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Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography students and teachers. http://geographyeducation.org
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Circles of Latitude Craft

"Hands-on worksheet to play and review the circles of latitude from the Wise Nest."  

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I originally found this hands-on activity on Maps 101 wanted to make my own.   This is a fun way to make latitude more meaningful and memorable.  All the documents you need to recreate this, and to have your students make their own are available here


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When Google Earth Goes Awry

When Google Earth Goes Awry | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"These jarring moments expose how Google Earth works, focusing our attention on the software. They reveal a new model of representation: not through indexical photographs but through automated data collection from a myriad of different sources constantly updated and endlessly combined to create a seamless illusion; Google Earth is a database disguised as a photographic representation. These uncanny images focus our attention on that process itself, and the network of algorithms, computers, storage systems, automated cameras, maps, pilots, engineers, photographers, surveyors and map-makers that generate them.”

Seth Dixon's insight:

The quote above from Clement Valla shows some of the problems with trusting too completely in a form of technology if you are not sure how it works or what its limitations are.  What does he mean when he says "Google Earth is a database disguised as a photographic representation?"  What does this have to do with the term metadata?   


Tags: cartography, visualization, mapping, art, google.

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Mary Rack's curator insight, August 26, 2013 7:10 AM

This post represents a "sub-issue" which underlies many of today's  decisions: How much "information" is really a composite of items that may or may not be related? And how many of our decisions are based on those constructs? As a result, are we liviing in a "house of cards", a fantasy world that is sure to collapse around us one day? It's a scary thought. 

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:55 AM

I understand that this article mostly depicts the inherent limitations with our current technology within GIS systems but I mostly just found these images to be eerily and awkwardly beautiful. Art made accidentely. Thank-you flawed technology.

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Density and Emptiness

Density and Emptiness | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"In the end of 2012 I travelled to USA to experience something new. And it was something I didn't expect: emptiness and density.  'Merge' is the last part of a project series 'Empty, Dense, Merge' which explores two opposite feelings through the photos of places located in USA.  In this project two opposite places are merged into one: New York City, where, it seems like everyone wants to live there, and Grand Canyon / Death Valley, which are unlivable."

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This is geographically inspired art at it's finest.  It goes beyond making beautiul jewelry with maps or showing majestic vistas of natural landscapes; the artistic concept that motivated the photographer was geographic in nature.  Population density is highly clustered leaving great spaces of open, empty, unpopulated land and some major cities that are jam-packed with human activity and settlements.  Merging both of these concepts into the same image produced this series of 6 images (as seen in this Atlantic Cities article).


Tags: art, density, NYC, landscape.

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oyndrila's comment, July 21, 2013 12:37 AM
Excellent visual resource to convey the concepts.
John Blunnie's curator insight, July 28, 2013 10:14 AM

Great photo combining the U.S.'s great spaces with its metropolisis'.

Josue Maroquin's comment, August 12, 2013 6:17 PM
Amazing it almost looks lkike we, in the US, are living in a huge bowl
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Stamen Maps

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"Stamen's toner, terrain and watercolor map styles are lovingly crafted and free for the taking."

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With all the feel of an old, hand-drawn maps, this watercolor map layer is designed to wash out rough edges and makes a map with current road layers still feel like a vintage map.  Compare and contrast with the toner and terrain layouts. 


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How to Make an iPhone Case Out of an Old Map

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Map lovers wanting to customize your phone cover, this is for you.  Read the full blog post here from maps.com.  


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Tony Hall's comment, April 28, 2013 2:50 AM
Nice:)
Tony Hall's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:50 AM

Something for the GeoGeek in your life:)

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State Shape Necklaces

State Shape Necklaces | Geography Education | Scoop.it
So much of who we are stems from where we came from. Each southern state's culture is proudly unique...just like its natives. These beautiful brass State Shape Necklaces are the perfect bold, yet subtle, way to wear your state pride.
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This doesn't cover every state, and it may even offend some with how they've drawn the south.  Some southern states (in this northerner's mind) are not included.  Which state would you add to the list?  Any you'd remove?

