This Week in Geographic History: Life on Mars

Check out our Pinterest board for more related resources! We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources. Sunday, August 6 TDIGH: NASA Provides Evidence … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History: Life on Mars

Mars Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

We all have a lot of questions about Mars. Recently, at a National Geographic Live event in Seattle, we collected quite a few. Luckily for us, Dr. Ray Arvidson, planetary geologist and professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has answers! Dr. Arvidson directs the Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory, and has worked on the Mars Exploration Rover (Spirit and Opportunity) and the Mars … Continue reading Mars Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

11 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … how to terraform Mars. What materials are necessary to terraform Mars?What materials are necessary to terraform Mars? How would terraforming a planet determine what organisms could be introduced there?   … pre-K might not be all it’s cracked up to be. What are your … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week!

Looking Ahead: This Week in Geographic History, August 1-7

Here’s an advance look at a 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. Wednesday, August 3 TDIGH: France and Germany Declare War Following the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, war broke out … Continue reading Looking Ahead: This Week in Geographic History, August 1-7

Hiking Map for The Martian?

GEOGRAPHY The British mapping agency has released an easy-to-read terrain map of The Martian astronaut Mark Watney’s home-away-from-home. (BBC) Play our genuinely fun game to explore Mars with a more basic map. Educators, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a map of Mars—and a map of The Martian. Discussion Ideas The new map of Mars was created … Continue reading Hiking Map for The Martian?