University of Oklahoma | Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability
The American Nile - Interactive exploration of the Grand Canyon over the course of human influence on the landscape by using before and after photographs of certain locations. Put together by Jon Waterman, who navigated his kayak from the Continental Divide to the Colorado River delta in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez to raise awareness about its need to be protected from development.
American Panorama: An Atlas of American History - This site offers several interactive maps to show how populations in the United States have changed over time, specifically through immigration, migration, and development.
The Battle of Atlanta: A Tour of History and Remembrance - An Emory University project that gives specific locations within Atlanta historical significance in terms of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta. An interactive map depicts these locations, which are accompanied by text explaining the events that took place there and how they influenced the battle.
Envisioning California's Delta as it Was - This interactive map from Stanford explores the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta as it has changed over time with human influence. Historical data and observations are tied into the map, providing a panoramic historical picture of the delta and its ecological importance, as well as current threats to its longevity.
Hike Tuolumne Meadows - A UC Davis Watershed Sciences project lets you hike this breathtaking alpine meadow without any travel required. Panoramic views and real sounds let you immerse yourself in the 3 mile long trail along the winding Tuolumne River. This experience provides a great tool for both an immersive learning experience and also a relaxing way to pass the time.
The Life and Times of W.S. Teator - A project out of Bard College in New York blends the preservation of William S. Teator's historical home and collections with modern day digital archiving in order to highlight the importance of preserving local history.
Mt Baker's Shrinking Glaciers - This series of photos by Peter Funch seeks to highlight how the landscape of Mt. Baker and the surrounding area has changed over the years. The juxtaposition of the images - processed with a psychedelic twist - next to decades old photographs creates an artistic comparison between past and present.
Pumped Beyond Limits - With demand for groundwater higher than ever in the U.S., many aquifers are depleting at alarming rates. This publication from the Desert Sun takes users through the geography of the US and where the threat of total depletion is greatest, expanding on certain areas through local anecdotes and interviews.
Riding the New Silk Road - This New York Times article revisits one of history's most iconic trade routes connecting China and Europe in a modern world, now traversed by train instead of camel. A map and photos accompany the text as you scroll down the page.
Rural West Initiative - This website out of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford dives into the complex nature of the Rural West and the vast amount of profitable energy resources found within its landscapes.
Story of Us: Explore the History and Geography of the Pike's Peak Region - Explore the history of the Pike's Peak region using this interactive website. Different maps are sorted in alphabetical order, where you can then explore specific topics relevant to the history of this region. Several locations are noted, accompanied with different materials such as newspaper clippings, photographs, and artifacts.
Time: One World Trade Center - Interactive panoramic photo by Time Magazine from atop the One WTC, accompanied by the story of how the building came to be and its symbolic role as the highlight of the New York City skyline.