Internet Resources - Geography



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  • Background Notes
    Background Notes includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs of the US Department of State.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Geography
  • California Coastal Records Project
    Includes over 12,700 photographs of the California coast, from the Oregon to the Mexican borders. Combines map imagery with photographs for easy location identification. Also includes ability to compare current photographs of the coast with photographs taken in 1972.
    Browse related subjects: California, Geography
  • CIA World Factbook
    The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Encyclopedias, Geography, Social Issues, Travel
  • David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
    Has over 20,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.
    Browse related subjects: Geography, Maps
  • Geographic Names Information System
    From U.S. Geological Survey. Offical repository of information about U.S. physical and cultural geographic features -- natural and manmade (includes populated places).
    Browse related subjects: Gazetteer, Geography
  • Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
    Nearly 1 million place (including historical) names--physical or political entities, including continents, rivers, mountains, empires, nations, states, districts, townships, cities, and neighborhoods.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Gazetteer, Geography
  • Global Gazeteer
    Created by Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. as a demonstration. Lists 2,880,532 cities and towns, arranged by country and then name of town. Gives latitude and longitude, and map.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Gazetteer, Geography
  • LookLex Travel Guide and Encyclopedia
    LookLex presents North Africa and the Middle East to western audiences. The site contains 3 main channels: reference material organized into an encyclopedia, traveler's guides to the North African countries, and a basic language course in Arabic.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Encyclopedias, Geography, Islam, Languages, Travel
  • National Atlas
    An interactive map of the United States displaying millions of geographical locations in a series of map layers. These map layers display airports, federal lands, urban areas, water features, parkways, rivers, railroads, roads, and geological events. Also includes terrain relief and elevation and seasonal vegetation growth maps, as well as articles about U.S. geography. Map layers and raw data can be downloaded.
    Browse related subjects: Geography, Maps
  • NationMaster.com
    Compiles data about nations from numerous authoritative sources (CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD), and provides ability to generate graphs and maps, as well as compare aspects of different countries.
    Browse related subjects: Countries, Geography, Statistics
  • U.S. Gazetteer
    From U.S. Bureau of the Census. Searchable by place name or zip code. Gives state, longitude and latitude, 1990 census population, link to map.
    Browse related subjects: Gazetteer, Geography

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