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Geography is the study of where things are located. You can use a map to find a continent, country, province, and town. You can also find oceans, lakes, rivers, mountains, and deserts on maps. Here is an example of a map:

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/amgov/30145/maps/govt_map.jpg (Source: U.S. Department of State)

In the map that you just saw, the lines represent borders between states in the USA. People who make maps use different colors to indicate different kinds of information: for instance, a maker of maps could use green to mark states with large populations and yellow to mark states with small populations, for instance.

Maps that are published on the Internet can provide more information than printed maps. For instance, map creators add useful information to online maps that is not geographic. Clicking on a location in a digital map might lead to a website about businesses or nonprofits in a particular location. Here is an example of a map with useful information about development projects around the world:

http://map.usaid.gov/ (Source: USAID)

Another advantage of a digital map is that you can change its scope to focus (“zoom in on”) a particular location. Google Maps is a popular online resource that provides this feature:

https://support.google.com/maps/answer/144352?hl=en&ref_topic=1687350

Here are some links to webpages that are useful for the study of geography:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

http://future.state.gov/where/maps.html

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