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Half the Sky Movement226,804Join  @107096716333816995401 columnist @102839963139173448834 and leaders in the fight against human trafficking from Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, @105701279657260032955, @104386691922846239107 and @100379471031450585233  in a conversation about modern solutions to a problem millions around the world are facing every day. *Panelists include:*  Rachel Lloyd, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS)   Gary Haugen, International Justice Mission Dave Batstone, Not For Sale Susan Bissell, UNICEF What does 2014 hold for the fight against modern-day slavery?2014-01-10 19:00:00971  
Science on Google+648,229*Isaac Newton's Birthday is on Christmas* Join us in a Newton-inspired holiday physics hangout with rockstar physicist +Henry Reich of +MinutePhysics and +MinuteEarth  and brilliant ballerina biologist +Carin Bondar of +National Geographic, +Scientific American and host of Wild Sex, a science show about the strange reproductive habits of the animal kingdom. She knows how the world gets physical. +Veritasium  AKA +Derek Muller may pop in.  We hear there may even be more special guests so you should probably go ahead and RSVP yes to join the lively conversation. BYOB. Hosted by +Amy Robinson of +Science on Google+ .Happy Newtonmas Hangout2013-12-19 00:00:00143  
Science Bulletins at AMNH407,616The American Museum of Natural History’s Science Bulletins program is launching a new data visualization on changes in Arctic plant life and their forecasted impact on the climate system. Science Bulletins editorial producer Laura Allen will discuss the science with the ecologists whose work is featured in the visualization. The researchers will also answer your questions. Join Science Bulletins for this Hangout and meet: • Dr. Richard Pearson: Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History and Lecturer, University College London • Dr. Scott Goetz: Deputy Director and Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center The data visualization is designed for informal education at museums and science centers. Its datasets are also available for live programming on NOAA’s Science on a Sphere (SOS)® spherical display system: http://www.sos.noaa.gov/Datasets/dataset.php?id=429 The Hangout panel will also address ways to interpret the visualization for museum and educational audiences. View the visualization at http://www.amnh.org/explore/science-bulletins/(watch)/bio/visualizations/greening-of-the-arctic This visualization and professional development training is supported by NOAA and NSF.How Green is the Arctic? A Science Bulletins at AMNH Hangout2013-11-13 21:30:0044  
Science on Google+648,229*Be curious. Question assumptions. Explore the world from atoms to astrophysics with Veritasium*. Join +Derek Muller of popular +YouTube Channel Veritasium on a journey to the beautiful, viral side of physics, hosted by Science on Google+ in honor of *YouTube Geek Week* (Aug 4-10). Our +Amy Robinson, +Jason Davison and +Nic Hammond will host, along with +Joe Hanson of +It's Okay To Be Smart and a few members of the community who ask Derek interesting questions on the event page.   The hangout happens on *Wednesday, August 7th at 5 pm US PT / 8 ET*. Derek will share why he creates Veritasium and how it has evolved into one of YouTube’s favorite sources of answers to epic science questions. He’ll also answer your questions so leave them here on the event page. You may be selected to join the hangout live and ask him in person.   Check out *Veritasium* on YouTube at http://veritasium.com   This is the third hangout in a new series that brings science to life through conversations with the world's leading minds. Join +Science on Google+: A Public Database for the latest events.Veritasium: A Science on Google+ Conversation2013-08-08 02:00:00241  
V-Day18,281On V-Day 2013 we will be live streaming Risings from around the world! Here is a list of pending and confirmed streaming events, listed by local and Pacific Time. Details will be added as they are known. Manila on Ustream.tv: https://www.ustream.tv/embed/13346941 (time tbc) 10:00 CAT / 00:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw5qLUQyHTU 17:00 IST / 3:30 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6UzapFmOGE 16:30 SAST / 6:30 PT: South Africa -- http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1287887/events/1879753 10:15 & 12:00 ET / 7:15 & 9:00 PT: Atlanta -- http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1022514/risingAtlanta 14:00 CT / 12:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9argIMd1dPg 19:00 ET / 16:00 PT: Miami -- http://new.livestream.com/accounts/2835490/events/1880583/videos/11568859 16:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghY76uYA964 20:00 ET / 17:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZvoFrqToWw 18:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNEfgHOXvoE 19:00 PT: Oakland, CA -- http://www.ustream.tv/channel/onebillionrisingoakland 18:00 HAST / 20:00 PT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFcogNYw1mAOne Billion Rising 2013 - OFFICIAL EVENT2013-02-13 13:00:00362  
Breast Cancer Answers®663,014On World Cancer Day, Feb 4th, join us here on Google+ to watch live interviews with the world's leading cancer experts and organizations.  Don't miss this 2-hour LIVE event at 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. EST. Here at BreastCancerAnswers, we believe that educating people can save lives. For the latest in breast cancer awareness, circle us at https://plus.google.com/113258379539644876834/.World Cancer Day Presented By BreastCancerAnswers2013-02-04 21:00:0081  
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych353,670http://www.redbullstratos.com/ The countdown has begun for Felix Baumgartner's epic jump from the edge of space. Supported by a team of experts, Felix will ascend in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he will take a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall. To follow the progress of this mission - launch date set for the week of 8th October 2012 - and to find out where and when to tune in to watch Red Bull Stratos rewrite history live please RSVP and join the Event. #science   #redbull   #stratos   #sciencesunday   #spacesunday   #skydiving  @109783903175191665261 @107778888097122544837 @101602715616829342034 @105379671042990608528Red Bull Stratos Mission - LIVE2012-10-14 14:00:00666  
Fraser Cain965,947Join us once again as we connect several telescopes into a live Google+ hangout and stream the night sky into your computer. The Moon won't rise until after we wrap up, so it should be a wonderful dark night with great seeing. Most of the planets are down, but Jupiter might make an appearance right at the end of the evening if we're lucky. If you want to get notifications of these events, make sure you circle the @100902337165997768522 on Google+. #vsp-oct13Virtual Star Party - Oct. 7, 20122012-10-08 04:30:00539  
Fraser Cain965,947*If you want to get a reminder of the Virtual Star Party, you need to confirm that you're going.* *Are you going? Click "Yes"* Every week we connect up multiple telescopes into a @100902337165997768522, and showcase the night sky, right here on Google+. We'll point our telescopes at any planets, Moons or deep sky objects up at the time - even the Sun! We'll also have Ph.D. astronomers on hand to explain the science behind what we're looking at. We'll even take requests. _I'm attaching last week's episode so you can get a sense of what this is all about_ If you want to be notified about future broadcasts, make sure you add the @100902337165997768522 to your circles. #virtualstarparty-sep23Virtual Star Party - Sept. 23, 20122012-09-24 04:30:00425  
Fraser Cain965,947It's time again for another Virtual Star Party. Join us in a Google+ Hangout on Air and see a live view from multiple telescopes broadcasting their view of the night sky. You can even make requests.Virtual Star Party - August 12, 20122012-08-13 05:30:00109  
Fraser Cain965,947To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004861  

