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Atlas of the World 18th Edition [Hardcover]

by Oxford University Press
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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November 17, 2011 0199829950 978-0199829958 18
The only world atlas updated annually, guaranteeing that users will find the most current geographic information, Oxford's Atlas of the World is the most authoritative resource on the market. The Eighteenth Edition remains the finest international reference source of its kind available. Including new census information, dozens of city maps, gorgeous satellite images of Earth, and a geographical glossary, this atlas offers exceptional value at a reasonable price.

Full of crisp, clear cartography of urban areas and virtually uninhabited landscapes around the globe, the Atlas has maps of cities and regions at carefully selected scales that give a striking view of the Earth's surface. Opening with world statistics and a colorful, instructive 48-page Introduction to World Geography--beautifully illustrated with tables and graphs--this acclaimed resource provides details on such topics as climate, the greenhouse effect, employment and industry, standards of living, agriculture, population and migration, and global conflicts.

As in years past, this edition includes the latest geographic information. The popular satellite image section has been refreshed with stunning new images of different regions and urban areas around the world. A completely updated Gazetteer of Nations provides an invaluable A-Z reference source of concise country profiles, including important historical events and statistics on economies and politics. Recent events in Africa and the Middle East--and their profound consequences--are incorporated into various country profiles.

Providing the finest global coverage available, the Atlas of the World is not only the best-selling volume of its size and price, but also the benchmark by which all other atlases are measured.

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Iceland: This winter image, captured in January, shows Iceland cloaked in snow, covering its four permanent ice caps. Due to its position on a fault line, Iceland also experiences high levels of volcanic activity, with much of the land covered in lava flows.
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The River Thames: A satellite view of the river as it snakes from Chelsea Bridge in the west to Tower Bridge in the east. Despite a population of more than 8 million, London boasts many parks and open spaces around its city center, visible in this image.
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The Congo River: An image of the river where it splits to form Malebo Pool on its journey to the Atlantic Ocean. The Congo River is the second longest in Africa, after the Nile, and is the world’s deepest river with recorded depths of over 750 feet.
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Lima, Peru: Peru’s largest city and its capital, Lima was founded in the 16th century by the Spanish. Some believe its population of just under 9 million could grow to 10 million by 2015.
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London City Map [PDF]: City maps, like this one of London, make it easy to identify key destinations--like the site of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, Westminster Abbey.
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South Sudan: South Sudan officially became an independent state on July 9, 2011. On July 14, it became a member state of the United Nations and joined the African Union two weeks later.

Product Details

  • Series: Atlas of the World
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 18 edition (November 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199829950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199829958
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 11.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best atlas I've used! November 13, 2011
By Betsy
I had been quite happy with a DK Atlas for several years but this year my 15 year old daughter has a lot of map work in her history class and I was thrilled to find this altas. The maps fill the entire page - no extraneous (though often interesting) blurbs of information in the DK style - just the maps. Hence the maps are bigger and you can see more detail.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! December 14, 2011
This book is so much more than a book of maps! This is a hefty book but absolutely packed full of interesting and essential information. I think this will be well used by my 6th grade daughter, my 3rd grader, my husband and me. It is a geographic resource but also covers social issues that have changed the political geography of the world. As mentioned in the editorial review, the satellite picture section is updated and absolutely spectacular.

My kids and I enjoy Phaidon Press books like "The Art Museum", "The Ocean", etc. and I think this will stand with those as one of the most interesting and referenced tomes in our home. An excellent academic resource, it also provides regional demographics and social information. It is comprehensive and beautiful to look at and use. I like that the scale to which specific cities and regions were mapped were well thought out with regards to usefulness.

I think for a book so well put together, beautifully bound and indexed, full of stunning pictures, images and information- this is a deal, a gem and an essential for anyone who has a student at home. Also good for the armchair traveller, you will not be disappointed.

If you live in a small space(like a dorm room) this is NOT the reference book for you, likely. Oxford also publishes a more compact, concise version that might suit those who do not want to accomodate the 'coffee table book' size that this beauty is.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my husband loves it January 16, 2012
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Our family has been looking for a great atlas for a long time now, and I think we've found it. The maps are clear and we like the information provided. We spend a lot of time looking at it together.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Atlas of the World, eighteenth edition January 30, 2012
By willT
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This is the sixth atlas in my library which includes Britannica's Atlas and Hammond's Medallion, both of them quality publications in their own right. However there is no doubt in my mind that Oxford's eighteenth edition Atlas of the World is an exceptional publication that exceeds all my expectations. I use it frequently each week, to track world news events and while reading reference type literature relating to travel and geography.

All maps are easy to locate and navigate; the Gazetteer of the Nations and the satellite images of Earth are second to none. There is no need to say that I am fully satisfied with my new atlas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great January 3, 2012
By chris d
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A beautiful book: fabulous photos; up to date information, even the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquakes over the last year; it seems to cover all aspects of our universe. It was a present for my husband, & we are both very pleased with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way Maps Ought To Be Displayed. October 14, 2012
By Ronno
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For those of you who don't like the sterile appearance of Google Maps and the endless zooming and shifting to get to the location you want, The Oxford Atlas is the one for you. Using the reference maps inside the covers, I can get to any location in less than a minute.
This Atlas is not an aerial photo display but rather a stunning colour representation of countries and regions drawn in the traditional way with mountains that look like mountains and valleys that look like valleys.
A genuine piece of artwork printed in Malaysia on quality thick bond paper. A joy to behold.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oxford Atlas of the World February 3, 2012
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The atlas exceeded my expectation! I am a retired geographer who loves maps and atlases. I am spending a little time each day reading and reveling in a page or two of maps. I especially enjoy re-visiting places where I have traveled to see how times have changed in those areas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World Atlas 18th Edition June 3, 2012
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Excellent product. I have needed one for years and finally decided to purchase one. The content is outstanding and the knowledge gained always comes in handy for other purposes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I bought this as a gift for my 93 year friend. It has large fonts, lots of pictures. Just one thing - it is very heavy. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Betsy Shoup
5.0 out of 5 stars i am very happy with my atlas
I really like my Atlas, its very detailed and easy to find info....I recommend it to anyone...the pictures are beautiful and the book came in good shape
Published 1 month ago by Julie Lewandowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive atlas includes high level views of many of the...
Solid atlas. I tend to buy atlases every 10 years or so to get a sense of the changes in economies, demographics and names of the nations of the world. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen P. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars I would buy this again!!
I bought this Atlas of the World for my son who travels frequently for work. He was thrilled with the quality and clarity of it.
Published 8 months ago by Elayne MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Wordly Possession
I ordered this for one of our new employees who works customer service for our international department. It is a treasure!
Published 9 months ago by Ms. M in Dallas
5.0 out of 5 stars good information
It's just what I was looking for to give me information about countries I'm interested in or hear about in the news
Published 9 months ago by hiltjes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love geography? Then you'll love this book.
Very good book, with great photos, outstanding history of the area & detailed description of highlights. Would recommend to anyone!
Published 12 months ago by bluegrass2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
REceived this for a gift, and am surprised how often i use it. Has lots of fascinating facts about the various countries in addition to the maps. Read more
Published 14 months ago by rgd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, wonderful pictures, maps and information
I purchased one of these for my husband and my son in law was admiring it so I ordered one for him also. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Laura Bast
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Purchase
I purchased this for my husband and he is always looking up something or or other. I assume the likes it.
Published 16 months ago by Joyce D. Michelich
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