• A Modern Statistical Atlas of the United States with an 1870s Twist

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    Modern data maps of the United States based on government data, produced to look like maps created in the 1870s.

  • Five Books About the Arctic for Early Readers

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    Looking for some interesting books for emerging readers about the Arctic? Listed here are five fascinating books about the Arctic for readers ranging from 5 to 8 years old.

  • Leap Second to be Added June 30, 2015

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    On Tuesday June 30, 2015, the day will be a second longer than usual.  Similar to how February gains an extra day every four years, the leap second will be added to accommodate a slight slowing of the Earth’s rotation.  The mean solar day which is the average time it […]

  • How Do Jet Contrails Affect Local Climates?

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    Do jet contrails have an effect on local temperatures?  Andrew M. Carleton, a professor of geography at Penn State believes the answer to that question is “yes”.  Contrails are lines or trails of condensed water formed around small particles from airplane and rocket exhaust.  In order to understand how contrails affect sun […]

  • Free Guide: Getting Published in Geography

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    The Royal Geographical Society has published a free forty-paged guide for researchers.  The guide aims  to provide advice and pointers towards resources to help geography researchers publish their work in a range of publications and forms.  From the editors: Publishing is a crucial, but sometimes daunting and unexplained, part of […]

Geography News

County level map of estimated % of adults who think global warming is happening, 2014.

Tracking Public Perception about Climate Change

The Yale Climate Opinion Maps track public opinion among adults (defined as age 25 and older) on their “particular beliefs, attitudes, and policy preferences about global warming”.  The series of 14 maps tracks the percentage of US residents on their climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support for regulations. […]

Geography News

Geography News

Listed here are geography announcements.  To submit your geography related announcement, please email editor@geolounge.com.  Job listings should be submit here and geography related events here. Geography Grants E. WILLARD AND RUBY S. MILLER GRANTS FOR RESEARCH IN GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION-REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS!   NCGE’s Research Committee is still seeking research proposals for […]

On Sept. 19, 2014, the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 20 million square kilometers for the first time since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The red line shows the average maximum extent from 1979-2014. Image Credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Cindy Starr

New Record Extent of Sea Ice in Antarctica

The polar regions of the Earth, the Arctic Ocean and Antarctica, are of particular concern to scientists and researchers. In one sense, these areas act much like an air conditioner for the planet because of their cold, icy environments and the fact that like they reflect a high degree of […]

Geography 101

Philanthropic Mapping

Philanthropic Mapping

Learn about how philanthropic mapping is helping to develop geographic data for needed areas around the world.

What is Contemporary Geography?

The study of Geography has always been evolving and at critical times there have always been question such as “why is geography still important?” “Is the study of geography still relevance to modern society?” “What does the stud of geography research in this present day?” “Are there still patterns to […]

Map showing the locations of the U.S. geographic center of area, mean center of population, and median center of population, 2010 (U.S. Census Bureau).

What is the Geographic Center of the United States?

People like to find the center of things- the center of a baseball, the center of the Earth, the center of the universe, the center of a Tootsie Pop. Our fascination with the center of things has led to incredible scientific discoveries like orbits of planets and movements of stars; […]

Physical Geography

Map of Global Lightening Strikes. Source: NASA

Map of Global Lightning Strikes

Need to know where to go in order to get hit by lightning more than once?  NASA has the answer for you.  Based on data collected from  1998–2013 by the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, and from 1995–2000 by the Optical Transient Detector (OTD) on the OrbView-1/Microlab satellite, a global […]

Representation of the contemporary global carbon cycle. Changes are measured in gigatons or carbon per year (GtC/y). Numbers in parentheses refer to stored carbon pools. Red indicates carbon from human emissions. Humans contribute a net increase of 4 GtC/y to atmospheric carbon. Source: US Department of Energy, 2008.

Carbon Budget

The global carbon budget is the amount of carbon gained and lost in the natural and manmade workings of the world. The global carbon budget is part of the greater carbon cycle and the ways in which the Earth’s reservoirs of carbon are added to and subtracted from. The global […]

Pedology

Pedology is closely related to edaphology and consists of the study of soils as they are found in nature. Pedology researches the origins of soil (pedogenesis) as well as the morphology of soils and then classifies them. Pedologists study the relationships between the pedosphere (the soil) and the climate in […]

Human Geography

What is the Nationality of a Baby Born on an Airplane?

What is the Nationality of a Baby Born on an Airplane?

