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.
Adams Memorial Plaque
This memorial shield informs us that John Quincy Adams, the first ambassador of the USA to Russia, resided in that building.
One of many palaces of Saint Petersburg (at the corner of Nevsky Prospekt and Fontanka Quay)
Catherine the Great
A monument to the famous Russian tsarina, Catherine II.
Coffee House on Vasyliyevsky Island
A monument to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a Russian writer.
Fontanka Quay (The Fontanka River is the most prominent tributary of Neva River within Saint Petersburg)
The Hermitage museum, a former Winter Palace, residency of Russian tsars, and the Alexander Column in front of it amidst the Palace Square.
Inside the major Saint Petersburg synagogue soon after its renovation.
Kazan Cathedral; ironically, during the Soviet period this building was a museum of religion and atheism.
KFC restaurant on Nevsky Prospekt, the main street of Saint Petersburg
Kryukov Canal is one many canals in Saint Petersburg.
The McDonald’s on Vassylievsky Island in Saint Petersburg
Moika Quay, on the second-most important tributary of the Neva River inside Saint Petersburg.
A broad expanse of Neva across from Saint Isaac’s Cathedral.
Tsar Nicholas I
A monument to Nicholas I, Russian tsar.
One of many palaces in Saint Petersburg. Apparently now the headquarters of the Russian Navy
A monument to Alexander Pushkin, the most famous Russian poet.
The street bearing the name of Carlo Rossi, an Italian architect, who designed all the buildings on that street.
Spas Na Krovi Church
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. The Russian tsar, Alexander II, was assassinated at the place (in March 1881) where this church was subsequently erected to commemorate that assassination.
St Isaac’s Cathedral
This is one of the most prominent Orthodox churches of Saint Petersburg and indeed of Russia as a whole.
Tania Savitcheva plaque
In this ground floor apartment the Savitchev family used to live. During the siege of the city (known as Leningrad’s siege) in 1941-43, 750,000 residents of SPb died from starvation. Tania Savitcheva was a 12-yearold girl who conducted a diary. She documented when her grandmother and then mother died. The last entry in this diary says “Only Tania remained.” The page from the diary with this entry is cast in bronze and is visible on that picture.
Saint Nicholaw and Epiphany Cathedral
Vladimirskaya Orthodox Church
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.