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2015-08-05 01:22:53 (15 comments, 17 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Take me to your... Nevermind.

Most reshares: 26

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2015-08-02 17:24:45 (1 comments, 26 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

A nicely done visualization on how the states of the US generate their electricity. It drills down to the various sources and includes a great graph that compares coal use by states versus the other electricity sources.

There is also a link to an article on how the Obama administration is toughening rules that force states to cut pollution from coal-burning power plants.

Thank you, +Washington Post 

Most plusones: 72

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2015-08-08 15:03:17 (7 comments, 17 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Wind is beautifully animated in this new globe developed by the NOAA Visualization Lab. Filter by temperature, precipitation, moisture and pressure, and even change from night to day. 

Warning: I found the map extremely slow to load.

Go directly to the map here: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/weatherview/index.html

Read more about the map from CityLab here: http://www.citylab.com/weather/2015/08/a-gorgeous-new-weather-model-of-the-world/400715/

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2015-08-27 13:20:18 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Persuasive maps are maps that are intended to convey a message or a belief rather than just geographic information. The 1915 map, "Vote for Women," below from Cornell University's wonderful Persuasive Map collection, depicts a triumphant Lady Liberty representing the states that had adopted suffrage. She is lighting the way for the women in the states that still could not vote. A little late for Women's Equality Day, but still a great remembrance of a long struggle for equality.

"Lady Liberty, wearing a cape labeled "Votes for Women," stands astride the states (colored white) that had adopted suffrage. She holds aloft her torch, bringing "enlightenment" to women in those states still in the dark. The faces of these women are turned up to the light, and some reach out in hope. (Many have fashionably short hair and hats, reflecting the middle and upper... more »

Persuasive maps are maps that are intended to convey a message or a belief rather than just geographic information. The 1915 map, "Vote for Women," below from Cornell University's wonderful Persuasive Map collection, depicts a triumphant Lady Liberty representing the states that had adopted suffrage. She is lighting the way for the women in the states that still could not vote. A little late for Women's Equality Day, but still a great remembrance of a long struggle for equality.

"Lady Liberty, wearing a cape labeled "Votes for Women," stands astride the states (colored white) that had adopted suffrage. She holds aloft her torch, bringing "enlightenment" to women in those states still in the dark. The faces of these women are turned up to the light, and some reach out in hope. (Many have fashionably short hair and hats, reflecting the middle and upper class core of the suffrage movement. Dando 2010, 224). This map appeared in the magazine Puck during the Empire State Campaign, a hard-fought referendum on a suffrage amendment to the New York State constitution; the referendum failed in 1915, but was successful two years later. 

The illustrator was Henry "Hy" Mayer, a German-born artist who was Puck's chief cartoonist at the time this was published. Kahn 2014, 322. Below the illustration is a poem by Alice Duer Miller, a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, member of the Algonquin Hotel Round Table and "popular poet of tremendous range and skill." Chapman 2003, 1. Miller was an active and tireless feminist who produced a substantial volume of "defiant, witty suffrage verse."

#womensequalityday  ___

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2015-08-27 13:07:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"Now we are not called mapping guys or gals what is holding us back?

That we still live in a one-dimensional world. That’s where. And it is that which is holding back both the adoption of our technology and us as GIS professionals."

+Matt Sheehan talks about how labeling geospatial professionals as the "map" person, narrows the way in which we are perceived.

Thank you, +Matt Sheehan 

"Now we are not called mapping guys or gals what is holding us back?

That we still live in a one-dimensional world. That’s where. And it is that which is holding back both the adoption of our technology and us as GIS professionals."

+Matt Sheehan talks about how labeling geospatial professionals as the "map" person, narrows the way in which we are perceived.

