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National Geographic Student Atlas of the World Third Edition Hardcover – June 9, 2009

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Grade 5–8—This book is divided into two sections. The first part presents maps, photos, illustrations, graphs, text, and recent statistics to help students learn about Earth and how humans have used and affected its resources. It provides a basic introduction to geography, and a variety of images to show how maps are made and how to read them. One chapter discusses the physical systems of the Earth, such as geological history, climate zones, vegetation, water availability, and environmentally vulnerable areas, and another on human systems examines world populations, cities, languages, religions, economies, food production, energy, and cultures. The second section, with one chapter for each continent, offers more traditional atlas coverage. Large maps depict physical and political features, climate, population distribution, and economic activity, and special "Focus On" features examine some aspect of the continent. Back matter includes basic statistics and an illustration of the flag for each nation and thematic and place-name indexes. The first section of the book, which provides easily understood information about geography and maps, is stronger than the second, which contains only general information about each continent and does not include highly detailed maps, but that basic introduction will nevertheless be valuable to many students.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO END
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: National Geographic Student Atlas of the World
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; 3 edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426304455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426304453
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
With the ease of fact finding on the internet these days, sometimes we overlook the usefulness of actually having an actual book like an atlas on hand. This student atlas eliminates the need for continued back and forth searches and comparisons of several countries statistics and facts. For example, if the student is interested in taking a look at the climate of North America and its precipitation statistics, it is very easy to assimilate a lot of material when there are side-by-side maps and sidebars describing them. A young person can do more of his or her own thinking rather than having instant results.

In the front of the book there are fifty-two pages of instructional and current factual material that includes a very basic orientation of Earth in the solar system, the Earth's physical systems, and "human systems" (politics, population, languages, religion, etc.). Each continent is then dealt with in some detail with numerous maps, informative sidebars and some interesting vignettes. For example, there is a page that talks about the protected areas in Africa. There is a sidebar with "Facts & Figures," one that shows how biodiversity is threatened and photographs of a gorilla and a giraffe.

In the back of the book there is a full compliment of full color flags and brief statistics about the country, a glossary, a thematic index, a place name index and additional recommended web site resources. I like this atlas, not only because it is bright, colorful and appealing, because it is up to date and affords the student a chance to think and compare geographic facts readily. The map projections section was especially interesting because it quickly outlines what the student will be looking at (azmuthal, conic, cylindrical map projections, etc.). This atlas would make a nice gift or perfect addition to your homeschool or classroom shelves.
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I bought this world atlas for my kid and I am slightly disappointed by the quality of the maps, especially the physical maps. I saw many world map albums and usually mountains are marked in different shades of red depending on elevation, not here. In this world atlas for some strange reasons mountains are sometimes showed in blue, sometimes in red - depending on the map, with no any particular reason...often mountains are hard to distinguish at all.
Some of the maps have not very good resolution and should be smaller and more of them since they do not show too many features. So, there are two choices - either the authors should show more smaller maps or more features on bigger maps. For instance the political map of South America which takes the whole page shows only few cities in Brazil and does not even show Amazon river so it is hard to read.
On the other hand the atlas contains lots of information about many aspects of life in different countries, updated with the newest events - like globalization and European Union.
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I was disappointed in this atlas. Instead of maps of individual countries only maps of continents are provided. Maybe fine of students but not a substitute for a real atlas.
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The political maps are oversimplified. They show only country outlines and major cities. I have noticed several errors in thematic maps. The precipitation map for Australia on page 115 shows more than 80 inches of precipitation in Southwest Australia, not possible In a Mediterranean climate. The climate map for India on page 94 incorrectly shows an extensive arid climate in the Deccan. On the elevation map of the United States on page 64, none of the rivers draining into the Atlantic Ocean are labeled.
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By Kalan on November 30, 2011
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I really liked this Atlas, I bought it for my kids & it had a lot of information that I found myself spending hours reading it & asking my kids questions. The pages were better quality than what I expected after reading the reviews. Very happy with my purchase.
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So....I have written a book review before maybe...never. But when this book came I felt like sharing. I had literally been waiting by the door for Fed Ex to bring this book, I wanted detailed maps of some of the islands and countries around the world that my girls and I had talked about visiting. This book may be interesting, if what you want is page after page of world maps showing languages, religion, climate... followed by some continental physical maps. I was looking for an atlas of the world, like a road atlas I guess, something that showed maps of each country individually with more detail, maybe a few interesting facts, but mostly where the country was in the world, maybe some geographic features of the country, major cities (airports)...hard not to be disappointed with this book. It's going to take a lot of page turning to learn about any particular area. We will keep it, but just wanted to give my own perspective on the book, I thought I had researched it well enough before purchasing-the mistake is mine, we will keep searching for our dream travel idea book. Ok book, just not what I was hoping it would be...
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This book really wasn't an atlas of the world. It was just a bunch of pictures and text. The maps that were in it were not very good.
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I work with 2nd graders through college level students and find this "Student Atlas" wonderful and very resourceful to maps and information of the world! The colorful pictures and maps make it more exciting then other atlas's. The extra conversion charts and charts with pictures of all the country flags are useful for students too. I like it for the fact it has everything within the 144 pages, such as even time zone charts, earth and space information, about the different kind of maps, and the Human Systems. I highly recommend this for families or for resources in a classroom for all age levels.
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