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DK Millennium World Atlas: A Portrait of the Earth in the Year 2000 Hardcover – October 1, 1999

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For some, maps are just tools to get them from point A to point B and back again. For the rest of us, who love to pore over them and marvel at the richness of our planet, there's nothing better than the DK World Atlas Millennium Edition. Almost 500 luxuriously large (11 by 17 inches) pages reflect the human world in gorgeous political maps encompassing boundaries, languages, population, and more, followed by enhanced satellite photos that give the reader an astronaut's-eye view of the natural world. Check out the Panama Canal from above or boggle your mind trying to grasp the extent of the Sahara Desert--these are just a couple of the stunning images you'll encounter while paging through the Atlas. DK has perfected the aesthetics of information and the art of packing more information into each square inch than one would think possible. Many of the maps feel expansive and even voluptuous, seeming to take up time as well as space within the extended confines of the pages. The sense that the North American Great Plains go on forever is well-captured, but even the tiniest Micronesian island receives DK's full attention. The layout and indexing make the Millennium Edition a snappy reference tool, though the temptation to browse means you should allow yourself an extra few minutes at least. The obligatory CD-ROM is packed with images in JPEG format from the Atlas as well as plenty of bonuses--the world at night, at dawn, and other fascinating shots of our planet that you won't find elsewhere. If you're looking for the state of the art in showing the state of the world, look no further than the DK World Atlas Millennium Edition. --Rob Lightner

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This is a visually stunning, large-format geographical guide to the world from the editors of DK. An introductory section places Earth in the context of our solar system and then explains its structure (plate tectonics, geological composition), describes the elements that shaped its surface (wind, heat, and ice), and graphs world populations and economic and political systems. In traditional DK style, there is a vast variety of visual information. There are at least two types of maps for each region: One shows the physical layout of the region and includes color-coded points of interest such as the urban/rural breakdown of a country or its modes of transportation. The other is a beautifully detailed satellite-image map. Photographs surround each map, pinpointing important features. On the Iberian Peninsula, for instance, one photograph details the terraced vineyards of Portugal's Douro Valley, another shows the stark cliffs of Algarve, and a satellite image offers an expanded view of the Ebro River valley. The DK atlas includes useful indexes, such as country facts, a geographical glossary, and a name index. The only drawback to this large, well-produced atlas is its less-than-definitive list of cities and rivers; travelers may have to refer to other atlases (such as the most recent Rand McNally or Macmillan's high-priced and oversized Book of the World). This volume is recommended for libraries looking for an up-to-date complement to atlas reference collections.
-Mark Rotella, New York
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789446049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789446046
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.2 x 19.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,786,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dorling Kindersley have reason to be proud of this release: a truly encyclopedic world atlas, with lots of highly varied and informative thematic content. Delivered in a luxury slipcase plus free wall map and cd-rom, this world atlas is about the largest that is currently available when speaking in terms of length x width x height (and weight!). The atlas is attractively designed and notably targeted towards family use. The 26-page thematic section may not seem large, but that is because most of the thematic content is spread out across the reference map pages, thus turning every reference map into an information sheet about that region, not just a collection of place-names and communication lines. In this atlas, every map is accompanied by a satellite image of the same region on the same scale, with inset maps showing interesting features. This noticably adds to the (uncomfortable) weight of the book. Other than that, this atlas is mostly just a bigger brother of the well-known Dorling Kindersley World Atlas. For example, it contains more or less the same index-gazetteer of place names (somewhat less than 80,000), which is the main disappointing feature of this huge book: competitors of the same size class usually have twice as many places names in the index. Another minor point is that some maps are in landscape orientation, which is awkward when not having the book on a large table. Its heavy weight will discourage people to take it along on holidays, but for home-study, this is without doubt the finest choice available. Each map offers interesting information on a variety of topics and highlights key features of the region accompanied with color photographs - the book contains hundreds of them.Read more ›
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This is a superb resource in the DK tradition. Coverage is comprehensive, Juxtaposition of maps with satellite images at the same scale is very effective, and immediately alters one's geographic understanding. The maps are beautifully rendered. My only complaint is that the satellite images don't quite reach the razor sharp resolution and stunning color of National Geographic's Satellite atlas. DK's satellite images seem flatter, with more noticeable pixelization and slightly muddier colors. On balance, though, this book is an excellent value.
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I cannot compare with the Times and Geographic atlases since I ordered based on secondhand information, most of it gleaned from a tribe of female warriors and a South American river.
The satellite views are terrific, but it seems like the political maps could be either more legible or more dense. I may be wrong, but the color of the satellite photos does not seem consistent; all of India appears very dry in comparison with, say, the American Midwest.
Sometimes there is overlap between adjacent countries and sometimes not. When it fits, it should be included.
The major problem is lack of coverage of some regions. I am not surprised that heavily populated regions get more space, but why is Tuva (which they call Tyva) shown only on a map of all of Russia? All of Siberia, Kamchatka, everything north of Mongolia is cut off exactly at the border. Richard Feynman made it famous and there are plenty of geographical features. The region deserves at least one separate map. More cross-referencing would help; the tiny inset for the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific map should refer to the Ecuador map.
Tuva or bust.
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This atlas concentrates on the physical world rather than on what man has done or is doing. Much of the book is dedicated to mostly green satellite images of the earth. There are few thematic maps and little statistical information. Individual country maps are surrounded with little photographs and some non-probing information laid out in magazine format. The arrangement is beautiful, but the book is intellectually dull.
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