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National Geographic Compact Atlas of the World
     

National Geographic Compact Atlas of the World

by National Geographic
 

National Geographic's maps and atlases are critically acclaimed and world-renowned for their accuracy, originality, innovative and authoritative content, and clear, smart design. Now, for the first time, National Geographic offers its trusted map content in a new, compact format. Sized at 4 x 6 inches, with a pliable, resilient soft cover, the Compact Atlas of

Overview

National Geographic's maps and atlases are critically acclaimed and world-renowned for their accuracy, originality, innovative and authoritative content, and clear, smart design. Now, for the first time, National Geographic offers its trusted map content in a new, compact format. Sized at 4 x 6 inches, with a pliable, resilient soft cover, the Compact Atlas of the World is designed to be thumbed through, easily referenced, and then conveniently stored in a pocket, backpack, or desk.

All maps are newly researched, updated, and reflect the latest changes in the world. Other enhancements include new internal navigation elements and new, extensive world and continental thematic coverage of population, climate, land cover, fresh water, and natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsumanis. Superb overall readability, captivating design and layout, and navigational ease allow the reader to quickly retrieve information.

This compact world atlas contains a wide array of traditional political and physical maps, as well as a fascinating series of thematic maps (e.g., population density and growth, climate, land cover, natural hazards, and water availability) at both continental and world scales. Design details such as rounded corners and prominent page numbers make it a use-friendly and novel product, which literally puts the world in the palm of your hand.

Attractively priced and containing 100 maps and an accompanying place-name index with some 11,000 entries, this atlas represents an outstanding value and makes an excellent handy, affordable, personal reference and gift item.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
DK's updated fifth edition of its Atlas A-Z is half atlas, half fact-filled gazetteer and provides more than 260 detailed, full-color maps featuring dramatic terrain modeling. World political, physical, and time-zone maps precede the "World's Regions" series of 62 spreads of physical maps with factoids. The gazetteer section, "World Factfiles," is introduced by political maps of the five major continents and Australia/Oceania. In it, entries are provided alphabetically for 196 counties and include information on the official flag, geography, climate, people and society, and economy as well as a map and an "insight" ("80% of Madagascar's plants and many of its animal species are found nowhere else"). A box at the foot of each gazetteer entry lists the country's official name, date of formation, capital, population, total area, density, languages, religions, ethnic mix, government, and currency. An additional section treats in less detail more than 60 "overseas territories" grouped alphabetically under the administering power. Data may include flag, status, date claimed, capital, population, and area. The place-name index has more than 6200 entries providing page number and grid-square access. The binding is such that the two-page maps are completely legible. National Geographic's handy Compact Atlas of the World is the smallest that the society has published. With 87 maps to browse, it can easily fit in a pocket. The "Thematic World" section is made up of global political data plus political, physical, human population, land cover, plate tectonics, climate, and geographic-extremes maps. Each continent is introduced with its own geographic extremes feature, followed by political, physical, population, natural hazards, and land cover, as well as climate and water-availability maps. Regional full-color political cartography with detailed, digitally painted terrain modeling completes the coverage in which Australia and Oceania and the polar regions receive less detail than other places. A "World Flags" section is also provided. The place-name index has more than 7300 entries indicating page number and grid-square access. VERDICT Fully up-to-date, both atlases reflect the most recent geopolitical changes, including the world's newest nation, South Sudan, and the flags of all independent countries, with the latest designs for Libya, Malawi, and Myanmar (Burma). The NG atlas offers access to more place names, but the DK title is an amazing ready-reference "pocket guide to the world today."—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426209956
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
268,744
Product dimensions:
4.14(w) x 5.86(h) x 0.58(d)

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National Geographic cartographers bring nearly a century of mapmaking experience and cutting-edge technology to bear on every atlas product. Over the last decade, techniques used in digital mapping have undergone remarkable changes. Today, satellite and digital imaging technologies provide cartographers with new tools to map and animate the Earth and its myriad regions. Leveraging these emerging technologies to build smart, well-designed, functional, informative atlases is one of the great strengths of National Geographic.

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