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This portal provides links to United States Geological Survey (USGS) partner sites where users can locate a variety of maps and imagery. Items include digital products such as orthophoto quadrangles (DOQ), digital raster graphics (DRG), elevation models (DEM), and digital line graphics (DLG). There are also links to interactive map applications, "flyovers", and art-quality reproductions of maps and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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This collection of images, published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) division, records events of historic significance, beautiful sights or images that stir the imagination. The collection is searchable by keyword. There are also themed collections, such as 'Earth as Art', and collections of state images from Landsat 7 and the National Elevation ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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This virtual tour features three-dimensional images from the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) collection. It introduces visitors to the geology and landforms of Pinnacles National Monument in California, the location of a belt of Tertiary volcanic rocks (tuff, breccia, and ash of rhyolite, dacite, and andesite composition). The location of the Pinnacles volcanic area near the San Andreas Fault ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Field trip - virtual
Subject: Physical geography, Geology
 
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These maps can be used as reference materials or as base maps for the addition of content as needed. There are a variety of maps of North America, the United States, and of each state. They are available in a number of color and labeling schemes: colored or uncolored; unlabeled or labeled with states, capitals, rivers, and lakes. State maps are listed alphabetically, and are available with county ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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This site provides a reproduction of a map first produced in 1784. It was the first map of the United States produced by an American cartographer. It shows the locations and boundaries of the original thirteen states, allowing comparisons of boundaries, areas, and populations with present-day states. The reverse side has a series of fourteen maps portraying the nation's territorial growth over the ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Map
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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This site contains maps published in the 1970 edition of the National Atlas of the United States of America. The maps are sorted into three categories: maps available online, reprints and updates of thematic maps, and reprints and updates of reference maps. Although the 1970 edition of the National Atlas of the United States of America, published by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), is out ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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This collection of lesson plans and activities allows students to investigate Earth, its processes, and its inhabitants. These resources provide ideas for integrating topographic maps into geography, science, environmental studies, history, and mathematics curricula. Included are 'map mysteries', which use topographic and thematic maps as starting points to uncover mysteries about the cultural and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography, Physical geography
 
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This resource provides a brief overview of the upcoming International Polar Year (IPY) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) initiatives and resources that help support the observance. Topics include a history of IPY (this will be the third IPY) and the role of the USGS in polar research. The education section provides links to USGS resources on glaciation, the North and South Pole, Alaska, climate ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Atmospheric science, Cryology, Physical geography, Geology
 
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This map, produced by the United States Geological Survey, the Geological Survey of Canada and the Mexican Consejo Recursos de Minerales, combines geology and topography of the North American continent. The map, woven from a geologic map and a shaded relief image, reveals the geologic history of North America through the interrelation of rock type, topography and time to highlight regional surface ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, In-situ dataset
Subject: Physical geography, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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The Lewis and Clark Expedition was the first of many government surveys of natural resources in the American West, a task taken over in later years by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The discussion includes the early surveys of the West (by King, Powell, Hayden, and Wheeler) and their relation to the USGS mission. There is also a page devoted to scientific discoveries made by Lewis and ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan, Government portal
Subject: Physical geography, Geology, History and philosophy of science
 
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