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Australian Bushfire Resource

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A really nice resource has been created and shared by the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria.
Thanks to Rob Marchetto for the link via Twitter....

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Mapping Ocean Currents

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Students apply information about the Ocean Conveyor Belt to predict the movement of a spill of rubber ducks in the ocean.
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Google: Earth at Night 2012 (interactive)

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Cost of Living

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OverlapMaps - Instantly compare any two places on Earth!

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An OverlapMap is a map of one part of the world that overlaps a different part of the world. OverlapMaps show relative size.

 

This is an very simple way to demonstrate the true size of places, and 'bring the discussion home.'  This site is as simple and intuitive as it is powerful and easily applicable.  This is a keeper.  


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Michael Grant's comment, September 12, 2012 4:07 PM
This toll will and can provide a reliable mapping source to geographers everywhere. It is useful and fun. A neat way to learn cartography
Josiah Melchor's comment, September 12, 2012 11:31 PM
The OverlapMap is a very useful tool that will allow a user to compare different places and parts of the world. Having a more accurate size of a place is critical when comparing 2 or more places. I think that many users besides me will find this very convenient when other resources are not available.
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The above overlap map is the United Kingdom compared to the state of Pennsylvania.  This is a very simple way to demonstrate the true size of remote places, and 'bring the discussion home.'  This site is as simple and intuitive as it is powerful and easily applicable.  This is a keeper. 

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Image Analysis

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One of a number of large wildfires that have affected northern California in 2012, the Chips fire burned more than 75,000 acres by the time firefighters had contained it.

 

2012 is going to go down as the year in United States history as the year with the most acrec burned in a single year (statistics only go back to 1960).  The two featured images were taken earlier this month to display a Northern California wildfire; both with the same spatial resolution and acquired for the same instrument (Advanced Land Imager on EO-1 satellite), yet they are quite distinct.  One shows an aerial photograph, displaying exactly what standard visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (showing us what our eyes would normally see).  The other image displays a false color (near infrared) image. 

 

Questions to ponder: what advantages does each image have for analyzing the fire damage?  Drawbacks?  How does the data from both images work together to create a more complete picture of the situation?     

 

Tags: remote sensing, images, environment, land use, disasters, biogeography. 


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Lisa Fonseca's comment, September 17, 2012 10:22 AM
The first image displays a better visual of exactly where the fire damaged the land, the second image doesn't provide a clear visual to someone, the land effected is foggy. If I was going to visit this specific area in Northern California I would much rather use the first aerial image.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 17, 2012 10:31 AM
The first image gives a good spatial shot of where the exact hot spots are located that cannot be seen by the naked eye. The second photo will give you a spatial view of what you can actually see. Both are needed to put out the hot spot because they each will provide two different solutions to stop the burning acres.
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:33 AM

2012 is going to go down in United States history as the year with the most acres burned in a single year (statistics only go back to 1960).  The two featured images were taken earlier this month to display a Northern California wildfire; both with the same spatial resolution and acquired for the same instrument (Advanced Land Imager on EO-1 satellite), yet they are quite distinct.  One shows an aerial photograph, displaying exactly what standard visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum (showing us what our eyes would normally see).  The other image displays a false color (near infrared) image. 


Questions to ponder: what advantages does each image have for analyzing the fire damage?  Drawbacks?  How does the data from both images work together to create a more complete picture of the situation?     


Tags: remote sensing, images, environment, land use, disasters, biogeography.

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38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed | Mapping statistics and spatial technologies | Scoop.it
Some prime examples of map porn for all my fellow amateur cartographers to get lost in. Get it?

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Zac Redman's comment, October 27, 2013 3:40 AM
a very interesting article, something to stimulate the brain and make us think. A great article to show students if they finish their work early and you need something to keep them entertained.
Rachel Goods's comment, November 4, 2013 6:52 PM
These are very interesting facts that would be a good hook to use in a class when you are talking about mapping.
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2012 World Population Data Sheet Interactive Map - Population Reference Bureau

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Contour Education's channel

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Contour Education is all about making spatial technologies simple for the classroom teacher. Find all of our software guides, reviews, news and classroom act...
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Create QR Codes for GPS Coordinates to Create Scavenger Hunts

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Create QR Codes for GPS Coordinates to Create Scavenger Hunts...

 

Not everyone was access to a full class set of GPS units.  As more students have smart phone capabilities, this is just one idea on how to leverage that technology. 


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Australian Bushfire Resource

Australian Bushfire Resource | Mapping statistics and spatial technologies | Scoop.it
A really nice resource has been created and shared by the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria.
Thanks to Rob Marchetto for the link via Twitter....

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Great resource on bushfires

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lukenaivasha's curator insight, January 8, 2013 10:54 AM

Great resource on bushfires

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Interactive World Statistics

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The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese).  The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.    

 

Tags: population, worldwide, statistics, mapping, zbestofzbest.


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Leonardo Martins's comment, October 20, 2012 11:08 AM
So cool…thank you very much!
Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 24, 2012 10:23 AM
The world, here, is literally at your fingertips. It is a simple way for anyone to locate a multitude of data about any given place around the world. It is another way that brings the whole world that much closer in this technological era.