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View Resource Dynamic Digital Maps

A Dynamic Digital Map (DDM) is a stand-alone program that displays and links maps, images, movies, data and text, such as map explanations and field trip guides. DDMs appear as thematic maps containing camera icons and map symbols that link images, movies and text or analytical data related to the mapped locations. DDM content, and access to it, is summarized by a searchable list of images, maps,...

View Resource Worldmapper

This collection of cartograms, or density-equalizing maps, shows the world's territories re-sized on each map according to the variable being mapped. Over 100 variables have been mapped, including population, land area, wealth, and education. The maps and data files cover 200 territories, mainly United Nation Member States, and include at least 99.95 percent of the world's population. The colors...

View Resource Visualizing Topography

Topographic maps that display three-dimensional landscapes on two-dimensional surfaces can offer a great deal of spatial information in minimal space. However, it is often difficult for people to interpret the features on a topographic map. This interactive feature adapted from Stephen Reynolds's 'Visualizing Topography' website offers color-enhanced and three-dimensional visualizations to help...

View Resource Volcanic Features

Most people will never see the eruption of an active volcano. Even so, evidence of these dramatic displays can be found all over the world. In fact, more can be learned about some aspects of volcanic activity by exploring evidence left by past eruptions than by watching an eruption in progress. This interactive resource adapted from the National Park Service explores a variety of volcanic...

View Resource Find A Map!: USGS Map Databases

This portal provides links to a set of online map indexes of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and other organizations which can be used to locate, view, or create maps. For teachers, there is the Education Map Catalog, which provides access to several hundred of the most useful USGS maps for teaching and learning, organized by 12 themes. The maps are available in a wide variety of...

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