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National Geographic Family Reference Atlas of the World (National Geographic Family Reference Atlas of the World) [Hardcover]

National Geographic
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15 Dec 2009 National Geographic Family Reference Atlas of the World
For nearly a century, National Geographic's world renowned maps and atlases have been the standard by which other cartographic products are measured. Whether it's a location of a place somewhere on the globe or in our local galaxy, an average daily high or low temperature in March in Santo Domingo, the hottest or coldest place on earth, the population of Brunei, a metric conversion factor, learning about landforms, the biosphere, world energy, religions, economies, minerals, time, or environmental stresses, the "Family Reference Atlas of the World" will empower and enlighten its readers with knowledge and worldly facts that should be a part of every family library. "The Family Reference Atlas" not only serves as a key reference and atlas, there are thousands of stories in this thorough, cutting-edge collection of maps and worldly themes. One can pick-up the Atlas and read about, for instance, the Universe or the Milky Way, the changing world population, continental drift, the ice age, gold and precious gemstones, or why and where we experience seasons. Expert cartographic design and compilations make maps invaluable to understanding the dynamic spatial relationships of our world. A place name index with over 40,000 entries makes locating places simple.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society; 3rd Revised edition edition (15 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426205430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426205439
  • Product Dimensions: 35.1 x 26.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,131,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Unlike the atlases of my childhood, it provides maps of political 'hotspots, ' so that you can easily find Abkazia or Chechnya."--"21st Century Science & Technology"

"Whether you're looking for someplace on Earth or in the galaxy, the daily high temperature in October in Timbuktu, the world's tallest office or why we experience seasons, the answers can be found [here]." --"Asbury Park Press "(New Jersey)

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National Geographic cartographers bring more than 90 years of mapmaking experience and cutting-edge technology to bear on every atlas product. Over the last decade, techniques used in digital mapping have undergone remarkable changes. Today, satellite and digital imaging technology, GPS, and GIS technologies provide cartographers with new tools to map and animate the Earth. Leveraging these emerging technologies to build smart, well-designed, functional, informative atlases is one of the great strengths of National Geographic.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great. 24 Sep 2010
By Billy
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Good all round modern atlas, though I found some of the maps a bit cluttered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Reference Atlas a gem 27 Nov 2009
By Sven - Published on Amazon.com
This atlas is a beutiful compact version of National Geographic's bigger atlases, still with many thematic maps on up-to-date topics as well as covering all parts of the globe in impressive cartographic detail. 14 pages of maps and illustration on Space alone present a great visualization of our universe. And as in all of their atlases, I love the quick-find key to the maps on the inside covers (in addition to the extensive index)!
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Atlas at Fair Price 22 Dec 2009
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
As an atlas collector, this one rates well. This is a beautiful book with a fantastic durable cover. It's content is current (including newer countries such as Kosovo), providing the reader the necessary information on not just each country of the world, but also territories and every U.S. state. In comparison to National Geographic's Collegiate World Atlas, it does not provide the same cartographic detail as that slightly more compact atlas, but makes up for it with easy-to-read country bio information, including flags. A great buy!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good atlas for children 18 Jan 2011
By Robert Giardina - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well done, with a lot of information. But what I think is missing is the different regions / provinces in foreign countries, since they determine a specific part of the nation ; it would be like having a map of the United States without showing the States' boundaries.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice family atlas, but limited in detail. 7 Mar 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice general atlas with lots of non-map info. But for me, the maps are what an atlas is for and the maps are a little light on the detail because the size of the book is smaller than the other full-sized atlases. The book is still quite large, so in my opinion, get the larger volume and for a few more inches in size the detail substantially improves. I recommend getting the National Geographic Atlas of the World instead of this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!! AWESOME!! AWESOME BOOK!!! 17 Jun 2011
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If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I absolutely would!! I LOVE this book. It is such a wonderful resource guide! I sat through the "Look inside" section on Amazon before I purchased, but I was already amazed at how awesome it was. When I finally got it into my hands........WOW!!
I am a Homeschooling mom and I am willing to bet that this book is going to be around for MANY years and get tons of use, not only by the children, but by us parents as well. I am so glad we bought this book. I did get a rather sweet deal on the price at nearly 1/2 off the retail price but after getting it, I would totally have paid retail for it!
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