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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Garfield Middle School, Revere- May 25th

42° 24' 12" N
70° 59' 34" W
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The EarthView team is excited to be visiting Garfield Middle in Revere for the first time! We took a quick hiatus last week as both Dr. Hayes-Bohanan and Dr. Domingo traveled abroad but we're back for another exciting adventure!

While this is our first visit to Garfield Middle, it is not our first visit to Revere. We last visited Revere in 2012 when we went to Rumney Marsh Academy. We'll back to Rumney Marsh on June 8th! 

Antarctic Sea Ice 2014
This week's interesting article comes from Discovery News and is titled "Why Antarctic Sea Ice Isn't Shrinking". The article explains that while the Arctic Sea ice has been shrinking at an alarming rate, the ice surrounding Antarctica has seen record highs in its extent. A new study may explain why this is so and it has to do with the topography of Antarctica and the depth of the ocean surrounding it. It is a quick read but I recommend it as it deals with the ever tricky issue of "Global Warming" which is really, "Global Climate Change" as some places are warming, while others are not...but that's an issue for another day. 

We hope that the students of Garfield Middle enjoy their visit with EarthView today and we hope to be back again soon! 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Nested Islands

14°00'07" N 
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120°59'34" E
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Just for fun, we are sharing an unusual geographic superlative. You can use the coordinates above to located it on your own globe, or you can explore it using Google Maps below.

The superlative is Vulcan Point Rock, the world's largest island in a lake in an island in a lake on an island? This implies that there are other nested lakes of this kind; Vulcan is just the largest one. It is located within Luzon, which is the largest and most populous island of the Philippines.

Geographers at the University of California Santa Barbara have a lot more information to share about this island and the volcanoes of the Philippines.


EarthView coordinator Dr. Hayes-Bohanan was very interested in learning about Vulcan Point Rock, because of fond memories taking a couple different boats to visit an ecology lab that includes Gibraltar Island, which is an island in a bay in an island in a lake in Ohio.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Coburn Elementary School, West Springfield- May 11th

42°06'29" N 
72°37'16" W
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This week the EarthView team is excited to be visiting Coburn Elementary School in West Springfield! This is our first ever school visit in West Springfield! While it is quite the drive for us from Bridgewater State University (106 miles one way, about a 2 hour drive) but it'll be quite easy for the Globe Lady as she only has a 40 minute drive! 

While we haven't been to West Springfield, or Springfield, we have mentioned the city in previous blog posts. Dr. Hayes-Bohanan discussed the meaning behind the name Six Flags, the famous amusement park located outside of Springfield in nearby Agawam, the blog post for that discussion can be found here. He also wrote a bit about the June 1st, 2011 tornado outbreak that spawned a tornado in the Springfield area, that post can be found here

This weeks interesting article comes from NPR.org. It is entitled, "Geologists Find Clues In Crater Left By Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid" and talks all about the uncovering of rocks located within the impact crater that is thought to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs! The impact crater known as Chicxulub is located off of the Yucatan Peninsula, it is 125 miles across and was created 66 million years ago! 


As samples of these rocks are taken out of the Earth from about 2,200 feet below the ocean floor, scientists hope to find fossils of microorganisms that survived the asteroid impact. Only time will tell us what happened during the aftermath of the asteroid strike some 66 million years ago!

We hope that the students of Coburn Elementary enjoy their visit with EarthView! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Spofford Pond School, Boxford- May 6th

42°41'46" N 
71°01'02" W
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The EarthView team is excited to be visiting the Spofford Pond School in Boxford! This will be our fifth visit to the school since our first visit in 2010. Despite the long drive (about 1 hour and 40 minutes without traffic), we very much enjoy visiting this school as it was the first school to welcome us to the North Shore of Massachusetts! The picture below was taken at our last visit to the school, May 1st of last year

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan talking about coffee!

This week concludes our Friday visits for this school year. However we still have plenty of more visits left! We will be visiting schools on Wednesdays starting in West Springfield next week! 

In world geography news: there is a massive wildfire that has consumed 328 square miles in the Alberta province of Canada. The fire has consumed more area then all of the 5 boroughs of New York City (304.6 square miles).



