The last decade has seen an explosion of innovative and sophisticated digital mapping technologiesand National Geographic has been at the forefront of developing these powerful new tools to create the finest, most functional and informative atlases available anywhere.
This compact, easy-to-use format is the first product built on our cutting-edge cartographic database and offers the convenience of smaller scale without sacrificing clarity or detail.
Identically scaled maps on a given continent enable readers to compare physical, political, and regional information simply and accurately. After a fascinating explanation of the latest technology, the atlas examines our world as a whole, presenting 25 global themes, from tectonics and the biosphere to population, health, literacy, and more, along with such timely topics as environmental stress and flash points for conflict and terror. Next it explores each continent with special spreads assessing the global economic impact of each. The oceans and the polar regions follow providing complete, consistent coverage. Finally, comprehensive appendices present world political information, statistics, and geographic comparisons organized for quick and easy reference.
384 pages, more than 250 maps, 50 satellite images and photos