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Atlas of the World (National Geographic Atlas of the World) Hardcover – 11 Nov 1999
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Seventh revised edition of an atlas of the world which contains political and physical maps, temperature and rainfall charts and a gazetteer, as well as flags and other information for each country.
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Regarding the issues relating to the Persian Gulf, I don't know if I have a different copy to everyone else (I suspect not) but of the 5 maps which include the Persian Gulf, 2 refer to it only as the 'Persian Gulf' and the other 3 refer to it as the 'Persian Gulf' with 'Arabian Gulf' written underneath in brackets.
I respect the opinions of the reviewers who have given this book a poor rating. The issues they raise are clearly very sensitive and important to them in terms of national identity and territory. If the above description of the references to the 'Persian Gulf', and the other references which people have taken issue with are of such a serious nature to you personally then don't buy the book.
However, for everyone else out there who wants an up to date quality Atlas of the World BUY IT, its fantastic.
Not only are the land maps beautifully clear the 'extras' (as I will call them) are stunning. Maybe it's my lack of Atlas knowledge but I never imagined the book would contain some of the information it does. Throughout the book these extras are extremely well illustrated and presented. Some of the extras and stunning maps include the following: Natural world - mountains and ocean trenches, tectonics, detailed oceans, climate, biodiversity, human populations, migration patterns, the geography of conflict and terror, economy and trade, energy production and consumption and wonderful detail of the Poles and Ocean Floors. In addition to all this the presentations of Space are tremendous and these include images from the Hubble telescope, brilliant illustrations of the stars, the Moon, Mars, The solar system, the Milky Way and the Universe.
Of course a couple of problems with an Atlas of this nature are future boundary changes and places get renamed, but National Geographic have thought of this - the book contains a user name and password to log into the National Geographic website where updates are provide which can be downloaded as .pdf files. The log in site also contains a number of excellent interactive tools.
In conclusion, if the Iran centred issues are not particularly important to you buy this Atlas its superb. I would have given it 5 stars were it not for the Iranian centred issues raised by others.
I bought this book despite having read the poor reveiws regarding what seems to be ONE mistake. Understandably this would cause upset to those connected with the place and anyone padantic enough to degrade an atlas on one "error". You cannot give a whole book a poor reveiw due to this and therefore if you are looking for a 99.999999999999999999999% reliable atlas then i garantee you will not be dissapointed!!!
Friends thought me a bit crazy on buying such an expensive book since it is for reference and not something i needed specifically, especially as i am a tax doging, penniless student! But this is an investment of a life time and i can see myself refering to it again and again for the rest of my life. Not only does it contain excellent maps but also lots of stunning pictures and information on space and planets, and also any political or geographical changes are available on the Nat Geo website so it really will last a lifetime even if the world as we know it changes.
I would not have expected anything less from National Geographic.
As expected, the Atlas is best for North and Central America. My favourite plates are those of New England, Alaska, Central America and the Carribean Islands. Europe is not as well mapped as in the large British based atlases, But the large page size means that the European maps are extreamely attractive and informative. There are also unique maps of the smallest countries in Europe including Andorra, Monaco, Lichenstein and The Vatican. Russia is not well mapped, but there are good maps of the polar regions.
For the latest Edition, National Geographic has replaced a very large number of small town plans with a small number of large town plans.
National Geographic has managed to include a very large number of place names in the maps whilst retaining great legibility and clarity, so this is an atlas I can thoroughly reccommend, and at discount price, I would give it five stars rather than four.
If you are after an Atlas to keep for life, this might just be it. Ignore the low average star rating, this is entirely down to a campaign to discredit it as mentioned above for which Amazon should take action.
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Having actually owned and used this atlas I can say that it is everything you would expect...Read more
at the map of great IRAN:
1-Persian Gulf is correct we don't have arabian gulf
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