Retaining the authority, style, and detail of the larger Times atlases, this excellent world atlas has been fully revised to bring all the maps and geographical information completely up-to-date. As with all the atlases in the Times range, it offers great authority, outstanding quality, and attention to detail. Detailed updated maps in the distinctive and respected Times style provide balanced, systematic coverage of all parts of 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, and there is also a geographical reference section with flags, statistics, and facts for all of the world's states and territories.