The massive fire comprises 49 separate fires that have unfortunately spread out of control and unfortunately continue to spread as the ground is very dry. Over 88,000 people near Fort McMurray have been evacuated and over 1,600 homes have been destroyed by the blaze.
Wildfire in Fort McMurray 
With over 1,000 firefighters on the ground and in the air, the only real relief will come from rain and there isn't much rain in the forecast. We hope that relief in the form of rain will come soon and that the firefighters can get these blazes under control before they consume anymore land and homes and especially before it claims the life of someone.

Meanwhile, firefighters from as far away as MEXICO are coming to Alberta to assist.

We hope that the students of Spofford Pond School enjoy their visit with EarthView today!

During our visit we also told some classes about a great new geographic discovery: a coral reef 600 miles in length that nobody knew about until last month. The reef is at the mouth of the world's biggest river (in water volume): the Amazon. In Amazon Surprise, Dr. Hayes-Bohanan's he describes how the geography of this river made it possible for this huge reef to hide in plain sight.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Hobomock Elementary School, Pembroke - April 29th

42° 03' 20" N
70° 47' 40" W 
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This week has been full of firsts for the EarthView team! On Wednesday, EarthView was to make its Dorchester debut at the Sarah Greenwood School with Dr. Hayes-Bohanan but there was unfortunately a slight problem with the fan and we had to reschedule. But we will hopefully be back to the school soon!!

Luckily, we have a back-up fan so we are back up and running for today's regular EarthView program at the Hobomock Elementary School in Pembroke! We are very excited as this is our first time visiting the school! 

The Hobomock Elementary School in Pembroke has students from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Today, the students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade will get to experience the EarthView program! The students in Kindegarten, 1st, and 2nd grade will get a glimpse of what EarthView has to offer. 

Since it is our first visit to Pembroke, we thought that it would be nice to know some interesting historical facts about the town! Pembroke was once a part of its neighboring towns: Duxbury, Marshfield, and Scituate until Pembroke was established as a town in 1712. The area of the town is 23.48 square miles, 21.85 square miles of which is land. 
The major industries in town were box manufacturing and shipbuilding. Cranberry bog farms have also been a major part of the town. 



Because of these industries and the towns proximity to Boston (26 miles South), Pembroke experienced a significant population growth between the years 1930 and 2000. In 1930, the town had only 1,492 residents. By 2000, there were 16,927 residents! As of 2014, the town had 19,563 residents. 

We are certainly excited to be visiting Pembroke today and hope that the students of Hobomock Elementary School enjoy their visit inside of EarthView! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sarah Greenwood School, Dorchester -- April 27

42° 17' 48"N
71° 04' 50"W
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Dr. Hayes-Bohanan is bringing EarthView to the Greenwood School for a short program, and ts very first visit to the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. Two kindergarten classes will explore the world in a new way. Because students and their families have come to Dorchester from many parts of the world, this exploration will be both global and personal.
Because the Greenwood School is a dual-language school, Dr. Hayes-Bohanan will have some opportunities to practice his Spanish, which he needs for his yearly visits to study coffee and chocolate in Nicaragua!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

EarthView at the Statehouse - April 20th

42° 21' 29"N
71° 03' 50"W
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The EarthView team is happy to be visiting the Massachusetts State House today! We will be set up in Nurse's Hall from 10am-2pm for anyone to come visit! It is free and open to the public so please stop by, just remember to wear socks!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Howe Manning Elementary, Middleton- April 15th

42° 35' 47" N
71° 00' 51" W 
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The EarthView team is happy to be back visiting the Howe Manning Elementary School in Middleton for the fourth year in a row. It is quite far from where we were last night in Taunton, some 60 miles away! 

Our last visit to the school occurred on April 3rd, 2015 while our very first occurred on May 4th, 2012. Our first blog post about the school includes information on the town's history, check it out! 

On this day 104 years ago at 2:20 in the morning, the "unsinkable" Titanic sank four days into its maiden voyage with over 2,000 passengers about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. The map below shows the path that the Titanic took from Southampton England towards New York City which it never reached.


The Titanic struck an iceberg just before midnight on April 14th and sunk shortly there after. This came as a big surprise as the ship was built to be "unsinkable". It was designed by Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie and was 883 feet from stern to bow. The hull of the ship was divided into 16 compartments which were supposed to be watertight. The ship was thought to be "unsinkable" because four of these 16 compartments could be flooded without affecting the ships buoyancy.

