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  • Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook — Search CIA reference tools, including the CIA World Factbook, a guide to governments, politics, economics, and geography worldwide.
    http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html
  • Cyberschoolbus — The United Nations presents lessons and background material on a variety of issues with geographic components (e.g., world hunger, cleaner oceans, indigenous peoples).
    http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/index.shtml
  • Degree Confluence Project — This fun site for anyone interested in geography features photographs from the points where latitude and longitude lines intersect, along with brief essays about the places and how they were located. Maintained by Alex Jarrett.
    http://www.confluence.org/
  • Ecokids — This support site for Earth Day Canada provides games, lessons, contests, and other environmental education resources.
    http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/index.cfm
  • EE-Link: Environmental Education on the Internet — Links to curricula and other resources that support environmental education. Maintained by the North American Association for Environmental Education.
    http://eelink.net/pages/EE-Link+Introduction
  • Energy Hog — The U.S. Department of Energy provides pages for young people and adults on energy conservation and efficiency.
    http://www.energyhog.org/
  • Environmental News Network — News on environmental issues worldwide.
    http://www.enn.com/
  • EPA Educational Resources — A wealth of environmental information for students and teachers from the U.S. government agency charged with environmental protection.
    http://www.epa.gov/epahome/educational.htm
  • Maps: Finding Our Place in the World — Chicago’s Field Museum presents this exploration of the history of maps.
    http://fieldmuseum.org/happening/exhibits/maps-finding-our-place-world
  • Garbage: How Can My Community Reduce Waste? — This “interactive” from Annenberg engages students in exploring such topics as solid waste, hazardous waste, and sewage.
    http://www.learner.org/interactives/garbage/intro.html
  • Geography in the News — This site from the Royal Geographic Society highlights geographic news and resources for teachers and students.
    http://www.geographyinthenews.rgs.org/
  • Geography Network — This network is intended as an infrastructure for the sharing and use of digital geographic data worldwide. Created by ESRI and Sun Microsystems.
    http://www.geographynetwork.com/
  • The Geography Site — British educator David Robinson provides background information on geographic topics (including an especially useful section on field work), lessons, an image gallery, jokes, and links for geography teachers.
    http://www.geography-site.co.uk/
  • Geology.com — An excellent resource for physical geography, this site includes 250 state maps, 100 country maps paired with Landsat images, explanations of such phenomena as tsunamis, earth science news, and more. Maintained by geology professor Hobart King of Mansfield (PA) University.
    http://geology.com
  • GIS for Schools — This site from ESRI, a leading maker of GIS tools, provides lessons, teaching ideas, background on GIS, and access to other GIS-related Web resources for teachers and librarians.
    http://www.esri.com/industries/k-12/index.html
  • Global Climate Change Research Explorer — The Exploratorium in San Francisco provides this interactive site on climate change.
    http://www.exploratorium.edu/climate/
  • Hands-On: The Online Center for Global Geography Education — The American Association of Geographers presents ten active learning modules on global change.
    http://www.aag.org/cs/mycoe/learning_resources
  • Internet for Geography — This site provides a tutorial written by two librarians to help geography students learn how to locate and evaluate relevant web sites.
    http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/he/tutorial/geographer
  • Internet Geography — British geography teacher Anthony Bennett provides background on numerous geographic topics, as well as links useful to teachers and students, a photo gallery, and news stories with a geographic element.
    http://www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk/
  • Introduction to the Circompolar World — The University of the Arctic presents 14 instructional modules introducing students to the “landscape, peoples, and issues of the circumpolar region.”
    http://www.uarctic.org/singleArticle.aspx?m=111&amid=253
  • Lands in Transition: Complex Decisions in the Lake Tahoe Basin — The Gould Center at Portland State University presents this in-depth and interactive look at a the interactions of human and natural forces in a particular location—the Lake Tahoe Basin.
    http://www.geog.psu.edu/gouldcenter/lit/
  • Library of Congress Country Studies — Detailed background information on 101 countries, prepared as part of a project sponsored by the Department of the Army in the 1980s and 1990s.
    http://memory.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
  • My Wonderful World — This National Geographic-sponsored site is designed to “give our students the power of global knowledge.” Notable on the site is a blog on geography-related topics.
    http://www.mywonderfulworld.org/
  • National Atlas.Gov — This U.S. Geological Survey site allows users to create their own maps and also presents several multimedia maps and numerous articles on geographic topics.
    http://www.nationalatlas.gov/
  • National Council on Geographic Education — Resources on the geography standards, elementary geography lessons, and pamphlets for parents and teachers.
    http://www.ncge.org/
  • National Geographic.Com — Publications, photo archives, and standards-based lesson plans and links, including links to state geographic alliances.
    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/index.html
  • The Nation's Report Card: Geography — Results of the National Assessment of Education Progress in Geography, as well as examples of questions and a detailed description of the content and skills assessed.
    http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/geography/
  • Nature Stories — The Nature Conservancy presents a series of more than 100 podcasts on such topics as hurricanes, Rwanda gorillas, and the demise of the passenger pigeon.
    http://support.nature.org/site/PageServer?pagename=podcast
  • NOAA Photo Library — More than 20,000 images in 20 “photo albums” allow viewers to explore coastlines, estuaries, and other aspects of the natural world.
    http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/
  • Osher Map Library — Changing exhibits from the University of Southern Maine.
    http://www.usm.maine.edu/~maps/
  • The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection — A subject tree, with maps for places all over the world, including maps of current interest as well as historical maps pertaining to every continent. Maintained by the University of Texas.
    http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/
  • Social Geography — This international open-access journal features articles on four topical areas: communication, representation, and media; ecology, nature and environment; labor, production, and consumption; and policies, planning, and social conflicts.
    http://www.social-geography.net/
  • Teaching Geography — Annenberg presents this eight-part online professional development workshop for teachers.
    http://www.learner.org/channel/workshops/geography/index.html
  • TerraServer-USA — This site allows users to access aerial photographs of nearly any address in the United States, providing an excellent tool for students learning to map familiar areas.
    http://www.terraserver.com/
  • Today's News from the Society of Environmental Journalism — Two services highlighting current news related to the environment.
    http://www.sej.org/news/index.htm
  • UC Atlas of Global Inequality — The University of California Santa Cruz atlas lets users explore globalization, health, and income inequality. Teaching suggestions are provided.
    http://ucatlas.ucsc.edu/
  • U.S. Census Data — Statistical profile of the United States or smaller areas within the nation, with the capability to map much of the information. Teaching materials are also provided.
    http://www.census.gov/
  • U.S. Department of State — Information on countries worldwide, as well as on current international concerns.
    http://www.state.gov/
  • USGS Education — Educational materials related to natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and issues that affect quality of life.
    http://education.usgs.gov/
  • Wild World — National Geographic and World Wildlife Federation provide maps and background information on the world's ecoregions and critical regions for conservation. Teacher’s guide provided.
    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/wildworld/
  • Worldmapper — This British site presents a series of cartograms, maps in which land masses are resized depending on the subject (birth rate, net emigration/immigration, purchasing power, etc.).
    http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/

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