Rhode Island Digital Atlas


The purpose of this website is to connect you with easy-to-use online maps of Rhode Island. We focus on sharing those maps that are available via online map services and can be accessed by a variety of software programs, including Google Earth, Esri ArcGIS products, and others.

The Rhode Island Digital Atlas is as great tool that requires no experience in remote sensing or GIS to access maps that show your local area.  Teachers and students can download maps based out their local municipality or their local watershed.  I especially like the watershed option because it encourages students to think about their relationship to the physical environment (Pictured is the Central Falls aerial photography).

Some of the maps available include:

  • Aerial Photographs (vaious dates)
  • Average Annual Precipitation
  • Conservation Lands
  • Cropland
  • Elevation (NED)
  • Farmland Soils
  • Forested Land (NLCD)
  • Impaired Waters
  • Impervious Surfaces
  • Land Use
  • Municipal Boundaries (CT, MA, RI)
  • Pasture
  • Riparian Land Use
  • Slope (NED)
  • Soil Drainage Classes
  • Soil Erosion Index
  • Soil Hydrologic Groups
  • Soil Hydrologic Groups and Estimated Depth to Seasonal
  • High Water Table
  • Surface Water (NHD)
  • Wellhead Protection Areas
  • Wetlands (NWI)


See on www.edc.uri.edu


The Secrets of Scituate Reservoir

“Thousands of farmers and mill workers’ lives were devastated in the early 1920s when the state made the decision to flood their lands.”
Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance member Mary Grady has penned an article detailing the Secrets of Scituate Reservoir.  With more that 60% of Rhode Islanders getting their clean fresh water from the Scituate Reservoir, understanding the history behind the water is noteworthy considering that the water came a steep price for some communities that today are under water, literally.  Ray Wolf has written two book chronicling the historical geography of the Reservoir and the villages that it flooded.
Questions to Ponder: Was flooding these villages the right choice in your opinion?  Would your opinion be different if you were more (or less) emotionally attached to the place?

Changing Face of the US/Mexico Border

This lesson plan was specifically designed with Arizona examples and aligned to the Arizona state standards, but it be easily adapted.  I saw a presentation based on this lesson at the NCGE conference as was incredibly impressed.  Also, you’ll note that like this one, there are many other lesson plans freely available on the Arizona Geographic Alliance website.

Tags: K12, borders, political, landscape, migration, unit 4 political.

See on geoalliance.asu.edu

Trade in Rhode Island During the 1700s

By 1750, Rhode Island had become a major trade center. Much of the colony’s commercial success was due to its ability to add value to imported raw materials and turn the new products into exports. For example, cacao, sugarcane, and molasses from the Caribbean region were made into chocolate, sugar, and rum. Much wealth was also gained from exporting slaves imported from Africa.

National Geographic has placed many colonial maps online that highlight the local economic geographies that where driving expansion and the colonial enterprises.  Many of these maps are gathered on National Geographic’s pinterest page.

See on education.nationalgeographic.com