This major atlas has been based on the Peters Project, a new approach to cartography which covers the entire world on the same scale, unlike former atlases which had a European bias. True sizes and areas can now be compared for countries in all parts of the globe. The atlas contains maps which show topographical, political and vegetation information based on the latest satellite technology. Over 200 additional thematic maps survey the Earth's social, economic, cultural and anthropological make-up.
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All sorts of cartographic distortions can mar a world atlas, from overemphasis on particular regions (usually North America and Europe) to inconsistent map scales and skewed map projections. This work succeeds brilliantly in overcoming or min imizing such problems. Based on con cepts of equal scale and equal area projection developed by Arno Peters, a German mapmaker and mathematician, the atlas truly offers what it promises in the forward: "a new geographical picture of the world based on equal status of all the peoples of the earth." Specifically, it includes 43 double-page physical maps that cover the entire world at a single scale (1:8 million), and an 18,000-entry index which furnishes access to place-names. In addition, 246 thematic maps provide an array of information about the world's people and resources. The maps, all in color and extraordinarily readable, are products of the Swiss firm of Kummerly & Frey, and Oxford Cartographers in England. Several errors in map data were spotted (e.g., plate 20 erroneously shows St. Petersburg and Largo, both cities in Florida, as equivalent in size), but such occasional lapses should not dissuade librarians from acquiring this pathbreaking atlas.
- Kenneth F. Kister, Tampa, Fla.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060165405
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