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English

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

All Energy Infrastructure and Resources Interactive Map

Author: EIA
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Geography
Resource Type:
  • Interactive Media
Synopsis
  • This interactive map of the United States features all energy infrastructure and resources.
  • Items featured on the map include power plants, pipelines, storage facilities, fossil fuel reserves, uranium resources, wind farms, and solar farms. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • There is a wealth of data to explore.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This map can be overwhelming if all the layers are viewed at once.
  • You can turn layers on and off using the buttons in the top right corner of the interactive map.
  • The map includes the 50 United States and Puerto Rico.
  • There are 12 main categories to view on this map: all coal mines, all power plants, oil and gas refining and processing, uranium production, market/trading hubs, pipelines and transmission, other transport and storage, oil and gas wells and platforms, fossil resources, renewable resources, uranium resources, and administrative areas.

Differentiation

  • Geography students could use this map to study the distribution and density of fossil fuel reserves. Students could also study the location of wind and solar farms to better understand the best conditions for generating electricity through wind and solar.
  • Students could use this in a social studies or civics class to study state policy and federal policy.
  • This interactive data resource that allows you to explore global energy data might work well with this resource in a lesson.
Scientist Notes
This resource is an interactive map that includes the entirety of the United States energy infrastructure system. This includes power plants, mines, transmission lines, pipelines, and processing centers, among others. Viewing all of the layers at once is somewhat overwhelming, but looking at individual layers and comparing them to one another is enlightening (i.e., there are clear differences among state policies). This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.2.9-12 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their political, cultural, and economic dynamics.
      • D2.Geo.3.9-12 Use geographic data to analyze variations in the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics at multiple scales.
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