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Oxford Atlas of the World
Sixth Edition

Publisher:  Oxford University Press
Year Published:  1998  
Price:  $75.00   ISBN:  0-19-521464-1

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For atlas enthusiasts, the Oxford Atlas of the World, Sixth Edition is an extraordinary coffee-table size book with something for everyone with a geographical inclination.

This atlas is remarkably well-designed and uses colours masterfully which makes it enjoyable to use. There is a great 48-page Introduction to World Geography section which explores current topics such as international conflicts, crime rates, education, economic issues, and energy consumption and alternative energy sources.

There are 66 city maps from Nairobi and Toronto to Oslo and Tokyo, blueprints of the bubbling urban centres of the world. This is in addition to a 176-page section of incredible, full-colour world maps. These world maps give details on political and topographical information on every country in the world and are enhanced by relief shading and layered contours.

In addition to up-to-date information on latest place names around the world, there are population and immigration figures for the United States The main drawback of this atlas is that it is very U.S.-focused. It would be interesting for once to see a "World Atlas" which gives space to detailed maps of countries other than the United States.
The very comprehensive index has about 75,000 entries which includes geographical features as well as cities and towns, with full latitude and longitude coordinates.

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