Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S.
This goes nicely with the carbon footprint data that was recently posted. Although that was data aggregated at the national level and this is on the 'world realms' level, many of the same patterns are visible without the same specificity.
This map shows World trends in age-standardized mean Body Mass Index (BMI) 199 countries over 28 years. The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly doubled since 1980, according to a project that tracked risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
Scientists model where and when the debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami will be. The likelihood that the debris (not radioactive) will reach the U.S. west coast is increasingly likely. Look at the great video attached to the article.
Do you want to use GIS but don't have the budgetary support to install expensive software? Don't know where to start? QGIS is a free, open-source GIS that is a nice option for schools operating on a limited budget that still want a full GIS platform.
Here is an excellent set of video screencasts that are an introduction to what GIS is, using the QGIS software: http://linfiniti.com/dla/ . This site also has sample data, tutorials and worksheets.
Many small city governments without the budget to run proprietary GIS software use QGIS and here is a repository of QGIS resources including blogs, forums, tutorials and user manuals: http://www.townshipgis.org/resources/qgis ; An excellent blog with QGIS tutorials is: http://qgis.spatialthoughts.com/
This is a great interactive feature focusing on the differential impacts of the economic downturn on particular places. You can zoom in, see county-level data, and slide the time bar at the bottom to get spatiotemporal data.
How Facebook connections mirror old empires EIGHT years ago Facebook launched as an online social network connecting a small college community from a dorm room at Harvard University.
These graphics show how in a post-colonial world, former colonies are still socially intertwined in a cultural network that mirrors the empires of yesteryear. Why are these modern social networks so similar to imperial patterns? What economic explanations are there for these patterns? What is the cultural impact?
This cartogram shows the distribution of one major fast food outlet brand (McDonalds's). By 2004 there were 30,496 of these McDonald's worldwide with 45% located in the United States. The next highest number of these outlets are in Japan, Canada and Germany.
The world average number of outlets of this one brand alone is 5 per million people. In the United States there are 47 per million people; in Argentina and Chile the rate is a tenth of the American rate; the rate in Indonesia, China and Georgia is a hundredth of the American rate. In all the territories of Africa there were only 150 outlets: mostly in South Africa. What does this say about consumption, economics, development, globalization and branding? Search http://worldmapper.org for more excellent cartograms.
Fifty million to 200 million years from now, geologists expect Earth's continents to smash together into one big supercontinent, just as they've done repeatedly in our planet's distant past — and a new computer model suggests that the Arctic Ocean...
This graphic displays the fluidity of the plate tectonic systems, and instead of thinking about what happened during the era of the dinosaurs, looking into the future provides an interesting perspective the dynamism of Earth systems (Disclaimer: this is one possibility on what might happen, there are other possible outcomes). In human geography, I use this map to discussion the concept of region: regions are not static, but the the Earth is put together is (sometimes literally) shifting beneath our feet.
This video models how to conduct a lesson in urban geography using ArcGIS online (produced by the ESRI education team). Specifically, this exercise examines the spatial context of the 10 most expensive streets in the USA.
The Spatial History Project at Stanford puts together some fantastic geovisualization that is an awesome site that allows you or your kids to spatial and temporally the diffusion of Nazi concentration camps. It has some clickable 'GIS-like' layers to help students contextualize the data and to make some important interdisciplinary connections. Originally spotted on http://ushistoryeducatorblog.blogspot.com/
This map answers a few simple questions: How far away is the nearest McDonald's? Where is the concentration of McDonald's highest or lowest? While population density is the immediate pattern that we identify, what else can this map show us?
What is considered a good play or a bad play in most sports is situational and depends on context. One of the many contexts in basketball that determines that constitutes 'a good shoot' is where you are on the court in relation to the hoop. In essence, this is a spatial factor, and spatial analysis is critical to informing sports strategy and a geography professor did just that in this study. In this month of March, mentioning sports in a geographic context might help students see how spatial analysis matters is a wide range of subjects.
The best trivia games and quizzes on the internet.
With over 800 games and quizzes on this site with varying skill levels, there is something for everyone here. Some are standard quizzes such as "European Countries" or "Asian capital cities." However some get you to reorganize your global knowledge in ways you've never considered. For example, What is the most populous city in the world for each given time zone (not that easy right)?
As follow-up to an earlier post about how we have enter the age of the Anthropocene, this stunning map is a fantastic visual representation of the forces that merit the dawning of a new geologic age. This map depicts the lights at night, major roads, railways power lines, oversea cables, airline routes and shipping lanes. It also expands the areas according to population size. For more on the production of this map, see the Globaia website: http://globaia.org/en/anthropocene/
The 2012 election are showing again some of the cultural, political and economic divides that exist in the United States. This above map portrays the 2008 presidential election, with counties that voted for McCain in red and Obama in blue. Rick Santorum has said, in reference the political map of the United States today, "Think about it, look at the map of the United States...it's almost all red except around the big cities." Rick Santorum, by taking on “blue” big cities, is also criticizing the Republicans, his own party. This political portray is an attempt to accentuate the difference between rural and urban America to hit his key demographic, but it also begs for further analysis into the electoral geography of the United States. As some social media skeptics have retorted, "It's all blue except where nobody lives." Which is it? What do these patterns say about United States politics? Why do these patterns exist? For more maps that shed light on the spatial voting patterns from the 2008 election, see: http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education/p/462087007/2008-election-maps
This provies the basic overview of the layout and function of http://geteach.com . The video unlocks some great features that are not intended to be hidden, but many first time visitors tend to miss.
This is a phenomenal site, designed by an AP teacher to bring geospatial technologies into the classroom in a way that is incredibly user-friendly. This site allows you to use Google Earth with clickable layers. With multiple data layers of physical and human geography variables, this interactive globe puts spatial information in powerful, yet fun, student-inspired platform.
nat geo programme about the coke factory and the manufacturing process of coke...
Where is Coca Cola produced? Some products are bulk losing some are bulk gaining in the manufacturing process. Coca Cola and their containers represent bulk gaining products. Although not the focus of this video, what is the geography behind where these factories are located? How would this geographic pattern change if this were are bulk losing industry? What are examples of bulk gaining and bulk losing industries? Why are glass bottles not manufactured in the United States?