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Monday, January 23, 2012

Where is Boston?

When viewed at a global or even a national scale, almost all of the schools we visit with the EarthView program are located in the "greater Boston" area. The actual boundaries of the city are, however, much more constrained, encompassing less than 50 square miles. In a recent Boston Globe article, Welcome to Megaboston, Chris Marstall describes a proposal that would have made the city itself more than six times larger, and with a population more than three times the current number.

This is a great story to use in reviewing the Five Themes of Geography:
  • Location
  • Place
  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Movement
  • Regions

Which themes does this story illustrate must easily? Which themes are more difficult to find in this story? What kinds of regions are described in this story?

Most importantly: What do you think of as Boston? Greater Boston?

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