When the Titanic struck the iceberg, five of the 16 compartments were damaged causing the bow of the ship to sink and forced the stern into a vertical position. By 2:20 a.m. on April 15th, the ship broke in half and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. 


Because there were not enough lifeboats to accommodate all of the passengers and no emergency preparations, over 1,500 people died when the ship sank. Those who did survive were mainly women and children. 

In 1913, the first International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea was held in response to the Titanic disaster. The convention established rules that required all ships to have enough lifeboat space for each person on board and that lifeboat drills would be held. The International Ice Patrol was also established to monitor icebergs in the North Atlantic. 

What is freaky is that in 1898, a novella written by Morgan Robertson titled Futility essentially predicted the sinking of the Titanic. In the novella, a large ship called the Titan which was described as "unsinkable" sank in mid-April after striking an iceberg.

While it certainly cannot be confirmed that Robertson actually predicted the future, it is quite a creepy coincidence. And if any of you are looking for an adventure, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer is rebuilding the Titanic! This ship is named the Titanic II and will be an exact replica of the original, except with all of the modern amenities and safety features. The ship is set to sail its maiden voyage in 2018. Let's hope that this ship is able to complete its maiden voyage and sail complication free. 

To learn more about the sinking of the Titanic, the novella seemingly predicting the future, and the Titanic II, please click on their links. 


We hope that the students of Howe Manning Elementary enjoy their visit with EarthView today! 

Parker Middle School, Taunton- April 14th

41° 54' 05" N
71° 04' 12" W

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The EarthView team is happy to be back at the Parker Middle School in Taunton for their family geography night! We were last at the school on June 2nd, 2015 for their "Multicultural Night".

We are happy to be at this school tonight where Ms. McGann, a former BSU Geography student is a teacher. Ms. McGann was the very first student to see the EarthView balloon with Professors Hayes-Bohanan and Domingo when it was owned by a private company! 

We hope that the students and their families enjoyed their visit inside of EarthView! We hope to be back soon! 

Update: Ms. McGinnis sent us some pictures from tonight's event, many thanks! 
The student's and their families

Our ever famous EarthView!

Ms. McGinnis


Friday, April 8, 2016

Horace Mann Middle School, Franklin - April 7th

42° 05' 28" N
71° 24' 22" W 
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We are excited to be back at Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin today! We had gone to the Family Geography Night in Franklin on February 4th and were supposed to return the following day, but a snowstorm got in our way! 

As some of you may know, the EarthView team traveled to Winchester on Wednesday to attend the Family Geography Night at McCall Middle school. We had a great time, there was even a taco truck providing food for the event! 

As for today's visit to Franklin, we are certainly glad that snow did not cancel our plans again! After a fairly mild winter we really shouldn't be complaining, but here's hoping that the snow that occurred on Monday will be the last of the snow until late Fall.

We hope that the students of Horace Mann Middle School enjoy their visit with EarthView today! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

McCall Middle School Family Geography Night, Winchester- April 6th

42° 27' 01" N
71° 08' 05" W
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After a seemingly long two weeks off because of Good Friday and the Massachusetts Geography Bee tournament, the EarthView team is back in full swing! This week we are traveling to two schools: McCall Middle and Horace Mann Middle School. 

Tonight's visit brings us to McCall Middle School in Winchester for their annual Family Geography Night! We first attended this event last year and we had a great time interacting with the students and their families, we hope that tonight's event goes just as well! 

Last week, our very own Dr. Domingo took part in the State Geography Bee championship, that was held in Chicopee. A nice map of participants and their hometowns was created by fellow Bridgewater State University student Jason Covert and can be found on the Massachusetts Geography Alliance blog here. We would like to congratulate the winner, Saketh Jonnalagadda, an 8th grader from Stony Brook Middle School in Westford. Saketh will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Geography Bee in May. 

We hope that everyone attending the Family Geography Night enjoys their visit inside of EarthView! 




Thursday, March 17, 2016

Frolio Middle School, Abington- March 18th

42° 07' 06"N
70° 56' 47"W
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The Earthview team is excited to be visiting Frolio Middle School this week!  This our fourth visit to the school, our last visit was on May 8th last year

We seem to visit this school during international holiday weeks, last year we visited just after Cinco de Mayo, in 2014 we visited on Valentine's Day, and this year we're visiting just after St. Patrick's Day!


St. Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture that occurs every year on March 17th commemorating the death of the Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. While it is not a bank holiday in the United States, it is in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Canada. 

