Japan – 2019 Rugby World Cup

Map of Japan

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is the ninth Rugby World Cup and is being held in Japan from 20 September to 2 November 2019. This is the first time the tournament has been held in Asia.

We have pulled together a 7 page printable map of Japan as a PDF download great for classroom use or for displaying the maps on your interactive whiteboard.

  • Map of Japan
  • Tectonic Plates Under Japan
  • Blank Map of Japan
  • Outline Map of Japan
  • Tectonic Plates Outline
  • Tectonic Plates Blank Map
  • Blank Flag of Japan

Download the PDF Factfile on Japan

More Wikipedia Articles:
Rugby World Cup

Republic of North Macedonia

The Macedonia parliament agrees to change country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia, ending a 27-year Greek dispute. Greece has three administrative regions that share the Macedonia name as shown in the map below.

Many Greeks feel Macedonia’s name is illegitimate in view of their own regions.

The region of Macedonia extends into Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria and Serbia as well as small areas of Kosovo.

A new version of Know Your Europe will provide updated content to reflect this recent change.


Counties of Ireland Game

Our free online resource is featured in this weeks Scoilnet newsletter as a “Top 5 Resource”, to play online visit the website for online games.

Scoilnet – Top 5 Resouces

We highly recommend Know Your Ireland which brings many advance features including learning about towns & cities, the physical features plus much much more.

Euro 2012

Great time to use Know Your Europe 2.0 in your classroom.

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2012), will be the 14th European Championship for national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012.

We have prepared a great worksheet based on the 16 countries playing in Euro 2012, download for free today and use in your classroom over the next few weeks.

EdWare Euro 2012 Worksheet

This is a great time to study the 16 countries of Europe taking part in the tournament, including Ireland.

  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland (co-hosts)
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Russia
  • Spain (defending champions)
  • Sweden
  • Ukraine (co-hosts)

In Know Your Europe 2.0 you can print maps of each country, view photos, learn about their capital cities, and much more.

Sunny Ireland

NASA satellite photo of Ireland taken on Monday, 26 March 2012.

This is a great photo of sunny clear Ireland, taken by NASA, click on the photo to see it bigger. Normally Ireland has at least some cloud cover, in this satellite photo we have none.

Try and spot each physical feature of Ireland, with no clouds it is easy to find the mountains, lakes and islands. You can also spot the urban areas of Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Limerick.

An interesting point on the map, notice the orange area west of Limerick City on the River Shannon, this is Aughinish (the largest alumina refinery in Europe).

26 March 2012 – A very clear day across Ireland.
28 March 2012 – Great photo of a cloudless Ireland / Different Angle

Time Lapse from the ISS

An excellent time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa
and the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from
August to October, 2011.

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

Floods in Thailand

Thailand and Cambodia continue to cope with widespread flooding in November 2011. Many communities in Thailand had spent weeks under a meter (3 feet) or more of water, and floods had affected two-thirds of the country’s provinces.

Photo from November 12, 2008


Photo from November 01, 2011

Due to the floods thousands of people have died and hundreds of thousands more have been made homeless. It is estimated that over 2.4 million people have been directly affected by the floods. There is also greater risk of disease due to pollution in the water and waterborne diseases.

Economically the floods have been devastating. The floods have affected rice crops, a main food source of the local people, but also a large export crop. Rice exports in Thailand account for one-third of the total global market. This could lead to a shortage in rice and a price increase worldwide.

The floods in Thailand have also affected the production of cars and electronic equipment, resulting in price increases for these items around the world. Over 50% of the world’s hard drive production is based in Thailand. Hard drives are a vital component of computers and due to the floods there has been a worldwide shortage, increasing prices. Both Toyota and Honda have car production plants in Thailand which have been flooded, resulting in loss of production and millions of dollars of damage.

Flooded Western Digital factory, one of the largest hard drive manufactures.


Read more about the affects of the floods:
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