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History and Geography of California (417)

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Dr. Steven M. Graves
Geography Department
130-B Sierra Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8249

Phone: (818) 677-3517
Fax: (818) 677-2723




Geography Resources

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This section of the website has a links to resources for teachers and students interested in California Geography and especially the geography of Southern California, plus resources for anyone interested in the powerful discipline of geography. Much of what is offered here are useable maps, but there are also links to other websites hosted by other organizations and entities interested in the geography of California.

Static Maps

The static maps may be best for printing for classroom use, but may not display well on your computer screen. The large format graphics may not print correctly from your browser window. Make sure you click on "print preview" before you attempt to print one of these maps. Your printer may have a setting that allows you to shrink graphics to fit the paper. A better method is to right click on the map or graphic and save it to your local drive. From there you can open it in your graphics viewer and print from there. An excellent and free graphics (map, photo) viewer can be downloaded from . If all that is too complicated, click on the links with the word "small" to the right of the link. They are sized to print directly from the browser to 8.5 x 11 paper.

Some maps have features labeled and other maps are without labels so that students may use them as study aids. These maps are free to use for any non-commercial purpose.

Google Earth Maps

Many of these maps at this site are in the process of being made available in Google Earth. Google Earth is a free software that students enjoy to use. Users can manipulate the globe in a variety of manners. They can zoom in and out, change the angle of their observation, rotate the direction they they wish to view the earth, etc. More important, Google Earth allows students to create layers of observations, which permits them to begin to think about spatial relationships between objects and patterns. For example, students should be able to make the connection between the lack of rainfall on the eastern side edges of California and the location of the various California mountain chains. The links below take you to Google Earth resources.

Click on the link below to open a new window with more information about Google Earth, including downloads.

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** Several student have reported difficulties using Mozilla's Firefox


Grade Three - Maps of Southern California

Table of Hyperlinks
Map Feature Google Earth Static Map (labeled) Static Map (unlabeled)
Physical Features (grayscale)
Physical Features (color)
Color (.pdf)
Color (.pdf)
Poltical Geography
Historical Sites
Los Angeles County
(really cool)
California Indians
Language Groups
California Indians
by Language Groups
(overlay map)
Los Angeles County Schools
Orange County Schools
Ventura County Schools

Grade Four - Maps of California

Table of Hyperlinks
Map Feature Google Earth Static Maps with Labels Static Maps without Labels
Physical Features Combined
Major Rivers
Important Rivers (labels pop up)
Large --- Small Large --- Small
Major Lakes and Bays
Important Lakes and Bays
(labels pop up)
Small Large
Mountains, Points and Passes    
California Relief Map
Included with Google Earth
Small Large
Precipitation Small Small
Average Temperatures
Small X
California Climographs    
Mountains, Passes and Points
Geomorphic Regions Grayscale (.pdf) Grayscale (.pdf)
Geomorphic Regions   Large --- Small

Large ---- Small

Geomorphic Regions
(with points, passes and mountains )
  Large --- Small
Natural Vegetation Small  
Large ---- Small
Significant Cities and Towns
Cities and Towns (pop up labels)
Significant Cities and Towns    
Aqueducts and Canals
Land Use  

California Indian Groups
Low Detail
(Black and White)

Large ---- Small
California Indian Groups 2
California Indians (Language)
Overlay Map (Kroeber's Original-very good)
California Missions
(outside link -a collaborative effort from the Google Earth Community)
Early Explorers
USGS Version
(pdf -Large)

Additional Resources


Geography Organizations