Maps & Travel
Biodiversity Hotspots Map. By Conservation International (own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
Topics on This Page
The recommended websites below are a good starting point for your research.
We welcome suggestions for updates or new resources. Please contact us by email.
Facts by Location
- CIA World Factbook -- Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, and geography of world locations.
- Earth Trends -- Environmental information around the world.
- Index Mundi -- Contains detailed country information from multiple sources.
- National Geographic Travel -- Facts, cultural information, maps, and images of various travel destinations.
- U.S. State Department Background Notes -- Facts about independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereighty.
Biodiversity & Distribution Maps
- Biodiversity Hotspots -- Hotspot maps, species, threats, projects, and sources; from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund.
- Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) -- Local and national invasive species distribution maps for plants, insects, diseases, and wildlife; from the University of Georgia's Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
- Earth Explorer -- Coordinate mapping through latitude and longitude data sets; from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
- Red List of Threatened Species -- Search by species name to find animal distribution maps; from the IUCN.
- Wild Finder -- Distribution maps for 30,000 species; from the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF).
- WRI Maps & Data -- Maps, charts, data sets, and infographics of earth's biodiversity and protected areas; from the World Resource Insititute (WRI)
World, National, and Historical Maps
- Google Earth -- Satellite maps with desktop, web, and mobile options.
- National Geographic Maps -- Interactive atlases and maps.
- The World Fact Book -- Regional and world maps; from the CIA.
- World, National, & Historical Maps -- Extensive online map collection; from the University of Texas Libraries.
- WorldAtlas.com -- Atlases and maps by continent/country/city; populations; flags; economics; travel; currency conversion; environment; world facts.
Travel Information & Tools
- Financial Information -- Major world currencies and market information from Bloomberg.
- Currency Exchange Rates -- Global exchange rate information.
- Embassy Worldwide -- Embassy and consulate directory and links.
- International Travel Information -- Country specific travel information and travel alerts from the U.S. Department of State.
- Traveler's Health -- Centers for Disease Control travel information relating to health topics.
- Transportation Security Administration -- Information from TSA concerning airplane travel.
- U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs -- Information on international travel, passports, visas, etc.
- World Health Organization -- Health information for world travelers.