National Geographic Atlas of the World, Ninth Edition
By National Geographic
(National Geographic, Hardcover, 9781426206344, 424pp.)
Publication Date: October 19, 2010
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National Geographic Atlas of the World, Ninth Edition showcases the Earth in stunning detail, through a magnificent collection of world, continental, and regional maps that represent up-to-the-minute political geography. Throughout the Ninth Edition, state-of-the-art cartographic technologies and thousands of updates deliver accuracy and quality. Innovative new physical and thematic sections address the most compelling issues facing our world today. Preeminent scientists and experts in geographical specialty fields have consulted on all topics, to ensure that the maps, graphs, and text convey significant trends and findings relevant to modern science. Innovative design makes the wide-ranging content wonderfully accessible, resulting in an accurate, useful, and user-friendly reference to the world.
Map coverage in the Ninth Edition is more comprehensive and up-to-date than ever before:
· Newly generated regional maps reveal in great detail the geography of places in the news today, strengthening the reference aspect of the Atlas in its coverage of newsworthy developments, from conflict in the Middle East to global warming in North America.
· Dramatic, state-of-the-art ocean floor maps show more detail, more features, and more soundings than in any other atlas.
· Extraterrestrial maps chart the Northern and Southern skies, the Solar System, the Milky Way, and the Universe, with new maps of Mars and the Moon that denote physical features, spacecraft landings, and impact sites.
Twenty new thematic spreads illustrate crucial aspects of the human and physical world: population, urbanization, and their environmental impact, as well as human rights, health and wellness, culture, climate, technology, and many other topics. In this section, world maps appear in the same scale and projection to make it easier for the reader to compare layers of information. Plus, new highlighted notes called "connections" point out the interrelationships between topics.
The reference value of the National Geographic Atlas of the World, Ninth Edition is unparalleled, with the place-name index now exceeding 150,000 entries to incorporate the thousands of features covered on the new spreads. Simple, straightforward index design provides readers with ease of navigation in finding the places they want to explore.
This blend of mapping expertise, comprehensive coverage, and award-winning design places the National Geographic Atlas of the World, Ninth Edition in a class by itself.
Free gift: The Atlas of the World, Ninth Edition also comes with two free frameable map prints! This premium map is a two-piece, antique-styled map of the Western and Eastern Hemispheres, reflecting current political boundaries. The two sheets can be mounted separately or together in one frame. Dimensions for each sheet are: 11-1/2" x 14-5/8".
National Geographic cartographers bring nearly a century of mapmaking experience and cutting-edge technology to every atlas product. Today, satellite and digital imaging, GPS, and GIS technologies provide cartographers with new tools to map the Earth and its myriad regions—from far above and up close—across all seven continents and the interconnected oceans. Leveraging these emerging technologies to build smart, well-designed, functional, informative atlases is one of the great strengths of National Geographic.
“…wondrous production…, full of maps, satellite imagery, data and infographics that showcase the complexity of our planet. “ –Seattle Times
“Having an authoritative source about our world in your hands, as you enjoy the thrill of discovery while leafing through the pages, makes this ninth edition of a standard well worth the cost.” –Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
“…fascinating, top-of-the-line…splendid publication…” –Library Journal
“Students, researchers and the curious alike are increasingly going online to gather information on world statistics and maps, but the ninth edition of National Geographic’s Atlas of the World will give them myriad reasons to pick up and flip through this gorgeous book.” –Kirkus
“Overall, I highly recommend this atlas. It is an excellent reference for our planet and even our solar system. It gives the Times Atlas of the World a run for its money.” –About.com (NYT)
“…this ninth edition contains a world of updated information on our rapidly changing orb.”