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For more than three decades, The Times Atlas of the World has earned international renown for the beauty and legibility of its mapping and its unparalleled detail for coverage of all parts of the globe. As Lord Shackleton, former president of the Royal Geographical Society, said of an earlier edition, it is "the finest reference atlas ever published." Now, The Times Atlas of the World, Tenth Comprehensive Edition, the first completely revised edition since The Times Atlas of the World debuted in 1967, establishes...
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Overview

For more than three decades, The Times Atlas of the World has earned international renown for the beauty and legibility of its mapping and its unparalleled detail for coverage of all parts of the globe. As Lord Shackleton, former president of the Royal Geographical Society, said of an earlier edition, it is "the finest reference atlas ever published." Now, The Times Atlas of the World, Tenth Comprehensive Edition, the first completely revised edition since The Times Atlas of the World debuted in 1967, establishes an even higher standard among all reference atlases, and a new benchmark in its own unparalleled tradition.

The Tenth Comprehensive Edition opens with stunning satellite images of the continents and the oceans as they appear from space. This preliminary section continues with a series of graphics, photographs, maps, tables, and charts reviewing the cosmos, the natural world, and humanity's interaction with our home planet. Next is a comparative list of Earth's physical features, from rivers to mountains to islands to deserts, and a complete statistical guide to the states and territories of the world. This opening section concludes with a fascinating chronicle on the evolution of world mapping, beginning with our first attempt to map the world more than a thousand years ago.

The central section of The Tenth Comprehensive Edition, with 248 pages of breathtakingly detailed reference maps, provides the most accurate and up-to-date visual presentation of geographical knowledge in any atlas today. Each map, drawn with generous scale and projection, has been entirely redesigned since the last edition, using the latest digital technology. While creating maps of optimum accuracy, these new methods also provide enhanced clarity and greater legibility than ever before, even for an atlas that was already legendary for the readability of its maps. In addition to recording the new states and republics created by political upheaval in this last decade before the millennium, The Tenth Comprehensive Edition includes a multitude of renamed towns and cities, along with many revised national borders.

The revised and expanded index, covering more than 200,000 place names, is the largest index ever found in a single-volume atlas, virtually ensuring that any location a reader may be looking for will be included in the book. The index is also unique in scope, giving the name, description, regional and country locations, the map grid reference, page number, and latitude and longitude. No other atlas comes close to providing such an index, either in sheer numbers or in reference value.

In the last three decades, The Times Atlas of the World has been in the vanguard of a revolution in the science of cartography, replacing maps formerly created on hand-etched copper plates with maps that are computer-generated. The Times Atlas of the World, Tenth Comprehensive Edition, represents the fullest flowering yet of this remarkable revolution in cartography. It is the finest atlas ever published, sure to be treasured by students, scholars, armchair travelers, global sightseers, and anyone seeking better understanding of our dynamic planet.

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Stunning satellite images, an index unparalleled in scope, and a chronological history of cartography are just some of the new features that make this extensively revised and expanded atlas the perfect choice for the new millennium.
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Still the classic after all these years. Superb cartography and attention to detail, the emphasis is on the maps of countries (and some city maps) and on the excellent gazetteer, which includes latitude and longitude center points for each place. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812932652
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Tenth Comprehensive Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 12.50 (w) x 18.50 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction To The Atlas
Map Symbols And Abbreviations
Images Of Earth
Oceania
Asia
Europe
Africa
North America
South America
Antarctica Stars And Planets
The Universe
The Planets
The Earth
The World In
Earthquakes And Volcanoes
The Oceans
Climate
Climate Types And Extremes
Land Cover
Population
Urbanization
Minerals
Energy
Economy
Communications
Mapping The World
The Evolution Of Mapping I
The Evolution Of Mapping II
Revolutions In Cartography
Geographical Information
Continents, Islands And Mountains
Oceans, Seas, Lakes And Rivers
States And Territories Of The World
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2002

    The Finest Atlas Ever Made

    I have used many atlases over the years, and I have found this one to be the finest one. while other atlases produced in the United States and Europe show some detail, the Times Atlas of the World show accuracy that has made it the 'Rolls-Royce' of the Cartographic World. Every inlet and town of size is shown, with incredible detail.The Atlas is the triumphant masterpiece from the famous Cartographers, John Bartholomew & Son, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain. it is a book every person who loves maps should own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    The 'Times' atlases only get better.

    Almost every new major new world atlas claims to set a new standard in world atlases, but this new Times atlas is one of the very few that actually do just that. It contains some 25% more place names than its nearest competitor, the Rand McNally International Atlas. In this respect, it is the largest printed atlas ever published. This tenth edition (dubbed the 'millennium' edition) is the first complete redesign since its original publication in 1967, and it shows. The color coding has improved, the number of maps has increased, and, very important, the consistency factor has improved; e.g. the same fonts and same accuracy for all pages. The previous edition has sometimes been accused of being a mere 'collection of reference maps'. In this new tenth, no less than 70 pages of thematic content have been added, thus making it a really all-round reference atlas. It also contains more large-scale reference maps of more densely populated regions than before, and this substantially increases the chance of finding just the spot you were looking for. The 217-page gazetteer contains just over 200,000 names. A minor point is the lack of urban area maps of the world's largest cities. Emphasis is slighly on Europe. Plus, the price is not an amount that most of us spend lightly. But if you can afford it, and you only want the best world atlas, and you're committed to following the world news, planning holiday or business trips, you really can't afford NOT to have this atlas - it's certainly worth its price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2000

    World Trip-Tic

    This atlas is a giant world trip-tic of towns, cities and roads. However, it is not sufficiently detailed to use for traveling. Many small towns of under 10,000 people are shown, but well known sections of large metropolitan areas are generally not identified even though these numerous sections often contain over 50,000 people. Some pages have so many town and city names that the map is barley legible. Thematic maps and other information aside from the physical location of towns, cities and roads, are all but absent.

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