James in Virginia) is the Calfpasure River, which joins the Little Calfpasture
River a bit southeast of Goshen to form the Maury.
- CHANGED: Rivnum 23000 is the San Pedro River. The Natural Earth line appears to give a
source just inside the US, but the National Atlas line has a source in Mexico.
- CHANGED: Rivnum 22432 is San Cristobal Wash.
- CHANGED: Rivnum 22467 is Centennial Wash
- CHANGED: Rivnum 22474 is the Hassayampa River, headwaters extended north.
- CHANGED: Rivnum 22435 is San Simon Creek.
- CHANGED: Rivernum 22453 & 22997 appear to correspond to the Santa Cruz River. Renamed
and extended headwaters south and cut the northern section so it drains to
flats instead of the Gila river.
- CHANGED: 22525 is Santa Maria River & Sycamore Creek
- CHANGED: 22534 is Big Sandy River
- CHANGED: 22550 is Trout Creek
- CHANGED: 22676 is Meadow Valley Wash
- CHANGED: 22533 is Carrizo Creek & Carrizo Wash
- CHANGED: 22506 is Largo Creek
- CHANGED: 22549 is Puerco River
- CHANGED: 22596 is Chinle Creek & Chinle Wash
- CHANGED: 22584 is Chaco River & Chaco Wash
- NEW: Europe rivers supplement Database structure changes: Name1 is now Name, Name2
is now Name_alt
- CHANGED: Marine label areas - Now includes French names for most features. Corrections
for Helodranon’ Antongila to Antongila Bay. Karskiye Vorota Strait looses
Vorota as that already means Straight.
- CHANGED: Graticules at 10m, 50m, 110m now have reasonable ScaleRank values.
- CHANGED: Geographic lines at 10m, 50m, and 110m demotes the pre 1995 date line segment
down to 100, giving Null Island company. Display column has been removed, Name
column added with shorter version of the old Display name. Name_Long contains
that former column, but renamed in keeping with current Natural Earth
practices. Also, Abbrev column added for short names. Note now contains the
“1995 Kiribati adjustment” and the like, including: “Any given day starts here
and progresses west, with yesterday nipping at its heals.” And a FeatureClass
column to bring into alignment with Natural Earth current practices.
- CHANGED: The South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands were missing the words
South Sandwich.
- NEW: Sint Maarten is a adm_0 country.
- CHANGED: Admin-0 maritime boundaries, 10m - Corrected the maritime boundary between
Maine and New Brunswick.
- CHANGED: Admin-1 polygons and lines, 10m - Small portion of the Rhode
Island/Massachusetts boundary was missing in the NEV databases. The portion
in question was the part of Rhode Island that lies on the mainland, just east
of the Sakonnet River and the city of Newport, and just south of Fall
River, MA.
- CHANGED: All US state boundary fixes: R.I.-Mass., Va.-N.C. now bends south in the
middle., Del.-Penn. boundary bends differently., Tenn.-Ala.-Ga.-Miss.,
Kan.-Col., Neb.-Co., Neb.-Wy., S.D.-Wy., S.D.-Mont., N.D.-Mont., Iowa-Mo.,
Modify the DC shape a bit to better match more detailed zooms and remove part
of the adm-1 line on the shore.
- CHANGED: The ADM1NAME Ãstfold corrected to Østfold.
- CHANGED: Zhejiang – Should be labeled as the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Is part of
Australia. RENAMED Niue – Is not part of Australia, but independent.
Associated with New Zealand. DELETED as admin-1 units are not shown for small
countries. Kerguelen Islands are part of France DELETED as admin-1 units are
not shown for small countries.
- CHANGED: Niassa Province in Mozambique is incorrectly spelled as ‘Nassa’. ‘Niassa’ is
there as a varname, but the province has never been called ‘Nassa’.
- CHANGED: Populated places (10m, 50m and 110m) - Norwegian cities, in whole related to
the special characters æ, ø and å. The following corrections should be made:
Baerum -> Bærum, Svolvaer -> Svolvær, Tonsberg -> Tønsberg and
Vadso -> Vadsø.
- CHANGED: Baguio City in the Philippines is still the defacto summer location of the
supreme court (judiciary branch of government), a similar situation as Chile
and a couple other countries, but is now coded as “Admin-0 cap alt”. However,
Quezon City and Pasay City are downgraded from Admin-0 capital alt to
“Populated place” as the recent constitution states that the entire admin-1
unit of Manila is the national capital and they fall inside that feature.
- CHANGED: The place name Wiener Neustadt in Austria (that is the proper name of the
city) had the wrong NAME attribute “Wiener”.
- CHANGED: Across the Mekong from Nakhon Phanom (Thailand), Natural Earth has a
settlement marked “Khammouan” in Laos. Khammouan(e) is the name of a province.
The actual city across the river appears to be the capital of said province,
Thakhek.
- CHANGED: San Carlos moved east out of Lake Nicaragua.
