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Your World Map is Hiding Something. The Best Online Tools For Comparing The Physical Sizes Of Different Countries. Photo credit Last week I published a popular post titled “The True Size Of” Is A Must-Use Site In Every Geography Class about a new site that lets you easily compare – accurately – the sizes of different countries.

The Best Online Tools For Comparing The Physical Sizes Of Different Countries

The Best Resources On Different Types Of Map Projections. I’m teaching Geography again to English Language Learners, and though I’d pull together some accessible resources on the different kinds of map projections.

The Best Resources On Different Types Of Map Projections

You might also be interested in The Best Online Tools For Comparing The Physical Sizes Of Different Countries. Here are my picks – contribute your own in the comments section: Your World Map is Hiding Something is a very useful interactive from Metrocosm which allows you – with a click of a button – to compare different kids of popular (and not-so-popular) world map projections. Here’s a lesson plan from National Geographic. This is a great video for Geography classes, BUT I wish the narrator didn’t talk so fast! Misleading maps and problematic projections is from The Economist. Related. How the World Map Looks Wildly Different Than You Think. Maps. 24 hours of global air traffic in 4 seconds. On an average day, there are roughly 90,000 commercial flights around the world.

24 hours of global air traffic in 4 seconds

This stunning animated map displays them all in 4 seconds. Every plane flight in the world over 24 hours This incredible map was made way back in 2008 by Dr. Your World Map is Hiding Something. Just Updated Resources For Teaching Latitude & Longitude. Mapping World Heritage. 1.

Mapping World Heritage

Introduce UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explain to students that the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a global organization with more than 190 member countries. UNESCO encourages the identification, protection, and preservation of cultural and natural sites around the world.

UNESCO has designated more than 900 places as having outstanding value to humanity, naming them World Heritage Sites. Some of the sites have cultural significance, some have natural or environmental significance, and some are both cultural and natural. Exploring How GIS Can Be Used to Manage Facilities and Plan Campuses. There are dozens of applications as to how GIS can be used to improve the public sector, everything from improving service delivery, gaining efficiency, and monitoring and assessing government programs.

Exploring How GIS Can Be Used to Manage Facilities and Plan Campuses

One emerging area of GIS is the use of GIS to help plan and optimize facilities. Public sector organizations operate and maintain thousands of facilities, and with GIS, facility managers can gain new insights throughout the entire lifecycle of a facility. Map Overlays Comparing Size. All maps face the challenge of making the globe appear to scale in two dimensions.

Map Overlays Comparing Size

Most, like the traditional Mercator projection, keep either size or shape consistent — not both — which skews our perception of continents and countries one way or the other. But when you compare square mileage, a whole new world appears. Inspired by this map of Africa's true size from German graphic designer Kai Krause, we created 11 map overlays to open your eyes to some real geography.

Carto narrative. Mapping Landforms. Interactive map of human genetic history revealed. A global map detailing the genetic histories of 95 different populations across the world, showing likely genetic impacts of European colonialism, the Arab slave trade, the Mongol Empire and European traders near the Silk Road mixing with people in China, has been revealed for the first time.

Interactive map of human genetic history revealed

The interactive map, produced by researchers from Oxford University and UCL, details the histories of genetic mixing between each of the 95 populations across Europe, Africa, Asia and South America spanning the last four millennia. The study, published this week in Science, simultaneously identifies, dates and characterises genetic mixing between populations. To do this, the researchers developed sophisticated statistical methods to analyse the DNA of 1490 individuals in 95 populations around the world. Introduction to FieldScope. Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools. Imagine being an emergency responder in a small town that hasn't mapped its fire hydrants, labeled rural roads with street signs, or identified evacuation points in the event of natural disaster.

Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools

Now imagine being part of a high school team that addresses those issues by thinking critically and using sophisticated geospatial tools to communicate findings. Until recently, only a small number of schools have had access to the high-powered geographical information system (GIS) software that enables detailed, layered mapping and analysis of data.

Thanks to a recent $1 billion pledge from software developer Esri, free access to cloud-based mapping software is coming to 100,000 K-12 schools across the country. What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps? ‎ 40 more maps that explain the world. Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world.

40 more maps that explain the world

Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one. Enjoy.