Thank you, +Matt Sheehan ___

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2015-08-26 01:27:19 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Want to know how population is changing in your town? Measure the sewage :-)

See the full Reuters article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/07/us-usa-oil-sewage-idUSKCN0QB0BJ20150807

Thank you, +Caitlin Dempsey Morais!

___Want to know how population is changing in your town? Measure the sewage :-)

See the full Reuters article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/07/us-usa-oil-sewage-idUSKCN0QB0BJ20150807

Thank you, +Caitlin Dempsey Morais!

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2015-08-25 11:31:09 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

"Ever wanted to see the true scale of the world economy?

The globe of economic complexity dynamically maps out the entire world production of goods to create an economic landscape of countries around the globe.

Visualize 15 trillion dollars of world trade. One dot equals 100 million dollars of exported products. Every color represents a different industry."

The site visualizes the economies of each country as told by the products they export. Compare trade by industry, by country, and stack the products in 3D space to get the big picture. Click and hold on a country to see where the product goes and to launch a visual atlas of the trade of that country.

Start exploring here: http://globe.cid.harvard.edu/

Thank you, +Maps Mania 

Mapping Worldwide Trade

Super fast WebGL 3d globe visualising 15 trillion dollars of worldwide trade.___"Ever wanted to see the true scale of the world economy?

The globe of economic complexity dynamically maps out the entire world production of goods to create an economic landscape of countries around the globe.

Visualize 15 trillion dollars of world trade. One dot equals 100 million dollars of exported products. Every color represents a different industry."

The site visualizes the economies of each country as told by the products they export. Compare trade by industry, by country, and stack the products in 3D space to get the big picture. Click and hold on a country to see where the product goes and to launch a visual atlas of the trade of that country.

Start exploring here: http://globe.cid.harvard.edu/

Thank you, +Maps Mania 

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2015-08-23 15:59:48 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Nate Silver (yes, that Nate Silver) and Reuben Fischer-Baum crunch and visualize big weather data to tell you where the weather is (ho-hum) predictable and where you never know if you need to grab a jacket and an umbrella.

Super stuff! Thanks, +Bill McGarvey!


"If You Don't Like The Weather Here, Wait 5 Minutes..."

. . . in some places, like Honolulu, it won't matter.  But in places like Rapid City, SD, or Houghton, MI, it might very well be true.

#climate   #climatology   #weather  ___Nate Silver (yes, that Nate Silver) and Reuben Fischer-Baum crunch and visualize big weather data to tell you where the weather is (ho-hum) predictable and where you never know if you need to grab a jacket and an umbrella.

Super stuff! Thanks, +Bill McGarvey!

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2015-08-23 15:40:17 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Two and a half foot photographer available for weddings, bar mitsvahs and other special occasions. I travel light and am sure to get a smile out of all my subjects.

Thank you, +Dr Ego Prozac and +Sushama Karnik. This made my morning :-)

Going out to enjoy the day...hope you do the same...Doc___Two and a half foot photographer available for weddings, bar mitsvahs and other special occasions. I travel light and am sure to get a smile out of all my subjects.

Thank you, +Dr Ego Prozac and +Sushama Karnik. This made my morning :-)

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2015-08-23 15:33:48 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Winners and losers and why this year's Hugos mattered.

Thank you, +WIRED 

After a group of fans tried to guarantee a whiter, more male slate, the big Hugos instead went to "No Winner."___Winners and losers and why this year's Hugos mattered.

Thank you, +WIRED 

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2015-08-23 14:08:25 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

A well-written and accurate article on the advances in California's earthquake preparedness. I love that they talk about retrofitting underground infrastructure such as the water pipelines (Hetch Hetchy is currently slated for retrofit) and the update on the early earthquake warning system. Filled with maps and animations, this is an easy read.

Thank you, +Tam McDonnagh. I think we may be twins separated at birth.

SAN ANDREAS FAULT    EARTHQUAKES___A well-written and accurate article on the advances in California's earthquake preparedness. I love that they talk about retrofitting underground infrastructure such as the water pipelines (Hetch Hetchy is currently slated for retrofit) and the update on the early earthquake warning system. Filled with maps and animations, this is an easy read.

Thank you, +Tam McDonnagh. I think we may be twins separated at birth.

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2015-08-23 03:46:09 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

The Everglades, Florida - Stop 161: Marjory Stoneman Douglas: The Voice of the Everglades

There are no other Everglades in the world. They are unique...in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass. 
~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas, The Everglades: River of Grass, 1947

Florida and the Everglades were born from the sea. 160 million years ago, the area that would become southern Florida lay as part of a warm, tropical sea building up a 1 to 6 kilometer thick flat limestone base formed from the shells of tiny marine organisms over the millenia. Fluctuating sea levels compressed the carbonate sand and shell layers, producing a... more »

The Everglades, Florida - Stop 161: Marjory Stoneman Douglas: The Voice of the Everglades

There are no other Everglades in the world. They are unique...in the simplicity, the diversity, the related harmony of the forms of life they enclose. The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass. 
~ Marjory Stoneman Douglas, The Everglades: River of Grass, 1947

