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Atlas of the World: Seventeenth Edition 17th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0199751280
ISBN-10: 0199751285
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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 atlas on the market. Full of crisp, clear cartography of urban areas and virtually uninhabited landscapes around the globe, the Atlas is filled with 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 numerous topics of geographic significance, such as climate change, biodiversity, energy, and landforms.

The popular satellite image section has been refreshed with stunning new images of Denver (clearly showing how the natural barrier of the Rockies affects population spread), Kabul (which shows in vivid detail how that city is encircled by mountains), and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. All census information and country descriptions have been updated to reflect the latest developments around the world. Completely new to this edition is a section titled "Will the World Run Out of Food?," which discusses world food distribution and how this has changed rapidly in recent years, based on data collected by Rothamsted Research, the oldest research station in the world. A new section on world shipping piracy explores the rise in piracy, especially off the coast of Somalia, and the effects on the World Food Programme. Maps throughout have been updated to include such new features as the World Financial Center (the world's third tallest building) in Shanghai, new international airports in India and South Africa, administrative changes in Iceland, Bulgaria, and elsewhere, new national parks in Denmark, and many more.

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.

Take a Look Inside The Atlas of the World

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Topography of Asia [PDF]: Asia is the largest continent in size and houses over half the Earth’s population. The Great Wall of China in Asia is the only man-made super structure that can be seen from space.
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Will the World Run Out of Food? [PDF]: Did you know that the world’s population is predicted to increase to 9 billion by 2050? Learn how the current rate of population growth is affecting our global food supply.
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Satellite Image of Haiti [PDF]: This image was shot shortly after the catastrophic earthquake in January 2010. Port-au-Prince, the capitol and chief port of Haiti, is located just miles from the quake’s epicenter.
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Satellite Image of Afghanistan [PDF]: Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, now has a population of over 3 million. It is southeast of the runways of the international airport, which can be seen in this image.
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Map of Shanghai and Singapore [PDF]: Take a closer look at Shanghai, China. The Shanghai World Financial Center is at the heart of the city, towering 101 floors above ground level.

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Product Details

  • Series: Atlas of the World
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 17 edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199751285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199751280
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.5 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lifelong, I have been an avid student of maps and atlases and I am pleased with this volume. All maps are comfortable to read, easy to use, and very comprehensive. Earth images are beautiful and simply breathtaking. The Gazetteer of nations is brief, factual, and easy to use. The cultural and demographic information is extremely comprehensive, also. This is a book that can and should be used by children and adults alike.
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I bought this book expecting it to be a good purchase. I was pleasantly surprised to find this atlas is amazing. This book is popular amongst friends who come over because it is just full of beautiful images, and amazing tidbits of information. Anyone who has an appreciation of amazing, accurate maps of the highest quality, then look no further, this book will not let you down.
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The absolute best book we have ever had. Tops in quality and detail. Cannot say enough about how happy we are that we bought this Atlas from Amazon.
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I purchased this for my 11-year-old son as a Christmas gift. He immediately spent two hours buried in it! Particularly interesting is the wealth of demographic, economic and natural resource information at the front of the book. At $37.15, this is an unbelievable book. Get it!
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This is our third world atlas. I have one that was a gift from my parents in 1966; my husband gave me one in 1998, and I purchased this one as a gift for my husband. It was fun to put the three side by side and see how many new countries had been formed and how many countries had new names, etc. But for information and overall beauty, this 17th edition of Oxford's Atlas of the World wins hands down.
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My 7-year-old son loves looking at maps and this is the second Oxford Atlas we've bought. Unfortunately, these atlases fall apart very quickly. We've only had this one a few months and already the binding has fallen off and pages have come out. Perhaps our son isn't quite as gentle with it as adults would be, but I wish the Oxford people would put extra reinforcement in the binding so it would last longer!
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I snagged this atlas for half price on Amazon, but it would have been worth the full price. The maps are great and the supplemental information is very informative. Definitely a Must Have!
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For those of us who still like to read and handle books this edition of the World Atlas is OUTSTANDING. It is a quality binding with great colors and chock full of geographical information and history of the nations around the world. Very up-to-date.
Oxford still prints the best Atlas! And the price was reasonable through AMazon.
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