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Geography of the Comox Valley

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Table of Contents
  1. Why Learn Geography   5. Building Skills
       Purpose, Human Geography, Physical Geography        General Knowledge, Map Reading, Compass, Navigation/Orienteering, GPS - GIS
  2. Our Communities   6. Fun Activities and Tasks
       Local Maps, Valley Maps, Special Purpose Maps        Fun, Downloads, Tasks
  3. Vancouver Island Resources   7. Videos and Beyond
       Vancouver Island Maps, Special Purpose Maps and Information        Videos, PowerPoints, News and Magazines
  4. Historic Maps and Sources   8. Miscellaneous Resources
       Historic Sources, Historic Maps        Doing Research, Tutorials, Misc., Translate, Careers
       
 

Teacher Summary

       

1. Why Learn Geography
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Back to Top What is Geography and Why Learn It?
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1. What is Geography? (John Gair, NIDES, SD71, Courtenay, BC, Canada)
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2. What is Geography and why study it? (Vancouver Island University, BC, Canada)
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3. What is Geography? (Association of American Geographers, USA)
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4. Geography 101 (about.com)
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5. Four traditions of Geography (about.com)
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6. Defining the five themes of Geography (mrdonn.org)
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7. The Five Themes of Geography (National Geographic Society, USA)
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8. Purposes - National Standards USA (educationoasis.com)
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9. Geography matters: 16 page pdf (gis.com)
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10. Geography basics - landforms and living patterns: 20 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
   
   
 
Back to Top Human and Cultural Geography
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1. What is Human Geography? (University of Alberta, Canada)
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2. How Geography defines a culture: 18 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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3. Population over time: animation ("World Regional Geography", W.H. Freeman Publishers, USA)
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4. Waterscape Gulf Islands: case study on water conservation (R.J.W. Turner and R.G. Franklin, Natural Resources Canada)
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5. Using maps to develop hypotheses (Association of American Geographers)
   
  Human Geography - Data Sources

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1. BC Stats - Home Page 5. Stats Canada - Home Page
2. BC Stats - Quick Fact About BC: 12 page pdf 6. Census Canada - about the census
3. BC Stats - Community Facts 7. 2001 Census Community Profiles
4. BC Stats Comox Valley Regional District: pdf  
   
   
 
Back to Top Physical Geography: What Is links
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1. Scope of Physical Geography (Michael Pidwirny, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Canada)
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2. Elements of Geography (Michael Pidwirny, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Canada)
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3. Physical Geography overview (Matt Rosenberg, about.com)
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4. Physical Geography (answers.com)
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5. Physical Geography (wikipedia.org)
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6. Physical Geography: 29 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
   
   
 
Back to Top Physical Geography Links Page under development. Comments and suggestions welcome.
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1. Geography4kids (Google Maps)
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2. Using maps to develop hypotheses (Association of American Geographers)
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3. Places & Spaces - Mapping Science (scimaps.org)
   
   
 
2. Our Communities
Back to Top Local Maps and Views
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1. Comox - as map or as satellite view or as terrain view (Google Maps)
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2. Town of Comox maps (Town of Comox)
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3. Courtenay - as map or as satellite view or as terrain view (Google Maps)
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4. City of Courtenay maps (City of Courtenay)
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5. Cumberland - as map or as satellite view or as terrain view (Google Maps)
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6. Denman Island - as map or as satellite view or as terrain view (Google Maps)
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7. Denman Island map (denmanisland.com)
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8. Hornby Island - as map or as satellite view or as terrain view (Google Maps)
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9. Hornby Island map (hornbyislad.com)
   
   
 
Back to Top Comox Valley Maps and Views
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1. Comox Valley: stay fit - things to do (discoverthecomoxvalley.com)
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2. Comox Valley - as map or as satellite view or as terrain view (Google Maps)
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3. Comox Valley - Visitor's Guide Map: pdf (discoverthecomoxvalley.com)
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4. Comox Valley Heritage Map (discoverthecomoxvalley.com)
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5. Comox Valley Transit System (busonline.ca)
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6. IslandLink - Vancouver Island buses (islandlinkbus.com)
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7. Comox Valley Regional District Map: pdf (Comox Valley Regional District)
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8. Old Comox Strathcona Regional District Map (BC Stats)
   
