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Geography

About.com: Geography
geography.about.com
About.com is a site that uses topical advisors or "Guides" to offer actionable information considered to be useful, practical or relevant for users with an interest in the topic. The site notes that the Guide selection process is rigorous - only 10% that apply are chosen for the website. This link will connect you to the Geography page of the website.
Flags of the World
www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags
Flags of the World (FOTW) is the Internet's largest site devoted to vexillology (the study of flags). Here you can read more than 27,000 pages about flags and view more than 50,000 images of flags.
Florida Quick Facts
quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12000.html
The U.S. Census Bureau offers a wealth of demographic information based upon the latest Census (2000). The Quick Facts site offers you tables showing frequently requested date items (Population characteristics, along with some basic Business and Geography facts, for example), from various Census Bureau programs. This links features information specifically for Florida, but can also be modified to generate information for counties and cities.
World Factbook
www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/
The World Factbook is no longer available in a print edition. The CIA has made a decision to focus Factbook resources exclusively on the World Wide Web online edition, which is updated with new material every two weeks. Please look for the newly redesigned Factbook website coming in spring 2009. This site provides detailed information about each country listed. Information categories include Geography, People, Government, Economy and Issues, among others. The site is updated periodically throughout the year.

Maps

All the Worlds Maps
www.embassyworld.com/maps/maps.html
Embassy World site designed to provide a comprehensive list of contact resources for all of the world's diplomatic offices. One of its additional services is to offer its users a detailed Map Directory organized by country name. City maps are also available for those countries listed.
American Memory from the Library of Congress
lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?category=Maps
The Library of Congress offers users access to its extensive online Map Collection. The collection consists of eight separate map groups, each with an overview and description of the scope of its collection. Links to the main Map page which lists these 8 groups.
Color Landform Atlas of the U.S.
fermi.jhuapl.edu/states/states.html
This site is organized by US State abbreviations. Each state link brings up a menu of links to maps and other online information about the state. There are two main types of links on each state page: maps and images local to this site, and links to external web sites..
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
www.davidrumsey.com
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 11,000 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, children's and manuscript maps. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history.
Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
nhd.usgs.gov/gnis.html
Information about physical and cultural geographic features in the United States and associated areas, both current and historical (not including roads and highways). The database holds the Federally recognized name of each feature and defines the location of the feature by state, county, USGS topographic map, and geographic coordinates.
Historical Charts
NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey also has a Historical Map and Chart Collection available online, with images which are free to download. The collection covers the land and waters of the United States of America, including territories and possessions (past and present).
Broer Online Historical Maps
www.broermapsonline.org
Thousands of historic maps from around the world. Also present are foreign language atlases from around the world and road atlases from many eras,along with tools to help find historic maps.
JAXGIS - Geographical Information System
maps.coj.net/jaxgis
A new feature offered by the City of Jacksonville. Maps generated using the City of Jacksonville's Geographic Information System contain public information from various departments and agencies within the City of Jacksonville. This link takes you directly to the JAXGIS site which further describes the system's capabilities and how it could be used by the public.
Jacksonville Historical Maps
The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of maps as part of its American Memory Collection. The two links below offer you a link to 2 Panoramic or Birdseye views of the Downtown Jacksonville, Riverside and Springfield areas as they were in 1876 and 1893 respectively. A zoom function will allow you to focus in on particular areas of each map if desired.
National Atlas of the United States
nationalatlas.gov/
Maps of America are what you'll find and make on nationalatlas.gov™. Maps of innovation and vision that illustrate our changing Nation. Maps that capture and depict the patterns, conditions, and trends of American life. Maps that supplement interesting articles. Maps that tell their own stories. Maps that cover all of the United States or just your area of interest. Maps that are accurate and reliable from more than 20 Federal organizations. Maps about America's people, heritage, and resources. Maps that will help you, your children, your colleagues, and your friends understand the United States and its place in the world.
Publication of Archival & Library Museum Materials (PALMM)
palmm2.fcla.edu/map/
World Map Collections are a cooperative project of several public and private universities of Florida and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to make digitized modern and antique maps available on the Web. The Florida and Caribbean collections are particularly strong, but Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East are also represented.
University of Florida: Florida Historical Map Collection
web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/pkyonge/fhmaps.html
The Florida Historical Map Collection is one of the special collections housed at The P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History at the University of Florida in Gainesville. It contains more than 2300 images of Florida dating from the early 1500s to 1926. This link will take you to the collection's main page which offers sample images of several maps online. A link to their database to search the collection is available, however it appears that not all of their extensive collection is available for review online.
WorldAtlas.com
www.graphicmaps.com/aatlas/world.html
Site offers information on countries, geography, maps and flags from all corners of the world.

Photographs & Images

American Memory from the Library of Congress
memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?format=Photograph
The Library of Congress offers users access to its extensive online Photo and Print Collection. The collection consists of sixty-two separate Photo groups, each covering a specific topic. Each also has an overview and description of the scope of its collection. This link will take you to the main Map page which lists these 62 groups in alphabetical order.
Florida State Archives: Florida Photographic Collection
www.floridamemory.com/PhotographicCollection
Florida. This collection contains more than 850,000 photographs, and approximately 2,500 movies and video tapes. Over 100,000 of the photographs have been scanned and placed on this website. Together, they form the most complete portrait of Florida available--one that draws its strength from family pictures, the homes of Floridians, their work, and their pastimes.
Jacksonville Public Library: Florida Collection Postcards
jpl.coj.net/dlc/florida/postcards.html
Jacksonville Public Library’s Florida Collection, located Downtown, houses an extensive collection of Jacksonville area and Florida Postcards. For preservation purposes and to ensure accessibility, the full collection has been made available for online review. this link will connect you to The Florida Collection's main Postcard page. These Postcards have been indexed and are group by Subject Headings under two main categories: Jacksonville Postcards and Florida Postcards.
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History
web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/pkyonge/picture.html
The University of Florida's P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History is in the process of placing its collection of photographs online. This link connects you to the collection's main page and notes which groups are currently available for online review.
Publication of Archival & Library Museum Materials (PALMM)
web.uflib.ufl.edu/digital/collections/FLAP
"Aerial photography Florida" is a collection of aerial photographs taken between 1930 and 2000. Literally, a portrait of the State, the collection will be comprised of hundreds of thousands of aerial photographs documenting the land use of Florida over time.