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Natural Earth Vector comes in ESRI shapefile format, the de facto standard for vector geodata. Character encoding is UTF-8. Natural Earth Raster comes in TIFF format with a TFW world file. All Natural Earth data use the Geographic coordinate system (projection), WGS84 datum

Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales


mechanism for generating TopoJSON files from Natural Earth’s vector data