Florida and the Everglades were born from the sea. 160 million years ago, the area that would become southern Florida lay as part of a warm, tropical sea building up a 1 to 6 kilometer thick flat limestone base formed from the shells of tiny marine organisms over the millenia. Fluctuating sea levels compressed the carbonate sand and shell layers, producing a thick, permeable limestone bedrock that the everglades lie upon. 20 thousand years ago, the continent was gripped by ice ages and the Florida platform alternated between periods of erosion (glacial maximum) and carbonate deposition (glacial retreats). The last ice age ended 10 thousand years ago and the massive wetlands that are the Everglades began to form: http://written-in-stone-seen-through-my-lens.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-geological-and-biological-first-visit.html

When sea level rose the climate began to warm and a massive and shallow sheet of water, a slow and wide-wide river, began draining from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay. The underlying limestone bedrock formed a "karst" topography, caused by dissolution of the rock forming caves, caverns and depressions called sinkholes. This change in topography means that the Everglade area is variable forming many different habitats and ecosystems supporting many different types of vegetation and wildlife. Cypress swamps, pine rocklands, mangrove islands, and the sawgrass marshes and sloughs support multitudes of wetland birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles (yes, alligators), and mammals (oh, the hu manatee!): http://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/nature/index.htm Sadly, there is one species that poses a real threat to the Everglades and it is us.

In the 1800s, the native people were decimated by slave raids, Spanish explorers, and European diseases. The prevailing attitude was that the swamps and wetlands were useless and the misfortunate natives were useless. As early as 1835, engineers were brought in to figure out how to drain the Everglades. The Swamplands Act was passed that gave the state of Florida 20 million acres to drain and reclaim. Miles of canal and navigable waterways were dredged to provide drainage and access to these pristine lands. Trees were brought in from Australia in an effort to further drain and stabilize the wetlands. Farmers rushed to the newly exposed and fertile land planting potatoes and other crops. Decades of drainage projects that desiccated the land, exacerbated by severe droughts, created tinderbox conditions. Dramatic wildfires swept across the Everglades region in the early 1940s consuming the soil and vegetation. The Everglades became known as a "dust bowl." http://www.theevergladesstory.org/text/history/ But in time of greatest need, greatness arises.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas was born in 1890 in Minneapolis. She proved to be a natural born leader and gifted writer graduating from Wellesley collage with straight As and the title of "Class Orator." A bad marriage in 1915 found her moving to Florida to live with her father where she came to work at her father's newspaper, which later became the Miami Herald. She was the only woman working at the paper and was relegated to writing the society pages, however soon she was interweaving environmental concerns into her reports of society luncheons even as her father wrote out against then Mayor Broward's plan to further drain the Everglades and open the land to 
developers. http://www.everglades.org/about-marjory-stoneman-douglas/

Prospectors were drawn to Florida in droves in the 1920s, and because Douglas was herself a transplant to the Florida landscape, she knew first-hand how unfamiliar the land could seem. She took it upon herself through her column and other writings to introduce her readers to their new geography in everyway possible. She also became staunch and articulate crusader for women's rights, racial equality, and especially conservation. In 1928, she was on an exploratory trip to the Everglades with Ernest F Coe, a landscaper who had proposed that the Everglades be protected as a National Park. The expedition was joined by National Park Service (NPS) director Horace Albright, assistant director Arno Cammerer, Audubon Society president Gilbert Pearson, Yellowstone National Park superintendent Roger Toll, botanist David Fairchild, and U.S. Representative Ruth Owen. On this trip Douglas was exposed to the beauty and nature of the Everglades. She saw ”great flocks of birds, amazing flights of 30,000 to 40,000 in one swoop…”.' http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/StonemanDouglas

In 1947, when she was 57 years old, Marjory Stoneman Douglas published her greatest work, The Everglades: River of Grass, which sold out in one month. That same year, the Everglades were made into a National Park, and Douglas became its spokesperson, a role that she maintained for the next 51 years of her life. 'Through all of her work, Douglas intensified regional, national, and international understanding of the singularity of the south Florida ecosystem. In her lifetime, it went from a wilderness on the brink of irreparable development, to a National Park, a Wetland of International Significance, an International Biosphere Preserve, and a legislatively designated wilderness area. Douglas put the Everglades on the map, in terms of conservation. Her fierce dedication to the land brought her great satisfaction and renown. President Bill Clinton awarded her the Medal of Freedom in 1993, saying, 'Beyond Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas is a mentor for all who desire to preserve what we southerners affectionately call 'a sense of place.' And, Mrs. Douglas, the next time I hear someone mention the timeless wonders and powers of Mother Nature, I'll be thinking of you."

Marjory Stoneman Douglas died in 1998 at the age of 108. Her life and work also inspired others to look for the wild places in their own backyards and bioregions and to fight for their preservation and restoration. She never gave up the good fight, to the great benefit of all those who enjoy public lands and wild places in all the would-be forgotten corners of the country. 

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. At the time that the game was published, the Everglades were slowly being degraded and the wildlife destroyed.

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4 (I cheated this time).

I rolled a 6 on the makeshift  teetotum and moved from Montgomery, Alabama - Stop 155: The Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement to The Everglades, Florida - Stop 161: Marjory Stoneman Douglas: The Voice of the Everglades.

