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Strategy Share: Exploring Climate Change with Google Earth

I circumnavigated Iceland on expedition as a Grosvenor Teacher Fellow in July 2017, not long after the announcement that the United States planned to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation. Back home in the U.S. at that time, there was a lot of political debate about involvement in the agreement and the value of combating global warming at home. Meanwhile in Iceland, I came face to face with the effects of global warming as we visited spectacular landscapes threatened by the warming climate. Continue reading Strategy Share: Exploring Climate Change with Google Earth

Old-Fashioned Atlas Gets a New-Fashioned Update

UNITED STATES A new digital project reproduces all maps in the legendary 1932 Historical Geography of the United States. Many of these beautiful maps are enhanced in ways impossible in print, animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data. (University of Richmond) Check out our own collection of historical maps! Listen to University of Richmond President Ed Ayers explain … Continue reading Old-Fashioned Atlas Gets a New-Fashioned Update

Scientist Unravels Mystery of Ghostly Sandy Island

GEOGRAPHY Scientist Unravels Mystery of Ghostly Sandy Island A research ship cruised through the Coral Sea, bearing down on Sandy Island. The digital scientific databases used by the researchers showed the island to be 24 kilometers (15 miles) long and about 5 kilometers (3 miles) wide. Manhattan-sized. But when the ship reached the place where the island should have been, the researchers saw only open … Continue reading Scientist Unravels Mystery of Ghostly Sandy Island

Five Historical Map Resources

     Like old magazine advertisements, ancient leather-bound books, or late-model cars, historical maps have an enchanting aesthetic quality. New maps might be more accurate and even more useful, but where’s the fun in that? These days, atlases and online maps look the same. Modern maps have similar ways of depicting landscapes: a small canon of layouts, a codified set of projections, and a standard … Continue reading Five Historical Map Resources