Monday, September 30, 2013

Diversity in Houston

You might have already heard, but for most people in and around the Houston area, this is still pretty big news. Houston is the most ethnically diverse megalopolis in the United States. There are more people from more places living in Houston than any other city! Where are these new Houstonians coming from and what are the implications for the rest of the country? Smithsonian magazine has published an excellent article that you can read here.  I also have a printer friendly version here. Of course no great article would be complete without a handy handout to help you understand and analyze the article, available here.

Friday, September 20, 2013

What on Earth made this?

You can visit the What on Earth made this? interactive online activity at NOVA to test your knowledge of land forms. They give you a physical feature and you have to figure out what process created it. It is a fun little activity and they give you information about some famous features. Enjoy!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Want to travel?

 I just stumbled upon Google Sightseeing. Their tagline says it all, "Why bother seeing the world for real?" They catalog all sorts of great Google Earth and Google Map Street view images. They categorize everything by country and topic. You potentially lose many hours there looking at all of the interesting shots. So, where have you visited on Google Earth lately?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Are maps still relevant?

  We are talking about paper maps versus digital. The Houston Chronicle recently interviewed the owner of Houston's iconic Key Map.  Wall-Mart recently stopped carrying them, but every fire truck, ambulance and police car in the city is required to have a copy and know how to use it. Both digital and  paper maps can become outdated and be replaced.  Both seem to still have a place in our lives. This is the kind of debate Geographers everywhere love. Who would you prefer map your neighborhood, a cartographer who lives there or a giant like Google? Read all about it here. 
You can click on the logo to visit the Key Map site and read about their history of cartography mapping the city of Houston. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

So you want to be a Geographer?

  Here is a link to a publication produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics about what it is Geographers get paid to do. It is sixteen pages long if you print it out. There are great descriptions of Geography related jobs in the business, social-science and earth-science related fields. Someone very smart told me to tell all of my students, "It doesn't matter what you major in when you go to college, if you want to make money you need to at least minor in Geography." Check it out!