How are atlases divided by area coverage and purpose?

Classification by area coverage means the division of all atlases depending on the area they represent. If, in the atlas, maps of the entire globe are presented, they are called world atlases (1).

If maps of the Earth’s hemispheres and continents are collected, then they are allocated to atlases of individual continents or their large parts (2).

If the maps display different characteristics within one state, then such atlases are classified as atlases of states (3). Accordingly, if maps of individual administrative-territorial units of the state are collected, then they are called atlases of parts of states, regions, districts, cities, etc. (4).

Atlases of water areas (5) – oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, etc., can also be distinguished.

By designation, atlases are educational, tourist, scientific, road, military and others.

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