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Digital Topographic Maps

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Home page of USGS Topographic Maps...

 

The last paper editions of USGS topographic masp came out in 1973 and 1992.  If you are waiting for the next print edition, you'll be waiting a long time.  Like so many other agencies with information distribution, the USGS topo maps have gone digital.  In 2001 the USGS announced the production of a current, seamless digital National Map.  You can still quadrangle chunks of the National map and download them for free as PDFs (with geospatial extensions for measuring). 

 

Tags: mapping, cartography, geospatial.


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The last paper editions of USGS topographic maps came out in 1973 and 1992.  If you are waiting for the next print edition, you'll be waiting a long time.  Like so many other agencies with information distribution, the USGS topo maps have gone digital.  In 2001 the USGS announced the production of a current, seamless digital National Map.  You can still quadrangle chunks of the National map and download them for free as PDFs (with geospatial extensions for measuring).   You can search for aerial imagery here.


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Where Does Your Water Come From?

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This interactive map documents where 443 million people around the world get there water (although the United States data is by far the most extensive).  Most people can't answer this question.  A recent poll by The Nature Conservancy discoverd that 77% of Americans (not on private well water) don't know where their water comes from, they just drink it.  This link has videos, infographics and suggestions to promote cleaner water.  This is also a fabulous example of an embedded map using ArcGIS Online to share geospatial data with a wider audience.  

 

Tags: GIS, water, fluvial, environment, ESRI, pollution, development, consumption, resources, mapping, environment depend, cartography, geospatial. 


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Nic Hardisty's comment, October 15, 2012 6:01 AM
I was definitely unaware of where my drinking water came from. This is nice, user-friendly map... Hopefully it gets updated regularly, as it will be interesting to see how these sources change over time.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 1, 2013 12:55 PM

water is a resource we all depend on. Some of my best studies were on local Chesapeake Bay issues.

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Online Maps: 50+ Tools and Resources

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"Mapping is a huge and growing sector, from social maps for sharing with friends, to mashing up Google Maps in every possible way."

 

You know that the technology exists for you to link your online information with maps...but not sure how to go about it?  This link from mashable.com lists over 50 sites that specialize is visually representing your data, information or projects.  Online mapping is not just for the experts, but being democratized ...online mapping for the masses! 


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Maps and customized videos games

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This is a ridiculous advertisement for State Farm Insurance (a robot seeks to destroy a particular address--but the one that YOU select)...but this uses geospatial technologies and online mapping instruments very well.  Low on content, but could be a fun "hook" to start a lesson. 


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xkcd: Map Projections

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Geo-geek humor -- A cartoon strip on the projector in the 3 minutes before class can be a good thing.  I'm a Robinson. 


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Lisa Fonseca's comment, September 10, 2012 8:04 AM
Out of all these maps I found the Robinson, Van Der Grinten, and A globe to be my favorites. Out of the three I found the Robinson to be the best because is it almost similar to the cylindrical equal area projection. The middle areas are preserved but only the angles get distorted for a better view. I chose the globe projection too because if your trying to demonstrate the globe it doesn't just display all its continents, oceans, etc on one side. Therefore the globe gives the accurate idea of how certain features and land are represented on the actual globe.
Paige T's comment, September 10, 2012 8:05 AM
The Waterman Butterfly LOOKS really cool but seems like it is an over-complicated version of the Pierce Quincuncial (with Antartica shoved up into the "Atlantic Ocean"). Basically some of these just don't make sense. I would also have to go with the Goode Homolosine. It is the most accurate and even though it cuts through the oceans, you can still get a sense of the size and shape of the ocean. If you want to go for a boat ride, you'd be dumb to use this map anyways. The simile about the orange peel allows some perspective on this map projections also.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 10, 2012 8:06 AM
I feel the Robinson map is a closest representation of the world that is translated onto a 2-D map. All of the land masses and oceans look to be accurate without flattening the map completely and still having a curvature to it; which is more of a representation of the globe.
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GIS - National Geographic Education

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Encyclopedic entry. A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map.

 

This informative webpage (and accompanying features) simply answer the question, "What is GIS and how is it a useful way to work with spatial data?" 


