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Friday, September 9, 2016

Mill Pond School, Westborough -- September 9

42° 16' 06" N
71° 36' 54" W 
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The EarthView team is making its first visit to Mill Pond School, where sixth graders are studying several topics we can explore with EarthView, such as climate change and the continental-drift theories of Alfred Wegener (1880-1930). 

The  town of Westborough is preparing to celebrate its tricentennial, having been founded in 1717. About sixty years ago, the situation of Westborough changed. Situation is an important concept in geography, referring to the location of a place in relationship to other places. The word is used in contrast to site, which refers to characteristics inherent in the place itself. 

How does the situation of a town change? It cannot move, of course, but its connections to other places can. In this case, the Interstate Highway System put Westborough at a major crossroads between I-90 and I-495. The first crosses the entire continent east-to-west, while the other connects all of the outer suburbs of Boston, from Cape Cod to Cape Ann.

EarthView will be taking center stage today, as we have use of the school auditorium, rather than the gymnasium. We know that the globe will perform well in this, our first program of the 2016-2017 school year.

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