   
 
Back to Top Special Purpose Maps and Information
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1. Comox Harbour map (Comox Fisherman's Wharf)
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2. Comox Harbour chart (Comox Fisherman's Wharf)
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3. Comox nautical chart (Comox Fisherman's Wharf)
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4. Tides, currents, and water levels (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
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5. Mt. Washington Alpine Trails: pdf (mountwashington.ca)
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6. Mt. Washington Nordic Trails: pdf (mountwashington.ca)
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7. Mt. Washington Mountain Bike Trails: pdf (mountwashington.ca)
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8. Mt. Washington Hiking Trails: pdf (mountwashington.ca)
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9. Strathcona Park - Forbidden Plateau Hiking Trails: pdf (BC Parks, Government of BC)
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10. Strathcona Park - Forbidden Plateau Hiking Trails descriptions (BC Parks, Government of BC)
   
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11. Project Watershed: with links to 70 maps (projectwatershed.bc.ca)
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12. Electoral district - provincial election or rest of British Columbia (Elections BC)
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13. Electoral district - federal election (Elections Canada)
   
   
 
3. Vancouver Island Maps Resources
Back to Top Vancouver Island
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1. Vancouver Island (explorevancouverisland.com)
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2. Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast (hellobc.com)
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3. Vancouver Island map with distances (vancouverisland.travel)
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4. Vancouver Island map - black and white: pdf (travelbc.com)
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5. Vancouver Island map (croteaubeachbanb.com)
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6. Vancouver Island map: pdf (Village of Tahsis, BC, Canada)
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7. Vancouver Island map: pdf (travelbc.ca)
   
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8. Outline map of BC - with rivers and lakes (Natural Resources Canada)
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9. British Columbia relief map (Natural Resources Canada)
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10. British Columbia political map (Natural Resources Canada)
   
   
 
Back to Top Vancouver Island Special Maps and Views and Information
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1. BC Ferries - Vancouver Island routes (bcferries.com)
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2. BC Ferries - all routes (bcferries.com)
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3. Gulf Islands (vancouverisland.com)
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4. Highway and road conditions (drivebc.ca)
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5. Train route - Victoria to Courtenay (Via Rail Canada)
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6. Mountain bike trails on Vancouver Island (Via Rail Canada)
   
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7. Weather - local forecast (Weather Network, Canada)
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8. Weather - satellite images (Environment Canada)
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9. Weather - marine forecast (Environment Canada)
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10. Weather - radar view (Environment Canada)
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11. Weather - lightening detection (Environment Canada)
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12. Weather - aviation forecast (Environment Canada)
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13. "Costal dry belt" (R.J.W. Turner and R.G. Franklin, Natural Resources Canada)
   
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14. Maps of "Regions Within BC" (BC Stats)
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15. Tectonic Victoria (Natural Resources Canada)
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16. Lighthouses of British Columbia (mountwashington.ca)
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17. Geomorphology of Vancouver Island: go to pdf page 32 for links to maps (Government of BC)
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18. Geomorphology of Vancouver Island: 27 maps - without explanations, but with keys (Government of BC)
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19. Biogeoclimatic maps: very good band-width required - slow to load (Government of BC)
   
   
 
4. Historic Sources and Maps
Back to Top Historic Sources - Archieves and Museums
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1. Comox Archives and Museum (comoxmuseum.ca)
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2. Courtenay and District Museum (courtenaymuseum.ca)
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3. Cumberland Museum and Archives (cumberlandmuseum.ca)
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4. Museum at Campbell River (crmuseum.ca)
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5. Comox Air Force Museum (comoxairforcemuseum.ca)
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6. Nanaimo District Museum (nanaimomuseum.ca)
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7. Royal BC Museum (nanaimomuseum.ca)
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8. British Columbia Archives (Government of British Columbia)
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9. British Columbia Archives - cartographic records (Government of British Columbia)
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10. British Columbia Geographical Names (Government of British Columbia)
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11. Geographical Names of Canada (Natural Resources Canada)
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12. British Columbia Base Map Online Store (Government of British Columbia)
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13. Maps Archives (Atlas of Canada)
   