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USA Map Made from Matches

USA Map Made from Matches | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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This is is just one perspective on a fantastic cartographic art installation by Claire Fountaine.  Watch this flaming video of her lighting her "match map" of France


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SchoolandUniversity's comment, February 14, 2013 3:10 AM
wow beautiful , nice video and looking so amazing !
http://www.schoolanduniversity.com
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Flag Food

Flag Food | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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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). 


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dilaycock's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:02 PM

Now here's an interesting activity for students!

Mark Slusher's curator insight, February 9, 2013 5:46 AM

Now THIS is geographical food for thought! Talk about conquering a nation!

Emily Larsson's comment, September 10, 2013 5:15 PM
I love that! It's so creative. Whoever came up with the idea to do this as an advertisement for the international food festival did a great job. They all look so delicious. Food festivals are a great way to experience other cultures.
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Middle-Earth gets a Geological Makeover

Middle-Earth gets a Geological Makeover | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"As if J. R. R. Tolkien wasn’t brilliant enough with his creation of Middle-Earth, it appears that using his numerous maps and illustrations provided, supplemented by observations from within the texts themselves, a geological reconstruction can be achieved! I recently came across this old article from the Proceedings of the J. R. R. Tolkien Centenary Conference, Oxford, England, 1992, and figured it was worth sharing."

Seth Dixon's insight:

As many Lord of the Rings fans prepare for the release of the new Hobbit movie, I wanted to share two things that might be of interest.  First this article is linked to a geologic 'reconstruction' of Middle Earth.  Added to this is this fabulous Middle Earth Map Dress (complete with the traveling cloak collar, the Tengwar script on the belt and hem, and the matching clutch with the one ring). 


Why are do we study geography?  As Samwise Gamgee reminded us, we need to remember “that there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” 

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geofoodgraz's curator insight, December 15, 2012 1:36 AM

 

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"As many Lord of the Rings fans prepare for the release of the new Hobbit movie, I wanted to share two things that might be of interest.  First this article is linked to a geologic 'reconstruction' of Middle Earth.  Added to this is this fabulous Middle Earth Map Dress (complete with the traveling cloak collar, the Tengwar script on the belt and hem, and the matching clutch with the one ring). "


Why are do we study geography?  As Samwise Gamgee reminded us, we need to remember “that there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” 

Danielle Boucher's curator insight, January 24, 2013 2:51 PM

Brilliant!

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Magical Composites with an "Earth View"

Magical Composites with an "Earth View" | Geography Education | Scoop.it

When I embraced the medium of photography, I felt that taking a picture that represented only what was within the frame of the lens wasn't expressing my personal and inner experience of the world around me.

This whimsical photography creates a fantastic visualization of what a miniaturized planet (such as those portrayed in the classic book The Little Prince) might look like in the mind's eye.


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This whimsical photography creates a fantastic visualization of what a miniaturized planet (such as those portrayed in the classic book The Little Prince) might look like in the mind's eye.  

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World Necklace

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I'm sure someone out there would absolutely love this. 


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Earthscapes

Earthscapes | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty and diversity of America's landscapes as seen from above with the Earthscapes (Forever®) stamps.Offering an opportunity to see the world in a new way, the 15 stamps are issued in 3 rows of 5, showing 3...


These stamps are the perfect way to decorate your letters while showing your love for the Earth and geography. 


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Map as Art

Map as Art | Geography Education | Scoop.it
There are many amazing examples of artists who turn to cartography and geography for inspiration. Whether through the lens of a camera, paint, ...


This series of cartographically-inspired art works changes how we look at maps.  Some of these artists also make us think of places that are on the Earth as explicitly "mappable" features.  I think the Google Maps push-pin in the city center is my favorite.  Which do you prefer? 


Tags: art, mapping, place, cartography

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GeoMapGames's curator insight, March 3, 9:47 PM

Amazing map art! I like Google Maps push-pin in the city center :)
Which do you prefer?  #geomapgames

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Top 20 Earth Images

Top 20 Earth Images | Geography Education | Scoop.it
With five satellites scanning the globe, DigitalGlobe has collected impressive imagery of planet Earth this year. Check out their top 20 images here.
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The Earth itself is the great source of inspiration for art.  Enjoy the gallery.