#theeverglades   #evergladesnationalpark   #marjorystonemandouglas   #hero     #ramblesthroughourcountry  ___

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2015-08-22 21:40:56 (11 comments, 19 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Trip Planning Map of the United States, 1962

I am head over heels in love with this gorgeous 1962 trip planning map of the US. From the beautiful Florida Everglades (I found you +Timothy Street!) to the Olympic National Park in Washington State, this is one map you will want to dream over. Go to the wonderfully zoomable version at the Rumsey Collection here: http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/workspace/handleMediaPlayer?qvq=&trs=&mi=&lunaMediaId=RUMSEY~8~1~216368~5502604

"Full color pictorial map. Showing principal regional resources, products and natural features. A small checkerboard map provides a visual way to estimate the number of day required for your trip, and ill. Note: "Happy Motoring is a Trade mark Registered in the U.S. Patent Office."

Trip Planning Map of the United States, 1962

I am head over heels in love with this gorgeous 1962 trip planning map of the US. From the beautiful Florida Everglades (I found you +Timothy Street!) to the Olympic National Park in Washington State, this is one map you will want to dream over. Go to the wonderfully zoomable version at the Rumsey Collection here: http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/workspace/handleMediaPlayer?qvq=&trs=&mi=&lunaMediaId=RUMSEY~8~1~216368~5502604

"Full color pictorial map. Showing principal regional resources, products and natural features. A small checkerboard map provides a visual way to estimate the number of day required for your trip, and ill. Note: "Happy Motoring is a Trade mark Registered in the U.S. Patent Office."___

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2015-08-22 16:20:12 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Thank you, +José Signoret​.

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them."
Ray Bradbury

Art by Ralph Steadman___Thank you, +José Signoret​.

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2015-08-22 15:35:20 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

California, City - The 1960s dream city in the Mojave desert that never was

"While this is a city that you can visit, you will never see its original plan fulfilled. Nat Mendelsohn was a developer who had a dream of developing a city that would rival Los Angeles in terms of grandeur. He ambitiously began building on a 320 square kilometer piece of land in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert complete with a huge park and artificial lake. If one were to look at a satellite picture of the city it may seem like Mendelsohn had at least come close to realizing his dream. However, if you are to look closer you would notice something conspicuously missing – houses. [...]

Mendelsohn had the same idea as many real estate developers of the time. He would buy a vast amount of land, divide it into thousands of home plots, then sell them to families who longed for a piece ofpro... more »

The houses that never were...___California, City - The 1960s dream city in the Mojave desert that never was

"While this is a city that you can visit, you will never see its original plan fulfilled. Nat Mendelsohn was a developer who had a dream of developing a city that would rival Los Angeles in terms of grandeur. He ambitiously began building on a 320 square kilometer piece of land in the middle of California’s Mojave Desert complete with a huge park and artificial lake. If one were to look at a satellite picture of the city it may seem like Mendelsohn had at least come close to realizing his dream. However, if you are to look closer you would notice something conspicuously missing – houses. [...]

Mendelsohn had the same idea as many real estate developers of the time. He would buy a vast amount of land, divide it into thousands of home plots, then sell them to families who longed for a piece of property to call their own. The gamble did not pay off for him however, because 50 years later decaying streets still lie there empty. One reason is that dust storms are a common occurrence in the area, but he mainly overestimated demand."

From: http://listverse.com/2010/02/13/top-10-amazing-cities-you-will-never-visit/

More at: http://articles.latimes.com/1990-02-11/local/me-939_1_california-city

Thank you, +Kurt Schwehr 

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2015-08-22 15:08:38 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Borges and the cat

Thank you, +Irina Tcherednichenko 

No son más silenciosos los espejos / ni más furtiva el alba aventurera; / eres, bajo la luna, esa pantera / que nos es dado divisar de lejos. / Por obra indescifrable de un decreto / divino, te buscamos vanamente; / más remoto que el Ganges y el poniente, / tuya es la soledad, tuyo el secreto. / Tu lomo condesciende a la morosa / caricia de mi mano. Has admitido, / desde esa eternidad que ya es olvido, / el amor de la mano recelosa. / En otro tiempo estás. Eres el dueño / de un ámbito cerrado como un sueño.

Jorge Luis Borges

#caturday #gatos 

Imagen y texto via
http://www.sinembargo.mx/04-08-2015/1437367
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Translated poem and bit more on Borges and cats at
http://www.johncoulthart.com/feuilleton/2014/06/12/borges-and-the-cats/___Borges and the cat

Thank you, +Irina Tcherednichenko 

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2015-08-22 14:51:24 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Leonard Nimoy grew to embrace the affection of the millions of inhabitants of “Star Trek Galaxy.” (Note: I’d say “Star Trek Nation,” but hey, we’re talking interstellar travel here). When he passed away he had truly lived long and prospered because of it, which is really all you can hope for when you’re Mr. Spock.

Still I’m guessing that there’s less than no chance that his family will bury him in a photon torpedo casing and commit his mortal remains to the stars, only to have them find a resting place on a mysterious planet that regenerates him so he can come back to us and say kind, comforting things that make us feel hopeful again.

But it would be … fascinating.

It would.

Leonard Nimoy grew to embrace the affection of the millions of inhabitants of “Star Trek Galaxy.” (Note: I’d say “Star Trek Nation,” but hey, we’re talking interstellar travel here). When he passed away he had truly lived long and prospered because of it, which is really all you can hope for when you’re Mr. Spock.

Still I’m guessing that there’s less than no chance that his family will bury him in a photon torpedo casing and commit his mortal remains to the stars, only to have them find a resting place on a mysterious planet that regenerates him so he can come back to us and say kind, comforting things that make us feel hopeful again.

But it would be … fascinating.