   
 
Back to Top Historic Maps
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1. Historical Indian Treaties: see Vancouver Island Treaties (Atlas of Canada)
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2. Treaty areas: Vancouver Island Treaty areas are at bottom of listings (Treasury Board of Canada)
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3. Vancouver Island Treaties - Douglas treaty map: pdf (Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group, BC, Canada)
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4. Coast Salish Territories (Map by Hillary Rudd, from Brian Thom's Coast Salish site)
   
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5. Oregon Boundary Dispute (wapedia.mobi)
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6. Competing maps in the Oregon Boundary Dispute (wapedia.mobi)
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7. Alaska Boundary Dispute (wapedia.mobi)
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8. Boundary map trouble - the "Pig War" (wikipedia.org)
   
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9. Early map of British Columbia in 1895 (University of Texas, USA)
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10. Early map of British Columbia in 1921 (University of Texas, USA)
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11. Map of Strathcona Park (BC Archives)
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12. Map of Vancouver Island 1849 (BC Archives)
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13. British Admiralty chart 1864 (BC Archives)
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14. Historic maps of British Columbia (University of Western Ontario)
   
   
 
5. Building Skills
Back to Top General Knowledge
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1. MapZone: go to MapAbility (ordnancesurvey.co.uk)
   
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2. Exploring maps - poster #1 and poster #2: pdfs (US Geological Survey, USA)
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3. A brief history of maps (Emporia State University, James S. Aber)
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4. Mapping History (British Library, UK)
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5. The truthfulness of maps (Terry G. Jordan, The Human Mosaic, W.H. Freeman Publishers, USA)
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6. Maps - types, symbols, terms: 18 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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7. Maps and globes: 48 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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8. Photos in Geography (BBC, UK)
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9. Graphing skills (BBC, UK)
   
   
 
Back to Top Making and Reading Maps
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1. Basic map skills (BBC, UK)
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2. Reading maps (tv411.org)
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3. Measuring distance: pdf (Ordnance Survey, UK)
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4. Relief and contour lines: pdf (Ordnance Survey, UK)
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5. What are contour lines (Natural Resources Canada)
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6. Map reading made easy: 8 page pdf (Ordnance Survey, UK)
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7. Map scale (Natural Resources Canada)
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8. Map symbols (Natural Resources Canada)
   
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9. Longitude and latitude (mrdowling.com)
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10. Latitude and Longitude (National Geographic Magazine)
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11. Basic Geography - Longitude and Latitude (socialstudiesforkids.com)
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12. Explaining Longitude and Latitude (University of Wisconsin)
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13. Latitude and Longitude (NASA: U.S. Government)
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14. View the Earth using latitude and longitude (Fourmilab, Switzerland)
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15. Play "Find your longitude" (NOVA at pbs.org, USA)
   
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16. From flat surface to globes - map projections (Denis J. Dean, Colorado State University, USA)
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17. Map projection overview (Peter H. Dana, Colorado State University, USA)
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18. Common map projections (Denis J. Dean, Colorado State University, USA)
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19. Coordinate systems overview (Peter H. Dana, Colorado State University, USA)
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20. Map projection: video (National Geographic Maps, USA)
   
   
 
Back to Top Using a Compass
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1. Compass directions - 16 point compass: Microsoft Word document (Ordnance Survey, UK)
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3. Relief and contour lines (Ordnance Survey, UK)
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4. Compass bearings (Ordnance Survey, UK)
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5. Map and compass basics (wildernessadventures.com)
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6 How to use a compass: PowerPoint (Wigan Scouts, UK)
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7. The history of the sextant (Lecture by Peter Ifland, University of Coimbra, Portugal)
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8. The astrolabe - a user's guide (Richard Covington, Saudi Aramco World)
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9. Tools of navigation (The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, Virginia, USA)
   
   
 
Back to Top Navigation, Orienteering and Geocaching Section under development. Comments and suggestions welcome.
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1. History of navigation (navis.gr, Greece)
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2. Introduction to Navigation: focus on Captain James Cook (BBC, UK)
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3. Navigation (encarta.msn.com)
   
