This interactive map from the United States Energy Information Administration features petroleum energy infrastructure and resources in the United States.
Students can interact with different categories including power plants, oil and gas refining and processing, market/trading hubs, pipelines and transmissions, transport storage, oil and gas wells and platforms, and fossil resources.
The legend and information presented are simple to understand.
Clicking on the power plants on the map will provide detailed information, including a link to a graph of the plant's fuel generation over time.
The map can be overwhelming if all the layers are viewed at once, so students can toggle items off using the legend on the right.
There are two different base maps (road map and satellite) that can be changed by clicking on the bottom-right corner of the map.
Students can capture images using the icon on the bottom-left corner.
Students can select "View Full Details" for a summary of the map's information.
Students can zoom in and focus on their specific state or region.
This resource is an interactive map that includes all components of the United States petroleum infrastructure and resource system. This resource is easy to use and the interactive legend is easily understood. This resource is recommended for teaching.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS.ESS3.2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
HS.39 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.
HS.40 Use geographic data to analyze the interconnectedness of physical and human regional systems (such as a river valley and culture, water rights/use in regions, choice/impact of settlement locations) and their interconnectedness to global communities.