In 1997, the U.S. Department of the Interior began work on a new National Atlas of the United States. The new atlas was intended to update a large bound collection of paper maps published in 1970. Like its predecessor, this edition promotes greater national geographic awareness, but the new, largely digital version delivers easy-to-use, map-like views of America's natural and sociocultural landscapes. The new National Atlas includes products and services designed to stimulate students and adults to visualize and understand complex relationships between environments, places, and people. It contributes to our knowledge of the environmental, demographic, economic, social, political, and

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