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This is a great video for GIS day (TODAY!) to remember why and how spatial thinking and spatial technologies can improve education and communities. GIS will be a mainstay in the emerging workplace.
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"Many of us have heard the stories of how our parents or grandparents had to walk miles in the snow to get to school. Perhaps some of these tales were a tad embellished, but we got the point. A lot of American kids have the luxury of being driven in a warm car or bus to a good school nearby. This is not the case for the children in this gallery.
The photos you are about to see are snapshots of the treacherous trips kids around the world take each day to get an education. Considering there are currently 61 million children worldwide who are not receiving an education—the majority of which are girls—these walks are seen as being well worth the risk.
In the above photo, students in Indonesia hold tight while crossing a collapsed bridge to get to school in Banten village on January 19, 2012. Flooding from the Ciberang river broke a pillar supporting the suspension bridge, which was built in 2001."
"Aerial photo tour across countries and continents with a French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand"
I love Yann Arthus-Bertrand's photography; so many of them are geography lessons in and of themselves as he captures compelling images of the cultural landscape. This particular gallery shows 32 stunning images including this one above showing urban agriculture in Geneva, Switzerland.
"Worldwide, there are 800 million amateur farmers in built-up areas. In estates in south eastern Asia and some towns in central and South America, many people depend on this activity for survival. It’s the same story in Europe; in Berlin there are more than 80,000 urban farmers, and in Russia more than 72% of all urban homes till their own patch of land, balcony or even roof. Urban agriculture is on the [rise] and there could be twice as many people enjoying it within twenty years."
Tags: agriculture, food, landscape, images, urban, unit 5 agriculture, unit 7 cities.
"A glimpse inside the life of students from Senegal to Vietnam and China."
In the United States, we are constantly trying to improve education so that we can help students succeed in the global community. Our education system is often compared to those in other countries to see how American education "measures up." However, there are many differences between schools around the world.
BONUS: After looking at the pictures, compare American education and education in other countries. Write a paragraph explaining the similarities and differences that you INFER from the pictures and captions.
Little bit different to my school:)
What does this do to your ethnocentric beliefs?
"Satellites acquire images in black and white, so how is it possible to create the beautiful color images that we see on television, in magazines, and on the internet? Computers provide us with the answer. Images created using different bands (or wavelengths) have different contrast (light and dark areas). Computers make it possible to assign 'false color' to these black and white images. The three primary colors of light are red, green, and blue. Computer screens can display an image in three different bands at a time, by using a different primary color for each band. When we combine these three images we get a 'false color image.' Find tutorials and links to free compositing programs here."
Tags: remote sensing, images, geospatial, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
Cornerstone Christian school 7th grade science project. The effects of Altitude on air pressure and temperature. Cameras: GoPro Hero2 video footage. Edited B...
This is the coolest Junior High geospatial technologies project ever. This actually recorded some nice remotely sensed images. You can actually do something similar yourself with this balloon kit. You can read about some successful attempts to do this with geography students and colleagues from @AndrewShears which can be seen here and another by @bricker that is worth looking at here.
Tags: remote sensing, images, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
Oh, Machu Picchu, ancient city of the Incas, pride of Peru, must-see travel destination: You've never been so appropriately photobombed by a llama.
Millions of tourists have already taken a picture of Machu Picchu from this angle, and yet, tourists all want to replicate the iconic shot as for themselves--proof that they were there and had the full experience. Iconic images are perfect for internet memes (and in this instance a photobomb) because there is a shared cultural understanding of what the picture should look like normally and inverting that provides the comic relief. CAPTION THIS PHOTO IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.
Tags: Peru, South America, tourism, images.
This is a truly epic photobomb! Ahhh....ahhhh....PICCHUUUUUUU!
These maps were purposefully designed to break all the cartographic conventions and consequently conceal as much as they reveal. When land is colored blue, what happens in the mind of the map viewer? Why is psychology important in how we design maps?
Tags: images, mapping, cartography.
Would it even be possible for life as we know it to exist on this inverted Earth? For example, I am not sure where the fresh water is located on this inverted map. Do rivers still exist in an inverted world?
