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Multimedia Atlas Adds Dimension to the World

Magazine article Information Today

Multimedia Atlas Adds Dimension to the World

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The National Geographic Society has created its first electronic atlas on CD-ROM, bringing physical and cultural geography to life.

The Picture Atlas of the World--which reflects recent world changes--contains a wealth of multimedia information, including maps of every nation, captioned photographs, essays, music, video and audio clips, and computer animation.

With the click of a mouse, users can take a cab "ride" through the streets of London, listen to the music of a Parisian sidewalk cafe, view ancient temples in Greece, and hear Swahili spoken.

The CD-ROM's more than 1200 photographs and 50 video clips capture cultural, historical, and physical features of each country and bring recent political events into focus. By clicking various buttons, users can listen to native music, hear and see translations of phrases spoken in the country's native language, and learn up-to-date vital statistics about a country's population, economy, and climate.

The CD-ROM's high-resolution regional and continental maps, compiled from the Society's renowned cartographic resources, place each country in geographic context. …

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