• Popular Geography Books

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    Listed here are some bestselling and popular geography books.  These geography books about maps, cartography, human geography, and physical geography have been popular with a general audience. The books are listed in alphabetical order by author. Got one to recommend?  Email your suggestions to editor@geolounge.com. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The [...]

  • Tracking the Evolution of the field of Geography over 124 Years and 10,290 Dissertations

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    Kent State University professors David Kaplan and Jennifer Mapes have undertaken a study to understand how academic research in the field of geography has evolved in the United States.  Prior to their research, most academics didn’t even know how many dissertations had been written in the field of geography. Kaplan and [...]

  • Introduction to Wildlife Corridors

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    Wildlife corridors are also known as habitat corridors or green corridors. These wildlife areas are designed to keep local migratory animal species from the encroaching human populations in areas of high interaction between the two. These green corridors are also designed to keep animals out of danger of highways, busy [...]

  • How Much do Geographers Make?

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    Geographers find work in a variety of disciplines both in the physical and human geography related fields.  Geographers are employed as cartographers, urban planners, climatologists, natural resource managers, and emergency management personnel; any industry requiring the development or analysis of geographic data will often have a geographer on staff.  The [...]

  • Map Orientation

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    Maps are usually created from a particular direction.  The directionality of a map is known as its orientation.  The popularity of online mapping such as Google Maps has conditioned many people to expect due north to always be towards the top of the map and south towards the bottom.  Historically, maps [...]

Physical Geography

Mapping Iceland's Bárðarbunga (Bardarbunga) Volcanic Eruption

standard Mapping Iceland’s Bárðarbunga (Bardarbunga) Volcanic Eruption

The second highest mountain in Iceland has been exhibiting heightened activity since mid-August. As a results causing thousands of local earthquakes, and spewing lava has been detected with the activity has threatened air travel. Bárðarbunga (also known in English as Bardarbunga)  measures 2,009 metres (6,591 ft) in elevation and is a stratovolcano located under [...]

Vredefort Dome, Free State, South Africa.

standard Geography of Impact Craters

According to the Earth Impact Database, there are currently 184 verified impact craters that have been documented on earth.  Impact craters form when an object (like a meteor) hits the earth at a high velocity.  Found all over the earth, impact craters can cause a disruption of the earth’s surface [...]

Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona.

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Impact craters are the result of an object hitting a larger surface at hypervelocity creating a circular depression in the surface. Impact craters have been found on many of the planets in our solar system (including Earth) as well as on larger asteroids and moons orbiting the planets nearest to [...]

Human Geography

Number of check-ins throughout the hours of the day in different countries (WD = weekday; WE = weekend).

standard Using Social Media to Track Global Eating Habits

According to researchers, social media can be used to track and understand eating habits from around the world.  These researchers also proposed that the data about eating habits could then be used to “identify cultural boundaries and similarities across populations”. Computer scientists at the University of Birmingham along with members from [...]

Geography of Car Thefts in the United States

standard Geography of Car Thefts in the United States

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) each year takes a look at the national picture in terms of car thefts.  Back in 1984 when NICB first started its annual Hot Spot reports, California still led the nation in overall car thefts, with 161,309 that year.  New York led the nation [...]


Geography News

GPS sites showing the measured displacement. As the drought deepens in March of 2014, the red dots showed the greatest uplift in the Sierra Mountains. Source: Borsa et al.

standard Tracking the Effects of Drought in the Western U.S. with GPS

The effects of the drought that has stricken the western United States can be measured with GPS.  As anyone who has lugged around a one gallon bottle of water knows, water is heavy.  Erosion is not the only way that rivers and lakes affect the landscape, now researchers from the Scripps [...]

Map showing the urban heat island effect in Cincinnati, Ohio.

standard Hot Cities Getting Hotter in the US

Cities are already warmer than the surrounding rural and natural environments, a phenomenon known as an urban heat islands.  Densely packed buildings, impervious streets, sidewalks, and parkings lots, as well as less vegetation all contribute to a daytime accumulation of solar radiation that makes urban areas hotter well past the [...]

Geography 101

Vredefort Dome, Free State, South Africa.

standard Geography of Impact Craters

According to the Earth Impact Database, there are currently 184 verified impact craters that have been documented on earth.  Impact craters form when an object (like a meteor) hits the earth at a high velocity.  Found all over the earth, impact craters can cause a disruption of the earth’s surface [...]

