The US Postal Service has released a great stamp set that highlights aerial and satellite imagery from around the country. The Earthscapes stamp set highlights scenes including cranberry bogs, geothermal springs, log rafts, barge fleets, railroad roundhouse, and others . I am off to acquire a set (or 5) for my future mailings. Click on the image to go to a printable poster-sized image.
Back in the summer we highlighted the Geographic Travels Geo-Literacy Outreach Awards in the podcast as a Tip of the Week, but now as the October 1st deadline approaches, I wanted to provide a reminder. The awards are open to a wide range of groups and individuals who are interested in sharing the word about Geo. There are two awards, a $300 Alexander Von Humboldt Prize and a $200 Isaiah Bowman Prize that will be awarded at the beginning of November to support the implementation of the proposed projects.
If you have an idea to spread the word of Geography, head over and check out the details to submit.
This is a great education and outreach opportunity to help inform people about water quality issues. It is an extension of the UN’s World Water Day (March 22) which focuses on educating the public by getting them to conduct water quality tests of local water bodies and share the data. The challenge is coordinated by the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association, and sponsored by organizations such as the USGS and EPA.
As a focus for the challenge, Tuesday, Sept 18 has been deemed World Water Monitoring Day. Thousands of participants, individuals and classes, will be heading out to test water quality near them. You can check the event web site to find out if there is a local event going on in your neck of the woods. If you can’t make it to one of the organized events this week you can also order test kits from the website.
While this gives folks a chance to get a little bit of field experience, there is also a wealth of data, including webmaps, from previous years available to play around with.
In episode 373 I talked about the US Census Bureau defining ‘city’ as 2500 or more, but that isn’t exactly correct. It is actually the ‘urban’ transition point. While we often equate urban to city, as we discuss in the podcast there are many other variables that play into the description.
OK, that is all. I just wanted to say something after editing the podcast. Easier than rerecording