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Illustrated Textbook: Crappy Mappy

November 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

On this page we wrap up our introduction of maps as we come face to face with a terrifying Greenland, we find out what happens when we stay in our bubbles, and confuse the living daylights out of average-Joe map readers. No, really-all of the male characters on the page are named Joe. Click to [...]

Illustrated Textbook: Using Maps to Find Location

August 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

This page wraps up the Wyoming fatal traffic accident puzzle with a little help from a concept called SCALE. Vocabulary terms MAP and MENTAL MAP (aka COGNITIVE MAP) are also introduced. Go on walkabout HERE to find out why geography is truly a matter of life and death, and why salamander-platypuses were all the rage once upon a [...]

LESSON & VIDEO: The Geospatial Revolution E.1 (17:44)

October 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Objective: Students will understand the change in the purpose maps play in the contemporary world. Students will also be able to identify what is the Geospatial Revolution. Procedure: Students will watch the video, The Geospatial Revolution-Episode 1, provided by Penn State Public Broadcasting and answer the two worksheet questions. Worksheet with questions below. the-geospatial-revolution-youtube [...]

RESOURCE: AP HuGe Recommended Texts

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The following list is taken from the AP Human Geography Teacher’s Guide. The list looks a little dated, nevertheless, the authors have updated versions of their texts. ———————– Textbooks de Blij, H. J., and Alexander B. Murphy. Human Geography: Culture, Society, and Space. 7th ed. New York: John Wiley, 2003. Fellmann, Jerome D., Arthur Getis, and Judith Getis. Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Jordan-Bychkov, Terry G., and Mona Domosh. The Human Mosaic: A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography. 9th ed. New York: W. H. Freeman, 2003. Knox, Paul L., and Sallie A. Marston. Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2004. Kuby, Michael, John Harner, and Patricia Gober. Human Geography in Action. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley, 2004. Norton, William. Human Geography. 5th ed. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2004. [...]

INTERACTIVE: Map Projection- Google and Jason Davies

August 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Thanks to the Vsauce video, What Does the Earth Look Like,  we can use a few other helpful sites to interact with map projection. The first one is Google’s Mercator Map Puzzle where it gives you red country pieces that have distorted sizes and shapes. The player must drag the shapes around to find out what they “correctly” look like on a mercator map. The second interactive is Jason Davies’ interactive map projection website that allows the user to select a different map projection from a drop down and see how it effects the different shapes of the continents. Look for a worksheet that uses this website later. This one is [...]

NEWS via Governing: Florida Lawmakers to Redraw Congressional Maps but on Their Own Terms

August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Florida Lawmakers to Redraw Congressional Maps but on Their Own Terms BY MCCLATCHY NEWS | AUGUST 5, 2014 By Mary Ellen Klas Florida legislators indicated Monday that they will meet in special session this week to make the court-ordered repairs to two congressional districts in North and Central Florida but they will not accept holding special elections this year to put them in place. In a joint email to legislators, House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz said they “continue to maintain our strong objection to any attempt to disrupt the current election process.” But they also laid out the schedule for the special session they are convening on Thursday in response to an Aug. 15 deadline imposed on them by Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis. Lewis ordered lawmakers to revise their congressional redistricting map to fix two districts he had previously ruled unconstitutional, those held by U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville and Dan Webster, [...]

RESOURCE URL: Blank Map Website

July 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

For all of you out there who scour Google images for a good base map, I am happy to let you in on a little secret: http://d-maps.com This independant map lover created a library of outline maps for your saving enjoyment in multiple formats; SVG, GIF, PDF, CDR, AI, and WMF. Not only does he provide various different map perspectives and scales, he also provides around 34 different blank map types for you to play around with. I love how the website is designed to show you the different hierarchy of maps to choose from, starting with a basic “coastal outline” map all the way to the most complex option of “hydrography, states, main towns, and color”. Rollover each thumbnail for details.   These maps are clean, free, and very teacher-friendly. My favorite format to work with is the CDR (Corel Draw) or SVG files which are vectorized and allows for me to easily edit them in Adobe Illustrator. Once you bring in the SVG file into Illustrator, you can ungroup the [...]

