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Free Resources: National Geographic Online Focuses on Africa

Posted Aug 26, 2005
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The National Geographic Web site takes a long look at Africa, in partnership with the magazine's Africa-themed September issue.

An interactive map of Africa containing more than 50 of the magazine's full-text articles—including each story from the September issue—appears online at http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/africaarchive/index.html/. The map portal connects to a warehouse of articles, photo galleries, and multimedia features.

A National Geographic Web camera is focused on Pete's Pond, a remote watering hole in Botswana's Mashatu Game Reserve. The camera offers 24/7 access to at least 50 species of animals, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, hyenas, and cheetahs.

Students can track the animals that visit the watering hole with a species checklist; an online animal gallery provides more information on the observed animals. The watering hole WildCam is located online at http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/wildcamafrica/index.html/.

The online diary of conservationist and adventurer Mike Fay appears at http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/megaflyover/. Mike is embarked on a Megaflyover of Africa, charting the continent's last wild places by plane. His diary features dispatches, video, and a photo gallery from his expedition. Lesson plans and activity ideas are also included.

Teacher resources on Africa and a variety of subjects—including hurricanes—appear online at http://www.ngsednet.org/community/index.cfm?community_id=168/. This page features magazine-related teaching resources, including grade-specific lesson plans and lists of additional National Geographic resources for each article. Also included are online forums that enable teachers to share classroom tips.

National Geographic Society, 800/647-5463 or http://www.nationalgeographic.com/.


 
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