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Geography 621 Links

A few useful Global Issues Links …  I’ll be constantly adding to this list, so check back often!!   If any links don’t work, let me know … it’s difficult to keep up with all the changes out there on the Web!
Click here to launch a collection of websites, organized by chapter in the textbook, which elaborates upon some key ideas in each chapter of the text.  We may look at some of these in class …

Other sites of interest:

Pilot Guides/Globe Trekker Episodes — find summaries of each “Friday trip” here.

CBC News Online

BBC News Online

The World Factbook — quick access to facts and demographics about any world country.

New Internationalist Online — a wealth of information about many global issues; includes a searchable index.  Click on “Magazine” once inside to access the current issue.  An excellent resource and definitely worth a look!!

World Atlas — a great site to help with all those maps we’ll do this semester … !

Good-quality physical and political maps are available at and at

A Developing World — created by Canadian Geographic, an interactive map with basic demographic information

Where are you on the political spectrum?  Take this quiz to find out!!

Political Cartoons — political cartoons (American site), with links to many other international cartoonists.

Canadian political cartoon websites:  Mapleleafweb, Graeme MacKay

Water Usage Calculator — so how much water does your household use?  Find out here!

Dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench at

Earth at Night — click on “View Larger,” then you can zoom in, pan around the map, etc.  Literally worth a thousand words!  Needed for Assignment #1 in Geography 621.  If it won’t open, simply go to Google Images and search for “earth at night,” setting the results to display only LARGE images.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites — information and images for the almost 900 World Heritage Sites … some close to home, some we visit on our “Friday trips.” — a wealth of information here on a huge variety of topics; updated constantly.

If you need help with maps, try … there are some amazing online games and quizzes here that may help you to prepare for those quizzes in class.  I’ll demonstrate one or two of them before the first quiz.  More games are available at

Here’s a link to further information about the video World in the Balance we’ll watch around midterm.

Three Cups of Tea — an amazing book about an amazing experience.  Find out more here.

Some background information on Addicted to Plastic, another movie we’ll watch this semester.

An interesting map of the world, showing how countries compare re: population …

For demographic data on any country, try the US Census Bureau’s IDB.

This is interesting … watch the world change … live … at

A “blast from the past” … learn about the Dinofish.

A documentary on the Black Death … first part.  Follow the links to the remaining parts.

A few websites of NGOs, conservation groups, and others:

Inside Chernobyl:  a photo essay of a nuclear disaster

Mega-Dams (other than Three Gorges): a couple of starting points …

Take challenges, see the impact, and team with others to save energy and prevent climate change at

A couple of migration-related websites:

Read about British cities during the Industrial Revolution here.

Nutrition:  Here are a couple of different charts that outline sources of different vitamins and minerals, and what illnesses and problems result from deficiencies …    Chart #1 Chart #2

UN Millennium Goals can be found here … click on the goals along the right-hand side of the page

The lowly algae as an energy source?  Click here to learn more about “Oilgae.”

Want to learn a bit more about bottled water, plastic and other “stuff”?  Check out!

For more information about sunscreens/cosmetics and their sometimes controversial contents, visit the Cosmetics Database.

Population Pyramids:  Canada and Provinces Wikipedia US Census Bureau (many good examples)

Microcredit and microfinance: visit the Grameen Bank website

A documentary on “Blood Coltan” (this is the first part; following parts listed to the right on YouTube page)

“Blood in the Mobile,” a 2010 Danish documentary about the cassiterite industry in the DRC; here’s a review

Underwater sculpture with a purpose and a message: – thousands of documentaries on a huge variety of subjects

The “$100 laptop” and