It would.___

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2015-08-22 00:01:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Getting a great education because that's what upcoming world leaders do. Way to go, Malala.

Thank you, +Socratica​

Malala totally aced her GSCEs

Way to go, smart girl!  #LearnMore___Getting a great education because that's what upcoming world leaders do. Way to go, Malala.

Thank you, +Socratica​

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2015-08-21 13:21:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!
~ Dr. David A. Johnson last words heard on the radio transmission before he perished in a volcanic lateral blast of rock, steam, and gases on Sunday, May 18th, 1980 at 8:32 AM.

More at: http://sthelenshero.homestead.com/DavidJohnston.html and http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/234

Thank you, +Geology Page 

Mount St. Helens: May 18, 1980 | #Geology #GeologyPage

USGS scientists recount their experiences before, during and after the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Loss of their colleague David A. Johnston and 56 others in the eruption cast a pall over one of the most dramatic geologic moments in American history.

Video Provided by: USGS

Video : http://www.geologypage.com/2015/03/mount-st-helens-may-18-1980-video.html

Geology Page​
www.geologypage.com___Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!
~ Dr. David A. Johnson last words heard on the radio transmission before he perished in a volcanic lateral blast of rock, steam, and gases on Sunday, May 18th, 1980 at 8:32 AM.

More at: http://sthelenshero.homestead.com/DavidJohnston.html and http://gallery.usgs.gov/videos/234

Thank you, +Geology Page 

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2015-08-21 12:55:50 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

+Michael Martinez  is one of the world's most erudite scholars and prolific writers on all things Tolkien and Middle Earth. If you have not yet discovered his many essays, books, and his wonderful blog, please circle him on Google Plus and follow him here: http://middle-earth.xenite.org/

Q: Where Did Tolkien Describe How Melkor, Sauron, and Saruman became Evil? ANSWER: This is not exactly the question I was asked. But that question touches upon the greater issue of “moral fall” within Tolkien’s fiction. You could almost justify saying…___+Michael Martinez  is one of the world's most erudite scholars and prolific writers on all things Tolkien and Middle Earth. If you have not yet discovered his many essays, books, and his wonderful blog, please circle him on Google Plus and follow him here: http://middle-earth.xenite.org/

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2015-08-21 12:10:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, and Mrs. Geotripper get a rare peek at the peak of the elusive Mt. Garabaldi (t'ak't'ak mu'yin tl'a in7in'a'xe7en, or Landing Place of the Thunderbird) volcano of British Columbia in their latest vagabonding adventure. 

Wonderful! Thank you, +Garry Hayes.

I like mountains named for legends of their origin, and for features present on the peaks. Let's name buidings after people. The volcanoes of British Columbia...___Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, and Mrs. Geotripper get a rare peek at the peak of the elusive Mt. Garabaldi (t'ak't'ak mu'yin tl'a in7in'a'xe7en, or Landing Place of the Thunderbird) volcano of British Columbia in their latest vagabonding adventure. 

Wonderful! Thank you, +Garry Hayes.

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2015-08-20 00:17:56 (10 comments, 9 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

To boldly go where no mineral has gone before.

"More than 125 minerals are mentioned in the Star Trek universe. Of these, however, only 23 are actual terrestrial minerals and only one mineral, the silicate olivine, has been found in extraterrestrial rocks. Curiously, quartz – which is one of the most common minerals on Earth – is almost never mentioned. Perhaps because quartz is often used as a prop stand-in for dilithium crystals."

To boldly go where no mineral has gone before.

"More than 125 minerals are mentioned in the Star Trek universe. Of these, however, only 23 are actual terrestrial minerals and only one mineral, the silicate olivine, has been found in extraterrestrial rocks. Curiously, quartz – which is one of the most common minerals on Earth – is almost never mentioned. Perhaps because quartz is often used as a prop stand-in for dilithium crystals."___

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2015-08-18 12:24:03 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Is there a gap between ‘University GIS’ and ‘Real world GIS’?

Is there a gap between ‘University GIS’ and ‘Real world GIS’?___

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2015-08-18 11:54:25 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Ken Jennings, the trivia expert who won 74 consecutive games on Jeopardy and later lost to IBM's Watson, is also a well known Maphead. In this week's column he talks about the frequency of city names with the example of one of the most famous of all time - the Simpson's Springfield which is also one of the greatest geography jokes of all time: https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/vicky%20veritas%20springfield

Ken Jennings, the trivia expert who won 74 consecutive games on Jeopardy and later lost to IBM's Watson, is also a well known Maphead. In this week's column he talks about the frequency of city names with the example of one of the most famous of all time - the Simpson's Springfield which is also one of the greatest geography jokes of all time: https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/vicky%20veritas%20springfield___

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2015-08-18 11:02:32 (11 comments, 9 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Watch how the seismic waves from the 2002 7.9 magnitude Denali earthquake propagate both along the surface and within the earth in this really fascinating simulation - fascinating because these seismic wave observations allow scientists to investigate the interior structure of the planet.

Curious? Learn more here: http://eqseis.geosc.psu.edu/~cammon/HTML/Classes/IntroQuakes/Notes/waves_and_interior.html

Thank you, +TYC GIS Training 

Watch how the seismic waves from the 2002 7.9 magnitude Denali earthquake propagate both along the surface and within the earth in this really fascinating simulation - fascinating because these seismic wave observations allow scientists to investigate the interior structure of the planet.