   
  Orienteering Section under development. Comments and suggestions welcome.
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1. What is orienteering? (Orienteering Association of Hong Kong)
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2. About orienteering (Canadian Orienteering Federation)
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3. What is orienteering? (US Orienteering Federation, USA)
   
   
  Geocaching Section under development. Comments and suggestions welcome. 
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1. What is Geocaching? (US Geological Society)
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2. Geocaching in BC (bcgeocaching.com)
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3. Geocachers' Creed (geocreed.info)
   
   
 
Back to Top GPS - Global Positioning System
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1. What is a GPS? How does it work? (Library of Congress, USA)
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2. How GPS receivers work (howstuffworks.com)
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3. What is GPS? (trimble.com)
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4. Global Positioning System overview: pdf (Peter H. Dana, Colorado State University, USA)
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5. Having fun with GPS (monitoringtimes.com)
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6. Which is better GPS or Orienteering?: 10 minute video (pbskids.org)
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7. Satellites - our eyes in the skys: 10 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
   
   
  GIS - Geographic Information System
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1. What is GIS? (esricanada.com)
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2. What is GIS?: 2 minute video (esri.com)
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3. What is GIS? (gis.com)
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4. What is GIS? (US Geographical Survey)
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5. Geographic Information Systems overview (Kenneth E. Foote, Colorado State University, USA)
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6. GIS in your life: shockwave video (esri.com)
   
   
 
6. Fun Activities
Back to Top Fun
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1. Active Comox Valley - City walks: stay fit - things to do (discoverthecomoxvalley.com)
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2. Active Comox Valley - Nature walks: stay fit - things to do (discoverthecomoxvalley.com)
   
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3. Play GeoNet (Houghton Mifflin Publishers)
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4. Magic Map (mape.org.uk)
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5. MapZone: go to MapTivity (ordnancesurvey.co.uk)
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6. Food Force (United Nations Cyber School Bus)
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7. Earth's physical features (quia.com)
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8. Long and Lat map game (kidsgeo.com)
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9. Get lost compass game (NOVA pbs.org)
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10. Find the thieves - "Crack the code" (National Geographic Society, USA)
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11. Test your geography knowledge (lizardpoint.com)
   
   
 
Back to Top Downloads
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1. NASA World Wind (NASA, USA)
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2. Google Earth (google.com)
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3. Microsoft Virtual Earth (microsoft.com)
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4. MapMixer Beta (yahoo.com)
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5. Seterra 3- learn geography (Marianne Wartoft, Sweden)
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6. EarthNavigator 5.0b -via c/net
   
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7. Cmap: download Tools not Server (ihmc.us)
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8. Audacity (sourceforge.net)
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9. Google SketchUp 6 and video tutorials (Google)
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10. Photostory 3 (Microsoft)
   
   
 
Back to Top Tasks
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1. Classroom activities (Canadian Council for Geographic Education)
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2. Map analysis worksheet (Educational Staff, National Archives, USA)
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3. Five themes of Georaphy quiz (quia.com)
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4. Drake's Circumnavigation - requires Google Earth (activehistory.co.uk)
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5. Geography study pages (BBC, UK)
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6. Lessons by theme and general grade level (Atlas of Canada)
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7. Geography Challange - past questions Grades 4-6 and/or Grades 7 to 10 (Canadian Geographic Magazine)
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8. Graveyard of the Pacific (Maritime Museum of BC, Canada)
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9. Haida spirits of the sea (Virtual Museum of Canada)
   
   
 
7. Videos and Beyond
Back to Top Videos and Images
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1. National Geographic videos (video.nationalgeographic.com)
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2. CBC Digital Archives - "Environment" (CBC, Canada)
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3. Spinning Earth - in daylight (NASA, USA)
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4. The Geography of Canada: 23 minute video requires password (United Streaming)
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5. The Earth as Art (NASA, USA)
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6. Visible Earth - British Columbia: photos videos and animations some files are EXTREMELY large (NASA, USA)
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7. Canadian Landscapes: scroll to and select all in Cordilleran Zone (Geological Survey of Canada)
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8. The Daily Dozen: stunning daily photos from around the world (National Geographic)
   
