The National Geographic Society’s newly redesigned “MapMachine” web site is a powerful resource for students and teachers that enables users to find and view nearly every place on Earth, with supplementary charts for population and climate. Users can browse antique maps or find country facts by browsing through the organization’s vast repository; tap the site’s database to locate places of interest in the news; examine areas of conflict in the Middle East and other global hot spots; and learn how to read many different kinds of maps, from topographical climate references to intimate, street-level guides marking major landmarks, environmentally protected areas, and other historically significant places around the world. For homework and research purposes, students and teachers can zoom in or out of particular areas of interest, measure the distance from one point to another based on scale, and save certain views for use in class projects and future consultation. A short glossary explains the different types of maps available on the site.

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