Welcome to Geography online!
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7 Billion and Counting (3:36)
Worldodometers: live world population counter with data sheets, graphs and details of population growths since year 1 ... also counters for world energy use, the number of cigarettes smoked today, the sale of illicit drugs and many other topics
We recently reached 7 billion people in the world. On this page you can see every single one of us … one by one.
The Census Bureau's US and World Population Clock
Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea (You may have to lower your zoom level to 75%.)
Earth's Future: an open-access publication on the state of the planet and the predictions of its future
United Nations: Source of data on any country … Look under databases at social indicators.
Country Reports: Atlapedia Online contains key information on every country of the world. Each profile provides data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history and the economy.
The History Net: Where history lives on the Web! Access archives, world history, American history or even a specific battle.
Maps of World History
UNICEF'S An Urban World interactive graphic depicts countries and territories with 2050 urban populations exceeding 100,000. Circles are scaled in proportion to urban population size. Hover over a country to see how urban it is (percentage of people living in cities and towns) and the size of its urban population (in millions).
Geography4Kids.com: a simple explanation of many of the concepts in the class.
NASA Earth Observatory Global Images: Great animated images of everything from fires to global primary productivity. Fascinating.
Visible Earth: NASA satellite images of the earth. Very high resolution and animated.
The Miniature Earth: What if the earth had only 100 people?
NationMaster.com: well-organized and easy to use
CIA World Factbook has detailed, if biased, information on every nation in the world.
Geographic.org: basic demographic data, flags and country data organized by country … demographic indicators sorted by rate … useful for comparisons
The World Values Survey: largest scale global survey of values, including perceptions of happiness and political ideals
Environmental Working Group Issues (Farm Subsidies Database, National Drinking Water Database, etc)
Lonely Planet: great guidebook company … also good starting point for research on countries
Plani-Globe quickly creates overview maps for any region of the world.
USGS: US Geological Survey
Quantum GIS: open-source, free GIS application
Color Landform Atlas of the United States has nice shaded relief maps of all 50 states.
Google Earth: free software package allows rapid mapping using satellite images of the entire earth.
World from Space Clock shows day and night passing over the earth.
Cartography Blog is a source of information about unique maps and professional cartography.
The Geographer's Craft Project: massive list of GIS resources
The Geography of Race in the US: interactive maps of American racial segregation
Cartographic Communication by Kenneth E. Foote and Shannon Crum: These notes include discussions of map elements, effective topography and symbolization, statistical generalization and trends in computer-aided cartography. This unit contains over 60 graphics illustrating key points.
University of Michigan Map Collection: emphasis on urban cartography
The World Bank home page (In the navigation bar across the top of the page, click "Data," then click "By Country" on the navigation bar that comes up underneath.)
IPUMS started as the online home of historical US Census individual level data, and now contains individual-level census data from a range of countries. Great ability to search for variables, and they’ve standardized nearly all data so it is comparable across countries.
USA Trade Online [User ID: 8VQNK8N, Password: Economics@2016]
Earth and Moon Viewer: View either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe. Windows users can create images like this in real time, on their own machines, as well as view the sky, stars at the horizon, the solar system, orbits of asteroids and comets and more with Home Planet. The Earth/Space/Sky simulator is available for Downloading.
Volcanoes are awesome manifestations of the fiery power contained deep within the Earth. National Geographic Resources Fantastic contains images, the 10 most dangerous volcanoes, quizzes and videos.
Volcano World gives viewers current eruption reports, virtual field trips, facts, games, interviews with Vulcanologists and etc. A very comprehensive site.
Google Earth, Free: Students can explore different areas of the planet and become familiar with landmarks. The Earth Gallery offers maps featuring planes in flight, city tours and even real-time earthquakes. 3D imagery is also available. For Android.
Earth Viewer App for iOS and Android: Features include: continental reconstructions and accompanying data dating back billions of years, world temperature map for the last 100 years, ability to manipulate the globe and zoom to any location, locations of modern cities tracked back over 500 million years, in-depth features on major geological and biological events in Earth history and clickable details on geologic eons, eras and periods.
How will a 3-foot rise in sea level affect the Texas coast?
Create your own scenarios using the NOAA's SLR Tool.
WATCH: Climate change, explained by a kid (2:11)
Groningen Growth and Development Centre. Probably the single most useful site. Includes the newest Penn World Tables data (8.0), Maddison’s historical series, and industry/sector level data from a wide range of countries.
World Bank Development Indicators. Includes a variety of economic data (GDP, external balances, labor force indicators) as well as health, education and inequality data.
Macro data for Stata. Catini, Panizza, and Saade have provided a great public service and standardized a wide set of country-level data so that you can combine data sources easily.
Journeyman Pictures Video Encyclopedia of the World
The Web GL Globe is interesting. Check out Global Terrorism and the busiest airports.
Demographic and Health Surveys. Relatively consistent set of surveys done in a wide set of developing countries, often multiple years. Heavily weighted towards (not surprisingly) fertility, health and mortality data, it also has some economic information.
World Bank Living Standard Measurement Surveys. Very detailed surveys done in a set of developing countries, with a lot of fine-grain information on time allocations to various economic activities, asset ownership, demographics, health and more.
If It Were My Home allows students to compare their country to other countries around the world. Very powerful, very interesting.
The World’s Resources by Country infographic
China vs. the United States: A Visual Comparison infographic
The WWF’s Footprint Calculator
Calculate Your Carbon Footprint