Educator Spotlight: How Does Antarctica Measure Up?

The following post was written by 2015 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Ellie Clin following her expedition to Antarctica. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. I knew coming back from Antarctica wouldn’t be easy. When I returned to my classroom from my weeks in Antarctica as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, it quickly became … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: How Does Antarctica Measure Up?

Journey to the Center of the Earth

SCIENCE How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth’s core? And what would you see along the way? Use this interactive to dig into the truth. (BBC) Download our own high-resolution illustration of Earth’s interior. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Scrolling through the fantastic BBC interactive graphic of Earth’s interior, it … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Earth

A Day in the Friendly Skies

When people tell me that no one cares about geography (preposterous, I know), I show them things like this.

This short clip, which was sent to me by a former Macalester College professor and current My Wonderful World campaign member, has been “making the blogging” rounds, meaning that it has achieved some degree of viral popularity. It’s a visualization of international flights in a single 24 hour period, produced by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland. While some initially assume that the yellow flight paths depict real GPS traces, they’re actually computer-generated interpolations calculated from flight data. When overlaid on what appears to be a composite of time-elapsed satellite images (can the remote imaging geeks help me verify?), a relatively accurate picture of daily flight trends emerges.

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