NEWS via NPR: Map Of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before

June 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/06/24/323665644/the-map-of-native-american-tribes-youve-never-seen-before The Map Of Native American Tribes You’ve Never Seen Before by HANSI LO WANG June 24, 2014 4:03 PM ET  Listen to the Story All Things Considered 3 min 36 sec Playlist Download Transcript Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones. But centuries of forced relocation, disease and genocide have made it difficult to find where many Native American tribes once lived. Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has pinpointed the locations and original names of hundreds of American Indian nations before their first contact with Europeans. As a teenager, Carapella says he could never get his hands on a continental U.S. map like [...]

NEWS via FCW.com: EPA: Using maps to make sense of water pollution data

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

EPA: Using maps to make sense of water pollution data By Frank Konkel Mar 17, 2014 West Virginians did not need an app to know that the Elk River had been contaminated when this Freedom Industries facility’s retaining wall failed, but there are tens of thousands of less famous waterways that the Environmental Protection Agency has identified as polluted. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) In early 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water began an effort to simplify how it conveys the complex information it has collected for decades. Nine months later, the agency launched a map-based application called “How’s My Waterway?” that allows users to check pollution levels in almost any U.S. lake, river or other waterway via the Web. The project’s launch coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which requires states to report data on waterways to the EPA. The agency in turn periodically updates Congress on the condition of the [...]

NEWS via Mashable: Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea A cartographer at work, circa 1930.IMAGE: VINTAGE IMAGES/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES BY COLIN DAILEDA1 DAY AGO Much of the world is watching how the high-stakes tug-of-war over Crimea will play out, but few groups of professionals are more invested than cartographers. Cartographers are tasked with mapping the political dimensions of the globe. That means when a piece of land switches ownership between countries, it’s their job to decide whether they want to make that change official. The latest debate for this small but influential club is centered on Crimea, the once-autonomous region of Ukraine that voted on March 16 to become a part of Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to annex the peninsula, and it now must be approved by the Russian parliament. On Wednesday, the Ukrainian governmentannounced it was pulling out its troops. But Western nations including the United States, the U.K., and Germany, have not [...]

NEWS via FCW.com: Why Maps Matter

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why maps matter By Frank Konkel Mar 17, 2014 People used to use maps so they wouldn’t get lost. But in recent years, access to the Global Positioning System and the proliferation of mobile technology have made paper-based maps almost irrelevant. Unless you’re in uncharted territory, it’s hard to get lost anymore. Basic geography is as easy as inputting an address and letting your mobile phone tell you how to get there. And as mapping technology advances, it allows for far more than foolproof directions. Federal agencies now use geospatial data, geo-analytics and multi-layered maps for myriad purposes, including gathering intelligence, predicting disease outbreaks and sharing data pools with the public. The allure of mapping lies in its intuitiveness. Even simple “dots on a map can be a powerful way to see trends in data,” said Josh Campbell, geographic information system architect for the Humanitarian Information Unit at the State Department. “Maps [...]

NEWS via NPR: An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

by ROBERT KRULWICH March 18, 2014 4:43 PM This is the story of a totally made-up place that suddenly became real — and then, strangely, undid itself and became a fantasy again. Imagine Pinocchio becoming a real boy and then going back to being a puppet. That’s what happened here — but this is a true story. It’s about a place in upstate New York called Agloe. You can see it here, circled in blue …  … just up the road from Roscoe and Rockland. In the 1930s (I learned from Frank Jacobs’ excellent blog, Strange Maps), there was no town on that stretch between Rockland and nearby Beaverkill — just a dirt road. This wasn’t an important or often visited place, which made it a perfect spot for what’s called a “paper town,” or a map “trap.” Pirate-Protected Maps Companies that create maps get their work copied all the time. You hire a draftsman. You check spellings, you work on the colors, you get all the cities in the [...]

