The availability of satellite and aerial photos online has made it possible for the students of today to get an unprecedented view of their world with the assistance of the internet. You may have heard of sites like MapQuest.comand you might have even used them to find driving directions. Here's a list of other websites you might want to check out:
Google Maps & Yahoo Maps - Both of these sites were mentioned in a previous technology tip (#30) but they are great examples of what online mapping systems look like.
Google Earth - This dynamic mapping system requires you to download some free software. Google Earth was also mentioned in a previous technology tip (#31).
FlashEarth.com - If you are having trouble accessing or downloading any of the above resources try this link to a dynamic collection of satellite photos of the earth.
Microsoft Virtual Earth - Not to be outdone, Microsoft has produced what it calls the Virtual Earth. This site requires you to download some software to experience all of its features.
Still haven't had enough? As this technology continues to proliferate you will find more and more online maps becoming available. For example, here's a SCUBA DIVING AND SPEAR FISHING MAP OF AUSTRALIA that's power by Google Maps. There's definitely more to come from this technology.
Google Satellite View of the Grand Canyon embedded in a website:
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