WASHINGTON (July 2, 2012)—NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC COMPACT ATLAS OF THE WORLD (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0935-6; on sale July 3, 2012; $14.95 trade paperback) and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CONCISE ATLAS OF THE WORLD 3RD EDITION (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0951-2; on sale Aug. 28, 2012; $26.95 trade paperback) are the two newest atlases from National Geographic, world renowned for its innovative technology and cartography expertise.
Complex political, cultural and environmental realities of the day make it increasingly important to have a clear vision of the world. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CONCISE ATLAS OF THE WORLD, 3rd EDITION includes the latest geopolitical developments and changes and brings to light important, relevant topics that grip the planet. This new edition features more than 450 maps, charts and graphs and information on religions, economy, trade, environmental stresses and more. There is detailed coverage on world population, including growth, density, distribution, fertility, urbanization, life expectancy and migration. Among the up-to-date population facts are: 367,000 people are born every day, mostly in poor African, Asian and South American countries; the most crowded place is Monaco, with a population density of 47,350 people per square mile, while Greenland, by contrast, has less than one person per square mile; the lowest life expectancy is in Afghanistan (44 for men and women) and Zimbabwe (44 for women, 45 for men), and the highest life expectancy is in San Marino (86 for women, 81 for men) and Japan (86 for women, 80 for men).
The atlas also presents new world thematic spreads on:
- Health and education
- Conflict and terror
- Natural disasters
- Climate and weather
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC COMPACT ATLAS OF THE WORLD is the smallest atlas National Geographic has ever produced, sized at a mere 4 x 6 inches. Produced using the most advanced mapping technologies, this pocket-sized atlas serves as a valuable, anytime, anywhere reference. It features more than 100 brand-new maps that reflect the latest changes in the world — from geologic to geographic, political to population — including the newest countries, Kosovo and South Sudan. It highlights the latest in world climate; land cover; water availability; natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, fires and volcanic activity; and more. It offers exceptional and innovative navigation for quick information retrieval, and despite its small size, it provides exceptional readability.
National Geographic cartographers bring nearly a century of mapmaking experience and cutting-edge technology to bear on every atlas produced. Over the last decade, techniques used in digital mapping have undergone remarkable changes. Today, satellite and digital imaging technology, GPS and GIS provide cartographers with new tools to map and animate the Earth and its myriad regions. National Geographic builds its functional and informative atlases by leveraging these emerging technologies.
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