Synopses & Reviews
The DK World Atlas combines the latest cartographic information with state-of-the-art computerized terrain modeling to take you on an unparalleled journey around the globe. More than 450 maps created especially for this book show you exactly what the world really looks like today -- including the newest nations. Authoritative and easy to use, the DK World Atlas opens with twelve magnificent double-page spreads that give a global overview of the physical and human world as it is today. Then each continent is surveyed in detail, with maps describing the continent's physical landscape, political and cultural makeup, and the distribution of resources and economic activity. At the heart of the atlas are the regional pages, which combine high-quality mapping with photography, diagrams, and landscape models -- all fully explained in detailed text and captions -- to provide an encyclopedic guide to the world in which we live. Major areas of the world are shown in unprecedented detail on eight fold-out maps. Computer-generated models of the landscape give an enhanced view of the physical structure of each region. At-a-glance maps spotlight interesting aspects of the areas covered, such as regional divisions, key economic activities, land use, and agriculture. The stunning color photographs on each spread convey the essence of the landscape and nature of each region. Every country within every continent is covered in its entirety, with large countries such as the United States and the Russian Federation shown in greater regional detail. All 80,000 geographical names on the maps are listed in the Index-Gazetteer, complete with page and grid reference. Each pace name and geographical feature is defined and located with a brief description, easy-to-read symbols, and alternative names and spellings. Essential information on all the world's countries is provided in the Countries Gazetteer, while the glossary provides explanations and definitions of the technical geographical terms that are used in the atlas. Unrivaled in its clarity, accuracy, and comprehensiveness, the DK World Atlas is the ultimate atlas for homes, businesses, schools, and libraries.
Full of eye-pleasing details State-of-the-art satellite imaging and computer-enhanced topography combine to make these 450 maps a revealing tour-de-force (Newsday)
As good as it gets. (Physician's Travel Guide)