Geography

Geography

Geography is about more than the capitals of countries you’ve never heard about. Geography is about place, and anything that has a place is geography. Geographers study the distribution and spread of disease. They study how landforms are changed by the forces of man and nature. They study the diffusion of slang terms. They look at the distribution of particular styles of architecture within a community as a surrogate for the origin and culture of the people who live there. Anything that has a place or a distribution in space is fair game. Geography is about us and our world. And most of all, geography is about maps. Beautiful maps.

Choosing a Notebook

Does it matter what kind of notebook you use for your field journal?  Probably not, although there are features of some certain journals that are probably better for some uses than other journals would be.  My very first field journal was given to me by my...

Glossary

A Acre - 43,560ft2 Acre-foot - (Acre-ft, AF, AC-FT) The volume of water that would cover one acre of land (43,560 square feet, about the size of an average football field) to a depth of one foot, equivalent to 325,851 gallons of water. An acre-foot is the basic...

The RGS Expedition Handbook

Every winter, I look towards the coming summer as the time when I will finally get my ducks together, save up money and vacation days, plan like crazy, and finally leave on a big research expedition. Unfortunately, when every summer comes, I’m too busy, or too poor,...

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:...

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...

Under 600ft of Flood Waters

600 feet. That's how deep the Missoula Flood waters were over the floor of Grand Coulee in eastern Washington State, just north of where I live. I just got back from a tour of the area that is often called the channeled scablands, because of the massive (we are...

Cultural Palimpsest

I have been working on a Land Use Land Cover (LULC) mapping project of the Yakima River delta area for the last few weeks. The task assumed that the only information available to us on the area was the set of four aerial photographs we were given, and included making...

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