Geography, Maps & GPS

In most countries outside the United States, geography is treated as a separate school subject–distinct from general social studies or history. The controversial issue of learning concepts and facts in geography does not emerge in many other countries–it is an educational “given”.

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Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

This site has digitized one of the greatest historical atlases, Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas's nearly 700 maps. Many of these maps are enhanced here in ways impossible in print, animated to…  learn more

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CIA World Factbook

The CIA World Factbook includes maps of each country in the world as well as high resolution regional and global reference maps. Then entry for each country includes detailed geographical and historical data.  learn more

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Confluence Project

The goal of Confluence is to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures, and stories about the visits, have been posted on this site. You can drill in by country, state and confluence point to view the pictures and some…  learn more

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Flags of the World

Discover the flags of the world with Flagpedia, an actively updated website for more than 14 years. Flag images from this website are over 14 years widely used in news magazines, websites, software, mobile apps and master's thesis.  learn more

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This is the link to the GeoCaching site. You can do something similar in your own school or neighborhood by creating caches and providing directions. A great way to get your students outdoors.  learn more

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Geography - The Science of Our World

Geography and maps are a fundamental language for understanding the world. They provide a framework for organizing and communicating our knowledge. Increasingly geography is used in virtually every field of human endeavor, providing a universal language for understanding, communicating ideas, and providing insights. Geography asks the big questions—Where? How? Why? What if?—and gives you the…  learn more

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Geography Facts Quiz

When looking for interesting geography facts, World Geography For Kids found some really fun continent facts and interesting facts about the world's countries and people. See how many questions you get right.  learn more

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Geography Map Games

Let’s make geography interesting. That’s why was created. There are so many countries, cities, flags, rivers, seas, and more than 7 billion of people. Does everyone know all countries of the world?  learn more

Google Earth

For an interactive, highly detailed, 3D look at the world, check out Google Earth. It's free to use, but requires that you use the Google Chrome browser. Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips. Fly to your…  learn more

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GPS Test Android App

With the advent of the smart phone, just about everyone now has access to a high quality GPS receiver. There are a wide variety of GPS apps available to view and use that information, from Google Maps to specialized apps for hikers and boaters. GPS Test is an example of a simple, free app that…  learn more

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History of the World: Every Year

The entire history of the World from the rise of civilization to the present day. There are a number of takeaways from this compelling video... . While humans had migrated to most regions of the earth, including the Americas, well before 3200 BCE, large scale "organized humanity" covered only a small portion of the planet…  learn more

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How GPS Works

This Discovery News segment from 2013 describes the GPS network, where it came from, how it works, and how it it being upgraded with a new generation of satellites.  learn more

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Interactive Map Maker

National Geographic's Interactive Map Maker includes topo, satellite, terrain, and ocean maps. You can layer on data values and save the results.  learn more

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Seterra Geography Games

More than 400 free map quiz games in more than 40 languages. Learn geography the easy way! Learning geography doesn't have to be boring. Do it the easy way with Seterra! In no time, you could learn to locate every single country in the world on a map. Seterra includes fun quizzes that help familiarize…  learn more

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Trilateration - how to convert time into location

GPS uses trilateration, not triangulation, to figure out where you are. The actual math is complex, but this video shows how GPS uses three satellites to sort out exactly where you are.  learn more

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What is Geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world. This video shows what geocaching is, how it works and how you can become a part of it.  learn more