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.
View of the East Sea from Homigot Point in South Korea. The Japanese call the same body of water the Sea of Japan.
What's in a name
The name approved by the International Hydrographic Organization for this body of water is Japan Sea. Both S. and N. Korea see that name as a reminder of Japanese colonialism.
This map is widely used by the Japanese National Tourist Organization in its publications. Note the use of Sea of Japan.
The Republic of Korea uses East Sea on its maps, such as this one distributed by the National Geographic Information Service.
Koreans call it the East Sea
South Koreans have been advocating for East Sea since the 1990s. Presented in this book is the evidence that East Sea predates Sea of Japan. Oddly, a map calling it Corean Sea” appears on the cover.
The Japanese case
The Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs retaliated against Korea’s advocacy of East Sea by presenting the Japanese case for Sea of Japan in a book of its own.
Many publishers and some governments have compromised by using both East Sea and Sea of Japan. Source: ROK Drop
Korean War memorial in Philadelphia
The Korean War Memorial in Philadelphia puts Sea of Japan on top, but uses larger type for East Sea.
The U.S. State Department has used Sea of Japan in its publications and recently reaffirmed its commitment to that name. This map was captured from the State Department website in 2004.
Hands of Harmony
South Korea has used the arts to reinforce its connection to the East Sea. On the country’s eastern-most point in Pohang are the Hands of Harmony. The right hand arises from the sea.
Hands of Harmony
The left hand rises from the land. They symbolize the harmonious relationship between Korea and the East Sea. Both are visible here at Sunrise Plaza in Homigot.
East Sea in public art
Additional public art, such as this version of the sun rising over the East Sea, is used to draw attention to the sea and make it part of Korean culture.
Korean peninsula as tiger
The Korean Peninsula is symbolized here in the shape of a tiger. Homigot point is the tiger’s tail. To the east of the tiger is a picture of the East Sea at sunrise.
2004 Korean stamps featuring Dodko islets
Located in the East Sea/Sea of Japan are the islets of Dokdo (Korean) or Takeshima (Japanese). With these 2004 postage stamps, the Rep. of Korea tried to affirm its claim to these solitary islands.
1954 Korean stamps featuring Dodko islets
The last time the Rep. of Korea issued a postage stamp featuring Dokdo (then transliterated Tokto) was 1954, shortly after the U.S. backed Japanese ownership of the islets.
Satellite image of East Sea/Sea of Japan coasts at night
Examine the distribution of settlement along the sea’s coastline using this nighttime satellite image from NASA.
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.