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The Geography of a Garbage Island

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Recently massive plastic patches such as the one in the North Pacific Gyre, which is estimated to weigh over 3 million tons and covers an area twice the size of Texas, have gained international attention. According to researchers, this happens due to a clockwise trade wind that encircles the Pacific Rim. Today has a good […]

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Walking on Steep Terrain

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Researchers have verified what you probably do naturally on a steep slope – walk zig-zag. According to MSNBC, researchers at University of Southampton UK, found that zigzagging is the fastest way up or down a steep slope. Appropriately the university has its own hillwalking club. Deputy Dog has a list of the steepest streets in […]

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Great Backyard Bird Count

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Are you participating in the The Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend? Led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, with sponsorship from Wild Birds Unlimited citizen scientists of all ages from around North America count the birds in their community to better understand bird dynamics, population change, weather,… Besides the cute […]

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Creating memories using maps

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I read a Momania article from last year called “Google mapping the ones you love” which explains how their family uses Google maps and other technology to help their “kids feel connected to their father when he travels for business”. So I went looking for other ways you can show someone they are very spatial […]

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Jane Austen, Dickens, and Love

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For Valentine’s Day, I went looking for maps of romantic novel worlds. I started by searching for Jane Austen and found this great interactive map of Dicken’s London. This Standfords site had a list of map references in literature. This led me to a really cool site for movie locations using google maps but still […]

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Advanced Polar Ship

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According to the BBC, “European ship designers are currently working on what is billed as the “most advanced polar research vessel in the world” appropriately called the Aurora Borealis. They will use an advanced GPS system but are undecided between the European Galileo system, the Russian Glosnass or American GPS system. Many people might not […]

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Beyond Monopoly: Silk Escape Map Scarves

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By now, most people have read the very neat story from CNN via Mental Floss , Boing Boing and the Wall Street Journal about how regional silk escape maps were smuggled to WWII POWS in Germany using the game Monopoly. But how else were maps smuggled? On Map Forum, Debbie Hall covers Escape Maps of […]

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World Map Wall Mural

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Keeping in the spirit of anyday gifts here is a neat $100 13 foot x 18 foot world map mural that shows “Major cities, World Time Zone, Land Elevation and Distances, Up-to-Date Political Boundaries, Ocean Depths & Shipping Lane, Nautical Miles/ Longitude & Latitude ” I think it might be the same one used here […]

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Tea Towels

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Finding the license plate map of the U.S.A made me want to look up another great nostalgic geo gift: souvenier map tea towels. Here are some recent tea towel maps of Australia, and for a twist here is a site with vintage map tea towels and tableclothes! I tried to locate information on how much […]