Making elegant use of the latest in computer cartographic technology, Planet Earth is a beautiful, up-to-date, and surprisingly affordable atlas. Its digitized mapbase allows for exceptional accuracy and timeliness, and an attractive design makes the maps more readable than ever before. Ecological zones are marked using realistic colors (e.g., brown for deserts, green for rainforests), then shaded for contour to show major topographic features. Unlike other atlases that vary in scale from one page to the next, often enlarging Europe at the expense of the developing world, Planet Earth employs a unified scale the world over. It zooms in from stunning satellite imagery of the earth's surface to 1:445,000,000 representations of the entire world to 1:5,000,000 depictions of each continent. In addition, there's also a special section that includes more detailed maps of the United States and southern Canada.
As beautiful as its maps are, Planet Earth is not just for geography buffs; this atlas is highly practical. It includes a detailed depiction of the world's transportation networks--major roads, railways, and airports--and marks important cultural and natural sites. [via]