On St. Patrick's Day Irish folks around the world delight in the showing their pride for their Irish heritage by wearing the colors of Ireland, green and white or orange, especially if they are from Northern Ireland. Earthview Wrangler Eva's family is from Northern Ireland but she tends to wear green on St. Patrick's Day.

Another way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day is by eating traditional Irish food such as Corned Beef and Cabbage, Potato Soup, Irish Soda Bread. 

Traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage




Irish Soda Bread 

Many communities around the world also celebrate by having a parade. South Boston has a large population of people from Ireland and hosts a large and fun parade every year!

2016 South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade Route

Even if you aren't of Irish descent it is always fun to celebrate the cultures of other people, you learn new things and try new foods, what gets better than that?! 

Another important time to note this week is the Vernal Equinox that will occur on Sunday! It will be the official First Day of Spring and we will have exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. 



And while Spring is sprouting up on Sunday, Mother Nature did not seem to get the message as we are expecting a winter storm Sunday Night into Monday that could has the potential to bring us a lot of snow...Keep your eyes on the weather forecast this weekend! We've had a calm winter thus far so starting the Spring off with a little snow will be alright.

Photo Credits: Kevin Lemanowicz FOX 25

We hope the students of Frolio Middle enjoy their visit with EarthView Today! 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Pyne Arts Magnet School -- Lowell, March 4

42° 37' 44" N
71° 17' 11" W 
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The EarthView team is pleased to be bringing EarthView -- itself a work of art -- to the Pyne Arts Magnet School for the first time.
Visiting a school with a focus on art is a good occasion to think about the many connections between art and geography. One is that visual and performing arts are part of what helps to define culture, and a geographic sense of place often includes the production and use of art in particular places.

It is also true that cartography -- the making of maps -- is both a science and an art. Many of the best ideas for graphic design -- such as those described by Edward Tufte in his many books and lectures -- originate in the work of cartography.

A final example is that by drawing maps,  learners of any age can become more adept at using them. Writer Deborah Farmer Kris explains the importance of maps in the age of GPS in an article on the PBS Parents blog.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Littleton Middle School, February 26

42° 32' 32" N
71° 29' 14" W 
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The EarthView team is delighted to be returning to Littleton Middle School. As we noted at the time of our 2012 visit, we pass within a few feet of this school quite often, as it located very close to Interstate 495, which is our main path to many of the schools we visit in northeastern Massachusetts.

Not only did we enjoy our first visit to Littleton Middle in 2012 -- the visit has become a regular part of our program publicity. The wonderful video the teachers made that day is still featured on our EarthView home page.


Video credit: Special-Ed Teacher and Instructional Videographer John Ogden (john.d.ogden@gmail.com)



During this visit, our EarthView team will include a special guest from our Geography Department. Dr. Rob Hellström is a geographer who specializes in weather and climate. The image above is from a weather station he and his students have placed in the Andes Mountains of Peru -- 15,000 feet above sea level. That is almost THREE MILES in the air, but in the Andes, that is ground level.

Dr. Hellström will be talking about this research with Littleton Middle students, and also about his work closer to home. He and his students have another weather station right on top of the science building where EarthView is stored -- and that station can be checked online any time. It's current weather is shown right here:
BSUweather.bridgew.edu
Dr. Hellström  and Dr. Hayes-Bohanan (part of the regular EarthView team) are working on plans to teach a course together in Peru on the geography of coffee and climate change. They will take students to coffee-farms in the lower elevations of 4 to 6 thousand feet, which are being dramatically affected by the changes in glaciers at 12 to 15 thousand feet

Friday, February 12, 2016

James L. Mulcahey Elementary School, Taunton- February 12th

41° 54' 16" N
71° 06' 43" W 
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We're back! Last week was a bit confusing with the snow day on Friday. We had gone to Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin last Thursday February 4th for their Family Geography Night and were supposed to have a day program on Friday but the snowstorm canceled that event so hopefully we will get back there soon! 

Snowfall totals Feb 5th, 2016


Today's visit brings us James L. Mulcahey Elementary School in Taunton! 

We have visited numerous schools in Taunton over the years but this is our first visit to Mulcahey Elementary! We are very excited to be bringing EarthView to students in the 2nd and 3rd grade. It is always fun to see the look of awe on the younger children's faces when they see the scope of EarthView, it really sparks their interest in the world and geography which is what we love to see! We need more geographers in the world! 

