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Lithograph, Moosehead Lake, 1840-1880, Currier & Ives.

Documents the birth of the conservation movement through published works, [...] »

Photo, A papier-mache cow. . . , 1944, Herald Newspaper, Flickr Commons

Why did George Washington start gathering national data on agriculture? [...] »

Photograph, Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii, Library of Congress.

This collection captures natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities [...] »

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Photography, Towards Whitelea Lane from Tansley Knoll Derbyshire, 11 Jun 2011, E

Discover historic landscapes with this guide to reading the land produced by [...] »

screencap, energyville

Get students thinking about planning and prediction in the past with this game [...] »

sample screen shot of a map of the US eastern seaboard

Discover a whole new world of mapping and geography with Google Maps! [...] »

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Illustration, "Karpfenschuppige Taube. . . ," 1880s, NYPL

For each pair of animal and plant species, identify the one that is not native [...] »

Map, Captain John Smith's Map of Virginia, 1612

A map can tell you more than east, west, north, and south. [...] »

Print, Carolina Parrot, c.1827-1838, John James Audubon, Birds of America, UoP

Human history affects more than human beings. [...] »

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