ENVIRONMENT Results from a new U.S. soil survey could bolster efforts to monitor and protect wetlands around the world. (Nature) Navigate American wetlands with our GeoStory. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research supports conservation of tidal wetlands. What are tidal wetlands? Take a look at our reference resource for some help. Tidal wetlands … Continue reading Another Reason to Love Wetlands: Blue Carbon
GEOGRAPHY As a source of information, a map is always a way of groping through the darkness of the unknown. But locating yourself in space has never been cartography’s sole function: like these driftwood pieces, maps inevitably chart how cultures perceive not only their landscapes but their lives. (Guardian) How did other indigenous islanders map their lives? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of … Continue reading Driftwood Cartography
Climate change is a difficult subject for adults as well as children to wrap their brains around. Of course, there are political, cultural, and even neurological reasons for that. But there may be a simpler explanation, too. The results of climate change are incredibly vast and varied. It can be a challenge to think of climate change as a singular concept when its manifestations range from rising sea … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Visualizing Climate Change
ENVIRONMENT Placing plastic collectors near coasts would remove 31% of microplastics, versus 1% if they were all in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. (Guardian) What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Startling new analysis reveals that cleaning up plastics near the coast would … Continue reading Wait a Minute—Don’t Clean the Garbage Patch?
ENVIRONMENT A new map from Climate Central shows how water will flow into hundreds of U.S. cities under the best and worst global warming scenarios. (Wired) Watch our video to better understand sea level rise, and why polar ice caps matter to tropical coasts. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The intriguing and terrifying scenarios … Continue reading See How Sea-Level Rise Might Drown Some Cities