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Geographic Literacy

Posted in Activity, Geography on Jul 31, 2017

Declining geographic literacy in the hyper-information age is a curious paradox.  It may also spell trouble for our over-used planet.  This post starts to looks at this issue in more detail.

The Address Dilemma

Posted in Geography, History on Apr 24, 2017

Have you ever encountered a misplaced marker? Geocoding may be the culprit. This post takes a look at the ubiquitous and erratic way we humans describe locations.

On the Flip Side

Posted in Activity, Geography, History on Apr 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered who or what is on the other side of the planet?  This post takes a look at what is straight down and upside down.  It also ponders the Earth's strange antipodal balance.

The Fly on the Wall

Posted in Geography, History on Nov 07, 2016

A long line of brilliant thinkers and mathematicians patiently observed, deduced and calculated a way to render the details of our world onto conveniently flat charts, books and electronic devices.  A fly on the wall helped.

Mercator's Magic Map

Posted in Geography, History on Oct 10, 2016

One of the most profound and influential advancements in cartography is sorely misunderstood today.  Let's take a look at when it happened, what it does and why it is still incredibly important.

The Shadow Knows

Posted in Activity, Geography, History on Sep 26, 2016

The size of the Earth was calculated with surprising accuracy by Eratosthenes in the second century BC.  His method was both brilliant and simple.  This article describes a classroom experiment for repeating his results.

The Good Egg

Posted in Geography on Sep 12, 2016

There are some interesting similarities between the Earth and an egg.  This post takes a few measurements to discover how accurate that model really is.

What is GIS?

Posted in Geography on Aug 01, 2016

What is GIS?  This article kicks off the blog with a philosophical look at the root meaning of GIS and what it really involves.