• Geography of Languages

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    Information about which country has the most spoken languages, which country has the most official languages, and which language is spoken in the most countries.

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

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    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 [...]

  • Hot Cities Getting Hotter in the US

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    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 [...]

  • Urban Heat Islands

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    Urban heat islands are places in the world that have higher temperatures than the locations around them. These urban heat islands can be created by natural factors like mountains, plains, or deserts, or by man-made factors like cities, industrial areas and intentional landscaping. Scientists have been studying the effects of [...]

  • Travel through Time with New York City’s Maps

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    The New York City Public Library is expanding geographical knowledge and experiences with its new online map warping tool with access to over 10,000 historical maps of the city as well as hundreds of other places. In the spring of 2014, the New York Public Library (NYPL) announced that it [...]

Physical Geography

Marking up a kelp forest along the coast.

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A new project launched by Zooniverse called Floating Forests uses crowdsourcing to help identify and map out Giant Kelp forests.  Macrocystis is a large brown alga that can grown to over 100 feet (33 meters) and are found close to shore in colder waters such as California, Chile, and Tasmania.  The fronds that lay [...]

Definitions Related to Water

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Listed here are terms related to water bodies such as lakes, rivers, and oceans. Bank Rivers have two sides – the right and left banks. Bay A wide opening or bend in the land into which water flows. See also Gulf. Bed The land over which a river or stream [...]

What is a Pole of Inaccessibility?

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A pole of inaccessibility is a geographical point that represents the most remote place to reach in a given area, often based on distance from the nearest coastline. A geographic concept, the location of a pole of inaccessibility is not necessary an actual physical feature.  It is subject to a variety [...]

Human Geography

The border between northwestern China around the city of Qoqek and far eastern Kazakhstan near Lake Balqash.

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The differing effects of one countries activities as opposed to its neighbors can be so dramatic that the results are visible from space, especially through the lens of a satellite.  Listed here are international borders that are visible on satellite imagery. Forestation, agricultural practices, electrical usage at night, and water [...]

Heat map showing clusters for Fortune 1000 companies.

standard Geography of Fortune 1000 Companies in 2014

The 2014 listing of Fortune 1000 companies were mapped out in order to understand the answers to such questions as which states have the most Fortune 1000 companies and where are there geographic clusters of Fortune 1000 companies.

Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 Companies by State

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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.


Geography News

Marking up a kelp forest along the coast.

standard Help Tag Satellite Imagery of Kelp Forests

A new project launched by Zooniverse called Floating Forests uses crowdsourcing to help identify and map out Giant Kelp forests.  Macrocystis is a large brown alga that can grown to over 100 feet (33 meters) and are found close to shore in colder waters such as California, Chile, and Tasmania.  The fronds that lay [...]

Help Find Invasive Weeds in Hawaii

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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 [...]

Help Analyze Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

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Crowdsourced science is becoming an increasingly popular tool to harness the power of the crowd in digging into massive amounts of data.  For those that are interested in helping to analyze hurricanes and tropical storms, Rob at Zooniverse has put out a call for help: June 1st marked the official beginning [...]

Geography 101

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.

Population density (people per km2) by country.

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The population of the Earth has grown and changed long before we were taking scientific records of the development of the human race. The migration of early humans continues to be studied as more and more evidence is discovered that gives us a clearer picture of what life was like [...]

History of Geography as a Timeline

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Listed here are significant events that happened in the field of Geography. Covered are events and advances in world geography, human geography, physical geography, and cartography/GIS. Some notes about this timeline page: This timeline on the history of geography is still very much a work in progress. You can help [...]

Maps

Maps of Israel

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Printable maps of Israel.  This collection of maps showing the country of Israel include a detailed map showing major cities as well as an outline map that can be printed for a geography lesson about this country located in the Middle East. Map of Israel This map of Israel was [...]

Where Can You Travel On Your Passport?

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How freely you can travel in the world depends on your stated nationality based on the passport you carry.  Some passports afford ease of travel by not requiring the traveler to first procure oftentimes onerous visas to travel to another country.  The magazine GOOD has put together an info graphic [...]

Comparing and Mapping World Prison Populations

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Pulling data from the International Centre for Prison Studies, Stuart Sandine has create an online tool that allows users to map out and compare worldwide incarceration data.  Sandine’s tool scrapes data from the ICPS so that it can be more easily visualized in the form of maps and graphs. Hosted on [...]

Geospatial

Find Your Way Downstream with Streamer

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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 [...]

Google Glass Leads to New Golf App

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With the arrival of Google Glass also comes the influx of new innovative mobile applications.  According to Google, Glass has a high definition screen (the equivalent of viewing a 25 inch HD screen from eight feet away), 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, 12 gigabytes of usable memory synched with Google cloud storage, [...]

Geography Career

Meet a Geographer: Kristina Jacob

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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

Longest and Shortest Geographical Names in the World

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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 [...]

Test Your Geography With Google's Smarty Pins

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Google has quietly rolled out a new geography game called Smarty Pins.  The game ties in trivia questions from six categories (featured topics, arts and culture, science and geography, sports and games, entertainment, and history and current events) with guessing where the geographic location of the question is. Players start out with [...]