- CHANGED: Primarily in Iran, Egypt, and Lebanon. “Name in NEV” >> “Should be”:
Dayr az Zawr >> Dayr az Azwr, Khoramabad >> Khorramabad,
Shahr E Kord >> Shar e Kord, Zagizig >> Zagazig, Damanhr >> Damanhur,
Nabatiyet et Tahta >> Nabatiye et Tahta
- CHANGED: Greeneville, NC should be Greenville, NC
- CHANGED: Two point features labeled Bayankhongor in Mongolia. Kept the ’southern’
point, delete the northern one. Southern feature featureType changed to
“Admin-1 cap”.
2011-01-31: 1.3.0
- Full details: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/natural-earth-version-1-3-release-notes/
- Almost 10 new files or packages have been introduced in this release.
- The majority of files (171 out of 197) have changed with minor to large edits.
- Unless otherwise noted: Topology and extent (vector) or georeferencing (raster) changes.
- NEW: Natural Earth quick start kit provides small sample of the themes styled in
an ArcMap .MXD document (read more at the Esri Mapping Center soon)
and in a QGIS document.
- CHANGED: Added 4 versions of Cross Blended Hypso without Shaded Relief from 1.2.1 release
- CHANGED: All TIFs are now GeoTIFs with projection and cell size, registration points baked in.
- CHANGED: All TIFs a Readme files have been added to all.
- CHANGED: All TIFs a few files that had .tfw.txt are now just .tfw.
- CHANGED: All TIFs a few corrupt header files have been fixed.
- CHANGED: Lakes - added Puma Yumco lake in Tibet on the Chinese border with Bhutan.
- NEW: Pluvial 10m lake theme for prehistoric water bodies starting with the Great
Basin area of the United States and can grow to include more features.
- CHANGED: Historic lakes include a more precise Aral Sea and now includes Lake Texcoco
at Mexico City, circa 1500.
- CHANGED: Modified river and lake center lines and scale ranks for 10m North
America supplement.
- CHANGED: Modified river and lake center lines and scale ranks for 10m Europe
river supplement.
- CHANGED: Many corrections in the 10m Rivers theme.
- CHANGED: Land label areas now clip North America, Europe, and Asia to 50 km to
shoreline to promote more realistic auto labeling. Other changes.
- CHANGED: Label points and elevation points changed.
- CHANGED: Geographic lines: Added new Kiribati date line extension (and clipped to ±180
±90 bounding box).
- CHANGED: Parks: Two new U.S. National Park Service units added as the system expands
to 384 total. Data fields updated so Name can be used for labels and UnitName
is the official park name.
- CHANGED: Populated places: Fix handful of city issues in all scales.
- NEW: New countries: The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved in October 2010 and two
new countries (Sint Maarten and Curaçao) were created out of part of the
former territory, with the remaining islands devolved back to Netherlands as
top-level, overseas administrative units of that country. Aruba remains a
country.
- WARNING: A troubleshooting country has been added with an Indeterminate sovereignty
class called Null Island
- NEW: New map units: New United Kingdom subdivisions for England, Scotland, Wales,
Northern Ireland in 110m to match the 50m and 10m versions.
- CHANGED: Pacific grouping lines adjusted to snap to 1° increments. The 110m version
receives the same PacGroup column as the 50m version.
- CHANGED: Tiny countries: Ascension island moved to correct location nearer Africa north
of St. Helena from erroneous position on South Georgia I. in 50m and 110m
files. Adm0_A3 codes adjusted and moved to their own self titled column.
- CHANGED: Other admin_0 housekeeping and improvements.
- CHANGED: Added and revised some adm-0 maritime indicator lines. Moved Aland land
boundary line to maritime indicator (and added one between Aland and mainland)
- CHANGED: Admin-1 all scales now include Abbreviation (US, Canada, partial UK) and
shorter 2 to 3 digit “postal” codes to ease labeling (US, Canada, Mexico,
Australia. Guessed at rest based on HASC/ISO codes).
- CHANGED: Admin-1 there is some indication provided when to alternate these based on
labelRank and scaleRank.
- CHANGED: Admin01 region coding has also been provided for UK and US, could expand in
the future (address inconsistency in France and Italy in particular where
Natural Earth continues to show admin 1 regions rather than departments).
- CHANGED: States and provinces (both polygons and lines) now have correct ADM0_A3 codes
and use the same MAP_COLOR column as the adm-0 in all scale sets.
- NEW: Due to popular demand, a new supplementary version of the adm_1 polygons are
provided with large lakes erased
- CHANGED: Added SameAsCity column to indicate if the label should be placed only at a
certain natural scale since the adm-1 name is the same (or very similar) to
the adm-1 capital populated place point label.
- CHANGED: Added scale ranking to adm-1 lines so they can appear in tandem with the polys.
- CHANGED: Countries with notable admin-1 changes: Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh,
Belgium, Bhutan, China, Croatia, Congo, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Ethiopia,
Fiji, Finland, Germany, Israel, Guinea, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan,
Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Cyprus, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Paupa New Guinea,
Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Solomon
Islands, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tanzania,
Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, Vanuatu,
Vietnam, Yemen
- CHANGED: Merge sliver polygons and island polys with their larger parent polygon:
Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Greece, Haiti,
Ireland, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Russia, Slovenia, Slovenia, Spain
- REMOVED: Deletions on a country basis: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Northern Cyprus,
Martinique and French Guiana arrondissements merged.
