California has always been a land of legendary extremes. Stories abound of its incredible natural beauty, its enormous wealth and diversity of natural resources and landscapes. These stories have been repeated since the first Spanish explorers and settlers arrived here centuries ago. Since then the people of California, both real and imagined, have always successfully competed with nature for the spotlight. Even the state’s name is one of mythical origin.

We hope that you will find this web site to be an informative and engaging experience to help you explore the Golden State. This website is designed to be a companion to Rediscovering the Golden State: California Geography (3e).  Here we are assembling all the photos and maps that we could not possibly fit into one textbook.  It is a work in progress and we will be welcoming submissions from colleagues in the near future.


Students will find resources to review and reinforce concepts taught in the text.  They can go on virtual field trips, exploring the many diverse human and physical geography features of the state.  They can also quiz themselves with sample questions derived straight from the text.


Educators will find a host of talking points on the maps, posts and photo essays being assembled.  Feel free to utilize this web site in your class for instructional purposes.

** We are in the process of redesigning our web page.**