The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World 12th edition brings all the maps and detailed thematic information completely up to date with the latest geographical and geo-political changes. An estimated 20,000 updates have been carried out, these include 3,500 changes to place names throughout the world.
The preliminary section, with contributions from experts in many geographical fields, provides detailed information on the key issues facing the world today, including climate change, environmental threats, global communications, biodiversity and energy resources. These are represented through maps, images, photographs and graphics which present a detailed picture of today's physical world and man's interaction with it. The section also includes an account of the evolution of world maps and of significant developments in cartography. Full updates have also been carried out to the world's states and territories and geographical information on the world's physical features including the latest satellite imagery.
The scope of the index is unique for a world atlas. It contains entries to over 200,000 places and geographical features, and includes a comprehensive set of alternative spellings for place names, allowing users to easily find what they are looking for.