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Educator Spotlight: Mapping Infectious Disease Trends

Matt Kuehl’s high school biology students investigated the frequency of common biological pathogens. Then they investigated the death rates of several diseases and plotted them on a mega map. Students identified correlations between the frequencies of the diseases and the locations of high death rates. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Mapping Infectious Disease Trends

Check out ‘Map of the Day’!

Our esteemed cartographic colleagues at National Geographic Maps have a new feature we hope will be as habitual as your morning cup of coffee, and a great go-to as you return to class. (For instructional supports, just scroll down!) Map of the Day! National Geographic has compiled a digital archive of its entire editorial cartography collection—every map ever published in the magazine since the first issue … Continue reading Check out ‘Map of the Day’!

Weekly Warm-Up: Meet Juan José Valdés, Nat Geo’s Geographer

This profile of Nat Geo’s own rock-star geographer, Juan José Valdés, was written by former Nat Geo Intern Justin Fisch in June 2012. It’s as relevant and inspiring now as it was then. Look forward to a beautiful list of Juan’s favorite maps in Monday’s #TeachNatGeo post! What are the first two things you think about when you hear the words National Geographic? (After “geography education,” … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Meet Juan José Valdés, Nat Geo’s Geographer

#tbt: Danzig and the Beginnings of World War II

The 75th Anniversary of Germany’s Invasion of Poland By Michael Fry Senior Map Librarian, National Geographic Library For many armchair historians, Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland evokes powerful imagery: waves of German infantry pouring into Poland; the Luftwaffe’s shrieking Stuka dive bombers; Panzer divisions streaking across the Polish plain. Germany’s blitzkrieg tactic was indeed impressive—Adolf Hitler had modernized Germany’s military more quickly than his European … Continue reading #tbt: Danzig and the Beginnings of World War II

#tbt: “Hell sure is a popping!”

How National Geographic Mapped a World at War By Michael Fry Senior Map Librarian, National Geographic Library From the earliest issues, National Geographic magazine’s map supplements were topical and timely, of equal interest to geographers and observers of world affairs. Polar exploration, the Spanish-American and Boer Wars, the decades-long effort to construct a canal across Central America—all were featured in the magazine’s pages, and all … Continue reading #tbt: “Hell sure is a popping!”