NEWS via Telegraph: The maps which explain the Ukraine crisis

March 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The maps which explain the Ukraine crisis As Russia and Ukraine come ever closer to blows over Crimea, we explain, using maps, the issues at stake 10:35AM GMT 04 Mar 2014 Ukranian and Russian Military Balance Ukraine’s regular army has only 65,000 soldiers, compared with almost 300,000 deployed in Russia’s western and southern military districts, which border Ukraine. Russia also has an established military presence inside the Ukrainian region of Crimea, centred around the Black Sea Fleet base at the port of Sevastopol. These forces have now fanned out across Crimea and seized de facto control of the territory. EU gas dependency The three pipelines that carry gas across Ukraine to Poland and Slovakia and on to the EU. Trade sanctions are unpopular among European countries, which are heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas. Europe gets 40 per cent of its natural gas from Russia. Germany is particularly reluctant to get into a sanctions war since it imports more than a [...]

NEWS via Channel NewsAsia: Virginia to be first US state to include “East Sea” in textbooks

February 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

The US State of Virginia has recently voted to include the name “East Sea” in its history and geography textbooks, alongside what is now marked only as the “Sea of Japan”. File photo: A South Korean warship conducts in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea in South Korea. (AFP/South Korean Navy) VIRGINIA: The US State of Virginia has recently voted to include the name “East Sea” in its history and geography textbooks, alongside what is now marked only as the “Sea of Japan”. The House of Delegates passed the bill in a vote of 81 to 15, and once it is signed into law, Virginia will be the first American state to include “East Sea”, South Korea’s name for the stretch of water. The move appears to show that Korean Americans have been mobilised by their country’s increasingly strained relationship with Tokyo. Peter Y Kim, a Korean American lawyer living in Annandale in Virginia, was shocked when he caught a glimpse of his son’s fifth grade [...]

NEWS via Al Jazeera: How the North Ended up on Top of the Map

February 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

How the north ended up on top of the map by Nick Danforth @ajam February 16, 2014 A cartographic history of what’s up McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World.Flickr A world map drawn by the Moroccan cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi for King Roger of Sicily, 1154. Wikipedia Why do maps always show the north as up? For those who don’t just take it for granted, the common answer is that Europeans made the maps and they wanted to be on top. But there’s really no good reason for the north to claim top-notch cartographic real estate over any other bearing, as an examination of old maps from different places and periods can confirm. The profound arbitrariness of our current cartographic conventions was made evident by McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World, an iconic “upside down” view of the world that recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Launched by Australian Stuart McArthur on Jan. 26, 1979 (Australia Day, naturally), this map is supposed to [...]

NEWS via Business Insider Australia: These Maps Show Which Areas Of The Country Have The Biggest Carbon Footprints

February 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

These Maps Show Which Areas Of The Country Have The Biggest Carbon Footprints KELLY DICKERSON YESTERDAY AT 10:01 AM    19 It’s no secret that the U.S. is one of the biggest carbon emitters around. Households in the U.S. alone are responsible for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions, even though they account for just over 4% of the global population. But which areas in the U.S. are contributing the most? These interactive maps from the University of California, Berkeley show where the U.S. has the biggest carbon footprint. You can even calculate your city’s carbon footprint on their site. The carbon footprint measurement equals the total greenhouse gas emissions of the zip code in question. An area’s carbon footprint includes things like energy people use at home, energy used by businesses, and transportation. The biggest source of emissions depends on the area. For example, the suburbs have a higher percentage of emissions coming from individual vehicles than big cities do. [...]

NEWS via CNN: 7 Things you Probably Didn’t know about Maps

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

7 things you probably didn’t know about maps By Frances Cha, CNN February 3, 2014 — Updated 1011 GMT (1811 HKT) London-based map dealer Daniel Crouch shares a few unusual or rare maps from a recent exhibition in Hong Kong. According to Crouch, maps of BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are rising in popularity among map collectors. This 17th-century map of China is a double-page hand-colored engraved map published in 1665 by John Speed. STORY HIGHLIGHTS “Paper towns” were fake places added to maps by mapmakers in order to dupe forgers into copying them The world’s best map collection is in Paris, says map dealer Daniel Crouch Maps of BRIC nations are popular in the collecting world right now (CNN) — Maps can be beautiful and good ones can be great investments. But what collectors often find most entrancing about maps are how they provide portals into history. The rise and fall of cities, the charting of war and adventure, the promise [...]