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Alex Schaerer's curator insight, December 5, 2013 8:50 AM

Incredible images of Mother Earth. It is all of our responsibility to look past our short term existence here to ensure that she flourishes for millenia for our future generations. 

Joy Kinley's curator insight, December 6, 2013 7:49 AM

The views of Earth from Space are fascinating.  Mountains, deserts, volcanoes, islands all seen from above.  My favorite is the city of Aleppo. What is yours?

megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 8:31 PM
Five satellites have taken some of the most amazing photos of amazing places all over the world. The photos show the beauty of each place some places i never even knew existed.
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Earth Structural Layer Cake

Earth Structural Layer Cake | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"One of their lessons [in a series involving geologic sciences] involved teaching the kids about the structure of the Earth. One of her friends came up with the idea of presenting a model of the Earth made out of cake. So my sister asked me if I could make a spherical cake with all the layers of the Earth inside it."

Seth Dixon's insight:

I definitely don't have the skills to pull off this amazing cake, but I can certainly appreciate the hard work and the amazing teaching tool this cake is (tutorial and recipes for concentrically layered cake here).  Crafts are hardly fluff pieces; my daughter last year had to create a craft representing the inner core, outer core mantle and crust.  She loved working with fruits of various sizes (blueberry was the inner core, followed by strawberry, kiwi and an orange with the peel being the crust) but the lesson stayed because of the visual and tactile connection that she had with the project.


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Joanne Wegener's curator insight, August 26, 2013 4:42 AM

For all of those super-keen cooks out there ... what a cool idea!

Canberra Girls Grammar GSSF's comment, September 1, 2013 7:30 PM
Year 8 Unit 1
Courtney Burns's curator insight, December 7, 2013 4:58 PM

I think that this came out awesome! I definetly don't think that I would be able to pull something like this off. However what I found intersting about this was that it was like a cake map. Students were able to get a visual about what the earth's core is like. It visually shows them all the different layers of the earth. Just by visually seeing the cake like this will help a lot more kids to remember this lesson. Also by the baker putting the countries in their accurate locations makes this cake even that much better. They are veiwing a map and they don't even know it. I think this cake is a great tool to use to show students just how the earth is actually made up. By allowing the students to visually see it also makes it more likely for them to remember the material. Viewing maps can teach so much, which is why I think this "cake map" is an awesome way to teach and get the kids attention!

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137 World Landmarks and Other Crazy Google Maps Art

137 World Landmarks and Other Crazy Google Maps Art | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The Bay Area's Jenny Odell creates maddeningly complex sets of similar structures, like stadiums, nuclear plants and cargo ships.
Seth Dixon's insight:

I love geographically inspired art.  How many of the 137 icon features (as portrayed in Google Maps but removed from their context) can you identify?  For a higher-resolution, image and more of her art, click here


Tags: mapping, art, google, trivia.

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Sean de Basti's curator insight, August 27, 2013 7:31 AM

do you know where everything is located?

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Atlas of True Names

Atlas of True Names | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings,
of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States.

For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated,

the Atlas gives you "The Tawny One", derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”.

Seth Dixon's insight:

This is a fun set of maps that forces us to reexamine the historical linguistic roots of place names.  Many toponyms have a complicated histories so the actual root of the name is not always a single straightforward translation as shown in these maps.  As you explore these maps, most readers will find something the they would dispute, correct, or want to see contextualized more but all in all, it is a fun set of maps.


Tags: language, mapping, art, cartography, toponyms, historical.


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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:12 AM

True names give these maps a unique and historic twist.

Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 17, 2013 1:57 AM

I loved looking at the map of great britain.  I hope it grabs my pupils' attention as an introduction to maps.

Amy Marques's curator insight, July 31, 2013 4:19 PM

Great to see what the original names where! Especially for those that are similar to its current name and those that are completely irrelevant!

