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Author

EIA

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Geography

Resource Type

  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

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

All Energy Infrastructure and Resources Interactive Map

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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

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.16.a: Explain why natural resources (i.e., fossil fuels, food, and water) continue to be a source of conflict and analyze how the United States and other nations have addressed issues concerning the distribution and sustainability of natural resources and climate change.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
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