RESOURCE via Metropolis Mag: These Maps Show How Subway Maps Twist Urban Reality

February 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

These Maps Show How Subway Maps Twist Urban Reality Komal Sharma A new project by historian Benjamin M. Schmidt reveals how wrong subway maps really are. Courtesy Benjamin M. Schmidt It’s not a secret that our subway maps distort the geographies of the metropoles they claim to represent. When we traverse a city everyday with an MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority NY) or WMATA map (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority), our conception of the city—its boundaries, expanses—easily becomes scrambled. For instance, both Washington’s dense inner core and its spread-out outskirts are all shown on the same scale. In a grid city like Manhattan there might be some semblance of similarity, but in most other cities, reality on the ground is completely different. A new project developed at Northeastern University tackles these problems head on. Benjamin M. Schmidt, a professor of history, has designed interactive digital maps of Boston, New York and Washington that [...]

RESOURCE: Adventures in mapping | TED Playlist

February 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

See on Scoop.it – Advanced Human Geography Maps don’t just tell you which street to turn left on. Maps convey information that shapes our lives, deepen our understanding of problems and our ability to create solutions, and whisk our imaginations to new lands. See what we mean, below. TheHumanImprint‘s insight: Contemporary cartography in practice. See on [...]

News via Wired.com: How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories

February 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Keywords: Boundary disputes; Toponyms (place-names); Delineate; Define; Demarcate; Metes-and-Bounds; State Shapes; Maritime Boundaries; Maps; GPS; Political Geography. (¯`·._.·(¯`·._.·(¯`·._.· Article Below ·._.·´¯)·._.·´¯)·._.·´¯) How the U.S. Maps the World’s Most Disputed Territories BY GREG MILLER 01.24.14 6:30 AM When the United States decides to recognize a new government, or an existing country changes its name, Leo Dillon and his team at the State Department spring into action. Dillon heads the Geographical Information Unit, which is responsible for ensuring the boundaries and names on government maps reflect U.S. policy. The team also keeps an eye on border skirmishes and territorial disputes throughout the world and makes maps that are used in negotiating treaties and truces. These days, Dillon says, maritime borders are where much of the action is. (The recent political squabbling and military posturing between China and Japan over the tiny islands [...]

RESOURCE: Free Online Maps Course: Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

July 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

Interested in taking a spatial mapping course free form Penn State University? Sign up and follow along! This is the first week that it is being offered and so far over 3,000 people have signed up. This is a great way to learn all about the spatial perspective and how to use ArcGIS in every day life. If you have no idea what ArcGIS is, check it out, it is quite amazing.  Imagine a whole bunch of layers of data that you can toggle on and off to see if there are any correlations between the phenomenon.  Ok, I know that didn’t sound so amazing-but liken with toggling a map of McDonalds locations and low income housing. Do you get me now? ————— Maps are for everyone and you don’t need a background to start, just an interest in maps. Here is a copied and pasted section of who this class is intended for: Wired: Who’s the intended audience? Robinson: Novice folks who are maybe coming out of high school in some cases, or lifelong learners who [...]

RESOURCE: 22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts In America – Business Insider

June 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Language, dialect, pronunciation, accent, isogloss, thematic map Everyone knows that Americans don’t exactly agree on pronunciations.  Regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting as a dialect. Joshua Katz, a Ph. D student in statistics at North Carolina State University, just published a group of awesome visualizations of Professor Bert Vaux and Scott Golder’s linguistic survey that looked at how Americans pronounce words. (via detsl on /r/Linguistics) His results were first published on Abstract, the N.C. State research blog. Follow the link below to see some more of the coolest maps from his collection. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6?op=1#ixzz2WBsnEdia 22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts In America – Business [...]
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