For nearly a century, National Geographic's world renowned maps and atlases have been the standard by which other cartographic products are measured. Whether it's a location of a place somewhere on the globe or in our local galaxy, an average daily high or low temperature in March in Santo Domingo, the hottest or coldest place on earth, the population of Brunei, a metric conversion factor, learning about landforms, the biosphere, world energy, religions, economies, minerals, time, or environmental stresses, the 'Family Reference Atlas of the World' will empower and enlighten its readers with knowledge and worldly facts that should be a part of every family library. 'The Family Reference Atlas' not only serves as a key reference and atlas, there are thousands of stories in this thorough, cutting-edge collection of maps and worldly themes. One can pick-up the Atlas and read about, for instance, the Universe or the Milky Way, the changing world population, continental drift, the ice age, gold and precious gemstones, or why and where we experience seasons. Expert cartographic design and compilations make maps invaluable to understanding the dynamic spatial relationships of our world. A place name index with over 40,000 entries makes locating places simple.