An introductory atlas for secondary schools, perfectly designed to support and motivate students in geographical and mapping skills. An easy to follow introductory 'map and atlas skills' section, useful for both teacher and pupil, is followed by clear, easy to read reference maps presented with locator maps, fact boxes and flags, descriptive text, detailed map keys and photos. Carefully selected focus country studies include mapping on contrasting regions and special topics. The latest available country-by-country statistics are listed in a separate section and the index includes full latitude and longitude values. The extended world section in this edition covers such global issues as climate, population, biomes, earthquakes and volcanoes. Color coding of the titling and marginalia aids the identification of the sections within the atlas.