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

Physical Description:
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

This expanded and updated edition of Oxford's 2003 New Concise World Atlas contains 128 pages of full-color, computer-generated maps (by Philip's) with detailed and dramatic terrain modeling. These maps reflect all of the most recent geopolitical changes, including the separation of Montenegro from Serbia and Indonesia's new provinces. Some maps have been variously rescaled (e.g., Scandinavia, Fiji), added (e.g., the Indian Ocean island states, high-arctic Canada), and moved (e.g., the Alaska inset map, from Canada to the United States). The topical page "Regions in the News" has been updated to feature Iraq, Sudan, the Israel/Palestinian territories, Afghanistan, and Kashmir. Eleven world thematic maps with illustrations and text (by Keith Lye, whose credentials aren't listed) explore topics ranging from demographics and economics to the environment. Statistics for the maps and tables have been updated to 2003-05 figures. The index features 55,000 entries with a map, but not geographical coordinates. There are six pages of world statistical tables for countries, cities, climate, and physical dimensions, updated to 2005 data whenever possible. Bottom Line This edition features more current content than its nearest competitor, Firefly Great World Atlas (2005), and offers all libraries outstanding value for the same low price. Recommended for all libraries.-Edward 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.

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

Among the throng of "concise," "compact," "quick," "essential" atlases published over the last two years, this is among the more sophisticated, both in terms of map coverage and indexing. As such labels suggest, it has smaller dimensions, fewer maps, a shorter gazetteer (with page/grid references only), and lesser expense relative to its mother atlas, Atlas of the World (Oxford, 2003). The only work of this type with more pages, maps, and index entries is Dorling Kindersley Concise Atlas of the World (2nd ed., 2003), whose approach is encyclopedic, highlighting particular countries or regions one by one, with maps, photos, text, and charts intermingled on each two-page spread. Oxford is more traditional, in that space in its 128 pages of maps is used economically for maps alone, allowing broader coverage and larger scales. Statistics are compactly presented in tables, and text, photographs, and thematic maps are confined to the 22 general articles that open the volume. Geographically, 25 percent of the maps represent Europe, while the Western Hemisphere is allotted 13 percent. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All libraries. K. C. Kowal University of Minnesota--Twin Cities