This is a complete world reference atlas in a convenient and easy-to-use format that retains the authority, style, and detail of the larger atlases offered in this range. All the mapping and information in this revised edition has been brought fully up to date to give an accurate picture of today's world, taking into account any recent environmental and geopolitical changes. The major updates include in this fifth edition include: the new independent country of Kosovo; the latest magnetic pole positions; revised Aral Sea and Lake Chad outlines; new high speed rail lines in Europe; abandoned settlements - a feature unique to Times world atlases, a large number of new road and railways, many of which are in China; and more than 400 place name changes. The comprehensive index contains more than 25,000 place names. Detailed reference maps in the distinctive and respected Times style provide balanced, systematic coverage of all parts of the world.