I was honoured to be asked by National Geographic Maps to create an iconic image for the cover of their authoritative Atlas of the World, published last month.
It illustrates the Anthroposphere, i.e. anthropogenic infrastructures and networks growing inside the biosphere.
The first edition was published in 1963. This 10th Edition also celebrates 100 years of cartography (1915) at National Geographic.
It contains more than 150,000 place names, 360 maps, 70 charts, 56 photographs and 300 diagrams and illustrations.
You can read more about it here:
Below are the official cover and an alternate which, personally, I would have preferred considering the ocean glow and atmospheric scattering.
Hope you like!