Gap analysis is a way of mapping different areas of biodiversity for researchers and conservationists to detect potentially endangered species as well as other political, ecological, and demographic features of the same region. Gap analysis is incredibly helpful for discovering the effectiveness of current conservation efforts as well as determining […]
Rivers don’t always flow in the same direction. Read about how the Amazon once flowed east to west and how the strength of Hurricane Isaac once change the course of the Mississippi river.
The biogeography of islands is a fascinating topic that extends to more than just island locations. The ‘island’ part of ‘island biogeography’ can refer to actual islands as well as isolated areas such as mountaintops, valleys, and other secluded spaces of unique biodiversity. These areas, surrounded by unsuitable habitat, often […]
Anyone who has ever caught the travel bug probably understands the allure of the places not many Western travelers get to go, places like Iran, Cuba, and North Korea. Whether this is a reaction to the idea that we aren’t welcome or simply aren’t allowed in, many people go out […]
Megacities are metropolitan areas that have 10 million or more residents.
Different countries around the world vary in cultures, populations and traditions, which helps make up the wonderfully diverse world we live in. What are the factors that contribute to such a wide variety of facts about each country, though? There are many ways to think of each individual culture and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Here are some examples of the same location described as a relative location and an absolute location. The absolute location of a place doesn’t change such as the address of a place or the latitude and longitude of a place. Relative location, changes depending on the person describing the location. […]
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 […]
As a geographer and photographer, I am always interested in the intersection of art and geography. Many artists rely on digital images and maps of places they may not have ever seen, or visited only once. Bert Monroy is a digital photo-realist artist based in Berkeley, CA. A lifelong artist […]
The brain is widely recognized as the most powerful organ of the human body. With our brains, we reason, learn, dream, plan, and perceive the world around us. Part of perception is the development of an internal mapping system based on visual cues. A new study from The Scripps Research […]
Geography education is reaching the farthest corners of the world with the World Map Project and its spin off projects. Peace Corps Volunteers and their allies are turning children from Fiji to Moldova into amateur cartographers to help them connect to their global neighbors and place themselves within our world.
Every day, thousands of digital attacks are happening around the globe. The site Digital Attack Maps shows the leading Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks happening at the moment. The data is consolidated from more than 270 ISP customers who have agreed to anonymously share their network traffic and attack statistics. The data […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
Doug Hibbeler, President of Response Catalyst, describes a free new geography learning game his company has debuted. A Worldly Mind is a new smartphone and tablet app to help usually teenagers learn World Geography. When you look around at the major problems the world is facing, all are better understood […]
If you are looking for a unique gift idea for a geographer in your life, avoid offering yet another atlas, globe, or wall map. Find some ideas here for unique geographically themed gifts. Bespoke Map Clothing Developed by data visualization specialist Rachel Binx, Monochōme is an online clothing store that allows you to […]
The first recorded Thanksgiving in the United States occurred in 1621 and was spread out over three days. The event was held in the fall to celebrate that year’s bountiful harvest, a tradition that the early pilgrims brought with them from England. On October 3, 1863, marking Thanksgiving as a national […]