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The Best Maps of 2011

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A round-up of the maps in 2011 that were popular, engaged users, innovated, and raised the bar for cartographic standards.

 

This could easily be 10 posts in one...This is an excellent collection of engaging maps that all have teaching applications. 


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Using Google Earth in the classroom

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Amazing things about Google Earth - news, features, tips, technology, and applications...

 

This blog post will link you to numerous educational uses for Google Earth, including "GIS-like" overlays.  This is a great resource that can be adapted for various grade levels. 


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"The Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth Ever," Says NASA

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NASA has released a new Blue Marble image, showing the United States of America. According to them, it's the "most amazing, highest resolution image of Earth ever." Blue Marble 2012 bests the 2010 edition and the original one.

 

Beautiful image...follow the link for a video of the image at a variety of scales as well as the specs and production that went into it.   There is an 8000 x 8000 pixel version as well as many lower resolution versions. 

 


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Video tutorial: How to use geteach.com

This provies the basic overview of the layout and function of http://geteach.com .  The video unlocks some great features that are not intended to be hidden, but many first time visitors tend to miss.

 

This is a phenomenal site, designed by an AP teacher to bring geospatial technologies into the classroom in a way that is incredibly user-friendly. This site allows you to use Google Earth with clickable layers. With multiple data layers of physical and human geography variables, this interactive globe puts spatial information in powerful, yet fun, student-inspired platform.


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World Atlas with Geography Facts, Maps, Flags

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World Atlas is an educational resource for world maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information. Teachers and students: free maps of Europe, USA, Canada, Florida, Caribbean Islands and much more.

 

This World Atlas, in addition to have many maps at a variety of scales as is very common these days, has the added feature of embedding facts and other informative features based on your scale and regional context.  Students can explore this at their own pace to learn about what every region of the world that interests them the most.


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Early World Maps

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I typically would not link to a Wikipedia article, but this one is not only well crafted, but represents an academic collaborative work in its own right.  This a fabulous cartographic gallery that explores the history of geographical thought through the ages (as archived in the earliest maps).  Enjoy the maps, and even more, the intellectual context that this article provides for each of these images.      


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NASA Satellite Tracking

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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.


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Selecting a Map Projection

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Video. Cartographers at National Geographic discuss how they select an appropriate map projection for the September 2012 magazine map supplement.

 

There is no one perfect map projection that fits all circumstances and situations. Think a situation in which this map projection would be an ideal way to represent the Earth and another situation where it is an incredibly limited perspective. 

 

Tags: cartography, K12, geospatial, NationalGeographic, water. 


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Archeology from Space

TED Talks In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.

 

The uses of geospatial technologies is NOT limited to studying geography, but it is the bedrock of many research projects that involve spatial thinking (as demonstrated in this TED talk).  Geographic principles and geographers can be very important  members of interdisciplinary teams.

 

Tags: spatial, remote sensing, geospatial, TED, MiddleEast, historical. 


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Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, January 15, 8:13 PM

This sounds really intruging to me; I have heard of astroarchiology before in the aplication of finding undiscovered large objects (cities, towns sttlements) by using satellites to map deviations in teh earths surface accurately enough to distingush structures like a building foundation. I just find this sort of thing fascinating. I am still in awe that this dort of thing is possible.

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What does it feel like to fly over planet Earth?

A time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet at night. This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues...

 

This is an extraordinary view of the Earth that captivates students and often gives them a sense of awe and wonder for the planet we call home. 


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GeoChalkboard: Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables

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"Google Fusion Tables is an excellent way to create and share visualizations of data in map, chart, and tabular formats. Today we’re starting a new series of blog posts designed to get you up to speed with using this fantastic platform. We’ll also be releasing a free e-learning course called Bringing Data to Life with Google Fusion Tables to all our newsletter subscribers."


