Representing an exciting new approach in our renowned line of atlases, this large-format reference blends two National Geographic bests" to create a refreshingly vivid world portrait. Incorporated in the many up-to-the moment regional maps that portray each continent are hundreds of brilliant photographseach depicting unique natural and cultural treasures that have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. From the vast plains of the Serengeti to the Kasbah of Algiers, from prehistoric rock art to the statue of Liberty, these incomparable locales are under UN protection for future generations to know and enjoy.Thematic maps enhance the global coverage, detailing trends and characteristics of todays critical issues: natural resources, energy, population, religion, economy and trade, conflict, climate change. The latest political boundaries and country names are incorporated, as well as vital information on the oceans, space, national flags, and more. Engaging layouts, functional design, and a new comprehensive place-name index allow the reader to easily navigate around the globe to discover or confirm more than 50,000 locations. The supreme accuracy and practicality of the maps, charts, and country facts and tablesas well as the inspirational collection of more than 600 photographs, satellite images, and illustrationsmake theNational Geographic Visual Atlas of the Worlda must-have reference for families, travelers, students, and scholars.