National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, Third Edition

National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, Third Edition

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The complex political, cultural, and environmental issues that we face daily, make it increasingly important for us to have a clear vision of the world in which we live. With more than 300 updated, authoritative maps, charts, graphs, tables, and country flags, the Concise Atlas of the World, Third Edition offers a succinct, easy-to-use, and yet comprehensive

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The complex political, cultural, and environmental issues that we face daily, make it increasingly important for us to have a clear vision of the world in which we live. With more than 300 updated, authoritative maps, charts, graphs, tables, and country flags, the Concise Atlas of the World, Third Edition offers a succinct, easy-to-use, and yet comprehensive view of our world, today.

The atlas opens with beautifully rendered political and physical maps of the world. Satellite mosaic imagery shows the world from hundreds of miles above. Core world geographic themes such as climate, population, religion, economy, and the structure of the Earth follow. New world thematic topics include landforms, climate and weather, natural disasters, energy, health and education, and conflict and terror.

"Geographic Comparisons" covers the Earth and its extremes, including humankinds' engineering wonders. Content includes such phenomena as the hottest and the coldest places, the highest point on each continent, the largest islands, the largest drainage basins, the longest rivers, the deepest point in each ocean, the largest and smallest countries, the tallest human made structures, the longest road, the longest railroad, etc.

Following the thematic coverage, the atlas focuses on each of the seven continents. All of the world's lands and seas and countries with their major cities and towns are accurately compiled and plotted and delineated by various typographical sizes that correlate to population data.

Each continental map is accompanied by textual fact tables that speak to the highest and lowest elevation points, recorded temperatures, the largest and least populated countries, and countries with the highest and lowest GDP. Each of the 195 independent countries in the world is represented and described with its national flag and fact box.

Whether it's Bahrain in the Middle East or P'yonyang in North Korea, a convenient, intuitive place-name index provides an easy-to-use, access guide to finding locations around the globe.

The variety and expression of traditional and new, expanded content, the invaluable reference, the captivating layouts, the visually engaging, world-renown cartography, the logical, user-friendly design and its very competitive price all make this publication stand out as a great value.

Editorial Reviews

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“This atlas provides convenient access to a wealth of current global data with all the quality expected from the National Geographic Society” –Library Journal
Library Journal
Released a month after the National Geographic Compact Atlas of the World (LJ 7/15/12), this volume is significantly larger and completely up to date, reflecting the most recent geopolitical changes including the world's newest nation, South Sudan. Introductory materials feature satellite views and political, physical, pole, hemisphere, ocean, and time-zone maps, all in full color. The world thematic section comprises more than 60 maps and graphs grouped in sections covering, for example, "Structure of the Earth," "Climate," "Religions," "Trade," "Health and Education," "Conflict and Terror," and "Environmental Stresses." Each continent is introduced with full-color satellite, political, and physical maps featuring digitally painted terrain modeling, followed by "Human and Natural Themes" that include thematic maps and graphs for population density, energy consumption, dominant economy, climate zones, water availability, and natural hazards. "Flags and Facts" provides gazetteer entries for both independent and dependent states with official name, area, population, capital, religion, language, literacy, life expectancy, GDP per capita, and economy. The flags for both independent countries and dependencies are current, including the latest designs for Libya, Malawi, and Myanmar (Burma). An additional map and graphs highlight "Dates of National Independence and Population." Only the United States receives individual national treatment with political and physical maps as well as thematic maps depicting population density, population change, watersheds, and federal lands. World temperature and rainfall tables are provided and the place-name index has more than 9000 entries with page number and grid square coordinates. VERDICT For those not requir-ing regional or country-specific mapping, this atlas provides convenient access to a wealth of current global data with all the quality expected from the National Geographic Society. —Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Sys., Ft. Pierce, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426209512
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Edition description:
Concise
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
162,278
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 13.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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“This atlas provides convenient access to a wealth of current global data with all the quality expected from the National Geographic Society” –Library Journal

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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 technology, GPS, and GIS 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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