GEOGRAPHY Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, but precisely how tall is it? The question is not so simple. (New York Times) Use this gorgeous map to zoom in on the 29,035ish-foot peak. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Click to zoom in on Mount Everest. Map by National Geographic Discussion Ideas How tall … Continue reading How Tall is Mount Everest?
GEOGRAPHY Mountains stand as a symbol of both solidarity and isolation. This is particularly true for the various rebel groups and militias that have used rugged terrain to resist central governing authorities. (World Policy Blog) Where have mountain ranges helped define ongoing political conflicts? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Take a look at … Continue reading Why Are There So Many Conflicts in Mountainous Regions?
What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week, we learned … … the surprising story of the Muslim tamale king of the Old West. … it’s Sami v. Somaliland in a World Cup for the stateless. … that Maori ’emotiki’ will soon join the emoji crowd with emoticons to express cultural concepts like the … Continue reading 12 Things We Learned This Week!
GEOGRAPHY An online campaign has been launched in Norway to give Halti, a mountain peak, to neighboring Finland. Halti would be a birthday present to mark the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017. (BBC) Use our resources to find Halti and redraw the border between Norway and Finland—or anywhere else you want. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Norway May Help Finland Reach New Heights
UNITED STATES This week, the name of the 6,194-meter (20,320-foot) peak in Alaska changed from Mount McKinley to Denali. Nat Geo explains why the peak has so many names, whether its new one is really permanent, and how mapmakers will handle the change. (Nat Geo News) Use today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map or our 1-page map of Alaska to put “the great one” in perspective. … Continue reading McKinley vs. Denali: What’s in a Name?