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Hammond World Atlas Hardcover – October, 2002
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The fourth edition of the Hammond World Atlas is really a new edition from the "Mapmakers of the 21st Century." Changes from the third edition, published in 2000, include a "Thematic Section" that has a broader scope with different titles; e.g., "Languages" becomes "Global Linguistic Diversity." The double-page spreads in this section have fewer atlas features and look more like encyclopedia articles. Thin colored lines lead readers from words in the text to photos, but sometimes the lines are difficult to follow. The population page in the earlier edition had a world map with a point of light for every 50,000 people, maps showing annual rate of population increase and density, and graphs of other population information. In the fourth edition the population page has three graphs, a small table with growth projections by continent, and text with illustrative photographs but no maps.
Hammond's new "Satellite Photo Section" contains 48 pages of beautiful photography illustrating subjects such as environmental problems (a carpet of algae off the Adriatic coast), settlement patterns (Venice and New York), and volcanism (Mount St. Helens). The photographs have an accompanying explanation paragraph; unfortunately, Mount St. Helens is identified as being in Oregon. The name of satellite or imaging process, ground resolution, exposure altitude, and date of the image are also included.
The most important part of the atlas, the "Map Section," contains 180 maps in a similar arrangement to the previous edition. The physical maps are from actual digital elevation data using new colors. The map paper is shiny, which is a change from earlier editions. There are new maps--one of Alaska almost fills a page, and Hawaii is a quarter of a page. Maps of cities and metropolitan areas are either inset maps or grouped together on a few pages. The New York City map has been updated since 9/11. There is no city map of Baghdad. The statistical tables are revised, with some cities declining in population. These tables are easy to read, with dots connecting the city to the statistic. The index supposedly still has 110,000 entries. The Canadian territory Nunavut has been dropped from the index, and Nunapitchuk, Alaska, appears to have taken its place. Unlike Oxford's Atlas of the World (see above), Hammond lacks detailed country information, and there are no flags.
The fourth edition of the Hammond World Atlas is recommended as a first purchase among medium-sized atlases for academic, public, and high-school libraries. It is a complete revision with new material, and, most importantly, the maps are fantastic. RBB
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Top customer reviews
The Atlas was received very promptly and as usual Amazon gave me a great price for this product. Thank you Amazon.
Otherwise it's a good atlas. High quality maps and other useful information. Best value for the money, if you don't care to see country flags.
This is a very good deal for someone who is home schooling or wants a good affordable atlas. The more expensive atlases tend to have bigger pages, but not necessarily more detail. The first 1/5 of the book is an intro with illustrated write up on geographical features. For example there is a section on human language patterns and a section on lakes like how they are formed etc. Then about 3/5 is maps. Then about 1/5 is the index, so you look up where in the atlas to find a city, country, landmark, etc.
One thing to note is that the level of detail is lower than in older editions of Hammonds. Negative reviews note that old editions had a separate page for each state in the US. This one has several states sharing a page. I haven't seen an older edition, but fyi, this is more than an update and actually the format changes.
Global resources, climate and geography are described for
even the most astute student of the world landscape. Each country
is set forth in great detail depicting geographical highlights,
where necessary. The volume would be perfect for any student
in grammar school, high school or college. The price is reasonable considering the value of the purchase. Since the world has changed significantly in the past decade or so, it is
more important to have an up-to-date World Atlas.
important segmented areas to depict mountains, rivers etc.
There is a separate section on the standard of living in various
areas of the world, literacy by region, energy/resources,
regional climate and a panoramic map of the whole world.
This atlas contains a wealth of information in an easy-to-read