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.

SQL for Geographers

I have friends that live for GIS. They would probably eat, drink, and breath it if they could. Although I often use GIS and GIS products in my work and studies, I am really not much of a GIS power-user. However, even I, in my...

Hardness of Glacial Ice

The following table is adapted (a little) from a handout given in my Geomorphology class. No source was given on the handout. The table shows (suggests, really) that the hardness of glacial ice increases as its temperature decreases. I think the point that is trying...

Definitions of Landslide Features

I have spent a lot of time lately learning about mass wasting. No, that doesn't have anything to do with drugs. Mass wasting is the downslope movement of slope material under the influence of gravity. Mass wasting shows up as rock falls, landslides, and various types...

The Geographic Realm

Some thoughts from a lecture at school today: We break the world into arbitrary units of Natural and Cultural. The University is broken up this way, with its College of Science and its College of Humanities, and never the two shall meet. As geographers we know that...

Dot Grid Method

The area of a surface with square corners and straight edges on a map or photo can be found by multiplying the length of the surface by its width and then converting to real-world units using the scale of the image. What do you do if you need to find the area of an...

WSPSS 2005 Tour

As a break from the digging, to get our faces out of the trenches at the mammoth site, Dr. Lillquist, Bax, and I went on the Summer 2005 Tour of the Washington Society of Professional Soil Scientists (WSPSS) on July 21, 22 and 23. The theme of the tour, which met in...

Desirable Watershed Conditions

The capture, storage, and beneficial release of water. The Watershed Manager’s Mantra To achieve the watershed manager’s goal of capturing, storing, and releasing water in a safe and beneficial way, he must: Maintain vegetation on the site sufficient for absorbing the...

GIS Links

Here is the second installment from my Favorites folder. This time I’m looking through the folder of GIS links. I guess it’s been quite a long time since I’ve looked through these links and cleaned them out, because there are millions of them (not really), and some of...

In Search of a Better Scraper

One of my main pedological field tools (pedology is the science of dirt), other than my trusty shovel, is the “scraper.”  The search for the perfect scraper is the focus of all my gear-hunting efforts.  The scraper is used when looking at a soil profile to get a...

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