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World Continental Base Map (PDF)
World Regional Base Map (PDF)
Outline Maps of East Asia and Southeast Asia (PDF)
STANDARD 1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective
  • MapMachine [] World map in one color showing borders, major cities, rivers. Use the directional arrows and zoom bar on left for selecting area to see greater detail, or move the mouse over a selected area and click to zoom in or out. The closest zoom does not show more information, just greater scale. Best use is for overview of continents, seas, and country borders.
  • Got Maps?: Collection of Regional and Thematic Maps [Hofstra University] This site aims to provide a collection of high-quality maps to be used in the classroom. The following map of World Population Density (based on 1995 figures) will be most useful here:
World Population Density, 1995 (PDF)
Mount Fuji Flooding of the Mekong in Vietnam and Cambodia Korean Peninsula
  • Google Maps The homepage defaults to a map of North America; to get to Asia, click the left-arrow (at the top-left corner of the map) several times. Also, select "Satellite" at the top-right corner of the map to see a topographical map, and select "Hybrid" to see the topographical map overlaid with political boundaries.

  • The World Wide Panorama [University of California at Berkeley] This site's focus is VR panorama images from around the world and not geography or maps, but the Surf the Big Map feature provides an excellent interactive topographical map that viewers can navigate to find panoramic images from a specific geographical area.
STANDARD 2: How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context
  • Essay on Cultural Geography: "Mental Maps" [] A brief essay. The page also contains many links for map resources.

  • ArchAtlas [University of Sheffield] This project, begun at Oxford University in 2000 and now at the University of Sheffield's department of archaeology, uses GIS techniques—electronic cartography—to integrate information on archaeological sites, cultural entities, and contact routes. Utilizing satellite imagery, the site provides a visual summary of spatial processes such as the spread of farming, the formation of trade contacts, and the growth of urban systems. Although it is focused primarily on Europe and the Middle East, there is information and approaches that relate to East Asia.

  • Outline Maps of Asia [Houghton Mifflin Education Place] Printable outline maps, blank and labeled. All are PDF files.
Blank Outline Map of Asia (PDF)
  • Globalis [United Nations University] An interactive world atlas featuring several thematic maps highlighting the impact of human society on the world's ecosystems. The map below shows the projected impact of human society on the ecosystems of Asia by the year 2050. The darkest areas of the map show the most impact.
Human Impact Map of Asia, 2050
STANDARD 3: How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, & environments on earth's surface
  • 1996 Political Map of China with National and Provincial Borders [Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin] Map showing China's national borders, provincial borders, and neighboring countries with their borders.

  • 1995 Political Map of East and Southeast Asia [Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin] Map showing country borders, names, major cities, and rivers in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Topographical Maps of Asia [National Geographic] Maps of Asia, including a regional map and maps of China, Japan and Korea, Indochina, and Southeast Asia. The maps are in full color and are based on weather satellite images taken by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Maps of China Maps of Chinese cities, provinces and regions in the principal areas of China.
Map of China
  • All About China [] This website has several printable maps, map activities, and quizzes, in addition to other classroom resources on China.

  • Tourist Map of Japan [Japan National Tourist Organization] This easy-to-navigate map of Japan shows the eight major regions of Japan. Users can mouse over a region to get a list of cities, and click on a desired city to see a street map of the central district for that city.

  • Geography of Japan [Japan Digest] A succinct overview of Japan’s geography, covering the following topics: Japan in Spatial Terms; Physical Systems; Environment and Society; Places and Regions; Human Systems; and Uses of Geography.

  • Interactive Map-Making Tool [Online Map Creation] This website lets users fill out an online form to generate their own maps based on selected criteria. Users can choose to create one of six major projections (Mercator; Equidistant Cylindrical; Polar Stereographic; Lambert Azimuthal; Azimuthal Equidistant; Orthographic), plot coordinates, and add details such as national boundaries, rivers, and contour lines to show topographical and bathymetrical information.
  • TimeMap [Archaeological Computing Laboratory, University of Sydney] This page features some examples of animations created with TimeMap TMJava, a mapping applet that generates interactive and/or animated maps. Several of these sample animations portray aspects of China's historical geography; one sample is on Korean geography. TimeMap is a university-based research project, and the mapping software can be freely downloaded from this website.

  • Antique Maps of China Database [The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology] For advanced world geography and world history students. This database from the Special Collections of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology includes some 230 maps, charts, pictures, books, and atlases (mostly of East Asia and Southeast Asia) produced by European cartographers from the 16th to the 19th century. The earlier maps differ widely from 21st-century maps of China in their spatial layout, proportions, and spelling of place names. Overall, this collection illustrates the developing European knowledge of East and Southeast Asia in geographic terms, as well as the evolution of map-making technology.
Italian map of China, Korea and Japan, 1682
French map of China, Korea and Japan, 1762
  • Japanese Historical Maps [East Asian Library, University of California at Berkeley] This online collection features more than 1,100 images of maps made in Japan before contact with Western map-making and allows viewers to zoom in to tiny details on images that are more like exquisite, somewhat schematic, landscape paintings than what we traditionally think of as maps to see small towns, daimyo castles, rivers, forests, and more on these early 19th-century maps. There are also later maps which resemble copies, somewhat distorted, of Western maps, with longitude and latitude lines and Japanese labels.

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