Mapping and Aerial Photography

Web Information Sources for Educators.

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This page is intended to be a quick guide to only a few resources.
See your local library for more information on this topic.

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Image of a plane's route

Current News Sources

Official Agency Pages


Research Institutions

Publication Directories


Place Names

Maps and charts

Data Sets



Image Sources

Web cameras

Education Resource Sections

Materials in the Learning Studio

Other Useful and Interesting Sites

Current News Sources:

Maps in the News - John R. Borchert Map Library

Official Agency Pages:

United States:

National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA)

Other Nations:


British Cartographic Society (BCS)

International Cartographic Association (ICA)

International Map Trade Association

North American Cartographic Information Society

Research Institutions:

UCB Earth Sciences & Map Library

Publication Directories:

Baltic GIS: Documents

Geospatial Sciences Publications NIMA Geospatial Sciences Division


Baltic Sea Region GIS, Maps and Statistical Database

Pathfinder - Digital Maps at U.C. Berkeley

Place Names


Alexandria Digital Library Gazetteer

GEOnet Names Server (GNS)

Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

Country Specific:

Canadian Geographical Names Noms géographiques du Canada

United States, Whole:

U.S. Bureau of the Census U.S. Gazetteer

U.S. Geographic Names Information System

United States, By State:

An Electronic Guide to Kentucky Place Names

Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer

Maps and charts:


CIA Maps & Publications

Map Case - Bodleian Library Map Room

National Geographic Map Machine

United Nations Cartographic Section

North America and United States:

American FactFinder - U.S. Census

Goode's World Atlas

Map Collections American Memory Library of Congress

Redistricting Data Maps - U.S. Census


By State:

Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer

Atlas of Minnesota

Maps of Montana

New Mexico Internet Map Server

San Francisco: [if applicable]


David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection

Maps and Charts on our other pages:

Data Sets:

Dictionary of Abbreviations And Acronyms In Geographic Information Systems, Cartography, And Remote Sensing



Map Projection Software

Specific Programs:

ArcExplorer a GIS data viewer

GEOTRANS - Geographic Translator (National Imagery and Mapping Agency)

Image Sources:

Eurimage Image Gallery

Images and Data Space Science and Engineering Center

Images: Visualizing Data National Geophysical Data Center MGG Division

NASA Goddard Institute: Data and Images

Space Shuttle Photographs (NASA)

Web cameras:
Many web cameras are in different time zones so you may get a dark image with just a few lights.
The U.S. Naval Observatory has a World Time Zone Map on the Web.
Also weather conditions may result in images that are mainly of fog, clouds or rain.
Remember to refresh the display when returning to pages visited recently.
Refresh rates may vary by seconds or days depending on the camera.

Live web Cams: UC Berkeley Live

Education Resource Sections:

Some sites have sections devoted to educational material.

Educational Resources for Cartography, Geography, and Related Disciplines

Geographic Learning Site (GLS)

Materials in the Learning Studio:
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Access to the Learning Studio is available for the public.
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Other Useful and Interesting Sites:

Earth and Moon Viewer

Kite Aerial Photography

NACIS Shaded Relief Homepage

Ocean Surface Topography from Space

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