Geography Research Web Sites
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General Reference - a good starting point!
Geography Education
GIS and Computer Mapping
Human Geography
Maps on the Web
Nebraska Links, Including Wayne
Political Geography, Nations and Countries
Professional Geography Associations
Sports Geography
Travel and Tourism

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Top of Page   Environment

Environmental News Network claims that it is your link to environmental education and awareness.

United States Geological Survey provides reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

The Groundwater Foundation uses everything from publications to educational festivals to teach people about threats to drinking water.

WorldClimate gathers in one place a worldwide range of climate data in an easy-to-use form for schools, families, travelers and others interested in the general historical weather patterns around their area and around the world.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is on a mission to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water, and land — upon which life depends.

The Nature Conservancy pursues a mission of preserving plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Top of Page   General Reference

GeoSource is a link clearinghouse to web resources for human geography, physical geography, planning,geoscience and environmental science. allows the user to search for terms in an encyclopedia, dictionary and thesaurus. has magazines, books and the complete Encyclopedia Britannica.

Journal and Periodical Indexes for article and book searches at WSC's Conn Library.  E-links include EBSCO and First Search.

Lexis-Nexis is one of the best sources for news articles or reference searches.

College or University Homepages can be accessed via this easy-to-use search engine at MIT.

World Time Zone Map provides a great Java-based colorful time zone map that provides the current time around the world in each of the time zones. Scroll down to use the site's pull-down menu below the map for detailed time zone maps of the US, Europe, Russia, and more.

Top of Page   Geography Education

Geography Resources at Research Central is a clearinghouse for numerous links in Geography and related fields, particularly Geographic Education.

Lesson Plans and Educational Activities from the Geography Guide.  Numerous links to excellent sources of teaching materials and ideas. Geography Page is a fabulous source of GeoInformation and also contains many other GeoLinks.

Internet Resources for Geographers is maintained by the Geography Department, University of Colorado.

Yahoo: Science: Geography is a general starting point containing a list of Geography links.

JetPunk offers a fabulous set of Geography Quizzes to help you learn cities, states, and countries.  Amazing fun!

Geography Classroom offers tips for geography instructors from a veteran high school geography instructor.

Studying Geography and Geographic Education: where students and teachers can link to some of the latest resources available for teaching geography.

Resources for Earth Science and Geography Instruction organized around topics taught in physical geography, environmental science, and earth science.

Top of Page   Geographic Information Systems and Computer Mapping is an Internet site with a wealth of information regarding Geographic Information Systems.

Thesaurus of Geographic Names contains nearly 1 million place names and can help you with locations.

Want to check out the growth of job opportunities in GIS, apply for a job, or just submit your resume?
               Try or the GIS Jobs Clearinghouse.

Top of Page   Human Geography

Religions of the World are profiled at Religious

Population Pyramids creates a graph that shows the distribution of population by age and sex for a country.

Top of Page   Maps on the Web

World Atlas Online at includes maps and information for countries and states around the globe.

Outline and Blank Maps available here through web links set up at

Map Machine at National Geographic allows you to print out political/physical maps of regions or countries.

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas provides links to maps available on the web.

Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa is intended to be a guide to some of the map resources available via the World Wide Web.

Historic World Maps at is a good place to search for online historic/old maps from around the world.

National Geographic Xpeditions provides nearly 600 printable state, province, country, or continent maps at your fingertips.  Crisp and clear, these page-size maps were designed for printing and copying.  Follow the How to Print directions carefully to get great base maps for your term papers and/or projects!

MSN Maps & Directions furnishes maps, driving directions and distances to help you plan your next trip.

MapQuest provides up-to-date online road maps and driving directions.

Maporama is the first European operator to offer maps and itineraries all over Europe, the USA, and Canada.

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency provides timely, relevant, and accurate imagery, imagery intelligence, and geospatial information in support of national security objectives.  Replaces the old NIMA (National Imagery and Mapping Agency) and DMA (Defense Mapping Agency).

How far is it?  This service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them (as the crow flies).  It also provides a map showing the two places, using the Xerox PARC Map Server.

Top of Page   Nebraska Links

Nebraska Online is the official website of the State of Nebraska.  Start your search for Nebraska info here!

Nebraska Division of Travel and Tourism. Information about Nebraska's history, people, culture and natural resources.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commision.  Information about Nebraska's park and outdoor recreation resources.

The Nebraska Unicameral -- official website.  Outline maps of Nebraska's legislative districts, too.

