While this is ostensibly a map that would be great for a cultural geography unit, I'm also thinking about the spatial patterns that created this map. What current or historical migrations account for some of the patterns visible here? What would a map like this look like it it were produced 50 years ago? Why are Vermont and West Virginia the only states without a county with over 10% of the population that speak another language at home?
"FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public. We hope to bring new life to these images by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world for years and many of the images are missing their original date or location."
Germany's Anna Bader plunges headfirst during the 2013 Cliff Diving European Championship in Ponte Brolla, Switzerland, on July 20.
Professional divers jump from heights between 60 and 89 feet (18 to 27 meters) into what is known as one of the most dangerous—and frigid—cliff-diving spots in the world.
Why We Love It
"What makes this photo interesting for me is not only the tensity brought on by the perfectly poised diver leaping from the cliffs, but also the depth of the background behind her. The even light allows us to clearly see and appreciate all the different onlookers throughout the scene, who become individual points of interest and color rather than a mess of indistinguishable bodies