Curious? Learn more here: http://eqseis.geosc.psu.edu/~cammon/HTML/Classes/IntroQuakes/Notes/waves_and_interior.html

Thank you, +TYC GIS Training ___

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2015-08-17 01:02:35 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Art is for everybody.
~ Ruth Asawa, 1926 -2013

More at: https://plus.google.com/110526796224231785876/posts/8ECbfNYRPfn

Thank you, +Jody Castle​ and +Abigail van Rooyen​

I enjoyed discovering the sculptures of #RuthAsawa at the #deYoung Museum in San Francisco. Wonderful organic forms, some are reminiscent of diatoms, while others make me think of sea sponges. Great lighting on the installation also___Art is for everybody.
~ Ruth Asawa, 1926 -2013

More at: https://plus.google.com/110526796224231785876/posts/8ECbfNYRPfn

Thank you, +Jody Castle​ and +Abigail van Rooyen​

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2015-08-17 00:26:11 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

"In old Hawaiʻi, it was the nature of ‘place’ that shaped the practical, cultural and spiritual view of the Hawaiian people.

In ancient times, the naming of a place was not a task to be undertaken lightly, for the Hawaiians recognized the power inherent in a name.

In giving a name to a piece of land, whether it be an island, a hill or a rocky headland, the inhabitants of ancient Hawaiʻi were placing a part of themselves on the landscape."

“It was the same from Hawaiʻi to Kauai - no name was given without some reason.” In old Hawaiʻi, it was the nature of ‘place’ that shaped the practical, cultural and spiritual view of the Hawaiian people. In ancient times, the naming of a place was not a…___"In old Hawaiʻi, it was the nature of ‘place’ that shaped the practical, cultural and spiritual view of the Hawaiian people.

In ancient times, the naming of a place was not a task to be undertaken lightly, for the Hawaiians recognized the power inherent in a name.

In giving a name to a piece of land, whether it be an island, a hill or a rocky headland, the inhabitants of ancient Hawaiʻi were placing a part of themselves on the landscape."

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2015-08-16 01:27:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Absolutely fascinating! Thank you, +Peter Vogel​ and +Bob Libra​.

Seems that the Greenwich meridian is in the wrong place.

It's only off by a hundred metres or so. Tourists may need to go back and get updated photos at the famous line. 

http://metro.co.uk/2015/08/15/oops-the-greenwich-meridian-line-is-in-the-wrong-place-5344251/#ixzz3iv4wgQtB___Absolutely fascinating! Thank you, +Peter Vogel​ and +Bob Libra​.

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2015-08-10 13:58:51 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Great New Post by Coleman McCormick - Addresses and Geocoding : Comparing New & Old Methods - http://bit.ly/1P0YV2H

Great New Post by Coleman McCormick - Addresses and Geocoding : Comparing New & Old Methods - http://bit.ly/1P0YV2H___

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2015-08-10 02:23:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

When the sun goes down, San Francisco burns with light and life.

More at: http://planetunicorn.co/portfolio-item/gothamcitysf/

Brilliant, +Toby Harriman. Thank you.

Finally uploaded my Gotham City SF video in 4k! So if you have a screen that can handle that, be sure to check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m27LeRTzESI
‪#‎alwayssf‬ ‪#‎sanfrancisco‬ #timelapse  ___When the sun goes down, San Francisco burns with light and life.

More at: http://planetunicorn.co/portfolio-item/gothamcitysf/

Brilliant, +Toby Harriman. Thank you.

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2015-08-09 02:38:49 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Montgomery, Alabama - Stop 155: The Birthplace of the American Civil Rights Movement

People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. [...] No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. 
~ Rosa Parks, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, in Rosa Parks: My Story, 1999

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~ Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go from Here : Chaos or Community?,  1967

From its inception, it was a people's movement. The cumulative effect of individual acts of passive resistance brought about modern democracy's finest hour. Most of those who made the movement weren't the famous; they were the faceless. They weren't the noted; they were the nameless - the marchers with tired feet, the protestors beatenb... more »

Montgomery, Alabama - Stop 155: The Birthplace of the American Civil Rights Movement

People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. [...] No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in. 
~ Rosa Parks, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, in Rosa Parks: My Story, 1999

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~ Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go from Here : Chaos or Community?,  1967

From its inception, it was a people's movement. The cumulative effect of individual acts of passive resistance brought about modern democracy's finest hour. Most of those who made the movement weren't the famous; they were the faceless. They weren't the noted; they were the nameless - the marchers with tired feet, the protestors beaten back by billy clubs and fire hoses, the unknown women and men who risked job and home and life. We honor all of them today. May the waters of this monument create ripples of hope - now and forevermore.
~ Julian Bond, Civil Rights Memorial dedication speech to a crowd of 6,000 on Nov. 5th,1989

Just around the corner from where a passionate young preacher use to stand at his pulpit, and the broad capitol steps where a long march ended - within the borders of an important town where a 42-year-old woman was arrested for not giving up her seat on the bus, and a bus full of brave riders was attacked by an angry mob - stands a plain black wall with these simple words ...until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. 

