Saudi-Yemeni new border enters world’s largest atlas [Archives:2004/780/Front Page]

October 11 2004

The new Saudi-Yemeni political border gained an international boost by being put into the largest world atlas ever. The eighth edition of the world atlas classic volume, issued by the National Geographic Society, will go on sale throughout the world on Thursday, with more than 15,000 changes and updates from the previous version.
Now over 100 years old, the National Geographic Society is the largest not-for-profit educational unit in the world.
The newly demarcated border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, is one of the most important updates to this popular world atlas and is the most significant update concerning the Middle East.
However, this update is one of many other important ones including an update about Earth's highest point, which is higher than previously thought: more accurate measurements of Mount Everest show a height of 29,035 feet, up 7 feet from previous measurements.
The lowest point is lower: The Dead Sea is listed at minus 1,365 feet, down 26 feet because of increased water consumption in the region. There is the inclusion of first new nation this century – East Timor.
Other changes include showing spaceports for the first time, new administrative divisions between Slovakia and the Czech Republic, glacier movement in polar areas, and the renaming of Calcutta, India, to Kolkata.
The final and permanent demarcation line of the borders between the Republic of Yemen and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was clearly defined in the Jeddah treaty which was signed in Jeddah on 12th June 2000.
However, international popularity of the Jeddah treaty which ended the border dispute between Yemen and Saudi Arabia will undoubtedly be boosted by the release of this huge new book, which is composed of 416 pages and weights around four kilograms. It will be available for sale at a price of US$ 165.