Atlas of the World

Atlas of the World

by Oxford University Press

Hardcover(Twenty-Sixth Edition)

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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 "Land and Maritime Boudaries," and satellite images of earth, including 8-10 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. The 48-page "Introduction to World Geography" is beautifully illustrated with tables and graphs on numerous topics of geographic significance, such as climate change, world religions, employment, industry, and a new 2-page feature on the state of world migration and the plight of refugees, illustrated with maps, graphs, diagrams, and photographs. The hundreds of city and world maps that form the body of the Atlas have been thoroughly updated for this 26th 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190065812
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: Twenty-Sixth Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 376,882
Product dimensions: 11.40(w) x 14.60(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

User Guide
World Statistics
A DIVIDED WORLD: Land and Maritime Boundaries
Images of Earth
Gazetteer of Nations
World Geography
World Cities
World Maps
Geographical Glossary
Index to World Maps

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Atlas of the World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I use this atlas just for the joy of reading about our world. No expert, but a very pleased buyer: 1. Pages 12-27: Satellite images of selected "phenomena" on earth (ie New Orleans, LA, to give a visual of its evident vulnerability to flooding). Interesting. 2. Pages 30-61: Gazeteer of Nations, short descriptions of specific facts about the nations of our world. Great quick look for familiarity's sake. 3. Pages 64-109: Dedicated to the universe, the solar system, seasons/time/motion, geology of the earth, land forms, oceans, the atmosphere, climate change and global warming, water and vegetation, energy, minterals, food production, population, wealth, health, and trade, to name several topics. Great visuals accompany written information. 4. Pages 112-143: Up-close maps of selected large cities/capitals of nations. The rest of the book, to page 448, is maps of the world, a glossary and a detailed index, all of which are easy to follow and apparently accurate. Highly recommended from my average Jane, map-loving perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This atlas creates the prefect balance in being easy to read and at the same time being as detailed as possible. Great Atlas!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very handsome. Large, easy to read maps. Appreciate the city maps. Before buying this one, sat on the floor at a Barnes and Noble, surrounded by atlases, comparing them. This was far and away the winner - I preferred it to the National Geographic atlas. There is a more expensive Oxford atlas in a slip case that includes a few more city maps but it was so heavy that dropping it on one's foot seemed more likely than not. I'm delighted with this one and it is my constant reading companion. Hoping the Oxford historical atlas measures up. By the way, mine didn't come with a free world map.
billmarsano More than 1 year ago
By Bill Marsano. Maps, like banknotes, represent power on paper. They seem to be drawings but actually are texts (we may look at a picture but must read a map), heavy with meaning. Centuries ago, for example, when the same region was called "British North America" on some maps and "New France" on others, the meaning was clear: War. The French and Indian War (1754-1763), to be exact, which enlarged one empire (Britain's) and crippled the Bourbons. Maps and atlases were important back then, and they still are today, although many of us now take them for granted if we take them at all: It's so easy, too easy, to resort to Google. Now Google does an excellent job up to a point, but it is short on context and the necessary electro-mechanical interface makes it weak on browsability. We get from Google the geographic version of a sound bite but we do not get the song. An atlas in your lap puts the world in your hands; it is food for the imaginative mind. As Joseph Conrad wrote in "Heart of Darkness": "Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in all the glories of exploration." This atlas is well-nigh perfect for that, apart from all of its more practical uses. If there is, as Emily Dickinson put it, "no frigate like a book to take us lands away," then there is no book like an atlas. Any reader will find this atlas a lapful of cartographic bounty. There are regional maps and more than 100 maps of major world cities, many of them accompanied by detailed city-center maps. Maps of the solar system and the universe, maps of the latest countries (has your atlas got Kosovo as an independent country?), an excellent gazetteer, and an index (trillions of entries) that lists not only page number and map square but latitude and longitude. The paper is semi-matte, so glare is minimized, and all maps are fours-sided--that is, even when a map has to span two pages, it does not run into the gutter. And I haven't mentioned the photos from space. But I want to stress that for all its value to adults, an atlas is a perfect food for young minds. The Oxford is very nearly the best--the 14k atlas--and its price is a bargain. (The 18k alternative is the "Times World Atlas," which costs more than four times as much. Buying the Oxford will leave you with money to spare when your young beneficiaries--or your yourself--want to delve into the "Oxford Book of Exploration." And even though the Times Atlas has the edge on size, the Oxford is more up to date: It's the only atlas I know of that is updated every year (that's why Kosovo appears here as a separate nation little more than a year after declaring independence). That's impressive. And there is, by the way, an excellent companion to this volume: The Oxford Atlas of Exploration. Lewis and Clark, Marco Polo and other familiar explorers are covered, but so are often-neglected Muslim, Egyptian, Chinese and Polynesian expeditions.--Bill Marsano is an award-winning travel writer and an addict of maps and atlases.
Naisy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Detailed information and maps and beautiful images of countries around the world.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Oxford's Atlas of the World has all the little extras that the other big atlases offer--satellite images, city maps, Geography in Focus section, etc.--but for about a third of the price. And it comes with a free world wall map inside. Atlases are not cheap, and this atlas measures up both in quality and price--it's worth it.