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Kim Vignale's comment, November 3, 2011 1:31 PM
Google Fusion Tables can assist many professionals with pinpoint certain areas on the map. It can help city planners build structures within the city in a safe and efficient way. It can pinpoint areas that are most affected by disaster such as hurricanes and wildfires. It can be visually appealing for an average person trying to read the map.
GIS student's comment, November 3, 2011 1:32 PM
I feel that this an excellent way to understand GIS represented data to those who are not as familiar with GIS systems. It also appears to be a quick and useful tool to any member of society that needs to demonstrate any sort of representational data.
Dania's comment, November 3, 2011 1:33 PM
I don't know what I'm doing but I did this is relating to the numbers of building permits of 2010 for the city of Austin. It includes location and progress of the city.
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Historypin

This is a video introduction to www.historypin.com which might just prove to be a very useful and important project.  It's historical geography powered by collaborative mapping that is infused with social media dynamics.  Backed by Google, they are geo-tagging old photos to recreate the historical geographies of all places and comparing them with current street view images.  You can search by topic, place or date...this has the potential to be very big.   


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4995songs's comment, November 16, 2011 1:13 PM
Absolutely brilliant! The possibilities that this offers are staggering. If museums, galleries, and archives all got on board with this, they could create an incredible database that would allow teachers to add so much more depth to their lessons. I feel like having a visual timeline paired with geographic references in this capacity would give students (and everyone else!) a stronger understanding of how deeply history and geography are connected.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 3:40 PM
Agreed, this is conceptually amazing...but what a vast undertaking. I'm half-tempted to upload some pictures but I know that I've got too many pet projects at the moment and think that this one has the potential to overwhelm me time-wise.
GIS student's comment, November 17, 2011 12:37 PM
Awesome site! As an aspiring teacher, this website can be great for then and now projects. When explaining different eras or time periods this not only shows where certain things took place, but what they looked like as well. Definitely something that will become more popular in the social media aspect of society. Definitely a site I can spend hours on.
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Google Earth Lessons

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A free Resource for Teachers who use Google Earth. Providing everything from lesson ideas to complete lesson plans for both single computer classrooms to full computer labs.

 

If you were thinking about using Google Earth, but not sure how to get started, consider this your starting point.  You will find tutorials, sample data sets, lesson plans, etc.  Very well put together and incredibly helpful. 


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Google Earth Timeline

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Google Earth's Timeline, if you haven't discovered that feature will allow you to compare and contrast imagery from an area from the present 2010/11 to 1993-1995 images.  Click the 'clock' button and a timeline that you can slide to the past appears.  Nice historical possibilities with this option.   


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Matthew Rowland's curator insight, April 17, 2013 9:35 PM

 cool feature to google Earth... Too bad it can't go further back than 1995

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Tracking Santa with geospatial technology?

Visit http://www.noradsanta.org for more holiday geo-cheer. 


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World Bank eAtlas of Global Development

"The World Bank eAtlas of Global Development maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries, letting you visualize and compare progress on the most important development challenges facing our world. Most indicators cover several decades, so you can see, for example, how 'life expectancy at birth' has improved from 1960 up through the latest year."  This tool should greatly enhance student projects as they will add more data, and see bigger patterns.  To go to the link visit: http://www.app.collinsindicate.com/worldbankatlas-global/en


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Google Earth Teach geteach.com

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Free site dedicated to help teachers educate and engage students using Google Earth...

 

This is a phenomenal site, designed by an AP teacher to bring geospatial technologies into the classroom in a way that is incredibly user-friendly.  This site allows you to use Google Earth with clickable layers.  With multiple data layers of physical and human geography variables, this interactive globe puts spatial information in powerful, yet fun, student-inspired platform.  The video tutorial can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUei7bth0MY


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Earth As Art : Pick Your Favorites!

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The USGS is celebrating 40 years of the LANDSAT

Program by having a competition to select the top 5 "Earth as Art" images from the more than 120 scenes from their curated collection.  All readers can select 5 images on the USGS website and the poll closes on July 6, 2012 (The image above is from Coahuila, Mexico).


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Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 6, 2012 5:11 PM
Really shows the natural beauty of the world through our technology.
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Real World Math

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"Real World Math: Using Google Earth in the Math Curriculum."   Back to my interdisciplinary approach to strengthening geographic education, image hearing that there is a Math teacher at your school using this, wouldn't you want to be a part of it?  Too often knowledge is taught within disciplinary silos; students need opportunities to make real world connections between the disciplines to breath life into how they are taught.  This site reminds me of http://www.googlelittrips.org/ which allows real world geography to be a part of literature/English classes.    


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