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Earth Day

Have you ever thought of the landscape around you as a primary source? Learn how to read your environment to learn about the past with resources created by an environmental historian. FIND OUT MORE »

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Map, A Map Exhibiting all the New Discoveries..., Aaron Arrowsmith, 1795, UVA

Explore cartography and the exploration of the North American continent. [...] »

Photo, Mare Island Cranes, July 5, 2007, cosmic tito, Flickr

Explore a wide range of Californian geological survey maps, dating from 1895 to [...] »

Photo, Yosemite Wilderness & Koip Crest, August 26, 2010, chucklepix, Flickr

Beautiful scenery or impassable peaks? These 17 in-depth essays analyze how the [...] »

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sample screen shot of a map of the US eastern seaboard

Discover a whole new world of mapping and geography with Google Maps! [...] »

Print, Let them grow, 1938, Stanley Thomas Clough, WPA, Library of Congress

Earth Day gives students a chance to consider how human relationships with the [...] »

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Photo, Sea Lion performance, c.1971-1982, http://www.floridamemory.com/

How did explorers describe the plants and animals they discovered in America? [...] »

Photo, 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Poster Art Contest, SodexoUSA

The cherry trees in Washington, DC were a gift from Japan. What does their [...] »

Map, Captain John Smith's Map of Virginia, 1612

A map can tell you more than east, west, north, and south. [...] »

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