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Street Art Project Maps Rap Lyric Shout Outs Around NYC

Street Art Project Maps Rap Lyric Shout Outs Around NYC | Geography Education | Scoop.it
If a NYC location got a shout out in some rap lyrics, Jay Shells has probably made a sign out of them and placed it at that specific location for his amazing new project.
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Street art has a subtle, but powerful connection with place.  How does an art installation alter a neighborhood's sense of place?  How does a place alter the meaning(s) of an art installation?


Tags: art, mapping, NYC, culture, landscape, place, socioeconomic, neighborhood.

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bancoideas's curator insight, April 24, 2013 4:59 AM

¿que tal esta idea de arte callejero? Letras de rap y señaléticas de tránsito

Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, September 23, 2013 7:28 AM

I just got back at two in the morning from a road trip with one of my cousins to see her sister in Maryland.  It was a fabulous time, and I'd like to point out that we did drive through New York, and caught some glimpses of NYC across the way.  My whole experience on the trip was illuminated by different forms of cultural exposure.  I rarely travel, and it was quite fascinating to see the different locations on the way.  One thing that I noticed was a large presence of graffiti, that completely varied in styles and colors in every city and every state.  It was as if these different people from different places all had different things to say.  The rap lyrics on signs are interesting as well, because these rap lines are not intended to be written on signs, contrasted from graffiti, which is meant to be seen publicly.  The culture in New York is one that includes art and appreciation of art, and these rap lyric signs are both catchy and artsy.  Poetry has long been a way to teach people to remember things- such as in nursery rhymes.  It seems to me that it would be sufficiently easier for a person to remember what avenue they are supposed to meet someone on, by quoting existing rap lyrics that are also present on signs in the area.  These aesthetic embellishments also demonstrate a striving towards a revival of a human blend of Platonic cultural ideas with the presenece of art and poetry in public, and the human imperfection that accompanies rap music with the stigma of sex, drugs, and violence. 

         One of the bad things about the trip was the traffic in New York, but if I had rap lyric signs to read, I really would not have been that bad off.  Some people like to read books or magazines while using the bathroom, and it is becoming increasingly clear that there must be a similar level of tolerance/inclination towards people wanting to read rap lyrics on signs in New York that indicate the areas referred to in song.  There really are very few problems with this, and I am often more offended by the billboards in cities that tell me what religious ideas are right for me to believe, such as the Christ-Supremacist group billboards that tell me Jesus will save me.  I think Kanye West is a slightly more contemporary savior that might be to the liking of the citizens of New York City... At least, in this particular place, during this particular time.

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Geographic art projects

Geographic art projects | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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I loved these cuff links that I my wife got me for our anniversary, so I thought this bracelet would be a great Valentine's Day gift for her.  Want to make your own?  Then read on. 


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Dr. Kathleen Contreras's comment, February 17, 2013 12:02 AM
Where did you purchase the bracelet? Love it!
Seth Dixon's comment, April 22, 2013 7:06 PM
The bracelet was made by http://www.hotcakesdesign.com/braceletmain.html
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Third Rock Fire Pit

Third Rock Fire Pit | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Rick Wittrig designs each Fire Pit from one quarter inch (6.35 mm) thick carbon steel. They have an iron oxide finish/patina on the outside. The interior is coated with a high temperature resistant paint and has an 1-1/2" rain drain in the bottom.
Seth Dixon's insight:

This would be just about the coolest thing ever.

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Emiel Mulder's curator insight, February 12, 2013 12:15 AM

Hoe gaaf! Wil ik hebben!

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Putting the art in cartography

Putting the art in cartography | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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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.  


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NASA - Image of the Day

NASA - Image of the Day | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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." 

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Ed Fairburn's Deutschland

Ed Fairburn's Deutschland | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I have a weak spot for art that uses cartography as both the medium and canvas. This links you to the artist's site, but you may also wish to see this article with a nice gallery of his cartographically inspired art.


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Ingrid Dabringer’s Map Paintings: Finding Whimsy in Geography

Ingrid Dabringer’s Map Paintings: Finding Whimsy in Geography | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This is a great gallery of clever artwork that puts the "art" in cartography (The Earth without art is just "eh"). 

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World Tattoo

World Tattoo | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I'm not a "tattoo guy," but this is amazing.  On this map, you've got to earn the ink by traveling to the country. 


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