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Tip of the Week: 36 Geo Sites & Maps on the Web

“A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.”

Reif Larsen
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

Today’s tip?

Tons of geography stuff.

Generic geography sites:

Maps on the web, maps from the web, charts and infographics
MapsofWorld published a comprehensive infographic that posed a thought-provoking question on a global topic. The Fry-Day Poll Infographics sparked many conversations and often appeared on Slideshare’s top featured presentations. This is a page listed all 100 of their polls
US Geological Survey’s Learning Web
Provides activities, maps, and teacher guides, it also has student pages and lesson plans
Map Machine @
Find nearly any place on Earth and view it by population, climate, and much more
CIA World Factbook
Great info on every country around the world
Country Information
Maintained by the International Monetary Fund, this site has reports and publications arranged by country
Country Reports
More than 26,000 pages of valuable statistical data and cultural information
An entertaining adventure game for GPS users
Deals with statistics on the human population and Earth in general
Information USA
A resource from US Department of State for anyone seeking information about American society, political processes, official U.S. policies and culture
Kansas Geological Survey
Info laden page with maps, documents, instructional aids. Nice use of your tax dollars!
Lonely Planet
Has some incredibly useful geography resources and information. Blogs from around the world giving up-to-date information on their travel experiences & a neat tool called WorldGuide.
Mapping History
Designed to provide interactive and animated representations of historical problems and events
Maps: Finding Our Place in the World
Learn more about maps and mapmaking from Chicago’s Field Museum
My Wonderful World
A campaign by NGS to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in the community. Lots of goodies!
A vast compilation of data from from which you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics
Portals to the World
Maintained by the US Library of Congress & contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about different nations of the world
Research and compare a multitude of different data on US states with visualization technology like pie charts, maps, graphs and scatterplots, map and flag images, state profiles, and correlations
United Nations CyberSchoolBus
Wonderful resource full of data, maps, lesson plans, games, quizzes, multi-media resources, CDs, video clips, documents, student work from around the world, you name it, it is here
World Atlas
Highest lowest biggest smallest tallest deepest oldest youngest continents countries cities dependencies deserts islands lakes mountains oceans provinces rivers seas and more list. Lots of cool facts here!
A cool site that constantly updates world data on population, economics, education, environment, etc
Lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there

Just maps:

Atlapedia Online
David Rumsey Historical Maps
Has over 8,800 historic maps online
EduPlace Social Studies Maps
General Printable Maps from the United Nations
Graphic Map’s World Atlas and Geography Facts
Library of Congress: American Memory Map Collections Home Page
National Atlas of the United States
Outline Map Sites
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
University of Georgia: Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection
University of Texas: Historical Map Web Sites
US Gazetteer
This gazetteer is used to identify places to view with the Tiger Map Server and obtain census data from the 1990 Census Lookup server. You can search for places, counties or MCDs by entering the name and state abbreviation (optional), or 5-digit zip code
A collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lisa # breaks apart landmasses and resizes countries into cartograms to show multiple sub-categories under the headings of People, Planet, Business, Politics and Living. Site is divided into the US, the World and Japan. So in the World section, I could choose Planet: Crop Resources: Cotton to see countries resized relative to seed cotton production in tons. Each map includes data sourcing information and a link to a site with more information on the topic.

    January 18, 2014
    • glennw #


      This is too sweet! Loving the way data is visualized. Thanks for sharing!


      January 18, 2014

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