   
 
Back to Top PowerPoints Page under development. Comments and suggestions welcome.
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1. Five themes of Geography (Todd Horton, Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada)
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2. Geographical terms (Saskatchewan School, Canada)
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3. Mapping (World of Teaching, UK)
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4. Geography PowerPoints (World of Teaching, UK)
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5. Free PowerPoint templates from/via Microsoft: World Country report  or option 2
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6. Free PowerPoint templates from Brainy Betty
   
   
 
Back to Top News and Magazines
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1. National Geographic news (news.nationalgeographic.com)
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2. Geography in the news (Royal Geographic Society, UK)
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3. Geography newsroom (geographynewsroom.co.uk)
   
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4. Canadian Geographic Magazine (canadiangeographic.ca)
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5. Beautiful British Columbia Magazine (bcmag.ca)
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6. National Geographic Magazine (ngm.nationalgeographic.com)
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7. National Geographic Kids (kids.nationalgeographic.com)
   
   
 
8. Miscellaneous Resources
Back to Top Doing Research
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1. How to do research: the CMS approach see left side of page (Avi Luxenburg, Comox Valley School District, BC, Canada)
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2. The Research Process (Oregon School Library Information System, USA)
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3. Primary vs. secondary sources (Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA)
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4. Getting started in oral traditions research (Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada)
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5. Using Citation Machine (Avi Luxenburg, NIDES, BC, Canada)
   
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6. Writing Sentences (actden.com)
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7. Writing paragraphs (actden.com)
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8. Writing essays (actden.com)
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9. How to write an essay (Avi Luxenburg, Comox Valley School District, BC, Canada)
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10. Guide to writing a basic essay (Kathy Livingston)
   
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11. Science Fair project guide (sciencebuddies.org)
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12. Science Fair - the display (Science Fair Foundation of BC, Canada)
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13. Exhibits for Science Fairs (Ohio State University, USA)
   
   
 
Back to Top Tutotials
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1. Using Cmap (Avi Luxenburg/Tara Colborne, NIDES, BC, Canada)
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2. Using Audacity (Avi Luxenburg/Tara Colborne, NIDES, BC, Canada)
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3. Using Google Sketchup (Avi Luxenburg/Tara Colborne, NIDES, BC, Canada)
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4. Using Photostory 3 (Avi Luxenburg/Tara Colborne, NIDES, BC, Canada)
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5. Turning Microsoft Word into a talking word processor (Paul Hamilton, SETBC)
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6. Boolify - search engine (boolify.org)
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7. eLibrary - all tutorials (eLibrary.sd71.bc.ca)
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8. eLibrary - all tools (eLibrary.sd71.bc.ca)
   
   
 
Back to Top Miscellaneous Resources
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1. EarthNet Glossary (Government of Canada)
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2. Learning geographical terms: 10 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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3. National Geographic Map Machine (National Geographic Society, USA)
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4. Canadian Geographic - the Cartographer's Table (Canadian Geographic Magazine)
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5. GeoConnections Discovery Portal (Government of Canada)
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6. NWT Cultural Places Program (Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada)
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7. Getty thesaurus of geographical names (getty.edu)
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8. Gallery of globes and map projections (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)
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9. Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (University of Texas, USA)
   
   
 
Back to Top Translate
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1. Babel Fish (Yahoo)
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2. Google Translate (Google)
   
   
 
Back to Top Careers
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1. Possible jobs using geography skills: commercial site - gives ideas (geographyjobs.ca)
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2. Careers in Cartography (Canadian Cartographic Association)
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3. Careers for Geoscientists: video (earthscientistworld.org)
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4. What does a Geologist do? (geology.com)
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5. Geography on the Job (Canadian Council for Geographic Education)
   
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6. North Island College - Geography Courses (NIC, BC, Canada)
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7. Vancouver Island Univeristy - Geography Courses (VIU, BC, Canada)
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8. Vancouver Island Univeristy - Geology Courses (VIU, BC, Canada)
   
   
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