Geography and Maps

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Geography | Topographical Maps

Country and State Maps

Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection
Large collection of political, physical, and historical maps for the US and the world; also includes nice selection of other map sites on the internet


Blank and Outline Maps
Lists sources of blank and outline maps for the US and the world

National Geographic Map Machine
Find US and world maps; includes topographic maps, conservation and ecology maps, trip planning, satellite maps, political maps, and historical maps

National Atlas
Atlas of the United States; find pre-formatted maps or customize your own

Atlas of Canada
Includes Canadian-specific maps of the environment, people & society, economy, history, climate change, freshwater and health

Geographic Names Information System from the USGS
Search for physical and geographical features in the US; entry gives latitude and longitude and links to available USGS and other government maps for that feature or place (including topographical maps)

Google Maps
Search for a specific address or locations in the US; click and drag the map to find areas; satellite views of maps are available

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Country Information

CIA World Factbook
Each entry contains information on the geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, maps, and flags of the country

U.S. State Department Background Notes
Country information produced by the US State Department; each entry contains information on the land, people, history, government, and economy of the country

Country Studies
Produced by the Library of Congress, these studies include the history, society, economy, government, and national security of select countries

Cultural Profiles Project
Cultural profiles developed by Citizenship and Immigration of Canada between the years 1998-2002; information geared to Canada and may be dated

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Directional Maps

Free driving directions in the US, Canada and some European countries

Maps on Us
Free driving directions in the US

Driving directions in the United States, Canada, and Europe

How Far Is It?
Determines distance (as the crow flies) between two locations; search by name or latitude and longitude

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Geography from
Collection of links and resources for geography

Internet Resources for Geographers
Collection of links and resources for geography; includes journals, professional associations and map collections

NASA Earth Observatory
Find satellite images and data on the Earth with an emphasis on climate and environmental change

Planet Diary
Find out about recent environmental and natural events; search by event type or date

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Topographical Maps
Finding and Ordering USGS Topographic Maps
Contains information on where to locate and purchase topographic maps
View USGS topographic maps; search by location name or latitude/longitude; some services require a TopozonePro subscription

Topographical Map Symbols
Learn about topographical maps and the symbols they use in this publication from the United States Geological Service (USGS)
US Topo
To download or order USGS maps.

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Last Modified: 3/3/14