Friday, May 30, 2014

Polka & Tejano

Americas cultural identity has been woven together by immigrants from all over the world. The Pew Research Center has released maps showing how immigration to the United States has changed over the past 100 years. Today's immigrants come predominately from Mexico whereas a century ago most immigrants were coming from Germany. So what do Polka music and Tejano music have in common? Listen to both and you will hear the influence of the accordion and cultural diffusion.  Read the article and check out the time lapse maps to learn more.

Friday, May 23, 2014


In Geography we spend a lot of time discussing what perspective means. Here is a collection of photos that demonstrate how viewing something from a different direction or distance can change your perspective. Most of the places are also Geographically or Historically significant, so it is interesting to see how thy fit in our modern world. Yep, that is the Taj Mahal below.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Toilet to Tap

We all know that there is a limited supply of water on our planet, but just how far will we go to live somewhere where there is not enough? One city in Texas will be the first to find out. To supplement their dwindling natural supply they will be recycling water directly from their sewage treatment plant. Learn more from an NPR story here. You can listen to the story or read it and there is also a youtube video link.