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Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is a fabulous resource in Washington D.C., but now this museum available virtually.  Teachers can now bring the museums to the classroom with these fantastic Smithsonian virtual tours.

Tags: biogeography, virtual tours, environment, ecology, historical, physical.

See on www.mnh.si.edu

Mount St. Helens: Volcanic Eruption and Recovery

The 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption was one of the most significant natural disasters in the U.S. in the past half-century. Landsat captured the extent of, and recovery from, the destruction.

The accompanying satellite images (also compiled in a video to show the temporal changes) demonstrate one way that remote sensing images can help us better understand the spatial patterns in the biosphere.

See on Scoop.itGeography Education   See on www.nasa.gov

Extreme Weather and Drought Are Here to Stay

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It is increasingly clear that we already live in the era of human-induced climate change, with unprecedented weather and climate extremes.

I don’t delight in sharing the bad news.  So is this drought just a freak anomaly or a sign of a new normal?

See on www.nytimes.com

Video — James Cameron Breaks Solo Dive Record — National Geographic

Via Scoop.itGeography Education

March 26, 2012—In a state-of-the-art submersible, National Geographic explorer-in-residence and filmmaker James Cameron reached the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, breaking a world record for the deepest solo dive.

For those who haven’t been following National Geographic news, James Cameron (director of “Titanic” and “The Abyss”) entered a submarine named DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, and dove to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on Earth. Enjoy this video describing this “lunar-like” environment that is so deep it is lightless and near lifeless with extreme pressure. For more on the expedition, read: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/03/120326-james-cameron-mariana-trench-challenger-deepest-lunar-sub-science/

Via video.nationalgeographic.com

Cathedral Valley Night Timelapse

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Cathedral Valley is a remote area of Capitol Reef National park in Utah. These pictures were taken 3/16/2012 Taken with a D700 Pictures edited in Lightroom s…

This is just a beautiful depiction of a beautiful place from notable photographer,  Scott Jarvie.

Via www.youtube.com

Erosion: The White Cliffs of Dover

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Thousands of tons of chalk from the famous White Cliffs of Dover have collapsed into the sea following a huge rockfall.

An excellent example of erosion and the processes that have shaped an iconic landscape.  The accompanying article has numerous pictures from a variety of angles that truly tell the story.

Via www.dailymail.co.uk

Anthropocene: Why You Should Get Used to the Age of Man (and Woman)

Via Scoop.itGeography Education

The cover package of this week’s TIME—which should still be on newsstands—detailed the 10 ideas that are changing your life. What kind of ideas, you ask?

“Welcome to the Anthropocene. It’s a new geological epoch, one where the planet is shaped less by natural forces then by the combined activity, aspirations—and emissions—of more than 7 billion human beings.”  Humanity’s technological advancements and impact on the Earth’s planetary systems is significant enough that many scientists agree that it has fundamental shifted the geologic paradigm.

Via ecocentric.blogs.time.com

Kiribati and Climate Change

Via Scoop.itGeography Education
Fearing that climate change could wipe out their Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the population to Fiji.  

How urgent is the issue of climate change?  That question is not only geographic in content, but the response might also be somewhat contingent on geography as well.  If your country literally has no higher ground to retreat to, the thought of even minimal sea level change would be totally devastating.
Via www.mercurynews.com

Water in -30C in Yellowknife, NWT

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On a winter day in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, I boiled water and threw it in the air where it “evaporated”…

Okay, the water did not actually ‘evaporate’ in -30C temperatures as stated in the video.  As mentioned on G+, “upon being dispersed into the air, the latent heat in the water’s mass dispersed more easily and thus more quickly, rapidly cooling it to the outside temperature and causing the droplets to become tiny crystalized ice, or plainly put, powdered snow, light enough to be carried away in the wind.”  What a great demonstration of the properties of water!
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