Geo-literacy extends far beyond knowing where places are on a map. National Geographic Education has put an emphasis on geoliteracy, which entails spatial thinking skills and understanding systems in addition to content knowledge about locations and places.
ANALYSIS: In a new map that re-envisions the Arctic, there's no mention of the current "Arctic 5" -- the U.S., Canada, Norway, Denmark or Russia -- but more closely resembles a map of Arctic indigenous peoples.
Lastly, borders have been historically guided by geography, land use, ethnicity, or lines of latitude and longitude. Artificially establishing borders based on a mathematical formula, while possible, is not a likely development ...
Spatial skills -- those involved with reading maps and assembling furniture -- can be improved if you work at it, that's according to a new look at the studies on this topic. Video game playing increases spatial skills.
It involves the study of all kinds of human settlements, with a view to geography and ecology — the physical environment — and human psychology and anthropology, and cultural, political, and occasionally aesthetics.
Each one of these things seems to have been placed at that very spot on purpose, creating interesting geodesy. As an example, Callanish is 5° north and 5° west of Arbor Low, which is 2° north of Stonehenge.
The second episode of Chasing UFOs on the National Geographic Channel, "Dirty Secrets," was one of the most paranoid and absurd pieces of supposedly non-fiction TV that I have ever seen. Apparently the military has ...
In FP's July/August issue, Robert D. Kaplan writes that the present and future of Pakistan -- perpetually among the top countries on the Failed States Index -- "are still best understood through its geography." But the troubled Southeast Asian country, precariously situated between India and Central Asia, is not the only region whose prospects for growth and security are affected by natural resources and cartographic positioning. In an interview, Kaplan, chief geopolitical analyst for Stratfor and author of the forthcoming book The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, pinpointed eight countries where vital challenges hinge on questions of geography.
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I thought I posted this a month ago (at the AP readings when Lili Monk gave me a copy!) but couldn't find the link. Geography education isn't just essential for the social sciences; it's cross-curricular benefits are well-documented. I know this is preaching to the choir, but I hope this gives you 'added ammunition' in defending geography with administrators.
Of the hundreds of maps I see each year, I would guess that less than 10% have been designed for printing. This to me is a great shame for a few reasons. Firstly, paper is just better in many circumstances. It is by far the most reliable means of storing navigation information: it doesn’t need batteries or an internet connection (you could say the maps are pre-cached) and you can drop it in a puddle and it will still work. It also offers a nice sized and efficient visual interface- street corners seem to be increasingly populated with those squinting into their phone. If you spot someone with an A-Z they tend to have a quick look at the map and then start looking around to get their bearings.
Merriman points to four main perspectives that have dominated these debates; those of spatial science, time geography, nonrepresentational theory and the Neo-Marxist politics of space-time. While there are many complex ...
Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.
At some point in all of our lives our perception of the world began to change- our knowledge of the world, from school or personal travel experience, began to grow in our minds a map of the world which started to encompass more than just our hometowns and the surrounding suburbs. Soon this mental map started to include nearby states or territories, other countries, and slowly but surely a global mental map was created in each of our minds, unique and personal to every one of us.
Apple Maps stands at the end of a long line of cartographic catastrophes. Say goodbye to the Mountains of Kong and New South Greenland—the enchanting era of geographic gaffes is coming to a close, writes Simon Garfield.
For current GIS software products to support the teaching and learning of spatial thinking in the K-12 context, they must have the capacity to (I) spatialize data sets by providing spatial data structures and coding systems for ...
Focusing on the two cases of megaregions and global cities, sociologist Saskia Sassen explores how a more equitable distribution of benefits can (...) (@RMadan_CPLAN yes, i agree..but in the meantime the divide exists
(source). It's commonly accepted nowadays that a multitude of causes determines whether a country is relatively rich or poor. The fact that I'm currently writing post number 61 in this series points in the same direction.
The purpose of the articles, this blog and The Jewish Geography Project isn't to shake a finger in your face, it's not to bash you over the head and tell you you're wrong and I'm right. I write, I bring up tough issues, I'm doing this ...
As with most objects that carry a potentially large price tag, rare and valuable maps have been subjected to theft over the years. Some of the most prolific thieves have stolen hundreds and sometimes thousands of maps over the years.
The urban geography of transit cities and of car cities is relatively well-understood. In a transit city, there will be a strong CBD surrounded by residences with spiky secondary centers, all quite small geographically but dense, ...