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    I have been thinking about upgrading our atlas. Anyone have a favorite? I have my eye on the most recent one from National Geographic, but I can't get past the price tag.
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    Not sure if it's for you or your kidlette, and that could figure in.....But! National Geo offers a Student World Atlas that is awfully cool, published last year....and the price isn't bad.

    http://www.amazon.com/National-Geogr...d_bxgy_b_img_y

    Just picked one of these up for one of the cousins and really enjoyed looking at it.

    That said....it's just a smaller book......not the big gorgeous glossy maps that you might be looking for.
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    Yeah, I'm wanting the real deal. We've used, and loved, a children's atlas for a long time. It's outdated by now and we just really need to upgrade overall. The newest non-kid atlas we have is from back in the 80s. I'm thinking this one might do: Atlas of the World: 9780199394722: Reference Books @ Amazon.com Not cheap, either, but beats the $120+ Nat Geo.
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    We use Childrens World Atlas from Barnes & Noble.
    Its oversized, has some good things, and some bad things.
    I like how it has nice easy to read resource map and info about countries / regions:

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    But it overlays political maps over geographic maps, often making it hard to see whats what.
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    World Atlas
    My favorite atlas, by far, is Our Dumb World put out by The Onion.
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    They break down each region by country, give us information we really need to know.
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    Yah, if we just want boring information, we can go to the internet. But this is where we go to learn what matters.

    eta: Available at Amazon for only $14.48
    http://www.amazon.com/Our-Dumb-World...our+dumb+world
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    Skrink, now you've made me want that NG Atlas. Like, really want it. (And I prefer the real deal as well. )

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    Sorry, ikslo! I'm right there with you. I think I might need to head to an actual bookstore and see if I can find one on the shelves. I'd like to actually look through a few before I buy. One thing I saw in the comments about the NG atlas is its emphasis on US maps. It would be good to flip through and check out things like that before deciding.
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    I found a National Geographic atlas used on Amazon for about $25. It was an edition that was a few years old (2008, maybe?), but in excellent condition. It has cool thematic maps (population density, natural disasters, etc.) in addition to political and physical maps.

    It's this one: Visual Atlas of the World

    ETA: Per your last post, I find a big road atlas to be the best thing for US geography if you want lots of detail. Our NG atlas covers all the continents equally (and the oceans, too, if you need to locate that obscure Pacific island ).
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    I love when people post pictures. There's all these weird little glimpses of your houses and your stuff...and I dunno...just kinda cool to feel "invited inside" for a second. Not sure what this has to do with Atlases (sp?)....but thought I'd mention how neato I thought it was
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    Quote Originally Posted by AddlepatedMonkeyMama View Post
    I found a National Geographic atlas used on Amazon for about $25. It was an edition that was a few years old (2008, maybe?), but in excellent condition. It has cool thematic maps (population density, natural disasters, etc.) in addition to political and physical maps.

    It's this one: Visual Atlas of the World

    ETA: Per your last post, I find a big road atlas to be the best thing for US geography if you want lots of detail. Our NG atlas covers all the continents equally (and the oceans, too, if you need to locate that obscure Pacific island ).
    Used just might be the way to go. I'll start scouting around.

    And, I'm looking for a world atlas that is actually just that. The US-centric comment on amazon put me off a bit. I do need an updated Rand McNally road atlas, too. We're thinking about a cross country drive in a couple of years so I'll probably hold off until then.

    I'm glad to see we're not the only map nerds here.
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