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Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World

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product no: 26517
publisher: HarperCollins
edition: 13th Edition
edition date: November 2011
pages: 544
size: 327 x 473 x 50 mm
weight: 6 kg
format: Hardcover with Slipcase
sales rank: 15165

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Now in its 13th edition the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World continues to be a benchmark of cartographic excellence. The Atlas is relied on and trusted by governments around the world, international organizations including the UN, the European Commission and media companies.

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All the maps and detailed thematic information are completely updated with the latest geographical and geopolitical changes.

Major updates include:

  • the new country of South Sudan
  • 7,000 place name changes, most notably in the Russian Federation; China; Kazakhstan; Iran and Afghanistan
  • 37 city plans added for major cities around the world
  • Flags for every country of the world, plus year of independence for countries
  • New satellite image of Antarctica
  • Updated national parks and conserved areas
  • 100 more abandoned settlements now identified

This thirteenth edition of the Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World reflects today's world with a beautifully illustrated section on contemporary themes from climate to economy. Fully up-to-date reference maps give exceptional detail, helping you explore the world.

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