According to the Mulcahey school's website, the school was named for James L. Mulcahey who was a 1934 graduate of Taunton High School.He was inducted into the army in 1942 where he became Lieutenant Mulcahey and led troops into four major battles during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his bravery but died during battle in 1944. 

Our visit is on the 207th birthday of two very important leaders who most people do not know were born on the same day --  Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Happy Lincoln's Birthday and Happy Darwin Day!

We hope that the students enjoy their visit with EarthView today and we hope to be back again soon!
                        

                                    

Friday, February 5, 2016

True Sizes

EarthView co-coordinator Dr. Hayes-Bohanan (first name James) saw this Bitstrip cartoon recently, and added the caption about Greenland. He is not really mad at Greenland of course; it is a geographer's joke about map projections.
Many people who enter EarthView are surprised to see that Greenland is not nearly as large as they had thought, and at first many think it must be a mistake. Globes, however, are the only kinds of maps that maintain the size, shape, direction, AND distance correctly. Flattening all or part of a map requires a projection, and one or more of these spatial properties is always sacrificed to emphasize the others.

Unfortunately, the very most common projection is the Mercator, which maintains direction correctly, but distorts size, shape, and distance, especially at high latitudes (near the north and south poles). The projection is ideal for navigation, but it is not good for understanding geographic patterns, especially at a global scale. Still, it appears most commonly in schools, textbooks, and on television news.

Fortunately, The True Size is a fun way to overcome this problem. This composite shows Greenland as it appears on Mercator maps and Greenland as it would appear if moved to Argentina.
This map is also an excellent way for learners of any age to develop spatial thinking. If we are studying a country that is not familiar, we can "pull" it to a more familiar area to get a better sense of its size and shape. The country of Syria, for example, is about the size and shape of New England, excluding northern Maine.

Another way, of course, is to learn more about projections and to select a projection that is appropriate for a particular use. The Map Projections page at Geography@About.com is a great place to start.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Richardson Olmsted School, Easton- January 29th

42° 03' 28" N
71° 06' 40" W 
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We're back! Last night we had a wonderful family EarthView night with the students and families from Center School and Moreau Hall. Today we are back at Richardson Olmsted for more fun! Today, students from the nearby ParkView Elementary school will be seeing EarthView.

We visited the school last Friday and got to display our lovely new welcome mat!


As seen from our blog post last week, we were expected to get snow last Saturday (1/23) but at the time the weather forecast was still unsure of how much snow we would get. We certainly got lucky and did not get the worst of the storm but the Bridgewater area did receive about 6 inches of snow according to the National Weather Service. While we did not hit the jackpot for this past snowstorm, areas in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. sure did! Snowfall records were beaten at all three New York City airports, Newark reported 28.1", LaGuardia reported 27.9", and JFK reported 30.5"!!

We aren't the only ones who like to have fun in the snow! Check out this video of Tian Tian, a Giant Panda at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. having loads of fun in the snow!




We hope that the students (and families) of Richardson Olmsted, Center School, and Moreau Hall all enjoyed their visits with Earthview these last two weeks! We hope to be back again soon!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Family Geography Night at Richardson Olmsted School, Easton- January 28th

42° 03' 28" N
71° 06' 40" W 
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This week EarthView is brought back to the Richardson Olmsted School in Easton! We are very excited for tonight as it is the first time that we'll be having an EarthView Family Night at the school!

Tonight, students and their families from two of the other elementary schools in town, Center School and Moreau Hall will be able to experience EarthView!

We love when families are able to come and see EarthView for themselves, the adults are almost always in the same awe that the children are when seeing it for the first time!  

Tonight is going to be a fun night of geography, education, community, and family! We look forward to a great night! 

Friday, January 22, 2016

We're Number 18! Or Are We?

During our visit to the Richardson-Olmsted School, the EarthView team went to lunch at the nearby Andrew's Bakery, also in Easton. Among the many great things about this bakery is its use of randomly-assigned numbers to match customers to their orders. Our group got number 18:
Or was it 81?

Or was it infinity?
Or maybe infinity, infinitely
We are geographers, but we can have fun with math, too!

Incidentally, our new EarthView Welcome Mat includes the word welcome in 18 languages. Coincidence? You decide!