- ADDED: Added missing adm-1 lines: Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, India, Israel, Mexico,
Rwanda, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Yemen
- REMOVED: Removed adm-1 lines: Guinea, Iraq, Martinique and French Guiana, Nigeria, Others
- ADDED: Added many adm-1 maritme indicators as new “Adm-1 boundary water indicator”
feature class: Croatia, Denmark, Netherlands, Multiple other countries,
Southeast Asia island nations (Indonesia and Philippines in particular)
remain outstanding.,
- CHANGED: Adm-1 gaps: Closed a few inside polygon “donut holes” adm_1 lines that didn’t
have coincidental start-end points: Germany to Mongolia, Panama to Australia
and Yemen. Ethiopia. Taiwan. Others.
2010-10-25: 1.2.1
- Full details: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/miscellaneous/new-cross-blended-hypso-without-shaded-relief/
- NEW: Added Cross Blended Hypso without Shaded Relief
2010-05-25: 1.2.0
- Full details: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/miscellaneous/natural-earth-version-1-2-release-notes/
- NEW: Supplementary hydrography rivers in North America (4x number of 1.1 rivers)
via CEC North American Environmental Atlas (CEC NAEA).
- NEW: Supplementary hydrography lakes in North America (4x number of 1.1 rivers)
via CEC NAEA.
- NEW: Supplementary hydrography rivers in Europe (4x number of 1.1 rivers)
via European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
- NEW: Supplementary hydrography lakes in Europe (4x number of 1.1 rivers)
via EC JRC
- NEW: Roads in North America via CEC NAEA.
- NEW: Railroads in North America via CEC NAEA.
- NEW: Supplementary roads in North America via XNR Productions.
2010-03-15: 1.1.1
- Full details: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/miscellaneous/version-1-1-release-notes/
- NEW: Corrects the name of the 50m cultural `50m_admin_0_countries` file by adding the missing `r`.
2010-03-01: 1.1.0
- Full details: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/miscellaneous/version-1-1-release-notes/
- NEW: National Parks for the United States of America.
- NEW: Landscan urban polygons (masks for population extraction out of original
LandScan data).
- REMOVED: admin 0 marine boundary lines. The indicator lines are still there.
- CHANGED: 10m, 50m, 110m populated places new towns being added, 30m selection created,
various corrections, now include geonames.org IDs, bounding boxes from the
landscan data, and historical populations for 500 mega cities.
- NEW: 10m, 50m, 110m populated places - As this triples the file size, a new
“simple” version is also available with the updates, but not the full
attributes.
- CHANGED: 50m and 110m Admin 0 and admin-1 get better country names and thematic codes,
including slight reranking of some units and link out to the Correlates of War
database (cShapes).
- CHANGED: 50m and 110m Admin 0 and admin-1 in 10m are rebuilt to fix coastline offset
and overlaps and gaps between countries and state/province lines.
- CHANGED: 10m, 50m, 110m Geographic label points for peaks and summits. Now spun off
into separate feature class.
- CHANGED: 110m country boundaries, missing countries, added missing mid-range islands.
Includes Caspian sea and admin-0 scale ranks.
- CHANGED: All files names now use “_” underscore instead of “-” in filename for better
compatibility with ArcMap.
- CHANGED: Handful of file name changes for consistency.
- CHANGED: 10m Rivers and lakes. A couple names, fixed the scaleRanks to show as integers
rather than strings.
- CHANGED: 10m, 50m Updated the geographic areas marine names (Indonesia straight).
- CHANGED: 10m, 50m Updated the geographic areas polys names (Seward Penn, Alaska).
- CHANGED: 10m coastline updates for Venice. Same for land and ocean.
- CHANGED: 10m bathymetry updates for several island mounts.
- CHANGED: 10m Antarctic ice shelves, now includes ice shelf names.
- CHANGED: 10m glaciated areas: names cleaned up, feature class column filled in.
- CHANGED: 10m, 50m, 110m WGS84 bounding box has more point to aid in reprojecting as a
linearized curve.
- CHANGED: Fixed TWF extent on the raster imagery to improve import into popular open
source GIS packages.
- CHANGED: 50m ocean can now project into web Mercator.
- CHANGED: 110m all cultural and most physical themes now inside the +/- 180, +/- 90
bounding box.
2010-01-09: 1.0.1
- Full details: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/miscellaneous/raster-imagery-1-0-1-released/
- CHANGE: The 10m raster data now fits perfectly within the ±180, ±90 bounding box.
- CHANGE: The 50m raster data now fits perfectly within the ±180, ±90 bounding box.
- CHANGE: The 10m raster data TFW files are updated.
- CHANGE: The 50m raster data TFW files are updated.
2009-12-02: 1.0.0
- Full details: http://www.naturalearthdata.com/blog/miscellaneous/let-the-downloads-begin/
- NEW: Initial release!
2009-10-00: 0.0.0
- NOTE: Announced and demo'd at NACIS mapping conference in Sacramento, CA
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