WASHINGTON (Aug. 22, 2006)–For over a century, National Geographic’s maps and atlases have set the standard against which other cartographic products are measured. The newly updated and redesigned NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY REFERENCE ATLAS OF THE WORLD, SECOND EDITION (National Geographic Books, ISBN 0-7922-5567-4, Oct. 17, 2006, $65) continues this tradition of excellence.
The new edition incorporates some 15,000 changes, including 32 new pages, bringing the total number of pages to 384. The Europe section has been expanded from five spreads to 11 and this more detailed section has added about 5,000 new place-names to the atlas. Also new is a section of maps covering the islands of the Caribbean in greater detail. Locations and new sites that have featured prominently in the media since the previous edition have been added, including the region of Darfur in Sudan, the Flight 93 National Memorial east of Pittsburgh, and the Three Gorges Dam along the Yangtze River in central China, which, when completed in 2009, will be the world’s largest flood-control and hydroelectric dam.
Whether one is looking for a place somewhere on Earth or in our galaxy, the daily high temperature in October in Timbuktu, the world’s tallest office building or deepest mine, the population of Jakarta, sacred sites, countries with nuclear weapons capability, information on continental drift, the ice age, gold and precious gemstones, or why we experience seasons, all can be found in this cutting-edge collection of maps and reference information.
At the heart of this spectacular volume are more than 1,000 maps, illustrations and photographs that present the most complete, up-to-date portrait of our world — and beyond. All maps and charts are as current as possible, reflecting the latest changes around the globe, with information compiled from the most authoritative organizations, universities, specialists and experts.
In addition to traditional physical and political maps of every area on Earth, there are new satellite images, including the NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Katrina as it made landfall along the Gulf Coast; new space coverage of the planet Mars; and fact boxes and flags for each country, including the new flags of Iraq, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Georgia (the former Soviet Republic). Each political regional map section includes four thematic maps of the same geography that cover population; temperature and precipitation; industry and mining; and land use, agriculture and fishing.
A comprehensive world-overview section features 26 topics with maps and diagrams that illustrate such critical global issues as health, education, population density, energy consumption, water resources, religion, environmental stresses, food production, undernourishment in developing countries and loss of biodiversity. New spreads include conflict and terror, globalization, and technology and communication. This reference material is invaluable in helping readers understand the dynamics of the planet.
A section on oceans maps the massive trenches and valleys of the ocean floors and provides information on waves, coral morphology and tides among other oceanographic phenomena. Detailed maps of the oceans reveal incredible depths below sea level as well as all the world’s major ports.
Going to new heights, the space section covers both the near and far sides of the moon, the planets, the solar system, the universe, and a space exploration timeline of milestones from the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 to the European Space Agency’s launching of the Venus Express this past spring.
The appendix is also a wealth of information — world time zones, special flags (including the development of the Stars and Stripes), geographic comparisons, major cities, political entities and their status, world temperatures and rainfall, airline distances, metric conversions and a glossary of geographic terms. The comprehensive index includes more than 40,000 place-names and a two-page moon index.
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC FAMILY REFERENCE ATLAS OF THE WORLD, SECOND EDITION has been designed for unmatched readability and ease-of-use. Measuring 10.25″ by 13.5″, its manageable size makes it easy to access, handle and store. An outstanding, competitively priced reference tool that answers a world of questions, this atlas is a perfect centerpiece for every family library.