Geography and Sociology

World wide telescope

WorldWide Telescope (WWT) enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.
A web-based version of WorldWide Telescope is also now available. This version enables seamless, guided explorations of the universe from within a web browser on PC and Intel Mac OS X by using the power of Microsoft Silverlight 3.0.

Google Maps and Google Earth

NASA Oceanography
NASA’s orbiting ocean satellites gather data on a wide range of ocean characteristics. Here you’ll find details of missions and projects, educational resources, images, links to related sites, and an oceans quiz.

UK Fossils
The UK Fossils network covers a large number of locations that are suitable for fossil collecting, complete with what fossils you can find and features thousands of geological and fossil photos.

Planet Under Pressure
With humanity demanding more from the Earth than ever before, BBC News explores the planet’s most pressing environmental problems in a six-part series.

Tsunami: Magnitude of Terror
Discover the causes and effects of the massive tsunami triggered in December 2004 that claimed thousands of lives, and learn about the relief efforts created to help the afflicted countries.

Information and feature-packed site covering many destinations around the world.

All About Glaciers
Like great rivers of ice, glaciers have sculpted mountains and carved out valleys. Explore all aspects of glaciers including data and science, facts, a gallery and much more.

S-Cool Revision
GCSE, A Level and AS Level revision for a range of subjects, including Geography.

Brush up your mapping skills with the help of Ordnance Survey.

The Mysterious Life of Caves
Toxic caverns teeming with strange life forms spark a radical new theory of how caves take shape.

Savage Earth
Explains how volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis shape our ever-changing planet.

Rivers and Coasts
What happens when rivers meet the sea?

How Fast Are The World’s Rain Forests Being Cut Down?
IT and Geography exercise on creating and plotting deforestation areas on a map using Excel.

An easy to use database for viewing and comparing the latest statistical data for member states of the United Nations.

National Statistics
UK’s home of official statistics, reflecting Britain’s economy, population and society at national and local level.

Peakwave World Mountain Encyclopedia
The Web’s premier mountain resource where you can explore the mountain ranges of the world.

GCSE Bitesize – Geography
Revision exercises from the BBC.

Britain’s Rocky Past
Includes an interactive timeline where you can watch continental drift, experiments to try at home and ten virtual walks around Britain which trace the origins of the stones used to build towns and cities.

National Geographic Online Adventures
Superb documentaries covering wildlife, natural disasters, landscapes and geographic themes in a highly visual and entertaining way.

What is the Capital City of…?
A reference of every country’s capital city that also includes a few self-marking quizzes.

Dive and Discover
Dive thousands of metres to the bottom of the sea and explore towering underwater volcanoes, black smokers and the bizarre creatures that live there.

Global Eye News
Covers global development issues and developing countries through interactive features, workshops and projects.

The Internet Geographer
Excellent directory of sites covering different aspects of geography. The links are rated and the site is searchable too. Geography
Maps and geographical information for every country, state, continent and ocean.

The Greatest Places
Explore seven geographically diverse regions of the world in this stunning and informative site which offers an insight into the culture and customs of the different countries.

Find out how – and why – dams are built, and explore the impact a dam may have on a community.

360° Alaska
Pick your path through Alaska with panoramic views of vast landscapes and nature running wild.

An intensive look at the personalities, dangers, history, culture and lore surrounding the world’s highest mountain.

Rough Guides
Best-selling range of guide books now online, covering 10,000+ destinations.

Currency Converter
Useful site for automatically converting currencies online.

Map Quest
Generates detailed maps for most of the cities of the world which can be printed out.

Encyclopedia Britannica
The complete Encyclopedia Britannica, plus related magazines, books and links to the world’s best web sites.

How to Use a Compass
Kjetil Kjernsmo’s illustrated guide on how to travel safely in unfamiliar terrain in a variety of circumstances – using a compass alone, in conjunction with a map, in foggy conditions and even without a compass.

British Waterways
Discover the hidden world of Britain’s inland waterways – where you can find them, how they are managed and how you can get involved in their future conservation. The site includes interactive maps of 2000 miles of canals and navigable rivers throughout the UK.

Stats and maps of the most recent quakes worldwide.

The Sea Empress Oil Spill
Discover the environmental effects of one of the most serious oil pollution incidents in European history.

Information, maps and statistics on every country in the world.

What’s it like where you live?
Information on biomes around the world and freshwater and marine ecosystems.

Online map creation
Enter the co-ordinates and voila!

People and the Planet: Taming the Tourist
The effects of tourism on mountainous areas.

Glaciers of the World
Satellite image atlas of glaciers of the world from USGS.

Volcano World
The Web’s premier source of volcano information.

Find an address or post code area in the UK.

Enter the name of a city, town or village to display a map of that area.


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