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Maps: Physical and Topographic

These sites feature physical and topographical maps to help students find natural and man-made features. Includes interactive maps, images, games, and a lesson plan. There are links to eThemes resources on political maps and how to use maps.


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Learn what topography is and how topographical features of the landscape are represented on the maps. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This image of the Mountain Cook National Park is an example of a topographical map.
Explore links on this page to access topographic maps of a number of areas of the world.
Use this interactive tool to view various locations on the planet. Select the "Terrain" view for topographic representation of the locations.
Play these online games to practice reading topographical maps.
This is a large (4.5 MB) PDF world map.
This page has two world physical maps: one - with country boundaries and another - with latitude and longitude graticules. Click on links to enlarge the maps. NOTE: The site includes popup and banner ads.
Select a country from a drop-down menu and view the country's physical map. Click a link with the name of the country to read facts and access a political map of the area. NOTE: The site includes popup and banner ads.
Here is a geophysical map of the United States. Use zoom in the small window on the right to view details on the main map. Select any continents in the menu on the left and choose between geopolitical and geophysical maps for the display. NOTE: The site includes popup and banner ads.
Find out what natural characteristics are not present on each continent. This is more interesting facts, no pictures. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Read through the Geography Hall of Fame to learn about interesting places on the planet. No pictures in this site. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Explore elevation of the Martian world.
Investigate the surface of the Moon. Use the "elevation" view on the map to learn more about the Moon's surface.
This lesson plan is designed to help third-fifth graders to learn how to read physical and geological maps. NOTE: The site includes several broken links.
This eThemes resource is a collection of maps that represent political boundaries, major cities, transportation routes, etc. Maps of the world, continents, countries, states, and regions. Some are downloadable and can be modified using graphics editors. Includes images of the maps, printouts, quizzes, and online games.
These sites cover various maps skills and vocabulary words related to using maps. Compare and contrast different maps. Includes in class activities and online games and quizzes.

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