Physical maps of the world, the continents, and the ocean floor reveal landforms and vegetation in stunning detail. Detailed digital relief is rendered and combined with prevailing land cover based on global satellite data.
Political maps portray features such as international boundaries, the locations of cities, road networks, and other important elements of the world’s human geography. Most index entries are keyed to the political maps, listing the page numbers and then the specific locations on the pages.
Thematic maps reveal the rich patchwork and infinite interrelationships of our changing planet. The thematic section at the beginning of the atlas focuses on physical and biological topics such as geology, landforms, land cover, and biodiversity. It also charts human patterns, with information on population, languages, religions, and the world economy. Throughout this section of the atlas, maps are coupled with satellite imagery, charts, diagrams, and photographs, for studying geographic patterns.
This atlas divides the continents into several subregions, each displayed on a two-page spread. Large scale maps capture the political divisions and major surface features, whereas accompanying regional thematic maps lend insight into natural and human factors that give character to a region. Fact boxes, which include flag designs and information on area, populations, languages, and religions, appear alongside the maps as practical reference tools.
When soil that had formerly been permanently frozen thaws, it releases long-buried carbon dioxide and methane. Permafrost could soon be as big a source of greenhouse gases as China.
This exquisitely updated edition of National Geographic's popular and reader-friendly Family Reference Atlas features authoritative maps, detailed artwork, and explanatory graphics--an indispensable source of information for inquiring minds, young and old. In these richly illustrated pages, every country in the world is represented by a detailed map within its geographical context and also its flag, key statistics, and secondary maps with environmental and population information. Special sections feature maps and facts about the ocean, the solar system, and the universe beyond. Newsworthy topics from climate change and human migration to languages and digital connectivity are explained in maps, graphics, and photos. Fully indexed, and written to engage all ages, this indispensable atlas belongs in every family library.
With more than a century of mapmaking experience, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC continues to be one of the world's preeminent cartographic publishers. The new Family Reference Atlas is produced by a deeply experienced editorial and cartographic team, in collaboration with preeminent scientists, scholars, and researchers, continuing a legacy of publishing quality atlas products that combine the art and science of mapmaking.