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The only world atlas updated annually, guaranteeing that users will find the most current geographic information, Oxford's Atlas of the World is the most authoritative atlas on the market. Full of crisp, clear cartography of urban areas and virtually uninhabited landscapes around the globe, the Atlas is filled with maps of cities and regions at carefully selected scales that give a striking view of the Earth's surface. It opens with a fascinating look at world statistics, a six-page special on "The Future of the...
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Overview


The only world atlas updated annually, guaranteeing that users will find the most current geographic information, Oxford's Atlas of the World is the most authoritative atlas on the market. Full of crisp, clear cartography of urban areas and virtually uninhabited landscapes around the globe, the Atlas is filled with maps of cities and regions at carefully selected scales that give a striking view of the Earth's surface. It opens with a fascinating look at world statistics, a six-page special on "The Future of the Oceans and Seas," and satellite images of earth, including eleven stunning new images sourced from NASA's latest Earth Observation Satellite, Landsat 8, launched in 2013. The extraordinarily extensive front matter continues with a "Gazetteer of Nations" that has been comprehensively checked and updated to include recent economic and political changes, and a 48-page "Introduction to World Geography," beautifully illustrated with tables and graphs on numerous topics of geographic significance, such as the geology and atmosphere of Earth, food and water supply, biodiversity, energy, global conflict, human health, and standards of living. The hundreds of city and world maps that form the body of the Atlas have been thoroughly updated for this 21st edition.

Providing the finest global coverage available, the Atlas of the World is not only the best-selling volume of its size and price, but also the benchmark by which all other atlases are measured.

New to this Edition:

· Eleven stunning new satellite images, all sourced from NASA's latest Earth Observation Satellite, Landsat 8, launched in 2013
· Fact panels, flags and text comprehensively checked and updated to include recent economic and political changes
· Climate Change and Global Warming spread updated in line with findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
· Updates to the depiction of the borders between Crimea and Ukraine, and between Crimea and Russia
· Politically-colored maps of Crimea show disputed borders
· New graphics on rising sea-levels and Arctic sea ice
· New feature on the value of ecosystems
· Adds museums; Hermitage, Spaarpotten, and Allard Pierson in Amsterdam, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Neues Museum in Berlin, Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Design Museum and Saatchi Gallery in London, and the Pérez Art Museum in Miami
· Adds new subway stations in Beijing, Budapest, and Delhi
· Adds light railway in Jerusalem and tram route in Edinburgh
· Renames Budapest International Airport
· Shows changes to street names in Cape Town (eg Nelson Mandela Boulevard)
· Adds new road tunnel in Istanbul joining Asia and Europe
· Adds new suburb name Hudson Yards and High Line elevated garden in New York
· Adds extra suburb names to Atlanta, Seoul, and Toronto
· Shows new suburbs and areas of reclaimed land to Singapore
· Shows Hornindalsvatnet in Norway, Europe's deepest lake
· Adds new national parks; Sierra de Guadarrama in Spain, Gallipoli in Turkey, and Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan, India
· Shows reduced extent of Lake Urmia in Iran and Lake Razzaza in Iraq
· Shows major new rail links between Iran and Kazakhstan and between Iran and Azerbaijan
· Adds the world's most northerly railway line in the Yamal Peninsula, Russia
· Adds Longtan Reservoir in Southern China and Tekeze Reservoir in Ethiopia
· Shows new provinces; Monza and Brianza in Northern Italy, Davao Occidental in the Philippines, Kalimantan Utara in Indonesia, Rangpur in Bangladesh, Alborz in Iran, and Jiwaka and Hela in Papua New Guinea
· Adds major new ports; Ambarli in Turkey, Songdo in South Korea, Laem Chabang in Thailand, Johor Port in Malaysia, Ra's Al Khair in Saudi Arabia, Morgan's Port in Texas, and Itaguai near Rio de Janeiro
· Names new cities Iskandar, Malaysia and Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi
· Adds new resorts in Southwest Burma - Chaungtha and Ngwesaung
· Shows Telangana in regional type, pending ratification of statehood by Indian Congress
· Adds new high speed rail lines under construction between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and between Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo
· Shows rail under construction between Kaduna and Abuja, Nigeria
· Shows new administrative subdivisions in Oman, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, and Madagascar
· Shows major ore exporting ports; Cape Lambert in Western Australia and Puerto Bolivar in Colombia
· Shows new heights for Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount McKinley (Denali)
· Names world's largest extinct volcano the Tamu Massif, Northwest Pacific
· Adds regional names Kitikmeot, Kivalliq, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut in Northern Canada
· Shows Algodones Dunes in Southern California

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"An indispensable reference." --The Today Show

"A veritable encyclopedia of geographic and demographic information, profusely illustrated... Extraordinary." --The New York Times

"This authoritative volume is the standard by which others will be measured." --Boston Herald

"You can't do better than the Atlas of the World." --Chicago Tribune

"A page-turning stroll through the continents." --USA Today

"This is the 21st year this mammoth's been published and it keeps getting better and better. ... Flipping through this book is a lush experience, with new satellite imagery and more maps and graphs than you thought imaginable. Reading the Atlas is a little trip around the globe." --Kirkus

Library Journal
11/15/2013
Oxford must come up with something significantly different for its annual update in addition to expected changes to maps, and here they don't disappoint. This edition highlights environmental concerns in its opening text section, "The Future of the Oceans and Seas." There, a two-page overview discusses marine temperatures, salinity, and resources; mechanisms such as "oceanic conveyor belts"; and specific problems on the Australian coast and in oceanic carbon dioxide content, both caused by human-driven climate change. The next spread, "The Issues," covers fishing, acidification, plastic, and more, as well as the responses to these threats, with the whole section enhanced by crisp color photographs and maps. This year's "Images of Earth" section of satellite photos features 16 cities including London, England; Hong Kong, China; New York, USA; and Juba, South Sudan, with each image accompanied by a short geographic history of the place. An array of maps and data in the text-rich "World Geography" illustrates some shocking disparities and telling correlations—a map in "Health," for example, shows that all of the countries where inhabitants eat on average more than 3,500 calories per day are in the Northern Hemisphere. The main section of maps is gorgeous, offering 70 depictions of cities and more than 100 of continents and countries, all in vivid color and at varying scales. VERDICT This work is essential in libraries that own the 17th edition or earlier, as those atlases don't include South Sudan, a country that was established in 2012. Otherwise, this beautiful but unessential addition should especially be considered by completist collections that desire the satellite image of Juba, the world's newest capital.—Henrietta Thornton-Verma, Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199394722
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2014
  • Edition description: Twenty-First Edition
  • Edition number: 24
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 60,298
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 14.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
User Guide
World Statistics
The Future of the Oceans and Seas
Images of Earth
Gazetteer of Nations
World Geography
World Cities
World Maps
Geographical Glossary
Index to World Maps

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