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Atlas of the world
George Philip & Son.
Eighth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 atlas (various pagings) : color illustrations, color maps ; 38 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.

"Cartography by Philip's"-- T.p. Verso.
Format :


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G1021 .A7545 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
G1021 .A7545 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
G1021 .A7545 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
G1021 .A7545 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material

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When Oxford's Atlas of the World debuted, it was widely praised for the incredible beauty and accuracy of its maps and for its wealth of geographical information. Now in a new Eighth Edition, it remains the finest top-of-the-line atlas available, with hundreds of stunning full-color,large-format maps produced by Europe's finest cartographers. As in past editions, the Atlas also boasts 66 maps of major metropolitan areas worldwide, an extensive index, and a colorful 48-page Introduction to World Geography, providing a wealth of information on such topics as climate, the greenhouse effect, plate tectonics, agriculture, population andmigration, global conflicts, and much more. For the eighth edition, there is an eight-page section of satellite images, providing insight into how cities expand and rivers create life in the desert. It also boasts an innovative new map program-a feature without rival among world atlases--new digitalmetro mapping with detailed city center plans for more than half of the major cities of the world. These digital maps allow readers to get a much clearer sense of the physical and cultural disposition of important cities, showing major streets and points of interest such as museums, monuments, andother sites of historical or cultural significance. This section also boasts its own 10,000 entry index for instant access to the places readers want to find most. Providing the finest global coverage available, Atlas of the World is the benchmark by which all other international atlases will be measured.

Reviews 5

Booklist Review

Oxford's 24th annual Atlas of the World contains 2016 estimates of population and GDP. The full-page images of the earth have changed and now include Dubai, Boston, and Memphis. There are new city maps, including Dallas-Fort Worth and a larger, quarter-page map of Hong Kong, while the map of Dublin has been eliminated. It is not surprising that there are updates in the climate-change section, reflecting revised climate records. For a world that is always changing, this durable, colorful update belongs in all libraries, particularly those with atlases published before 2010.--Bulson, Christine Copyright 2018 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The latest revision of Oxford's highly acclaimed Atlas of the World is as up-to-date as can be in the post-September 11 world. "Site of former World Trade Center" says one caption on an updated map of lower Manhattan- and Baghdad has been added to the 67 maps of major cities around the world, including Moscow, Lisbon and Jerusalem. Statistics on the U.S. have been updated from the 2000 Census, and a new Gazetteer of Nations offers easy reference. But the heart, and strength, of this atlas remains the hundreds of colorful, beautifully detailed maps, conveying not only topographical features but also disputed boundaries, railways and principal roads. This is an indispensable reference for students as well as anyone interested in the state of the world, from population statistics to the environment and our impact on it. It will provide hours of happy, fascinating browsing. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Oxford University Press offers several kinds of world atlases. In decreasing order of cost and other features, the titles include: Oxford Atlas of the World, Oxford New Concise World Atlas, Oxford Essential World Atlas, and Oxford Pocket World Atlas. With Atlas of the World, the publisher successfully provides considerable detail on the world, with heavier focus on different parts of it each time-the "Images of Earth" section of the 22nd edition offers stunning satellite images of 17 cities including Washington, DC; Sydney, Australia; Calcutta/Kolkata, India; and, best of all, Naples, Italy, the photo of which clearly features Mount Vesuvius over the city. Rich investigations of the global issues reflected in the atlas are another staple of this series, this time offering a look at "The Future of the Oceans and Seas." Large color maps of continents, regions, countries, and cities are presented in groups by continent, with each section introduced by a full-spread satellite image of the continent in question. The New Concise World Atlas offers maps that are just as useful and well produced as those in the premier series of titles. There are fewer of them, and the trim size is smaller, but most libraries will do fine with what is provided. As in the larger work, the cartography is complemented by crisp satellite images, in this case of cities such as Rome; Jakarta; and Cairo (these are not the same places shown in this year's larger atlas). Missing is the expansive text that opens the larger atlas and is accompanied by relevant charts and graphs, but taking into consideration the price difference, smaller institutions will be willing to forego this analysis. VERDICT Larger libraries will do well to showcase this annual update of Atlas of the World; whereas smaller collections will be well served by the New Concise World Atlas. © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Available only in a print version but updated annually, this large-format resource continues to earn pride of place on the atlas case's top shelf for its combination of currency and eye-widening graphics. The physical, political, and country and regional maps that make up the volume's core are works of art-brilliantly designed for easy comprehension, rendered in bright colors and sharp detail, and impossible to resist poring over. An immense index and a detailed gazetteer take up nearly half of the page count. Distinctive additional features include an array of satellite images, more than 50 (simplified) city street maps, a survey article titled "Will the World Run Out of Food?" and about two dozen maps related to climate, natural resources, population, and trade, not to mention star charts and a tour of the solar system. There were no major changes in the world since the 18th edition, but new material includes fresh statistical information; updated flags for two African countries; changes to the selections of city maps and satellite photos; and, in the maps themselves, the additions of significant buildings, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and new roads and railways. Atlases are among the quickest reference sources to age, so for classroom or library collections in which students search in vain for information about, for instance, South Sudan or even Kosovo, this makes a first-rate replacement.-John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York City (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Though the ninth edition of Oxford Atlas of the World is improved markedly over the previous edition, Times Atlas of the World (10th ed., 1999) still outshines Oxford in geographical coverage and quality of information. For example, Times provides spectacular Hubble satellite images of entire continents, whereas Oxford's less colorful "Images of Earth" are photos at closer range, mainly of capitals. Times's hues and relief contours are subtler, making the atlas easier to study; Oxford's brighter, bolder tints, somewhat jarring, will appeal to general and juvenile readers. Oxford provides 176 smaller-scaled maps with far less geographical detail than Times's 248. Times indexes 200,000 cross-referenced place-names in addition to its "Glossary of Geographical Terms," Oxford only 75,000. Enhancements new to this edition include a 32-page "Gazetteer of Nations" (brief country summaries with flags and other pertinent data); 67 maps of world metropolitan areas paired with an 8,000-entry place-name index; 40 additional island maps; and a colorful 48-page "Introduction to World Geography" covering such subjects as the universe, the human family, agriculture, and standards of living illustrated with richly colored maps, charts, and graphs. The heart of Oxford is its 176 physical and political maps, arranged by continent and enhanced with relief shading and tinted contours. Academic libraries may be better served by the Times atlas because its larger-scaled maps provide more thorough geopolitical and topographical coverage. Nevertheless, Oxford's ninth edition is attractive, informative, affordable, and current, and will be useful in most public and school libraries, and to lower-division undergraduates. S. M. Williams Texas A&M--Kingsville