Geography Concept of the Day

Map showing the location of the spacecraft cemetery. Source: NASA.

Spacecraft Cemetery

Ever wonder what happens to satellites and other space debris that make it back to Earth? The spacecraft cemetery is home to spacecraft, freighters, satellites, and space stations that have been retired from their jobs in space.

Gravity hill in Shullsburg, WI. Photo: Benjamin Haines.

What are Gravity Hills?

There are hundreds of gravity hills around the world and they are characterized as places where a geographical optical illusion has been created.

Geography 101

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Which Continent Lies in All Four Hemispheres?

While several of the world’s continents are traversed by the separation between two hemispheres, there is only one continent in the world that lies in all four hemispheres: Africa.

The red star makes the location of Point Nemo.

Where is Point Nemo?

Point Nemo is a pole of inaccessibility that marks the furthest location from the ocean to the nearest coastline.

Maps and GIS

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. Credits: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Cindy Starr

Antarctic Sea Ice Growth: A Climate Change Paradox

Over the course of the last few years, the growth of Antarctica’s sea ice was well­ documented while the Arctic has experienced ice melt. Different accounts have been given for the paradox at Earth’s poles.

Geography for Kids

Physical Geography

Human Geography

Birth of a new illegal gold mining zone in in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve (Madre de Dios region, Peru) between July and September 2015. Source: Finer M, Olexy T (2015) High Resolution View: Birth of a New Illegal Mining Zone. MAAP #17.

Gold Mining in the News

In South America mercury is used to collect the gold after it has been mined, and it has polluted the environment and poisoned the workers. On the other side of the Pacific, ocean floor mining is seen by investors as a golden opportunity, but critics disagree.

Geography Career

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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.

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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 […]

Geography Fun

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Sunday Maptinee: Build a Cork Map

For a fun map making idea, try a cork world map. This video from Parson Woodworking shows how making to make a map of the world using cork.

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Pacific Northwest Topo Glassware

North Drinkware currently has two handmade drinking glasses showing the terrain of Mount Rainier and Mount Hood at the bottom of each style.