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Google Earth - An amazing and free program that allows you to view satellite imagery all around the globe and to often amazingly small scales. Find your school or house! A must see for classrooms now, see lesson plans for ideas on how to teach with Google Earth.
Historical Maps– Historical topographic maps of from various states.
Landscape Collection - K-16 students in Vermont are creating a web-based archive of historical and modern photograph pairs documenting 150 years of human interaction with the Vermont landscape. K-12 students work with UVM students to learn how to use GPS, a digital camera, and computer imaging equipment as part of ongoing research to document change in the Vermont landscape from the mid-1800s to the present.
National Geographic - Visit this site for the following features for teachers: Online Adventure, Maps & Geography, Lesson Plans, Teacher Store, and Teacher Community.
Printable Maps – from the USGS, reference and outline maps, satellite maps, time zone maps and more. Pick any state or the country.
Resources related to teaching mapping (no lesson plans).
The Sourcebook for Teaching Science - Great source for maps, and there is one activity listed.
Tasa Graphic Arts Company - has produced state of the art multimedia products for use in the Earth Science and Environment Science Classrooms. Of particular interest is the interactive CD-ROM on Introduction to Topographic Maps, as well as programs on plate tectonics and rock and mineral identification. They provide online ordering. To receive a 15% discount for teachers who visit the GSA website, contact Tasa Graphic Arts to receive a special web address and discount code., e-mail:, phone: (800) 293-2725 or (505) 758-5535.
Topographic Maps - Landforms depicted on topographic maps:
The University of Texas, Austin - has prepared an Internet library of all kinds of maps, including topos (free!!) as well as links to other map sites. This is well worth a good look.
USA Geography from Sheppard Software -  A great site for tutoring and testing kids about the location of the states, capitols, and landscapes. Highly recommended.
Worldwind map - download a free program from NASA that allows you to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Using imagery from Landsat and other remote sensing sources, you can "see" the changing snow cover in the northern hemisphere, dust storms in the Sahara and droughts in Africa. May be downloaded onto school computers for student use. Expect long download times (171 MB) on slow connections; this application works best on high end, fast machines.
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Free from the PALEOMAP Project - This project aims to illustrate the plate tectonic development of the ocean basins and continents, as well as the changing distribution of land and sea during the past 1,100 million years. Visit for instructions for making your own Pangea Antenna Ball. The website also offers free Earth System History-GIS Time Slices. Each time slice consists of the reconstructed positions of present-day continental coastlines, shelf margin, major tectonic boundaries, active plate boundaries, and seafloor spreading isochrons. Because the shapefiles are in decimal latitude and longitude (geographic coordinates), they can be easily transformed to other map projections. To request a free time slice, you must have ArcView 3.x installed on your machine. Choose one of the following time slices: Present-Day, Late Cretaceous (K/T Boundary), Pangea (Late Permian), Rodinia (Late Precambrian), or Pangea Ultima (+250 million years in the future).
Call 1-888-288-0160, or e-mail with your request.


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