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Thursday, October 14, 2004

"Atlas of the World"

The National Geographic Society is launching the eighth edition of its "Atlas of the World" this month with a record number of updates and editorial changes from its edition five years ago. The reason for this high pace in change has to do mainly with two factors: a still rapidly growing population and an even-more international economy, says Allen Carroll, the society's chief cartographer.

Some of the aspects of this book are as follows.

- 17,000 updates and editorial changes from its edition five years ago
- 416-page long, weighing 7 pounds (3.2 kg)
- $165 per copy, with a first print run of 165,000
- 8,000 labels in a single map plate
- 136-page index with 140,000 place names
- Site of terror attacks
- Bases of Al Qaeda or other groups purposefully left out since they are a shifting target
- Migration and refugee flows and health and literacy rates
- A map of undersea fiber-optic cables showing a jumbled mass of cables between Europe and the United States, but a lone one snaking around the west coast of Afirca and skipping much of east Africa
- Europe, parts of Asia and North America dominating the map of internet hosts
- Includes East Timor, the first new nation of this century
- Shows the recently defined border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia
- Shows the administrative divisions in Slovakia and the Czech Republic
- Mount Everest at 29,035 feet (8,850 m), Earth's highest point. It is recorded 7 feet (2.1 m) higher than their previous version, not because it has grown, but because measurement data is more accurate
- Shrinking of Lake Chad due to an ongoing drought
- Effect on the Aral Sea due to the siphoning of water
- Satellite imagery composed of a compilation of nighttime shots taken over several months and peiced together to show human settlements according to the number of bright lights
- North America's East and West coasts, Western Europe, parts of India and Japan, having the biggest number of lights
- Parts of Australia engulfed in fires
- Towns and cities identified by the names people would identify if traveling to that area, ex. Italy's capital identified as "Roma" with the English translation "Rome" next to it


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