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Places: Geography, Countries, Travel

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Places: Geography, Countries

 


 

Maps, Distance  

 

Distance Calculator: How Far Is It?       http://www.infoplease.com/atlas/calculate-distance.html

Similar to indo.com calculator, but offers worldwide data.   
 
Geographic Names Information System       http://nhd.usgs.gov/gnis.html
Search for places in the United States by feature, state or county name; feature type; population or elevation range. Returns detailed geographical data for each region found.   
 
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN)       http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabularies/tgn/index.html
This thesaurus contains nearly 1 million place names representing approximately 900,000 places. Users can browse the world hierarchically, or use the search function. 
  
Map Maker Interactive     http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/
The National Geographic Society's site allows you to customize your map by region with various elements, including water features, geographic features and human systems.
 
MapQuest     http://www.mapquest.com/
What's the best route from Los Angeles to Albuquerque? This free, interactive street atlas of the continental United States provides detailed route information. You may also obtain information on the city you are going to visit; the weather, where to eat, where to stay and what to do.
United States Geological Survey Topo Maps        http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/index.html
Current and Historical Topographical Maps available free of charge.  Links to maps available for sale and to historical maps as well. 

Google Maps     https://www.google.com/maps
Get directions for destinations world wide.  Links to area attractions and also to pictures and information added by users of the maps.  If you have a google log in, you can save maps as well.


Google Earth    https://www.google.com/earth/
This is software that has to be downloaded and installed, but it allows you to see 3D representations of most areas of the Earth. 

World Maps   http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/world.html
A wide variety of world maps and map driven data in pdf format. 

True Size   http://thetruesize.com/
Like the upside down maps and other alternate projections, this interactive map tries to overcome the distortions of the Mercator map projection by offering an interactive map that allows you to compare the actual size of different countries.

 

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Countries

 

BBC NEWS | Country Profiles                 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/country_profiles/default.stm

 Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.  They also include audio and video clips from BBC archives.
 
CIA World Factbook       https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
Published annually, by the Central Intelligence Agency, this is a handy reference work for basic statistical data on the countries of the world.
 
Constitution Finder       http://confinder.richmond.edu/
This site provides links to constitutions, charters, amendments and other related documents of national government for nations of the world. There is an alphabetical listing of countries for you to browse. Information for some countries comes in a variety of languages. 

 

National Anthems of the World         http://www.nationalanthems.info/
This website has been created to give some background on over 400 anthems past and present, as well as anthems of other entities. Some of the entries include music files or music scores, as well as information on the history of the anthems.
U.S. Department of State Background Notes       http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/
Background notes is an official United States Government publication which profiles countries and organizations of the world. Each entry generally includes the following on each country: Profile, People, Government, Economy, History, Political Conditions, Economy, Foreign relations, Principal U.S. Officials. Background Notes are being replaced by Country Fact sheets.  The countries are listed with the update date.  
 
World Flag Database       http://www.flags.net/fullindex.htm
This is an alphabetical list of countries, territories and sub-national regions.  

 

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United States

 

The 50 States    http://www.infoplease.com/states.html

Clicking on a state on the U.S. map leads to information concerning that particular state.  That includes names of government officials, a state map and flag, state trivia, population and geography data, and economic and social comparisons.   

 

The 50 States of the United States: Capital Cities and Information Links       http://www.50states.com/ 

This site lists the fifty states and information on their locations (latitude and longitude), birds, colleges and universities, constitutions, flowers, genealogical resources, geological formations, geographical features, mottos, national forests and parks, newspapers, nicknames, non profit organizations, populations, state and federal representatives, songs, and the dates of entry into the union. All facts are linked to over 1529 governmental or authoritative web pages.  

 

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Last Updated:  8/29/2015 AAH

Links checked 9/9/2016 AAH

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