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Oxford new concise world atlas
George Philip & Son.
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Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [2003]

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1 atlas (1 volumes (various pagings)) : color illustrations, color maps ; 34 cm
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Rev. ed. of: Philip's concise world atlas / George Philip & Son. 2000.

Includes index.
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G1021 .G4337 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The New Concise World Atlas offers a fresh look at the world in a clear and direct manner, opening with six pages of compiled statistics on world population, climate and geography--important points of reference for the global citizen. The highly illustrated "Earth in Space" thematic sectionthat follows provides a broad overview of the planet on a macro level, placing our planet in the larger context of the universe. In twenty-two compact yet compelling essays, the Earth's human and natural processes are explained through a balanced combination of informative text, instructive chartsand graphs, and vibrant photography and mapping. As part of a suite of atlases that are updated annually, the New Concise offers information other atlases lack: revised province names and boundaries in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Czech Republic, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Paraguay and Venezuela, as well as the introduction of the Euro to theEuropean economy. With 128 pages of the latest maps at carefully selected scales, every region from the Arctic Ocean to The Volga Basin is rendered in layer-colored contours, revealing detailed political and topographical information about each of the 191 countries recognized by the United Nations.Mirroring style changes made to the popular Atlas of the World, page number indicators have been added throughout which, along with refined locator windows, allow for easy identification of adjacent map pages. Historical cross-references have also been added to the comprehensive 55,000-entry index,and a "Regions in the News" element highlights those geographic areas that have struggled with strife and turmoil over the last twelve months. These thematic maps illustrate local ethnic populations and occupied territories, helping to decode some of the issues plaguing Colombia, Afghanistan, andKashmir. With hundreds of dramatic full-color, large-format maps produced by Europe's finest team of cartographers, the New Concise World Atlas stands out as the most affordable and superlative mid-size atlas available today. The New Concise is bound to become the standard geographic reference for everyoneconcerned with the state of the world around them.

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

The editors of this marvelous atlas have managed to bundle hundreds of extraordinary, full-color maps into one well-organized, manageable volume. Revised to provide updated boundaries and province names in places like Afghanistan, the Czech Republic, Iran, Lebanon, Paraguay and Venezuela, the book also includes a chapter on geographic areas that have struggled with conflict over the past year. Twenty-two essays on the Earth?s physical and sociopolitical characteristics appear in a section titled ?Earth in Space,? while another section, ?World Statistics,? lists the area, population and annual income of all the countries and territories in the world. The book also contains information on the population of the world?s principal cities and extensive data on the world?s climate and physical dimensions (including seas, mountains, rivers and lakes). The maps are of excellent quality, and the volume?s size?10? by 13??is perfect: the names of cities and rivers are big enough to be easily readable, but the volume is not unwieldy. For those in need of a reference book, this is an unquestionably sound buy. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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 6 Up-This well-designed, slightly oversized atlas packs in an enormous amount of information. It opens with endpapers that provide a world and European map, a key, and an abbreviated index. The essential one-page "User Guide" discusses graphic aides and the sequential order of the visuals. The six pages of world statistics that follow (countries, cities, climates, physical dimensions, and regions in the news) are straightforward. An added plus is the "Earth in Space" section, a mini-encyclopedia that discusses a range of topics from the beginnings of the universe through the evolution of the natural and human worlds today. Along with essays, this section informs readers with charts, graphs, and diagrams. The impressive photographs also include satellite images. Six sections of detailed but easy-to-read colorful maps constitute the bulk of the book. Each begins with single-page physical and political maps of the region or continent it covers. Those that follow span spreads; some include insets. While not as thorough as the Times Atlas of the World: Comprehensive Edition (Crown, 1999), this up-to-date volume offers solid information on a wealth of topics, clear visuals, and an extensive index to the maps.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Riverdale Park, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Since the publication of the first one 13 years ago (CH, Apr'04, 41-4411), the Oxford concise edition has kept current with four subsequent editions. It is fascinating and informative to compare the original atlas to the more recent one. While many political shifts during this period are relatively small (i.e., simple name changes), it is interesting to note the cartographic representations of large-scale political changes, such as the recognition of Kosovo and South Sudan as nation states. The atlas also depicts recent developments, for example, in rapidly expanding transportation networks in Asia. As with previous editions, the new edition is much more than a collection of maps; the current configuration contains 142 pages of maps, 6 pages of useful statistical data, 34 pages of color satellite imagery, and a comprehensive 95-page gazetteer. As a mid-size atlas combining larger scale maps with a more manageable size, this volume represents a compromise between larger works like Oxford's Atlas of the World (CH, May'12, 49-4821) or their smaller Pocket World Atlas (sixth ed., 2008). It should be noted that due to map scale and the density of place-names in some areas, the colors used to indicate elevation (dark browns and purples) may be best read with the assistance of a hand lens. Libraries with recent, full-size atlases may not find this fifth edition a required purchase. However, it would be a solid choice for any library looking to update its reference holdings--and given its size and very reasonable price--makes an excellent addition to any circulating collection. Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries. All levels. --Travis Dolence, Minnesota State University Moorhead