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...

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