Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas that lets you search for and find powerful, compelling maps. It’s much like the Gallery of tours you can find via the Google Earth tool. One of the biggest differences is that the Google Maps Gallery contains maps created by a variety of organizations, both public and private, and so you can find all sorts of maps, many mostly inaccessible to the public before now.
I really like the transparency slider that provides perspective on where in today’s modern American West Lewis and Clark traveled or watch San Francisco grow in size. And an entire lesson is waiting for someone to create using the Earth at Night 2012 map centered on Korea.
So . . . it’s okay, map nerds. Bookmark the site, share it with your kids, and be sure to have fun.