• Who Owns the Oceans?

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    The idea of ownership over the world’s oceans has come into contention for many hundreds of years; many nations’ control of parts of the high seas often brought them great success in building their empires, improving technology and facilitating trade throughout the world. In a more modern sense the governance [...]

  • LANDCARPET: Turning Satellite Imagery into Carpets

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    Florian Pucher loves to get a window seat whenever he flies so he can view the landscape below.  The Austrian architect who now lives in Beijing, China has turned that love into carpeting made form 100% New Zealand wool.  Pucher browses through satellite imagery to select views that will translate well onto [...]

  • Five Books about Maps for Young Children

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    These five books help young children learn about maps and map-making.

  • New Record Extent of Sea Ice in Antarctica

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    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 [...]

  • How the Ebola Outbreak has Highlighted Ignorance of Africa’s Geography

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    Despite the Ebola outbreak currently only affecting three countries that together make up less than 2% of the total area of Africa, the perception among some is that the entire continent of Africa is currently at risk.

Physical Geography

A satellite image showing Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border of Peru and Bolivia with the Andes Mountains to the top right. Source: NASA

Lake Extremes

What are the world’s largest freshwater lake, the world’s largest saltwater lake, the world’s deepest freshwater lake, the highest navigable lake, and the saltiest lake?

Sources of salt in the ocean.

How Did the Oceans Get Salty?

Have you ever gone down to the beach and playing some games got really thirsty and after exhausting the little water you had and still wanting more you look towards the sea wondered why should such a vast pool of water be so undrinkable? Why is the ocean salty? Where [...]

A digital camera on NASA’s ER-2 airplane captured this top-down view of a melt pond atop a glacier in southeastern Alaska on July 16, 2014. Chunks of ice float on the pond’s turquoise water.

Melt Ponds and the Prediction of Ice Melt

One of the biggest environmental concerns is that of global climate change. Symptoms of major shifts in the Earth’s climate are everywhere from the melting of glaciers, rising oceans, more severe storms, and warmer temperatures. Of particular worry to scientists and researchers is that of the melting of sea ice. [...]

Human Geography

Map of Where Gender Pronouns Don't Exist

Map of Where Gender Pronouns Don’t Exist

About 68% of the world’s languages sampled in an interactive available from the World Atlas of Language Structures don’t have a gender specific pronouns.  254 of the 378 mapped languages in the interactive map don’t use “he” or “she” but instead used a gender neutral pronoun when referring to persons. [...]

Concentrations of marine debris known as the Ocean Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Ocean. Map: NOAA.

Ocean Garbage Patches

Ocean garbage patches are concentrations of marine debris located in the North Pacific Ocean. These garbage patches are comprised of many different kinds of materials and, although they are located in the same region, often change shape and form because of the influence of tides and other climate factors. Many [...]

Road-benefits map: Areas where roads can potentially have large socioeconomic benefits, especially for agriculture.

Roadmap for the World’s Roads

The race towards environmental sustainability is getting fiercer by the each passing day; In the light of this a new group of researchers are emerging whose sole focus is the number of roads exist in the world today; and questioning the effective this has o the environment. New statistics revealed [...]


Geography News

The far left map is the original hand-drawn map, which was used to make the two printed version on the right which were used by Napoleon and his army at Waterloo. In the original map, the Mont Saint-Jean farm is situated to the right of the road, while on the printed versions, the farm is shown as being to the left of the road.

Was an Inaccurate Map Partly Responsible for Napoleon’s Waterloo Defeat?

A French documentary maker contends that a map error ones on the reasons that Napoleon’s army was defeated by the Duke of Wellington’s forces during the Battle of Waterloo.  The documentary by Franck Ferrand entitled, “Napoléon : le défi de trop ?” explores the finding by Belgian illustrator and historian, Bernard [...]

Map of the North Atlantic Ocean showing gravity anomalies. Marine gravity model of the North Atlantic (10 mGal contours). Red dots show locations of earthquakes with magnitude > 5.5 and they highlight the present-day location of the seafloor spreading ridges and transform faults. This gravity information shows the details of the plate tectonic history of the rifting of these continents including the subtle signatures of fracture zones that are currently buried by sediment.

An Ocean of Mountains

The ocean comprises a significant portion of the Earth yet it remains a field we know the least about. Humans know more about the topography of Mars than we do about the ocean floor, and our poor knowledge of seabed topography is demonstrated by the ongoing search for missing Malaysia [...]

Work on “Inner GPS” in the Brain Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

Work on “Inner GPS” in the Brain Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

Over the course of three decades, two separate research efforts helped unwrap the questions of “how does the brain create a map of the space surrounding us and how can we navigate our way through a complex environment?” The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was split into two halfs. [...]

Geography 101

Caused by Monarch butterflies in flight?

Mass Movements So Large You Can See Them on Radar

Normally used to detect weather patterns, radars used by the National Weather Service have also been known to picked up other patterns.  The U.S. National Weather Service in Saint Louse, Missouri recently reported that a butterfly shaped pattern on its radar was the result of… butterflies.  The swarm of Monarch butterflies [...]

Map showing location of BRICS countries.

What Does the Acronym BRICS Stand For?

The term “BRICs” is an acronym developed from the names of countries that are in a similar stage of newly advanced economic development. So what does BRICs stand for? BRICs in simple terms refer to countries that financial analysts all over the world believe offer excellent opportunity for long-term economic growth and [...]

Popular Geography Books

Popular Geography Books

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 [...]

Maps

Map of Where Gender Pronouns Don't Exist

Map of Where Gender Pronouns Don’t Exist

About 68% of the world’s languages sampled in an interactive available from the World Atlas of Language Structures don’t have a gender specific pronouns.  254 of the 378 mapped languages in the interactive map don’t use “he” or “she” but instead used a gender neutral pronoun when referring to persons. [...]

Destroyed during World War II, the Ebstorf Map was the largest example of a complex Mappa Mundi.

Types of Medieval European Maps

From the earliest civilizations onwards people have been drawing the world around them on stones, clay tablets, papyrus, and more. The way people see the world can tell future generations so much about the culture, perspectives, physical geography and other insights into the lives of those who have come before. [...]

The Geographer by Johannes Vermeer.

The Geographer by Johannes Vermeer: Geography in Fine Art

Art mimics life, and the art of famous painters like Johannes Vermeer are no different. From intricate background details to startlingly accurate portrayals of scientists and other important innovations of the time art can serve as a valuable insight into times long passed. When it comes to portraying the effects [...]

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.

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

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

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

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 [...]

Meet a Geographer: Kristina Jacob

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

Aral Sea Continues to Shrink

Aral Sea Continues to Shrink

Once the  fourth-largest inland water body in the world, the Aral Sea shrank again this past year.  For the first time in modern history, the eastern lobe has completely dried out. While the the World Bank and Kazakhstan have collaborated to build the Kok-Aral dike which has helped to stabilize the northern [...]

Geography Hall of Shame

Geography Hall of Shame

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

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 [...]