Cover image for Essential world atlas.
Essential world atlas.
Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc.
Second edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Dorling Kindersley, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 atlas (256 pages) : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm
General Note:
Relief shown by shading and spot heights. Depths shown by gradient tints on most maps.

Includes glossary of geographical terms and index-gazetteer.

"Previously published as the Concise world atlas"-Cover.
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Authoritative and Compelling: This comprehensive atlas details political and state borders, main population, and administrative centers, communications, and airports. World Overview Maps: These maps illustrate everything from the political and physical world, the global economy, time zones, and population to languages, climate, religions, and international disputes. State-of-the-Art Computer-Generated Regional Maps: Contour tints have been added to demonstrate land heights and populated places graded by size.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

DK is fairly new to atlas publishing; the first edition of this atlas came out in 1999. This edition contains more than 450 maps as well as numerous satellite images and terrain models. A geographical comparisons section offers lists such as the least pop­ulous countries (Vatican City is at the top) and richest countries based on GNP per capita (Lux­embourg is first; the U.S. is fifth). The political maps are smaller than in some other atlases, making room on the page for text, photos, charts, and thematic maps.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2008 Booklist

Library Journal Review

These well-organized atlases offer clear transitions from more general global information and maps to sections on continents, each of which contains continental and regional close-ups with maps and information. From the most basic Compact, the price increases according to the quantity of additional maps and other materials. Each atlas carries an identical core of maps. The Concise provides the most comprehensive coverage, including over 400 maps, many photos, geographical comparisons, thumbnail information on each country, and a range of topics from the solar system to international disputes. The Essential, including over 60 maps, offers a nifty, easy-to-use ready-reference resource full of geographical and political information. The well-priced paperback Compact contains 60 maps and less additional information. Despite the brilliant map colors and digitally achieved definition, none of these atlases contains detailed maps for each state in the United States, as does the Rand McNally Premier World Atlas (Rand McNally, 2001). Although the measurements of each atlas differ (Concise, 131/4" x 95/8"; Essential, 81/2" x 6"; Compact, 10 7/8" x 81/2"), there is sometimes no corresponding difference among them in the detail shown for a particular area. For example, all three show only seven cities in the state of Connecticut in the U.S. Northeast regional close-up map. However, the Concise shows the Chechenskaya Respublika, while the others do not. Though only the Concise and the Essential contain glossaries, the index-gazetteer at the end of all three contains wonderful comparative and statistical information, country-by-country particulars, and an extensive index. The Compact is a good purchase for individuals, but both the Concise and the Essential are highly recommended for academic, public, and school libraries. Michelle Foyt, Russell Lib., Middletown, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.