This Week in Geographic History, December 12 – 18

Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week.  For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Tuesday, December 13 TDIGH: George W. Bush Claims U.S. Presidency Despite Al Gore winning the popular vote and the recount in Florida being unfinished, … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, December 12 – 18

How a Piece of Flight 370 Drifted 2,300 Miles

WORLD Indian Ocean debris moves in predictable patterns, and the discovery confirms searchers are looking in the right place for the missing Malaysian plane. (Nat Geo News) Learn more about “The Geography of Ocean Currents” with our activity. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map, in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Note: Current Event Connections is slowing down for … Continue reading How a Piece of Flight 370 Drifted 2,300 Miles

Elusive End to Earhart Enigma?

WORLD Could one of aviation’s most enduring mysteries be solved? An aircraft recovery group says it may have identified a part of Amelia Earhart’s plane—and knows where to find the rest of it. (Washington Post) Use our resources to learn more about Amelia Earhart’s final flight. Teachers, scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Elusive End to Earhart Enigma?

Volcanoes & Airplanes? No Way.

Alaska_locator.jpgThis last summer, I traveled to Alaska to research resource management in three distinct locations: Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords National Parks. Of course, the scenery was incredible (Denali (Mt. McKinley) is the tallest peak in the North America), the wildlife amazing (I saw about 3-4 bears per day) and the experience exhilarating– but when the research was over, I was ready to get back home.

Some background: Alaska’s Aleutian Islands are an extremely volcanic region, formed by the convergence of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates. In this case, the convergence is known as a subduction zone, meaning that one plate is pushed under another, usually resulting in seismic and volcanic activity.  

Cue the volcanic eruptions.

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