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The 50 States of the United States

Click on any of the 50 US states and get capital cities, state birds and songs, nicknames, and many other facts and links relevant to each state. Each state's flag is pictured and its symbolism described.

Amazon Interactive

Through word and picture, this excellent site will help you learn about the Ecuadorian Amazon, its rainforest, and its people. Then you get to make decisions about running a community ecotourism project to make money so that you don't have to clear so much of the rainforest to live.

America's Roof

This is a guide to the highest points in America, listed by state. When you select a state you get a computer rendering of the highest point geographically, with latitude, longitude, city, and county information, and a number of links about the area. There is also a World's Roof for each of the continents.

Arctic Circle

This is a comprehensive look, in text and photo, at the lands and people of the Arctic Circle using three themes: natural resources, history and culture, and social equity and environmental justice. You'll find very interesting information on indigenous peoples and their situations in the face of natural resource exploration.

Arctic Dawn -- The Journeys of Samuel Hearne

This site takes you in search of a "far off metal river" from which the Chipewyan have brought copper nuggets along the western shore of the Hudson Bay. The adventure is in the words of Samuel Hearne as he attempted to find this river in 1769-1772. This is an extremely well done site with information about the animals, birds, and natives thoughout the narratives.

Color Landform Atlas of the United States

This site offers a topographic and counties map for each state as well as links to Yahoo, City Net, and Virtual Tourist for that state.

Desert USA Magazine

This excellent site, attractive and well organized, offers comprehensive information on the geography, plants, animals, and people of the desert, especially the desert of the American Southwest. Published online monthly with back issues archived, DesertUSA has features, desert adventures (including park, climbing, and camping information), desert talk, a trading post, and more. Great stuff!

Florida Geographic Alliance

In addition to geography links and chat, this site offers an extensive collection of outline maps available for download. There is also a list of lesson plans organized by country/continent for elementary and middle school children, with lots of interesting activities.

Geo-Globe: Interactive Geography

This page contains a half dozen interactive geography games, plus the links used to build them so you can do further research on your own.

Geographic Information Systems

This site provides a good overview of GIS technology and its applications.


This is The Mining Company's Geography section. If you'd like someone who loves geography to precede you on the Net, picking out the best sites and describing them, you've hit the jackpot. Weekly geography features and their archives round out this very informative site.

Geography World

Teachers and students of Geography will find hundreds of helpful Web sites listed here. Theres little or no annotation, but sites are categorized to make your searching easier.

The Great Globe Gallery

This site offers as many different projections, pictures, and views of the earth as you can think of! 105 entries!

IBCNET - Subject: Geography

Links to dozens of great geography sites.


This is a travel network, but there is so much information, it's quite useful for educational purposes as well. First choose Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, or Latin America; then choose your country to get loads of information.

The Internet Atlas and Timezone Server

The idea here is that you enter the name of a city anywhere in the world and it returns the date, time, latitude, and longitude of it.

Internet Resources for Geography and Geology

This is a great geography resource. You may choose from a dozen topics including world geography, government resources, and teaching helps. Link to environmental information or take a virtual tour of Bosnia, Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, others. Big fun.


Brief excerpts from recent issues of The Journal of The Geographical Society of Ireland.

The Jason Project

This project was started by Dr. Robert Ballard (the guy who found the Titanic) because he wanted to invlove kids in his explorations. Interactive programs are broadcast during the annual scientific exploration, which is the focus of a curriculum for grades 4 through 8. There are places for kids to connect with other students, teachers, schools, and organizations, and an area to learn about the technology.

Map Machine

This is part of the National Geographic site reviewed below, but it's so neat we had to include this section of it here. You can select from maps of the continent and country you wish to learn about. Then read about it, view satellite pictures of the earth (with names added), and learn from political and physical maps. All the maps are gorgeous.

Mapping the World by Heart

David Smith can teach middle school children to do just that: to draw a map of the world with all the countries named entirely from memory! The site offers examples of these maps, along with information on the course of study and the education awards it has won, great geography quizzes you can download, and wonderful links.

Mn/Model: Minnesota Archaeological Predictive Model

This is a project by scientists and planners in several fields to build a model predicting the locations of untouched archaeological material, information that's important to physical scientists and land-use planners. Note the explanations of geographic information systems (GIS) and the excellent glossary.

Mungo Park

Expedias Mungo Park is an adventure magazine. You can read reports (some from celebrities) of expeditions to remote parts of the globe, learning about the countries and the people who live there. Theres also chat, a chance to submit articles or send postcards, and more.

National Geographic Online

In addition to their famous features on individual cultures, the folks at National Geographic offer here a wide range of options including talk, answers to your geography questions, and scenic drive information with lodging, maps, and even car games. A great site.

The Small Islands Information Network

This is a page of links to small island development and research. There are links for each island, as well as for papers, conferences, and organizations.

Social Studies Online Resources

World and U.S. Geography, History, and News sites are compiled and categorized here with useful annotations. If you are a teacher or student of Social Studies, this should be a helpful site for you.

Social Studies Sources

This is a large group of briefly annotated Social Studies links compiled for K-12 teachers and students. Sites are listed in such categories as General, World, and U.S. History, Government/Politics, and Geography/Culture.

State of the Northern Yukon

Check out the issues such as development, climate change, and contaminants that are affecting the Yukon. The main sections concern the effects of such issues on caribou and a northern wetland.

Stately Knowledge: Facts About the United States

Part of the Internet Public Library, Stately Knowledge is a great place to visit if you need information about any of the United States. Click on individual states for statistical and general information, plus great state information links.


Terraquest makes digital expeditions. They provide land expeditions with the equipment needed to keep in touch with a Web team who publishes pictures, faxes, and conversations from the expedition as they are sent. Examples are the assent of a blind man up the 3000 ft. face of El Captain (a rock in Yosemite National Park), a trip to the Galapagos Islands, and an expedition to Antarctica. All are very well written and exciting accounts with lots of extra information and pictures.

Tommy's List of Live Cam Worldwide #1

Check out live views from cameras all over the U.S. and the world!

WCSU List: World Area Studies Internet Resources

The Western Connecticut State University Department of Social Sciences maintains this huge list of Internet resources about countries and people all over the world. A great starting point.

World History Chart

This site offers a "synchronoptic" view of world history, allowing the user to conceptualize world historical events in the format of what was happening on widely separated parts of the earth at the same time. They use a lot of frames, so if your browser doesn't support frames it can be a rough ride. If it does, it's worth it.