Atlas of the World, 13th Edition

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When Oxford's Atlas of the World debuted in 1992, it was widely praised for the incredible beauty and accuracy of its maps as well as for its wealth of geographic data, and it has only collected more praise with each edition since. The New York Times Book Review called it a "veritable encyclopedia of geographic and demographic information, profusely illustrated with multicolored maps and graphs," while the Baltimore Sun has declared it "a handsome, useful, inspiring thing to have." Building on the integrity of its first edition and the strong sales of the twelfth, the Atlas should remain at the forefront of essential geographic resources. Full of maps of urban areas worldwide, the 13th edition adds Orlando, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Montreal, Quebec for a total of 70 cities. As ever, the colorful 48-page "Introduction to World Geography" section-beautifully illustrated with tables and graphs-provides a wealth of information on such topics as climate, the greenhouse effect, plate tectonics, agriculture, population and migration, and global conflicts. Plus, as in past editions, the Atlas has been thoroughly updated to reflect the changing world around us. The completion of the Tibet Railway linking Tibet with the rest of China, the opening of five new international airports, the appearance of new regions in Denmark and new provinces in Rwanda, and dozens of other improvements make this the most reliable atlas on the market. The 13th edition also boasts several new features: the latest nameforms in Korea and Greece, new maps of Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Korea, and Taiwan, as well as additional map detail in Australia showing aboriginal areas. Current census statistics produce a table showing the most up-to-date population figures for major world cities, and a redesigned index makes searching the book easier than ever. Providing the finest global coverage available, the Atlas of the World is not only the best-selling volume of its type, it has become the benchmark by which all other atlases are measured. The Chicago Sun-Times went so far as to proclaim "you can't do better than the Atlas of the World, 12th Edition," although the 13th may very well prove them wrong.

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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


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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.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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