One of the most innovative features of the “National Geographic Atlas of the World Eighth Edition” is the ability to post periodic updates online as the world continues to change.
The first updates since the Atlas’s release in fall 2004, include changes and clarifications to the map plates covering the Persian Gulf region. These changes have been made after consulting with government entities, academics, organizations, and individuals. Changes will appear in the password-protected Atlas update Web site for Atlas owners and will also appear in the online MapMachine plates (www.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine) that can be accessed by all.
Key updates and clarifications:
– The parenthetical reference to Arabian Gulf has been replaced by a note that has been added to plates 73 and 75 stating, “Historically and most commonly known as the Persian Gulf, this body of water is referred to by some as the Arabian Gulf.”
– The Atlas Web site now includes a brief summary of the historical origin of the term “Persian Gulf.”
– Due to conflicting claims, administration labels on Abu Musa and Tunb islands have been removed.
– Spelling has been updated from Qeys to Kish, the island’s more commonly used and modern name. An international airport symbol has also been added to this island.
– A secondary name for the island of Lavan (Sheykh Sho’eyb) has been removed.
A statement on National Geographic place-names policy has also been posted on the Atlas updates page. Click on the links at right to see images of these changes and clarifications.
Throughout the year National Geographic will continue to add updates and clarification to its Atlas site as the world and its place-names change.