Excellent for everyday reference, this complete world reference atlas offers a convenient and easy-to-use format. The authoritative and accurate reference mapping reflects all recent political and geographical changes around the world. Each continent is introduced by a political map showing individual countries, followed by regional maps showing towns and cities, roads, railways, international boundaries, and topography. The introductory section covers major world geographical themes--from earthquakes and volcanoes to population growth, communications and climate change--giving a global snapshot of our contemporary world. The extensive index to more than 25,000 place names illustrates the scope of this world atlas. An Irish section offers detailed maps of each of the provinces while a geographical reference section has flags, statistics, and facts for the world's states and territories.