It is a question that confounds the most geographically and legally astute: what is the nationality of a baby born on an airplane? Assuming that the pregnant mother is even allowed on the plane in the first place, this question is quite the puzzler. There have been many attempts over […]

What is Contemporary Geography?

The study of Geography has always been evolving and at critical times there have always been question such as “why is geography still important?” “Is the study of geography still relevance to modern society?” “What does the stud of geography research in this present day?” “Are there still patterns to […]

View of Amazon basin forest north of Manaus, Brazil. Image taken from top of a 50 m tower for meteorological observations, and the top of vegetation canopy is typically 35 m. Photo: Phil P. Harris

Reducing Climate Change Could Be More Difficult in the Future

A recent study has declared that limiting climate change in the future could be more difficult due to shifting conditions in the Amazon forest. The planet’s oceans and forests have long held climate change in check because they act as massive carbon sinks, soaking up excess carbon dioxide in the […]

Geography for Kids

Col Pierre Ruel and BGen Christian Barabé check the radar screen in preparation for tracking Santa Claus in December of 2007.

How to Track Santa Claus this Christmas

For over five decades, a large number of kids and grown-ups have relied on upon the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), to track the whereabouts of Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve journey. How the NORAD Santa Tracking Tradition Began In 1955, a Sears Department store printed […]

Coloring Maps

Coloring Maps

These coloring maps are great educational tools to help kids learn about geography.  These printable PDF maps allow children to learn about the countries found within Europe, South and Central America, and Africa.  There is also a PDF coloring map covering the fifty states in the United States.  Lastly, there […]

How to Explain Hurricanes to Kids

How to Explain Hurricanes to Kids

Hurricanes are frightening events, and the confusions and lack of understanding of what’s going on can add to the stress.  Sesame Street offers a toolkit that comes with videos, tips for parents, and activities to help parents explain the concept of hurricanes to kids (see also the Sesame Workshop page on […]

Maps and GIS

Map of Global Lightening Strikes. Source: NASA

Map of Global Lightning Strikes

Need to know where to go in order to get hit by lightning more than once?  NASA has the answer for you.  Based on data collected from  1998–2013 by the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) on NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite, and from 1995–2000 by the Optical Transient Detector (OTD) on the OrbView-1/Microlab satellite, a global […]

County level map of estimated % of adults who think global warming is happening, 2014.

Tracking Public Perception about Climate Change

The Yale Climate Opinion Maps track public opinion among adults (defined as age 25 and older) on their “particular beliefs, attitudes, and policy preferences about global warming”.  The series of 14 maps tracks the percentage of US residents on their climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support for regulations. […]

Arctic Circle

Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle is a circle of latitude encompassing the northernmost pole of the Earth and is located at approximately 66°33′45.6″ north of the Equator. The Arctic Circle is about 7,700,000 square miles. This line of latitude separates the Arctic zone in the north from the Northern Temperate Zone in […]

Geography Career

Eight Ways Your Geographic Skills Enhance Your Resume

Eight Ways Your Geographic Skills Enhance Your Resume

Geographers or anyone with a history of geography education or practice have special skills that can enhance their resumes across nearly all career options. From GIS skills to graphic design to multiculturalism, here are eight ways to market your geography experience as viable job skills.

How Much do Geographers Make?

How Much do Geographers Make?

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 […]

What Can You do with a Degree in Geography?

What Can You do with a Degree in Geography?

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 […]

Geography Fun

What is the Nationality of a Baby Born on an Airplane?

What is the Nationality of a Baby Born on an Airplane?

It is a question that confounds the most geographically and legally astute: what is the nationality of a baby born on an airplane? Assuming that the pregnant mother is even allowed on the plane in the first place, this question is quite the puzzler. There have been many attempts over […]

Place Your Vote for Tournament Earth 2015

Place Your Vote for Tournament Earth 2015

NASA’s Earth Observatory has launched this year’s Tournament Earth in order to see which image will be crowned the best image of the year.  Thirty-two images are up for voting in four categories: Data, Art, Event, and Photograph.  Voting is open from March 2 through April 6, 2015.  Each week, there […]

Col Pierre Ruel and BGen Christian Barabé check the radar screen in preparation for tracking Santa Claus in December of 2007.

How to Track Santa Claus this Christmas

For over five decades, a large number of kids and grown-ups have relied on upon the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), to track the whereabouts of Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve journey. How the NORAD Santa Tracking Tradition Began In 1955, a Sears Department store printed […]