Atlas of the United States

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An indispensable item in any modern professional or personal library, the Atlas of the United States offers a closer look at the oldest, richest, and most populous country on the continent. Opening with two pages of the latest statistics, this atlas provides a broad overview of a multicultural and diverse nation taking its first steps into a new century. The heart of this comprehensive volume is a unique thematic section covering physical, historic, urban, economic, social, and cultural topics ranging from ...
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An indispensable item in any modern professional or personal library, the Atlas of the United States offers a closer look at the oldest, richest, and most populous country on the continent. Opening with two pages of the latest statistics, this atlas provides a broad overview of a multicultural and diverse nation taking its first steps into a new century. The heart of this comprehensive volume is a unique thematic section covering physical, historic, urban, economic, social, and cultural topics ranging from environmental change to religious practice, and indigenous peoples to migration patterns. Accompanied by a balanced combination of informative text and instructive charts and graphs, these newly drawn maps seek to explain the dynamic forces shaping the United States of America.

The thematic section is followed by a spectacular two-page satellite image of the lower 48 states and several regional maps including a full page for the US Pacific islands plus dozens of larger-scale maps of urban areas. A useful, illustrated gazetteer offers still more precision with charts of census data and descriptions of the history, geography, and industry of each state and its capital. In combination, these components transform the new Atlas of the United States into a home reference unsurpassed in quality that is equal parts study source and travel guide. All of this is facilitated by a comprehensive index with latitude and longitude coordinates and alphanumeric grid references that make finding places effortless. What's more, page number indicators and refined locator windows throughout the atlas allow for easy identification of adjacent map pages.

With hundreds of maps rendering every region from Barrow, Alaska to Venice, Florida in layer-colored contours, this atlas is the United States as it hasn't been seen before.

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"The terrain modeling of the cartography is detailed and dramatic. At half the price of the original work, this is a very useful geographical resource appropriate for general and informed lay readers and is highly recommended for reference collections."--Library Journal

"Has the potential to spark interesting discussion if shared with students. The physical maps are highly detailed and shaded according to elevations.This is a solid reference from a trusted publisher. Middle and high schools needing an updated print U.S. atlas will be well served by it. Recommended."-Rosemary Knapp, March 2007 Library Media Connection

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Edited by de Blij (geography, Michigan State Univ.; Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts; Why Geography Matters: Three Challenges Facing America; Climate Change, the Rise of China, and Global Terrorism), this is a slightly downsized (37.5 to 34 cm) republication of Oxford's Atlas of North America (2005), minus the sections for Canada and Mexico. It retains the complete introduction, "North American Geography," which includes more than 70 thematic maps with text and graphs that explore topics ranging from demographics and economics to history and the environment. The United States is cartographically portrayed in a series of full-color, computer-generated maps of the entire country; the eastern, middle, and western regions; and each state or adjacent states. A city map section shows 34 major metropolitan and downtown areas in 41 maps and includes an A-to-Z state-by-state gazetteer that provides ready-reference information with maps, official flags, data boxes and tables, and descriptions of each state and its capital. Statistical and geographical information is updated for 2006. The index offers access to more than 30,000 place names and topographical features with full geographical coordinates. Bottom Line The terrain modeling of the cartography is detailed and dramatic. At half the price of the original work, this is a very useful geographical resource appropriate for general and informed lay readers and is highly recommended for reference collections not already owning or in need of the complete Atlas of North America.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195220445
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/11/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 13.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Harm de Blij is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Michigan State University. He is an honorary life member of the National Geographic Society and for seven years was the Geography Editor on ABC's "Good Morning America."

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