You've seen the this image as a static map, as a video and as an adjusted cartogram here before. This link is especially intriguing because this same data has been added to Google Maps so a user can interactively explore this layer and compare it to daytime satellite imagery or a standard map (it can also be seen on an interactive globe on http://www.geteach.com/ ).
The first impulse of most students is to note when analyzing this image is to note that the map will show us where people live, where the cities are or some other comment that speaks to the magnitude of the population in the white areas. Let them analyze this for more time, and they'll notice that population isn't the whole story of this image. A place like India shines, but less brightly than the eastern part of the United States. I like to point out that South Korea appears to be an island (because North Korea is literally blacked out). Politics, development, affluence and population information are all embedded in this image. As with all maps, the more information you have about the place in question (in this case, Earth), the more meaningful information you can extract out of the map.
Tags: remote sensing, images, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
Thanks to Nic Hardisty
The winners have been named in the 2012 National Geographic Photography contest. As a leader in capturing the world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence.
This image of the Matterhorn was the 1st place winner in the "places" category in the National Geographic's 2012 competition. The winners are just as impressive as you would expect coming from National Geographic.
Wow....these should prove very useful for K, T and A classes.
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Tags: Brazil, urban, squatter, images, urban ecology.
Amazing images to bring this to life for kids who have no concept what the favela looks like.
This article and the selected gallery is based on the free e-book "Earth as Art" which I've mentioned here before earlier. This particular image is fantastic for teaching about geomorphology and river systems. Students can 'see' the historical layers of a meandering stream winding it's way across the landscape. Connecting the physical geography to human geography, analyzing the flood plains can help explain the land use and settlement patterns in this Mississippi Delta image.
UPDATE: Here's another meandering stream image (Willamette River, Oregon) that shows the dynamism of fluvial processes quite nicely.
the beauty of our earth...
“Nothing tells us more about the spread of humans across the Earth than city lights.”...
"For three weeks spread out over April and October of this year, the Suomi NPP satellite (jointly of NASA and NOAA) scanned all the Earth's land as it appeared at night. Scientists then mapped the satellite's data -- 2.5 terabytes of it -- over an earlier Blue Marble image, transforming that picture's daytime blues, browns, and greens into a nightime palette of blues, blacks, and gold."
This video is a great compliment to the classic Earth at Night composite image as well as the adjusted cartogram for population density.
Questions to Ponder: What do these lights "tell us" about human geography? What does the intensity of the lights indicate?
I'll let Douglas Keeney's own words and this image speak for themselves: "The geography of human conflict as seen from space at night. The Strait of Hormuz as seen at night from the space station is a beautiful lesson in the geography of conflict. How much we learn by simply tracing the fingers of human populations as seen superimposed over the geography of Earth. Enjoy."
-From Lights of Mankind: Earth at Night From Space
What would a picture look like from a drone's perspective? Where are these places that are being targeted? This Instagram account is incredibly thought-provoking and informative.
"David Guttenfelder, chief Asia photographer for the Associated Press wire service, sent these photos from North Korea straight to his Instagram account (in real time), a significant feat in a country where access is strictly controlled and where very few have Internet access."
On a side note, last week I posted about the joint South Korean/North Korea Industrial complex, essentially saying that as long as that remains open, this war talk from North Korea is all bravado. Well, that industrial complex is now shut down.
Tags: North Korea.
"Just 200 years ago, there were only 1 billion people on the planet, and over the next 150 years, that number grew to 3 billion. But in the past 50 years, the global population has more than doubled, and the UN projects that it could possibly grow to 15 billion by the year 2100. As the international organization points out, this increasing rate of change brings with it enormous challenges."
This is a compilation of 42 photos that highlight ideas of population growth, urbanization and sustainability. Pictured above is the favela Joaquim de Queiros, a hillside neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.
Tags: population, images, unit 2 population.
I can´t stop smiling from a photo I stumbled upon on the facebook page of Nomaden (a Norwegian travel store) – I just love it! I tried to find the source of the photo, but no luck. I found it sprea...
I think this is my new litmus test for potential friends. If this picture from Mongolia doesn't bring a smile to your face, I just don't think that we can be friends. If anyone can find the original source (or a hi-res version), I'd love to hear about it.
