In honor of the (gasp) 36th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon, Google cooked up a cool little moon-surfing site. For those who are stuck here on Planet Earth, they do some good things with earth-mapping too.
Do family conversations at your house ever lead to map look-ups? We bought a huge National Geographic Atlas early in our married life that has been used to death. The binding is falling apart and much is outdated. On its dog-eared pages Peking is still a city in China and the U.S.S.R. still glowers over the top of Europe. We obviously need to invest in a new atlas.
While there's nothing like an atlas in book form to pore over, there are some handy web options for mapping and for indulging other geographic interests. Take a look at nationalatlas.gov. It's the National Atlas of the United States, provided by the U. S. Department of the Interior, and contains loads of maps, map-making features, and other geographic data.
You can create maps and tailor them to your own needs--great for kids doing reports, and for grownups doing reports too, for that matter. It's a terrific resource for anyone with curiosity and questions about geography.
The Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, thought to have been extinct since the 1940s, has been certifiably sighted in Arkansas. After the first sighting reports in February of 2004, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The Nature Conservancy have partnered in a year of expedition and bird-watching, capped by their announcement this week that the Ivory-Bill lives.