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+2012-10-12: 2.0.0
+
+- Full details on NaturalEarthData.com/blog.
+- Many thanks to Xan Gregg, Scott Zillmer, Peter Bispham, Daniel Huffman, Drew Noakes,
+ Miguel Angel Vilela, Matthew Toro, Kevin Pickell, Alex Tait, Hans vdM, Mike Migurski,
+ Shawn Allen, Rob, Iain, Leo and more!
+
+GENERAL
+
+- UPDATED: NATURAL_EARTH_UPDATE_2.0.0 - 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.
+ All field (column) names are now lowercase and generally in the
+ order of: scalerank, featurecla, name, name_alt, natscale,
+ labelrank, *. Fixes topology errors in all 10m files excepting some
+ bathymetry themes. Introduces a new "gray" relief raster series.
+
+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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+Get the full scoop at [NaturalEarthData.com](http://naturalearthdata.com)
+
+_No, really! This readme is a poor substitute for the live site._
+
+#About Natural Earth Vector
+
+Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector (here) and raster data ([over there](https://github.com/nvkelso/natural-earth-raster)), with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software.
+
+Natural Earth was built through a collaboration of many [volunteers](http://www.naturalearthdata.com/about/contributors/) and is supported by [NACIS](http://www.nacis.org/) (North American Cartographic Information Society), and is free for use in any type of project (see our [Terms of Use](http://www.naturalearthdata.com/about/terms-of-use/) page for more information).
+
+[Get the Data »](http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads)
+
+![Convenience](http://www.naturalearthdata.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/home_image_11.png)
+
+#Convenience
+
+Natural Earth solves a problem: finding suitable data for making small-scale maps. In a time when the web is awash in geospatial data, cartographers are forced to waste time sifting through confusing tangles of poorly attributed data to make clean, legible maps. Because your time is valuable, Natural Earth data comes ready-to-use.
+
+![Neatness Counts](http://www.naturalearthdata.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/home_image_21.png)
+
+#Neatness Counts
+
+The carefully generalized linework maintains consistent, recognizable geographic shapes at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110m scales. Natural Earth was built from the ground up so you will find that all data layers align precisely with one another. For example, where rivers and country borders are one and the same, the lines are coincident.
+
+![GIS Atributes](http://www.naturalearthdata.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/home_image_32.png)
+
+#GIS Attributes
+
+Natural Earth, however, is more than just a collection of pretty lines. The data attributes are equally important for mapmaking. Most data contain embedded feature names, which are ranked by relative importance. Other attributes facilitate faster map production, such as width attributes assigned to river segments for creating tapers.
+
+#Versioning
+
+The 2.0 release in 2012 marked the project's shift from so-called marketing versions to [semantic versioning](http://semver.org/).
+
+Natural Earth is a big project with hundreds of files that depend on each other and the total weighs in at several gigabytes. SemVer is a simple set of rules and requirements around version numbers. For our project, the data layout is the API.
+
+* **Version format of X.Y.Z** (Major.Minor.Patch).
+* **Backwards incompatible** changes, increment the major version X.
+* **Backwards compatible** additions/changes, increment the minor version Y
+* **Bug fixes** not affecting the file and field names, patch version Z will be incremented.
+
+Major version increments:
+
+* Changing existing data **file names**
+* Changing existing data **column (field) names**
+* Removing **`FeatureCla` field attribute values**
+* Additions, deletions to **admin-0**
+* Introduce **significant new themes**
+
+Minor version increments:
+
+* Any shape or attribute change in **admin-0**
+* Additions, deletions, and any shape or attribute changes in **admin-1**
+* Additions, deletions to **any theme**
+* Major shape or attribute changes in **any theme**
+* Adding, changing **`FeatureCla` field attribute values**
+* Introduce **minor new themes**
+
+Patch version increments:
+
+* Minor shape or attribute changes in **any theme**
+* Bug fixes to shape, attributes in **any theme**
+
+Under this scheme, version numbers and the way they change convey meaning about the underlying code and what has been modified from one version to the next.
+
+When we introduce a new version of Natural Earth, you can tell by the version number how much effort you will need to extend to integrate the data with your map implementation.
+
+* **Bug fixes Z**: can simply use the new data files, replacing your old files.
+* **Minor version Y**: limited integration challenges.
+* **Major version X**: significatnt integration challenges, either around changed file strucutre, field layout, field values like `FeatureCla` used in symbolizing data, or significant new additions or significant changes to existing themes.
+
+#&etc
+
+Natural Earth is maintained by Nathaneiel V. KELSO ([@nvkelso](https://github.com/nvkelso/)) and Tom Patterson.
+
+The project transitioned to Github in 2012. Versioned files are here to collaborate around. The frontend still lives at [NaturalEarthData.com](http://naturalearthdata.com).
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