Eleven years ago, the first edition of Oxford's Atlas of the World was met with praise for the incredible beauty and accuracy of its maps as well as for its wealth of geographic data, and each successive edition only collects more accolades. The New York Times Book Review called it a "veritable encyclopedia of geographic and demographic information, profusely illustrated with multicolored maps and graphs," and the Baltimore Sun exclaimed that the newest edition was nothing less than "a magnificently produced example of quality publishing."
Replete with 67 maps of cities worldwide, the 12th edition charts the key urban centers of each continent from Athens, Greece (including its new airport) to Wellington, New Zealand. As in past editions, the Atlas has been completely updated to reflect the changing world around us. Refined name forms in Malaysia and South Africa, the addition of a new state in Indonesia, extra name detail in the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans and dozens of other improvements make this the most reliable atlas on the market. The unique Gazetteer of Countries adds a yet another quick reference tool to a book already teeming with useful information.
Several new features further enhance the 12th edition. Interstate and state highways are now shown throughout North America, putting the overall precision and clarity of the book well ahead of the competition. A Glossary of Geographical Terms will be an enormous asset to those unfamiliar with foreign terminology while the colorful Introduction to World Geography--redesigned and beautifully illustrated with tables and graphs--provides informative summaries of topics as diverse as climate, global warming, plate tectonics, international conflicts, agriculture, trade, and population. What's more, detailed explanatory captions accompany the section of full-page satellite images that Library Journal called "stunning." Offering the finest global coverage available, the Atlas of the World sets the standard in atlas quality, living up to its reputation as an "indispensable reference," granted by NBC's Weekend Today Show.
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The only world atlas updated annually, the fifteenth edition of Oxford's Atlas of the World offers exceptional value at a reasonable price. Full of crisp, clear cartography, it contains maps of 69 cities and nearly 100 different regions around the globe as well as striking satellite views of the Earth's surface.
Take a Look at the Stunning Illustrations in The Atlas of the World
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Topography of Europe
Topography of Africa
Topography of Southeast Asia
The landmass Pangea and today's continents.
Learn more about continental drift
A diagram of faultlines in the earth's crust.
Learn more about earthquakes
Two atlases, both from reputable publishers, both the same title and price, both incorporating the most current political information, and both well designed and presented--what a delightful quandary to be in, trying to select only one! The answer depends upon your library's audience. The Hammond has a slightly higher percentage of maps of North America, the Oxford of Europe. The Hammond devotes more space to matters like "interpreting maps"; the Oxford has more pages of indexes plus a 32-page section of city maps. The Hammond atlas is the first such atlas to be generated completely from computer databases (it took five years and $5 million); the Oxford depends on the tried-and-true skills of the George Philip Group. The Oxford shows relief by hypsometric tints, the Hammond by color, shaded relief, and spot heights. They are both good buys, so if your users are oriented toward the United States and your map library has a good collection of large-city maps, try the Hammond; if Euro-centered, buy Oxford.
- Mary L. Larsgaard, Univ. of California-Santa Barbara Map & Imagery Lab Lib.
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