J-Track 3D Satellite Tracking is an online educational tool that maps hundreds of satellites as they orbit Earth. One of the ironies of the space program is that it's greatest scientific advances from the space program is in observing our own planet instead of deep space. J-Track 3-D should appear in its own window and plot the satellites in an interactive panel. This is a great way to learn more about the remote sensing platforms that give us all the beautiful imagery of our planet.
Browse the timeline of war and conflict across the globe.
This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time. You can drag and click both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict. This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting. This site is brimming with potential.
The National Atlas that is available online has an extensive database for simple online mapping. This is "GIS-light," an easy way to explore the spatial patterns within U.S. census data and other data sets. The lists all contain a wide variety of variables, making this a good way to get students to explore potential research topics. Thanks to the Connecticut Geographic Alliance coordinator for suggesting this link.
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