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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 is to be complemented on producing a new edition of its world atlas every year the world is always changing, so updates are necessary. Some of those for the nineteenth edition include new motorways in China, a new city map of Dubai, the addition of the Olympic Stadium in London, updates in country-population statistics, and gazetteer information. As long as atlases are used in schools, colleges, and at home, an edition within the last five years is a necessity. With beautiful satellite photos and Philip's cartography, this is a bargain for any library that needs a new world atlas.--Bulson, Christine Copyright 2010 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

278 full-page, full-color maps (more than any other atlas offers), full-page satellite images, a gigantic index of well over 100,000 entries, a protective slipcase, and a free six-month subscription to Oxford Reference Online. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Opening with 16 outstanding aerial photographs of cities and landforms and a gazetteer of world nations, this edition retains many of the features of its predecessors. The "Introduction to World Geography" section incorporates current statistical information and recent scientific scholarship in 47 pages of maps, illustrations, graphs, and charts that illuminate concepts such as the universe, solar system, and geological discoveries, and measures of wealth and standards of living for the countries and regions of the world. The city map section, which has its own index, features 105 maps of 67 cities and their central regions. The rest of the volume offers full-page, detailed world maps, divided by continents. Name changes and completed rail links and lines have been noted. Although there are separate physical and political maps of each continent, all of the country and regional maps combine physical and political features. While this combination can make the maps a little difficult to decipher, it does illustrate the relationship among landforms, development, and political boundaries. A new glossary defines geographical terms, prefixes, and suffixes, and the extensive general index includes cities, landforms, political divisions, parks, and reserves. This attractive and informative look at our world is a good supplementary choice for reference collections.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Choice Review

Biased toward Europe, this atlas has more large-scale maps of Europe than of any other region. The cartography, by George Philip Ltd., features shading and layer coloring of elevations. The atlas has many similarities to other large-format world atlases (The Times Atlas of the World: Concise Edition, 7th ed., 1997; National Geographic Society's Atlas of the World , 7th ed., 1999; Hammond World Atlas, 3rd ed., 2000; and Rand McNally International Atlas of the World, 1999), all of which have world thematic maps, world statistics tables, two-page map spreads, metropolitan area maps, and an extensive index. The features that set this atlas apart are a "Regions in the News" map page featuring Kosovo, the Near East, East Timor, and the Caucasus region; additional downtown maps for more than half the 67 metropolitan area maps; a separate index for the metropolitan area map section; 16 natural color satellite images of selected metropolitan areas; and a world geography section, which incorporates text, graphs, tables, and maps. The editors claim that place-names, roads, and railroads have been thoroughly updated. All collections. J. A. Coombs; Southwest Missouri State University