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How to Start a Travel Blog in 5 Simple Steps. When I started travel blogging, I had no clue what I was doing and had no idea where to start. And over the past two years I’ve learned a thing or two I wanted to share with you the 5 simple steps on how you too can start a travel blog and have as much fun as I do blogging. 1. Get a name… a really cool one. In my opinion, the most important step to start a travel blog is your blog name. Here are a few key things that you’ll want to consider before deciding on a name: You have to love it. You’ll write your travel blog name over and over again, and it’s a real pain to change it down the track.Be memorable.

We always get comments about the blog name being a little quirky 2. When I first read I needed to find ‘a host’ for my blog, my eyes popped out of my head. Start a travel blog: Get hosted A great place to start is Bluehost. 3. It’s a cinch, if I can do it, you can too. 4. Now it’s time to design your place on the web, and show your readers who you are. Your Mag. Plugins. Askimet. 5.

The world as you've never seen it before. Google Earth for Educators. Virginia Memory: Historical Maps With A Modern Use. This Lesson Plan was created by Penny Anderson, a teacher at Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg and one of the Library of Virginia's 2010 Brown Research Teacher Fellows. Maps, graphs, and pictures are used to gather and display information in a spatial or geographic format.

People create maps with pictures, lines, symbols, and cardinal directions to determine the location of objects and places. However, people don't look at a map to find the room down the hall or the house up the street. They use their mental maps. A person's visual image or perception of the world is called a mental (cognitive) map. Basically, a mental map is someone's “mind's eye” map of their known relative location. These mental maps can be imaginary diagrams people use to navigate through physical space (buildings, neighborhoods, cities, states, or countries), or they can be used to represent one's knowledge of the location of land masses on the surface of the earth. Vocabulary Words: ♦ ten physical features. TheGlobalEducator | reflective practice and productive pedagogy. Teachers and Parents - National Geographic Bee. Learning games: Geography of Europe.

The Fifty Nifty - Home. Google Earth. 60bb4e7279faa3367e7e88d0d3835b45.jpg (JPEG Image, 1200 × 1600 pixels) - Scaled (62%) Ask-a-Geologist Q&A #16: What types of rocks were changed by high temperature and high pressure? Three Easy Ways to Visually Compare the Sizes of States and Countries. One of the ways that I like to help students understand the size of a country or state is by showing them comparisons to states and countries with which they are familiar. For example, if I want my students to get a better sense of how big Utah is, I compare it Maine. The following three websites all make it easy for students to quickly compare the size of countries, states, and provinces.

Comparea.org offers a simple way to compare the size of countries, states, provinces, and cities. To make a comparison just choose two places from the drop-down menus on the right hand side of the screen. Along with the visuals your students can find links to World Factbook and Wikipedia entries about their chosen places. MapFight. OverlapMaps is probably the most robust of the three sites on this list. How to Tell Stories with Maps. School of Data has published a good round-up of narrative mapping platforms.

The article includes a few examples of good story maps and explores some of the mapping libraries which can be used to create interactive maps to annotate or narrate a story. Seven Ways to Create a Storymap reviews popular narrative mapping libraries such as Knight Lab's StoryMap JS, Esri StoryMaps and CartoDB's Odyssey.js. It even mentions my own story map demo created using waypoints.js with Leaflet, JourneyMap.

One of the examples listed in the School of Data article is new to me. LeafletPlayback is a very neat Leaflet library which allows you to animate GPS Tracks, in the form of GeoJSON objects, on a Leaflet map. You can see the library in action on this example map, which animates markers along four separate tracks. The LeafletPlayback library provides a great way for developers to animate a journey on a map. Cartography: The true true size of Africa. LAST month Kai Krause, a computer-graphics guru, caused a stir with a map entitled "The True Size of Africa", which showed the outlines of other countries crammed into the outline of the African continent.

