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Better Map Design

As I've said before, I'm no GIS expert. I am certainly not a beginner, but there are many things I don't know or don't care to know how to do. Something I really would like to learn, though, is how to make better, more beautiful maps. I have seen some really good...

Quantitative Techniques in Map Interpretation

This will surely be my last post of 2005. I came across a set of pages posted as a manual by Dr. William Locke at Montana State's Department of Earth Sciences, called Reading Between the Lines - A manual for the analysis and interpretation of topographic maps:...

Peculiar Liquid: Water – Part 3

Water. It’s essential to life on our planet. But did you know how weird water is? In this series we are looking at the peculiarities of H2O. In Part 1, we showed that floating ice makes life possible. In Part 2, we talked about freezing and boiling temperatures. Today...

Peculiar Liquid: Water – Part 2

Water. It’s essential to life on our planet. But did you know how weird water is? In this series we are looking at the peculiarities of H2O. In Part 1, we showed that floating ice makes life possible. Today we will look at freezing and boiling temperatures. Generally,...

Peculiar Liquid: Water – Part 1

Every school child knows that water is 75% of the Earth's surface, 75% of our bodies, 75% of a good, balanced meal, and 75% of just about anything that you can make up a bogus and totally random statistic about. Water has many peculiar properties that seperates it...

A Geography in Every Living Room

Poor grammar of this article's title aside, a post by the Random Geographer at Fantom Planet spoke to an issue that I have been thinking about for the last month or two. As musicians, my wife and I are fairly strongly opposed to the message that the American Idol...

An Apology to the Readers

I am very sorry for any editing errors in my posts over the last few weeks. I have been slowly fixing errors as I see them, but I am so embarrassed that so many little errors in spelling and grammar have gotten by. I have been doing a lot of writing at work and for my...

Issues for Thought from Yesterday’s News Items

I had planned on writing an article about yesterday's big story of the final listing decision on Puget Sound orcas (LA Times, New York Times, Seattle P.I., Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Kitsap Sun,KING TV, KIRO TV, KOMO TV ), as a follow-up to my post in June of...

Orca Listing

Orca Listing

I have been meaning to post these notes from a presentation given at our State Office staff meeting on March 16, 2005, by Brent Norberg of NMFS Northwest Region's Protected Resource Division Marine Mammals Group, for the last few months. I'm just going to copy right...

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