WASHINGTON (July 24, 2006)–Just in time for the new school year, National Geographic is publishing its first collegiate atlas, with state-of-the-art cartographic technology and award-winning content and design providing students and educators with an authoritative, comprehensive and easy-to-use reference of the world.
The 384-page NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC COLLEGIATE ATLAS OF THE WORLD (National Geographic Books; ISBN 0-7922-3662-9; Aug. 15, 2006; $39.95) includes the most up-to-date map information, including the new Chinese railroad to Lhasa, Tibet, which opened July 2, 2006; the recently separated Montenegro and Serbia shown as two distinct countries in the Western Balkans map; the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, created June 2006; and the newly discovered lowest point in South America (and the Western Hemisphere) — Laguna del Carbón salt pan in Argentina, at 334 feet (105 meters) below sea level.
National Geographic has used the latest in digital mapping, satellite imaging and Global Positioning System and Geographic Information Systems technologies to ensure the highest level of cartographic precision and to show the Earth at a level of detail never seen before.
An introductory section helps readers better understand how geographic data are gathered, processed and interpreted. Explanations address subjects such as map scales, projections and map-reading skills.
The atlas features more than 250 physical, political and thematic maps. Its 25 thematic maps — more than in any previous National Geographic atlas — cover a host of vital global and natural themes and issues, from tectonics, energy sources and literacy to the Internet, environmental stresses, and flashpoints for conflict and terror.
Each continent receives special coverage of the economic, human and natural realms, with spreads highlighting land cover, climate, natural hazards, water availability, indigenous languages, urban populations and projected population changes, land use, dominant economy and energy consumption.
To ensure accurate spatial perspective, nearly all maps within a continent are for the first time being shown at the same scale. This allows the user to compare countries and regions easily, gaining a more accurate understanding of the relative size, proximity and geographic features within each region.
The atlas is richly illustrated with 50 breathtaking satellite images and scores of dramatic full-color photographs. Extensive back matter includes a glossary, geographic comparisons, a 106-page place-name index with 55,000 entries, and an 11-page “world facts” section with such demographic and socioeconomic information as population density, HIV/AIDS population, carbon dioxide emissions, GDP per capita, estimated value of imports and exports, and annual deforestation rate.
A password-protected Web site for atlas owners offers exclusive online resources. Included are photo galleries with more than 250 unrivaled images organized by region and theme corresponding to the atlas; printable, downloadable map updates to keep the atlas current as the world changes; and a gateway to the National Geographic MapMachine, where users can customize maps, zoom in and out, select alternate views and add labels to maps. A preview of the site is available at nationalgeographic.com/samplecollegiate.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC COLLEGIATE ATLAS OF THE WORLD was produced by National Geographic’s world-renowned team of cartographers. A panel of more than 100 geographers, cartographers, professors and other experts contributed to and reviewed the atlas.
Designed to fit into a backpack, the atlas is priced at below $40 to suit a student budget.