His aim was to make "a small contribution in the fight against rampant Immappancy"—in particular, the fact that most people do not realise how much the ubiquitous Mercator projection distorts the relative sizes of countries. A sphere cannot be represented on a flat plane without distortion, which means all map projections distort in one way or another. Some projections show areas accurately but distort distances or scales, for example; others preserve the shapes of countries but misrepresent their areas. You can read all the gory details on Wikipedia. Gerardus Mercator's projection, published in 1569, was immediately useful because it depicts a line of constant bearing as a straight line, which is handy for marine navigation. Habitat Conservation | Habitat Conservation 101. Every species requires a certain set of environmental conditions to be able to move around, feed and reproduce.

Whether it’s in the forest, grassland, desert, tundra, or ocean, the place where each species finds the conditions it needs to live and thrive is called its habitat. Why Conserving Habitats Is Important When habitats are threatened, so are the animals who live there. For example, wolverines and bears roam across vast distances, so when their habitat is broken up by roads or other commercial development, their ability to survive is jeopardized.

And we’ve all seen what can happen to wildlife, such as birds, sea turtles and marine mammals, when an oil disaster strikes, like the one in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. By protecting habitats, we’re protecting wildlife. Major Threats Climate Change Our warming planet is playing havoc habitats around the world. Habitat Loss Agriculture. Habitat Degradation What Defenders Is Doing to Help Protect Habitats. Frequently Asked Questions - Arctic. Pros and Cons of Drilling in ANWR | HealthRF. The drilling of oil ANWR is a controversial topic among the oil industry, politicians, and environmentalists. The North Slope, where the drilling for oil is highly observed, is the home of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Naval Petroleum Reserve No.4, and the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field.

The expansion of oil drilling in ANWR is associated with many arguments. Below are the advantages and disadvantages of drilling for oil in ANWR. Top 4 Advantages of Drilling in ANWR 1. Economic Gains Oil is a commodity that is highly sought after by many industries. 2. 3. 4. Top 3 Disadvantages of Drilling in AWR 1. 2. Pollutants are also released during the transportation processes including the shipping of oil for distribution. 3. Arctic_oilandgas_impact. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR or Arctic Refuge) is a national wildlife refuge in northeastern Alaska, United States. It consists of 19,286,722 acres (78,050.59 km2) in the Alaska North Slope region.[1] It is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the country, slightly larger than the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

The refuge is administered from offices in Fairbanks. History[edit] The region first became a federal protected area in 1960 by order of Fred Andrew Seaton, Secretary of the Interior under U.S. Eight million acres (32,000 km²) of the refuge, the Mollie Beattie Wilderness, are designated as wilderness area.[2] The expansion of the refuge in 1980 designated 1.5 million acres (6,100 km²) of the coastal plain as the 1002 area and mandated studies of the natural resources of this area, especially petroleum. There are currently no roads within or leading into the refuge, however there are a few scattered Native settlements within. Geography[edit] Drilling[edit] Old Maps Online. GmapGIS - A web based GIS application to draw on Google maps: polygons, lines, markers and labels. Rader's GEOGRAPHY 4 KIDS.COM. 25 National Flags And Their Meanings.

Originating on battlefields as a means of identification, national flags have come a long way since their bloody conception. Flying in courthouses, classrooms, and fire stations they typically hold symbolic significance for the nation and have complex meanings ingrained into their designs. So go ahead and test yourself on your flag knowledge because these are 25 national flags and their meanings.

Combining the crosses of the patron saints of England, Wales, and Scotland, the Union Jack as it is sometimes called is one of the oldest flags in the world having been around since 1801. It has been said that when Duke Leopold V. of Austria returned from war his white battledress was soaked with blood. When he took off his belt, however, the cloth underneath was still white. Some will tell you to this day that this is what inspired the red and white stripes.

At any rate, this flag is one of the few that are older than the Union Jack as it dates back to the year 1230. Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before. Geographical Association - home. TimeMaps - World History Atlas. Geography Resources. A Sense of Place.