GEOGRAPHY Members of the British public were asked to vote for the “geo-sites” they felt had done the most to shape the landscape and cultural heritage of the United Kingdom. Now what about the US? (The Telegraph) Take a look through our geography resources and choose your favorites in the 10 geosite categories listed below. What are some landscapes that help define the United States? Why? There … Continue reading What are America’s Best ‘Geosites’?
ENVIRONMENT President Barack Obama has created a new national monument, setting aside a half-million acres of federal land in southern New Mexico. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peak National Monument encompasses five mountain ranges and has some 243 known archeological sites. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about national parks and monuments. Listen to these “Youth Voices for New Mexico’s Outdoors” interact with the … Continue reading New National Monument in New Mexico
WORLD The climbing season on the Nepalese side of Mount Everest may be over, according to those on the scene. On Friday, 16 Nepali mountaineers were killed in the the single deadliest accident on the mountain. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about Mount Everest and the dangers of avalanches. Discussion Ideas Watch our video, “Avalanches 101,” above. It describes two types … Continue reading Is Everest’s Climbing Season Finished?
SCIENCE A bolt from the blue has many powers. But until now, no one suspected that lightning can be a major sculptor of mountains. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand weathering, the process that shapes mountains through lightning and more familiar forces. Discussion Ideas Read through the short Nat Geo News article. How did the scientists identify lightning-shaped areas in the Drakensberg … Continue reading Shocking News
SCIENCE Tamu Massif, a volcano the size of New Mexico, has been identified under the Pacific Ocean, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) east of Japan, making it the biggest volcano on Earth and one of the biggest in the solar system. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand Tamu Massif and undersea geology. Discussion Ideas Look at our beautiful high-resolution map of “Earth’s … Continue reading World’s Largest Volcano Discovered