World Geography-High School

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Geographia Choose your destination and take a interactive journey to many destinations in the world.

themes.gifThe Five Themes of Geography The five themes were written in 1984 by the Joint Committee on Geographic Education of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) and the Association of American Geographers (AAG). They are location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions.

The Five Themes of Geography The Five Themes were developed by the National Council for Geographic Education to provide an organizing framework for the presentation of geographic materials. 

A circle has 360 degrees. Latitude and Longitude The horizontal lines that circle the globe are called Lines of Latitude. Lines of Latitude are known as parallels because they parallel, or run in the same direction as, the Equator.

Look Up Latitude & Longitude - USA This table gives the latitude and longitude of various major cities in the United States. The first column gives the latitude in degrees and minutes. The second column gives the longitude in degrees and minutes.

Calculator: Distance Between Lat-Long Points Enter the Latitudes and Longitudes of the three points in degrees, minutes and seconds of arc, or Enter the Latitude and Longitude of the starting point, the distance (km) and bearing (degrees E of North) to another point.

Earth Science - Types of Maps A map is a picture or representation of the Earth's surface, showing how things are related to each other by distance, direction, and size. Maps are a way of showing many things about a portion of the earth's surface on a flat piece of paper that can be carried and transported easily.

Types of Maps There are several types of maps. Each show different information. Most maps include a compass rose, which indicates which way is north, south, east and west. They also include a scale so you can estimate distances.

Quia.com Quia - Different types of maps How many types of maps can you think of? What do maps try to show? Take a look and see.

Map Scale The scale of a map defines the relationship between distance on the map and the corresponding distance on the earth.

Prime Meridian The Prime Meridian, also known as the International Meridian or Greenwich Meridian, is the meridian (line of longitude) passing through the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Greenwich, England it is the meridian at which longitude is defined to be 0 degrees.

Greenwich Meridian - Prime Meridian of the World The Meridian Line is an imaginary line which runs from the North Pole to the South Pole. By international convention it runs through "the primary transit" instrument (main telescope) at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

Showing a
 section of a topographic map with the compass aligned along the drawn line to read the
 compass on the map Finding Your Way with Map and Compass A topographic map tells you where things are and how to get to them, whether you're hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, or just interested in the world around you. These maps describe the shape of the land. They define and locate natural and manmade features like woodlands, waterways, important buildings, and bridges. They show the distance between any two places, and they also show the direction from one point to another.

Stereoscopic aerial photograph Topographic Mapping One of the most widely used of all maps is the topographic map. The feature that most distinguishes topographic maps from maps of other types is the use of contour lines to portray the shape and elevation of the land. Topographic maps render the three-dimensional ups and downs of the terrain on a two-dimensional surface.

Geography World Geography World is an award winning educational and entertaining website covering many aspects of geography, such as news and quizzes, homework help, games and more!

Atlapedia Online Atlapedia Online contains full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

[Thinker]Geography World (Games) This site contains some of the coolest geography related games on the Internet, including physical geography, cultural geography, the environment and more!

World Climates World biomes are controlled by climate. The climate of a region will determine what plants will grow there, and what animals will inhabit it. All three components, climate, plants and animals are interwoven to create the fabric of a biome.

Climate Zones  The worldwide system of winds, which transports warm and cold air very great distances away from the source regions, influences significantly the climates of the world. This worldwide wind system is called the general circulation of the atmosphere, and it gives rise to the Earth's climate zones.

Wild Sanctuary Sound Safaris Choose your destination to some of the world's most remote and endangered habitats by clicking on the map or on a corresponding number. Click on "LISTEN" and you will be able to hear a .WAV file. You may need to download a helper application to play the sound over your computer. BON VOYAGE!

Exploring Ancient World Cultures Why study ancient cultures? You might feel that the question is moot: students do study and will study ancient cultures; such study is an expected part of a tradition of intellectual development. The response to the why of the initial question is a matter of tradition, if not fact.

Welcome to Cultures Cultures.com This site is devoted to cultures, living and ancient, and the promotion of world communication. Featured topics include the Amistad slave ship rebellion, the Hopi and their Anasazi ancestors, the Greek shrine of Dodona, the Muwekma Ohlone and their Pacific Islander cousins, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Timbuktu, Great Zimbabwe and Afropop.

Explore Parliament Houses of Parliament Home Page Here you will find information about the United Kingdom Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

World Cultures World Cultures Internet Resources At this site, Internet resource directories are grouped under specific cultures and eras.

Test Your Geography Knowledge World Geography quiz (Oceans and Continents) - just click on the map to answer the questions.

Image: World Satellite View Map Machine This site has many interactive sections including, dynamic maps, atlas plates, flags, facts and more!

worldatlas.com Graphic Map's World Atlas Check out this online library of maps, flags, geography facts, clip art and more!

DiscoverySchool.com: Geo Game Learn about cultures and places with the Geo Game at DiscoverySchool.com.

The New York Times Geography - Merriam-Webster's Atlas For more maps and geographical information, select a country or state from the pull-down menus below.

Kid Info: The World Quality Sites that contain information about Countries and Peoples of the World.

Country Profiles Check out this alphabetical index of countries in the world. Each section includes  maps, flags, geography, climate and more.

World Atlas Join Mapquest for an interactive selection of maps around the world. You may click directly on the maps (continent, country, U.S. state, Canadian province, ocean and polar region text labels) to link to a new map of the area selected.

Quick Maps ABC Maps of the World - Interactive World Fact Book - Flags, Maps, Economy, Geography, Climate, Natural Resources and much more!

The Nile thumbnail Visible Earth: Nile River This image of the northern portion of the Nile River was captured by the Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer's (MISR's) nadir camera on January 30, 2001. The Nile is the longest river in the world, extending for about 6700 kilometers from its headwaters in the highlands of eastern Africa.

You're a Grand Old Flag! You're a Grand Old Flag Every country has a flag. A flag stands for a country and the people who live there. What do you know about flags? Click on one of the choices to find out more.  You can even make your own flag!

Lesson Plans/Classroom Activities


Five Times Five Five Activities for Teaching Geography's Five Themes

Plotting a Hurricane using Latitude and Longitude

Map Projections

Weekly Current Events

Caste System as a Social Order

Belief Systems Along the Silk Roads

Wonders of the World

Worlds Apart

Asian American Experiences in America

Mystical Chinese

Trade Along the Silk Roads

Defining Regions

Japan and the West

Korean Geography

Daily Life in the Middle East

Geography of the Middle East

Through the Eyes of a Refugee

The Identification, the Mapping, and the Personification of Countries Involved in WWII


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