A massive winter storm is coming together as two low pressure systems are merging over the U.S. East Coast. A satellite image from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite on Feb. 8 shows a western frontal system approaching the coastal low pressure area.
This NASA "image of the day" of the Nor'eastern shows the scope and impact of the storm quite vividly.
This picture is a compilation of foods Produced at the Sydney International Food Festival. If you want to see more "food flags," see this previous post with links to the ingredients and a key to the flags (if you can't guess some of them).
Tags: food, art.
I love it... I am seeing an extra credit project with this... feed the teacher and make it educational too!
Now here's an interesting activity for students!
Now THIS is geographical food for thought! Talk about conquering a nation!
Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News (via Exposing the Truth Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands a...
Pictured above is Lake Hillier, located on a small island south of Western Australia. Around the world there are many pink lakes; most of them can attribute their hue to their high salinity composition. Some algaes that thrive in salt water produce organic pigments with a reddish/pinkish coloration. This particular lake's coloration is a mystery. If you any additional information, feel free to share in in the comments section below.
Tags: water, physical, images, Australia.
"Can you use physical and cultural geography clues to match the ground photograph with its location? Identify the 10 cities and 10 countries. In so doing, you are thinking spatially and considering language, culture, climate, landforms, land use, transportation methods, etc. to determine the correct answers."
This quiz and others like it are great ways to get students utilize all the information available in a photograph and really plumb the depths of their knowledge about places.
Tags: games, spatial, landscape.
Should be great for FCE speaking speculation. . . .
This dresser represents a gorgeous way to recycle vintage maps. As with all crafts found on pinterest, it's takes more work than the 4 easy steps pictured, but this one is very managable. I love geographically-themed art.
Through his Vanishing Cultures Project photographer Taylor Weidman documents threatened ways of life. About his work in Mongolia, he states: "Mongolian pastoral herders make up one of the world's largest remaining nomadic cultures. For millennia they have lived on the steppes, grazing their livestock on the lush grasslands. But today, their traditional way of life is at risk on multiple fronts. Alongside a rapidly changing economic landscape, climate change and desertification are also threatening nomadic life, killing both herds and grazing land."
In times of ecological hardships and global economic restructuring, many children of nomadic herders are seeking employment out of the rural areas and in the urban environment. The cultural change that this represents is for Mongolia enormous and is captured wonderfully in this photo gallery. Pictured above are the ger (yurt) camps that ring the capital city Ulaanbaatar. Ulaanbaatar houses a permanent population of displaced nomads. During the winter, Ulaanbaatar is the second most air-polluted capital in the world due largely to coal burning.
Tags: Mongolia, images, indigenous, culture, globalization.
What factors are threatening pastoral herders way of life? Why?
During the holiday season, online sales shoot up as distant relatives seek to ship gifts in time for Christmas. Some have noted that online shoppers can stay at home and completely render the tradition physical storefront redundant. Online shoppers, whether they think about it or not, hoping that the physical logistics behind the scenes will work efficiently and quickly. This collection of images is a reminder that while it might appear that geography and location are eliminated with online communications, these virtual interactions in cyberspace are dependent on actual physical locations.
Tags: location, economic, space, industry, technology.
Must be a mighty difficult place to work in.
NASA.gov brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America’s space agency.
NASA has stunning galleries of images including this link to their daily image. The big news today about the NASA images is that they have recently made the 172-page e-book Earth as Art a free download (PDF).
About the Image: Portrait of Global Aerosols
"High-resolution global atmospheric modeling run on the Discover supercomputer at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., provides a unique tool to study the role of weather in Earth's climate system. The Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions of 10 to 3.5 kilometers (km). This portrait of global aerosols was produced by a GEOS-5 simulation at a 10-kilometer resolution. Dust (red) is lifted from the surface, sea salt (blue) swirls inside cyclones, smoke (green) rises from fires, and sulfate particles (white) stream from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions."
Sometimes we all want to see a fabulously gorgeous physical landscape and marvel at the beauty that is in this world. For some other spectacular images, here is a great collection of images (without much geographic specificity though).