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Portable Atlas (PAT) {Featured Site}

One of the most complete world geography resources that we've found to date

DIYHsr Featured SiteWhereas we believe the best way to learn geography is in relation to something (history, literature, current events, etc.) so that the child has context and a motivating interest, we’re always on the lookout for great map sources. Well, here is one of the most complete world geography resources that we’ve found to date: PAT — a free, open source, portable atlas.

PAT is really software that provides an interactive map. You’ll want to read the about page to get the most from the site.

Here are a few favorite features:

  • Includes some typically hard-to-find countries.
  • Region Maps
    A nice variety of regional maps.
  • World Maps
    Several options including a do-it-yourself option.
  • Planets drawn to scale.
  • Maps are available in high-contrast colors for viewing and traditional colors for printing.
  • Free!
    All of the maps are free and in the public domain. (Please read the license for distribution information.)

Sure, nothing beats a globe for that initial investigation — but globes don’t fit in notebooks!