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Encyclopedic world atlas
George Philip & Son.
Corporate Author:
Fifth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 atlas (280 pages) : color illustrations, color maps ; 32 cm
General Note:
At head of title: Oxford.

Includes index.
Added Corporate Author:
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
G1021 .G417 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
G1021 .G417 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
G1021 .G417 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G1021 .G417 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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Dubbed "the information atlas" by librarians everywhere, Oxford's Encyclopedic World Atlas has been completely redesigned to provide much easier access to its wealth of geographical data. The Fifth Edition is now organized alphabetically, covering each nation on Earth, sequentially, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Every country is profiled in depth, with sections on landscape, climate, vegetation, history, politics, and economy. With each entry is a full-color topographic map drawn byEurope's finest cartographers, combining relief shading and layer-colored contours that convey a superb visual impression of the land surface. The Atlas also offers a wealth of supplemental information--a 16-page section of country-by-country facts, a 32-page World and Continents section, 200national flags (including their origin and significance), 160 climate graphs, and a 25,000-name index. Completely up to date, packed with data, and more easy to use than ever, Encyclopedic World Atlas is indeed "the information atlas," an ideal resource for business reports and homework assignments, and the first place to turn to answer questions about the world around you.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

The new edition of the Oxford Atlas of the World is a handsome, shelving-friendly (37.5 cm.), and cheaper alternative to the seventh edition of the National Geographic Atlas of the World (LJ 2/15/00). The full-color, computer-generated maps reflect all the most recent geopolitical changes, from the new provincial boundaries in post-apartheid South Africa to the demarcation line between the Bosnian-Croat Federation and the Serbian Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The terrain modeling is detailed and dramatic. More than 75 thematic maps explore topics from demographics and economics to the environment, and a special section of city maps covers 67 major international metropolitan areas with 38 close-up maps of city centers. This section has its own 8000-entry index, and the general index includes 75,000 entries with full geographic coordinates. Finally, an "Images of the Earth" section presents 17 stunning, full-page satellite photos. The one key element missing, which increases the reference value of the National Geographic Atlas, is a gazetteer with country summaries, national flags, and demographic and economic data. Despite this omission, the Oxford Atlas of the World is an extraordinary value and is highly recommended for all reference collections. The redesigned fifth edition of the Oxford Encyclopedic World Atlas is organized alphabetically by region and country. Some countries are grouped together under region or a neighbor; entries for all Central American countries are found under "Guatemala," for instance, while Caribbean nations have short entries under "Caribbean Sea." Therefore, it would have been helpful to have had a See reference at the top of the page, where the country should have been, rather than having to consult the 20,000-entry index or scan the contents to find a particular entry. Each entry includes a detailed physical map; a national flag with a description; a data table including area, population, capital, government, ethnic groups, languages, religions, and currency; and completely up-to-date narrative texts covering geography, climate, vegetation, history, politics, and economy. Instead of the world thematic maps found in the previous editions, this version provides at least ten for each continent, along with physical and political maps. The world time-zone map has been omitted. As a ready-reference tool, the Oxford Encyclopedic World Atlas is a comparably priced alternative or complement to the latest update of The Dorling Kindersley World Reference Atlas (LJ 2/1/97), which has more kinds of data. The Oxford Atlas has better maps, however, and will be a valuable asset to any reference desk or collection.DEdward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Marketers of reference titles commonly describe new works as "unique" to suggest that a gaping hole exists such that no reference collection could do without their new title. Very few topics or events are truly singular. Can a title be both encyclopedic and an atlas? Is this a confusion of categories or a marketing ploy? To Oxford, the designation means the inclusion of some thematic maps for each continent, and for each country a small-scale map with descriptions a paragraph long of geography, climate, history, politics, and economy. This title is closest in intention to Dorling Kindersley World Desk Reference (DK, 3rd ed., 2000) and CIA World Factbook (1962- , numerous printed and electronic editions). Desk Reference lacks explanatory text but provides more statistics per country (as does Factbook), and has the high quality graphics for which DK is famous. Factbook maps are less detailed. It might reasonably be asked what value the Oxford atlas adds. Most reference collections will hold other atlases with more detailed maps and statistical handbooks or almanacs with more descriptive matter. Appropriate for college libraries. D. S. Azzolina; University of Pennsylvania