Providing an introduction to mapping of all major regions of the world, this reference includes information on map reading skills, the meaning of scale and measuring distances. The reference maps are informative, politically colored, and easy to read with national capitals and major cities easily identifiable. The maps are supported with national flags and basic national statistics. Continental maps are linked to the regional mapping and are supported by a selection of aerial and terrestrial photographs. Continental relief maps show layer coloring and major physical features are highlighted. The index uses a simple grid reference system, and a selection of web addresses is included to help with further study.