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Department of Geography


Geography Resources

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Resources for Geography Students and Instructors

Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to provide quick and easy access to modern and historical census data and demographic information. The easy-to-use web interface lets users create fast, intuitive, and illustrative maps and reports to help visually analyze and understand demography and social change throughout history. An invaluable repository of information, the site currently includes data from the entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, all annual updates from the American Community Survey to 2008, original Census tract-level estimates for 2006 and 2007, the Religious Congregations and Membership Study from 1980 to 2000, and 2002 Carbon Emissions Data from the Vulcan Project. More than just a data source, Social Explorer offers a high level of functionality and control.

            This is the geography page for the site of the U.S Geological Survey.  It is almost entirely a physical geography site, and deals heavily with the study of geography through remote sensing and geographic information systems.

            This is a portal to two sources that explain and summarize various software tools now used in the study of geography, including GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing, etc.

            This is an excellent introductory site to geography  which features a variety of state, continent, and world-scale maps, some of which are interactive.  The content in most cases is available for students and teachers free of charge.  It would be a good resource for visual learners and those interested in cartography.

            Another good introductory site that is heavily concerned with maps and cartography.   It appears to require a subscription to access some of the content, although several exercises were available for free.

            A world geography website that offers climate and profile data on the world’s countries.  It also includes geologic information, country codes, and airport codes.  Its ‘Great Places’ link, however, is not worth note.

            While is not a geography website, this article details an experiment in which readers are encouraged to send in their hand drawn maps in order for the researcher to better understand how we understand place and our surroundings.  While the experiment will be over by the time this online resource is given to school teachers, the results would still be worth noting.

            Another article, but very interesting.  It is a slideshow on unusual maps.  Each map comes with a lengthy explanation on its origin, for context.  Map number seven, in which the United States is divided into 37 new states equal in population, with natural geographic boundaries, is particularly intriguing

            Fairly self explanatory.  It is an excellent well rounded site complete with geography related games, videos, activities, photographs, etc.  The standard national geographic site itself would be useful for Middle School or High School students.

            Again, not a geography site per se, but never the less an insightful article about using geography as a tool to capture Osama Bin Laden.

            This is another excellent portal site that provides links to a host of other relevant sites geared towards a younger audience.  Geography games, information and pictures on cities and countries, climate zone information,  and the CIA World Factbook are all useful links.  The site specifies its focus is Middle School students.

            This is an encyclopedia site on World Geography, with a variety of physical, historic, and geopolitical fact pages.

            This is a website designed to be used by geography teachers, with links for high school students, parents, and teachers.  It also includes links to other geographic resources.  It would probably be a useful site for a teacher trying to get a curriculum together.

This site provides information on teaching about biomes, ecosystems, landforms and maps.

This site provides lesson plans for topics such as the five themes of geography, geographic features/landforms/biomes and regions of the globe.

This site provides lesson plans for all ages.  It includes lessons about the characteristics of different continents as well as demographic information and lessons about landforms.

This site highlights some geography projects for elementary students.  It acts as a journal for elementary school teachers who record their successes and failures for each project.

This site provides lesson plans and teaching strategies for all levels of school.  This site contains information regarding countries, cultural geography, biogeography and the importance of maps.

This site provides links to various geography games for elementary school children.

This site provides lesson plans in geography for elementary, middle and high school students.

This site provides lesson plans for biomes, climate, countries, maps, physical geography and world culture.

This site has a geography lesson plan library which includes lessons on maps, environmental issues, population density, natural resources and much more.  It also includes interactive activities for kids.

This site provides various educator resources and links to other featured sites.

This site provides lessons on maps, latitude/longitude, climates/seasons and regions of the world.  It also provides free handouts and powerpoint presentations.

This site provides lesson plans for both lower grades and higher grades.  These lessons include improving map skills, researching nations, cultural differences, earth forces