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The ultimate panoramic atlas.
First American edition, 1998.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Publishing, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 atlas (41 pages) : color illustrations, color maps ; 36 cm
General Note:
Relief shown by landform drawings, shading, and spot heights. Depths shown by landform drawings, shading, and soundings.

Shows 3-D topography of mountain ranges and the ocean floor.

The height of mountains on land and sea is exaggerated by two and a half times.

"Published in Great Britain by Dorling Kindersley, Limited--P. [ii]."

Pages consist of 10 fold-outs.

Includes index.
Format :


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G1021 .U43 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
G1021 .U43 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A dynamic and original way of presenting and understanding how the surface of our planet works, The Ultimate Panoramic Atlas is an eye-opening introduction to global geography. Now, by drawing on one of the most detailed global databases ever assembled, computerized terrain models have been created which exaggerate the Earth's physical relief and throw the maps produced into a sharp perspective. The result is a vision of the world that has never been possible before.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-More an exercise in computer-assisted design than a useful reference tool, this sequence of eight oversized gatefold maps is heavier on flash than facts. After an opening view of the world, each map presents a continent and surrounding ocean bed, all colored in blues and greens so vivid that many of the small superimposed labels are difficult to read. As the main intent is to depict natural features, a few cities are marked, but political borders are not. The topography is deliberately exaggerated both vertically and horizontally, so that our planet's surface appears to be characterized by sudden, immense peaks and drops. Heavy shadows and severely foreshortened continents create a feeling of looking down from space on an airless, waterless planet; the effect is breathtaking, but these landscapes bear little relationship to reality-and despite the designers' best efforts, even the illusion of reality sometimes thins. After an introductory explanation of how the maps were electronically constructed, the captions and brief blocks of text offer only random snippets of information. This book may drop some jaws, but it's more suited to casual browsing than purposeful research.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.