Photo and Map Collections for World Geography
(Note: When you search for a photo in the search engine at the top of the page, the options appear at the bottom of this page. Suggestion: try search for ”qanat.”)
We are building a collection of annotated photos and Esri “story maps.” In 2016, we are again soliciting annotated slide shows and story maps, especially those that can be related to specific SOLs. Authors will receive a small stipend upon acceptance of their work. See guidelines below.
World Regional Maps
Excellent sets of maps by Georgeanne Hribar have been developed using ArcGIS. Maps for World Geography, Human Geography Geoinquiries, and World History can be accessed at http://vga.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html
The following maps were prepared for classroom use by Dr. Andrew Foy, Department of Geoscience, Radford University. Below is are first drafts of color maps of several world regions. They all appear as pdfs. Regional composition is in agreement with Virginia World Geography 2008 SOLs.
Australia and the Pacific Islands
Mexico and Central America
Note: Other world regional maps can found on the World History I pages.
These are best viewed in the most recent version of your browser. To eliminate caption from the image, click the down arrow. to save photo for use in PowerPoints, right click and select “save image as.” A full resolution jpeg will download.
Taiwan by Don Zeigler, Old Dominion University.
South Africa by Penny Anderson, Spotsylvania County Schools.
Germany, by Barbara Crain, Northern Virginia Community College.
Slide collections for world regional geography now exist for Belarus, East Sea/Sea of Japan name controversy, Ecuador, Israel, Morocco, Moscow and Saint Petersburg (Russia), and Peru. Each appears as a separate “album,” available in the box below. You may view them as a slideshow or as a set of thumbnails, which can be enlarged by clicking on the photo. When descriptions are present, they can be seen in the slideshow version.
A separate collection, Aerial Views of Earth, contains photos from several parts of the world, including Virginia.
The open air market held on Thursdays in Saquisili caters to the needs of local inhabitants, who buy and sell there.
Bringing goods to market
Farmers from the surrounding countryside bring their products to markets by truck and bus. In the bed of this pickup are live chickens and guinea pigs, leeks, and sacks that probably hold potatoes.
Saquisili smalll livestock market
Each commodity has its own section in the market. Guinea pigs and rabbits were for sale here.
White potatoes come in many varieties, attuned to varying elevations, soils, and microclimates.
In addition to potatoes, other native as well as European crops are grown and sold at market. The long yellow tuber in front of the carrots is oca (Oxalis tuberosa); the lighter tubers in front of them are a different variety. The small yellow tubers behind the carrots are papa lisa or melloco (Ullucus tuberosa).
Oca is prepared in soups and stews.
Large animal market: pigs
The variety of colors speak to genetic diversity in these land race pigs. Pigs were introduced to South America by the Spanish.
Large animal market:llamas
Llamas for sale. These animals, domesticated in the Andes, are used primarily as pack animals. Behind the sheep in the background is an alpaca, another native Andean domesticate. Alpacas, like sheep, provide wool and meat.
large animal market: cattle
Dairy cattle are a European import. Oxen are still used in many rural areas for ploughing fields.
The fish market
Since pre-Incan times trade routes to the Pacific allowed Andean people to obtain fish, brought to them by llama pack trains.
Tailors set up their sewing machines at markets to mend cloths.
A small part of the Saquisili market is reserved for tourists. The tapestries are hand woven by Otavelenos, who distribute their wall hangings and rugs to markets throughout the country. Otavelenos are a very enterprising and prosperous indigenous group from the area around the city of Otavelo, north of Quito. The Otavelo market serves tourists more than it does local people, in contrast to Saquisili.
Folks head home at the end of market day.
Future Slide Collections: Guidelines
We are looking for annotated photos to become part of online collections of slides useful to teachers of world geography. Photos dealing with Virginia or relevant to AP Human Geography are also welcome.
If you wish to submit photos, at a minimum please identify the location of the set of photos and write a caption for each photo. Accompanying information on geographic significance is always welcome. It may prove helpful in the future if you also categorize your photos as to physical geography, cultural geography, economic geography, political geography, and so forth, and provide keywords. Keep in mind the teacher/user and think about the type of information you would want if you were to use someone else’s photos. Slideshows will likely be organized according to world region and, if possible, SOL.
Remember that accompanying maps can also be useful!
Maximum size of the largest dimension (length or width depending upon orientation) is 1024 pixels. We can make necessary adjustments if you do not have the means to do so yourself. Photos should be of sufficient resolution to be used on the web (72 dpi) and/or in PowerPoints. Recommended PowerPoint size is 768 x 512 pixels. The site cannot not accommodate files greater than 12 mb.
Plan to send individual jpegs of photos, numbered in sequence. Captions keyed to the photos should be placed in a WORD document so that they may be copied and pasted into a photo album. It would be most helpful if the photo caption also indicates the relevant SOL. (See the South Africa slideshow above as an example of best practices.)
Please send questions or submissions to Penny Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.