Virtual Nebraska is the gateway to Nebraska satellite, space shuttle, and aircraft imagery.

Nebraska Natural Resources Commission is dedicated to the long-term management of land and water.

Westward to Nebraska welcomes you!  History, wildlife, museums, travel info and more.

Weather conditions in Wayne, Nebraska right now?  Click here!

The City of Wayne's Webpage is worth a look at

Top of Page   Newspapers

International Herald Tribune is a great source for world news and is searchable by country.

Newspapers of the World offers access to world newspaper sites, reporting on what's new and fresh. gives you access to 1000s of newspapers world wide.

The Omaha World-Herald Online can be searched for articles appearing during the past three weeks. World News provides plenty of information on a regional and country basis. is a fantastic meta-page research site with information on newspapers, zip codes, almanacs, reference books, switchboards, encyclopedias, quotations and much more (new sites added daily).

The Washington Post Online can be searched by section, including World News.

The New York Times is the "paper of record" and provides free access after a simple registration.

Top of Page   Political Geography, Nations and Countries provides maps, country profiles, statistical information and more!

The United Nations web site contains information about its member states.

Population Reference Bureau has the most up-to-date demographic data and estimates for all the countries and regions of the world.

Background Notes from the U.S. State Department provide information on geographic entities and international organizations and are updated periodically.

Foreign Policy in Focus is an excellent guide to US global policy and foreign affairs.

World Atlas: Maps and Geography of the World at is an online World Atlas including maps and geographical information about any country or state.

United States Census Bureau is a good source of information on population and demography.

Central Intelligence Agency contains information on countries in its World Factbook.

International Conflicts at provides information on current wars and global flash points.

Library of Congress Country Studies/Area Handbook Series provides 100 full-length online texts with the most detailed and informative resources for countries available online. Some of the information is a bit old so check the publication date. contains National Anthems, Flags, Maps, History, Economics, Defense, Weather, and News about the Nations of the World.

The U.S. Department of State is the lead institution for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and American diplomacy.  This site provides country and regional information from around the world.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a defensive alliance of states, including the U.S.  Lots of links here.

The European Union website contains information on the economic alliance of European countries.

State Department Travel Warnings can keep you abreast of travel warnings and consular information. provides background information in the fields of defense, space, intelligence, WMD, and homeland security.

Top of Page     Professional Geography Associations

The Association of American Geographers is a professional scientific and educational society of 7,000 members.

Professor Bertolas served 10 years as the Secretary/Treasurer/Newsletter Editor of the AAG's
Environmental Perception and Behavioral Geography Specialty Group.

The National Council for Geographic Education works to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching.

The Geographic Educators of Nebraska, affiliated with the National Geographic Society, is a grassroots promoter of more and better K-12 geography education in all Nebraska classrooms.

The Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies often features GEON (above) presentations at their annual conference.

Top of Page   Recreation

U.S. National Park Service will help you visit and learn about your public lands. provides great maps and good background material on the US National Wilderness Preservation System.

Natural Resources Research Information Pages are intended to serve as an Internet resource guide for outdoor recreation students, researchers and practitioners.

The Great Outdoor Recreation Pages specializes in outdoor and active travel themes.

Top of Page   Sports Geography

NCAA Sports is the official web site of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. reports on, and markets items related to Negro League Baseball.

College Nicknames provide insight into regional geography, culture and character.  Here is a very good list.

The Sports Tourism International Council seeks to establish a professional association for sports tourism, to foster research on sports tourism, and to interlink tourism and sport organizations into a sports tourism industry.

Entertainment and Sports Geography at has several good resources on these topics. is a labor of love put together by two guys named Munsey and Suppes.  It gives well-referenced data and details on major sports arenas (mostly U.S. but also some around the world).  May be re-tooling Spring 2001.

Top of Page   Travel and Tourism

World Tourism Organization serves as a global forum for tourism policy and issues.  Great stats!

The World Travel & Tourism Council is the Global Business Leaders' Forum for Travel & Tourism.  They help governments realize the full economic impact of the world's largest generator of wealth and jobs.

The Great Outdoor Recreation Page is somewhat commercialized, but can feature interesting articles on different world-class destinations and outdoor recreational activities.

Green Globe is a worldwide environmental management/awareness program for the Travel & Tourism industry.

The Travel Industry Association of America is a non-profit association that serves to unify all components of the U.S. travel industry, the third largest retail industry and one of the largest employers in the nation.

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