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Google maps the world in a way that satisfies most users, but not all.

Google maps the world in a way that satisfies most users, but not all. Digital mapping, satellite navigation systems (sat navs), smartphones and Internet search engines have had a negative effect on the market prospects of such venerable institutions as atlases and fold-out travel maps, which today have become more collectors’ items than objects used on a regular basis.

A popular tool such as Google Maps may be less romantic than the outsized tomes passed from one generation to the next, but its maps have a level of detail previously inconceivable and also do their best to keep pace – thanks in part to user involvement – with frenetic and often controversial geopolitical developments.

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