This week, we learned …
By his death at 70 in 1857, James Holman, ”the Blind Traveller,” had walked, climbed, ridden, hiked, and sailed a total distance equal to traveling to the moon. In terms of mileage and the number of cultures he encountered, Holman died as the most well-traveled explorer in world history.
Lithograph by Maxim Gauci, printed by Graf & Soret, published by Andrews & Co, courtesy the National Portrait Gallery (UK)
Where in the world are our explorers?
Coast Guardsmen fly displaced residents to a collection point following severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston.
Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna Strickland
How did Harvey become the rainiest storm in U.S. history?
The trust buster himself, President Theodore Roosevelt, looks on as a trust is squeezed by Treasury Secretary George B. Cortelyou. Who is this generation’s “trust buster”?
Illustration by Udo J. Keppler, courtesy Library of Congress
Is there “trust busting” Silicon Valley firms?
There’s enough NG for everyone!
Photograph by Richard Hewitt Stewart, National Geographic￼
Over the course of the last century, natural historians were increasingly regarded as old-fashioned in style and out of touch with modern methodologies.
Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic
What is ecology? What is natural history?
What are the “perils of plastic”?
Boys pledge allegiance at Raphael Weill Public School in San Francisco in 1942. Soon after this picture was taken, students with Japanese ancestry were evacuated with their parents to internment camps.
Photograph by Dorothea Lange, courtesy National Archives and Records Administration
How do students plan a website in a bilingual classroom?
Does this map make geographic sense to you?
Oz, by L. Frank Baum
What does our “guerrilla geographer” think of fantasy maps?
Nigeria, where these people are celebrating a wedding, is the largest economy in West Africa.
Photograph by Robin Hammond, National Geographic
Will a single currency eliminate hyperinflation like this?
Interactive by International Mapping; Paleogeographic maps by Ron Blakey
You can travel to Mars with our interactive globe!
You know you’re an academic when your favorite thing about this fun map is that they cited their sources.
Map courtesy Expedia.ca
What are the politics of place-naming?