Latitude and Longitude

standard Latitude and Longitude

If you take a look at a map or globe of the world, you may notice lines running east-west and north-south.  The lines run east-west are known as lines latitude.  The lines running north-south are known as lines of latitude. Latitude While lines of latitude run across a map east-west, [...]

Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 Companies by State

standard Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 Companies by State

This table shows the total number of Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 companies by U.S. state and territory (Puerto Rico). The list can be sorted by state, number of Fortune 1000 companies, and number of Fortune 500 companies.

Maps

What are Mental Maps?

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Mental maps are a personalized view of the world’s geography. Mental maps combine a person’s objective knowledge of places with their subjective perceptions, or opinions, of locations.

How to Make a Map from a Shapefile Using Google Fusion Tables

standard How to Make a Map from a Shapefile Using Google Fusion Tables

Google’s Fusion Tables offers an easy and free way to display data on a map.  Tabular data containing location information, like an Excel spreadsheet, can be easily imported and mapped out as a point layer.  Unfortunately, the only type of geospatial data that Fusion Tables imports natively is KML.  If [...]

How to Make a Map with Excel Data Using Google Fusion Tables

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There is an oft repeated yet unsubstantiated claim that 80% of all data has a geographic component. Likewise, some have claimed that Excel is one of the most popular and important pieces of software currently in use.  There is a lot of data available in Excel files, many of which have [...]

Geospatial

GPS sites showing the measured displacement. As the drought deepens in March of 2014, the red dots showed the greatest uplift in the Sierra Mountains. Source: Borsa et al.

standard Tracking the Effects of Drought in the Western U.S. with GPS

The effects of the drought that has stricken the western United States can be measured with GPS.  As anyone who has lugged around a one gallon bottle of water knows, water is heavy.  Erosion is not the only way that rivers and lakes affect the landscape, now researchers from the Scripps [...]

Find Your Way Downstream with Streamer

standard Find Your Way Downstream with Streamer

Water is essential for life on the planet, and tool from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) makes it easy and fun to trace water flow across the United States from your own computer. The device is called Streamer, and with only a few clicks, users can follow major water ways from [...]

Help Find Invasive Weeds in Hawaii

standard Help Find Invasive Weeds in Hawaii

Tomnod, which previously helped with crowdsourcing the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, has teamed up with the Nature Conservancy to map the location of Australian Tree Ferns and African Tulip Trees in order to better understand how these invasive plants are affecting native forests in Hawaii.  More than 80 percent [...]

Geography Career

What Can You do with a Degree in Geography?

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Are you a geography major who is working in a job that allows you to apply your educational background?  Fill out the survey linked below.  All survey results will be consolidated and reported back once enough results have come in. Thanks, Caitlin Editor, Geo Lounge Fill out the survey: What [...]

Meet a Geographer: Kristina Jacob

standard Meet a Geographer: Kristina Jacob

Kristina Jacob is a GIS professional working at a local city in Southern California as well as an avid photographer (her work can be found on her site, Kristina Jacob Photography).  She shares her thought about what drew her to both geography and photography.  Kristina has also shared some amazing [...]

Geography Fun

Geography Hall of Shame

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Listed here in alphabetical order by last name are some mind scratching geography quotes by celebrities and famous people.  Got a quote to add? Email it to editor@geolounge.com. Celebrity Geography Blunders I thought Europe was a country…Don’t they speak French there? Kellie Pickler, November 2007 appearance on “Are you Smarter Than a Fifth [...]

Longest and Shortest Geographical Names in the World

standard Longest and Shortest Geographical Names in the World

Learn about the longest and short names for geographical locations in the world. What is the Longest Geographical Name in the World? The full ceremonial name for the Thai city of Bangok is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.  At 163 letters, it’s the longest geographic place name.  The [...]

Topographical Tables - Geography as Art

standard Topographical Tables – Geography as Art

These furniture designs combine glass, wood, and other materials to emulate the land and water. Ocean Table Christopher Duff of Duffy London has designed a representation of an ocean using sculpted glass, Perspex and wood.  The wood is from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests and other controlled sources. Called the Abyss Table, the materials [...]