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Coming soon: Ninth edition of National Geographic Atlas

Washington, US: National Geographic will unveil the ninth edition of its signature NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ATLAS OF THE WORLD on Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

The atlas, which will cost USD 175, conveys up-to-the-minute geopolitical and environmental changes. Through nearly 100 detailed map plates of the earth, the oceans and outer space, as well as 20 thematic spreads — covering topics from urbanisation trends and the impact of cities to health, human rights and climate change — the atlas covers vital developments in the world in its own reliable and authoritative style.

“Our planet is an infinitely connected place. In this globalised world, climatic, economic, geopolitical, technological and demographic changes impact each of us,” said Juan José Valdés, Director of editorial and research, National Geographic Maps. “This new edition of our atlas tracks and records the changing conditions on the ground and serves up imagery that allows us to understand what is happening in even the most remote corners of the earth. This atlas highlights the most important geographical themes and elements that could ultimately affect the destiny of humankind and provides us with the information we need to understand our place in today’s world.”

World cultures, religions, languages and habitats are described in maps, images and narratives that put a human face on statistics. Through the atlas’s pages, readers see the trends that are transforming populations and economies around the world, and gain a deeper understanding of the world’s hot spots, both climatic and geopolitical.

The topographic relief on the World physical and continental maps has been revised using the latest digital terrain data. The atlas also includes nine brand new regional plates: Greenland; the Amazon region; Greece and the Aegean with Cyprus; the Caucasus; Iraq and Iran; the Arabian Peninsula; Afghanistan and Pakistan; the Korean Peninsula; and the Horn of Africa.

The Oceans section is completely new, and the Space section has been fully revamped and includes new imagery from the Hubble Telescope. The moon map is based on a newly generated satellite mosaic superimposed over a digital relief model; the Mars map more accurately portrays this planet’s terrain based on imagery derived from the Mars Orbital Surveyor; the Solar System spread includes a new portrayal of the inner and outer solar systems along with data and imagery of each planet. The charts of the Milky Way show the latest understanding of our galaxy’s formation, and new, reconditioned Hubble and Spitzer imagery portrays select features in the galaxy, such as Brahe’s Supernova, Omega Centauri Globular cluster, the heart of the Milky Way, the Butterfly Nebula and the Carina Nebula. The Universe spread includes the addition of the Kuiper Belt and a new Hubble Deep field image featuring the oldest-yet observed galaxies and the new camera system’s deepest view of space.

A free bonus feature is the inclusion of two loose antique-style wall maps of the Western and Eastern hemispheres, suitable for framing.

Source: TTKN News