Reader's Digest Illustrated Great World Atlas

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9780895779885: Reader's Digest Illustrated Great World Atlas

Featuring the latest cartographic methods, including satellite-driven imagery that reflects changes in Eastern Europe, Africa, and the former Soviet Union, this timely, new atlas for the entire family furnishes an up-to-date and accurate guide to today's world.

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Reader's Digest's Illustrated Great World Atlas is a topographer's dream. In 81 full-page maps designed by Rand McNally, the colors of the world are the colors of height and depth, ranging from white (above 9,842 feet) through brown, yellow, green, and aqua (sea level), to deeper and deeper blues. You can see at a glance the shallowness of the Yellow Sea and the mountainous nature of the center of Borneo. The fissures and slopes of the land are evident even before you can discern the place names. And unlike many atlases, this one is up-to-date, with Hong Kong appearing as part of China. There's also a chapter discussing and illustrating rocks, weather systems, and habitats, as well as a chart with facts relevant to the world's 192 independent countries. In Illustrated Great World Atlas a lot of information is made accessible for a modest price.

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In an ever-changing world, staying current can be difficult, but here are two atlases that try. Completely up-to-date, DK's handsome volume reflects the recent reversion of Zaire to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the return of Hong Kong to China. The moderate size (38 cm) is enhanced by the inclusion of eight large-scale fold-out maps of key regions. Full-color maps portray the world, continents, and regions with detailed, computerized terrain modeling. Thematic maps are the principal feature of the "World Today" survey of our planet but are also included at the continent level. Also included in alphabetical order are geographical data entries for all 192 independent nations. The official flags illustrated on the back endpaper are completely current and accurate, though it would have been preferable to include this feature within the volume since library processing could interfere with its use. The index-gazetteer includes 80,000 entries. The Reader's Digest editors commissioned Rand McNally to provide 81 custom full-color maps for their Illustrated Great World Atlas (also 38 cm). Coverage ranges from world maps down to regions and major population centers, with fine topographical details. The introductory "Story of the Earth" uses color illustrations and thematic maps to explain landforms, habitats, weather, and resources. The "Nations of the World" section provides geographical information for 192 independent countries arranged by region, including demographic and economic data, descriptive narrative, and official flags. The map index includes more than 40,000 entries. It should be noted that the flag of the Republic of Georgia is erroneously shown as that of Mali, and the maps and data are not completely current: Hong Kong is included as part of China, but Zaire remains. The similarity of both atlases is evident, and either one would be a useful reference resource for any library. However, the up-to-date DK World Atlas, with its extensive index, clearly has the edge.?Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. System, Ft. Pierce, Fla.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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