The place where the pulpit stood was Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and the passionate young preacher was Martin Luther King Jr. whose words are engraved upon the black wall and were spoken as part of his most famous speech, I Have a Dream. The broad capitol steps are the steps of the Alabama State Capitol where the Selma to Montgomery March ended and Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed, "No tide of racism can stop us." The 42-year-old woman was Ms. Rosa Parks, civil rights activist whose single act of defiance helped to initiate the civil rights movement. The bus full of brave riders were the Freedom Riders whose courageous interstate ride from Washington, DC to Jackson, Mississippi was interrupted by the Ku Klux Klan's attack and fire bombing that they barely escaped with their lives. And the important town, the birthplace of the American Civil Rights Movement, is historic Montgomery, Alabama where the Civil Rights Memorial and the plain black wall with its immortal words can be found: https://www.splcenter.org/civil-rights-memorial

The Civil Rights Memorial also contains a fountain formed from the same black granite as the wall and engraved with the names of forty-one civil rights activists and leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr.,  who gave their lives in the struggle. The memorial is sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. In the words from their site, "the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Memorial

And that fight is far from over as the tragic killing of nine at worship in Charleston, South Carolina, one of sadly many events, proves that hate is still alive in the United States. We must continue the fight against hate until, as Martin Luther King Jr. said,  "[all] will be able to join hands and sing in the words of that old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at last!"

Image from: http://www.amdoc.org/projects/truelives/pressroom/mayalin/images/03_mayalin.jpg

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. At the time that the game was published, the war to end slavery was long over, but a new set of laws to mandate racial segregation in all public facilities in states of the former Confederate States of America known as "Jim Crow" laws were very firmly in place and violently enforced. The Dexter Avenue Baptist Church were Martin Luther King Jr. would one day preach was known as the Second Colored Baptist Church and was one of the earliest organizations to serve the African American community by hosting the first registration of students for Alabama State University.

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 2 on the makeshift  teetotum and moved from Vicksburg, Mississippi - Stop 152: The Civil War and the Caves of Vicksburg to Montgomery, Alabama - Stop 155: The Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement.

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #thecivilrightsmovement   #montgomeryalabama   #thecivilrightsmemorial   #rosaparks   #martinlutherkingjr   #thecivilrightsmemorial  ___

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2015-08-08 15:03:17 (7 comments, 17 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Wind is beautifully animated in this new globe developed by the NOAA Visualization Lab. Filter by temperature, precipitation, moisture and pressure, and even change from night to day. 

Warning: I found the map extremely slow to load.

Go directly to the map here: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/weatherview/index.html

Read more about the map from CityLab here: http://www.citylab.com/weather/2015/08/a-gorgeous-new-weather-model-of-the-world/400715/

Wind is beautifully animated in this new globe developed by the NOAA Visualization Lab. Filter by temperature, precipitation, moisture and pressure, and even change from night to day. 

Warning: I found the map extremely slow to load.

Go directly to the map here: http://www.nnvl.noaa.gov/weatherview/index.html

Read more about the map from CityLab here: http://www.citylab.com/weather/2015/08/a-gorgeous-new-weather-model-of-the-world/400715/___

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2015-08-07 13:22:48 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Permafrost is permanently frozen soil, and occurs mostly in high latitudes. Permafrost comprises 24% of the land in the Northern Hemisphere, and stores massive amounts of carbon. As a result of climate change, permafrost is at risk of melting, releasing the stored carbon in the form of carbon dioxide and methane, which are powerful heat-trapping gases. In addition, permafrost is structurally important, and its melting has been known to cause erosion, disappearance of lakes, landslides, and ground subsidence. It will also cause changes in plant species composition at high latitudes. 

Houston, we have a problem...

From: http://www.wunderground.com/resources/climate/melting_permafrost.asp_1

Thank you +European Geosciences Union and +S. John 

Thaw Slumps of the Northwest Territories, Canada.

In his latest Geosphere post over on the ‪#‎EGUBlogs‬, Matt Herod is reminiscing about the early days of his PhD and time spent in the field.

Prompted by this article in the Canadian press (egu.eu/90YRA7), covering recent findings by The Northwest Territories Geological Survey warning of a potentially hazardous situation developing, where a lake could potentially cause a flash flood, due to the thawing of permafrost; Matt shares some photographs and thoughts on slumps that are very nearby the one in the article.

Permafrost, is defined as the ground that remains frozen for periods longer than two consecutive years and constitutes a key component of the Cryosphere, as described in this GeoLog blog post: egu.eu/06AP3D

Thaw slumps occur in areas of ice-rich permafrost. They happen due to earth material being transported down a slope by the force of gravity, commonly forming a headwall made predominantly of ice and a muddy slump floor, as explained by the The Northwest Territories Geological Survey. You can learn more about thaw slumps on their website: egu.eu/1LU2WI

To see the full selection of thaw slum photographs on Matt's blog post, please follow this link: egu.eu/44SD7V

‪#‎ThawSlumps‬ ‪#‎permafrost‬ ‪#‎Canada‬ ‪#‎fieldwork‬ ‪#‎photographs‬ ‪#‎flashfloods‬ ‪#‎lake‬ ‪#‎hazard‬___Permafrost is permanently frozen soil, and occurs mostly in high latitudes. Permafrost comprises 24% of the land in the Northern Hemisphere, and stores massive amounts of carbon. As a result of climate change, permafrost is at risk of melting, releasing the stored carbon in the form of carbon dioxide and methane, which are powerful heat-trapping gases. In addition, permafrost is structurally important, and its melting has been known to cause erosion, disappearance of lakes, landslides, and ground subsidence. It will also cause changes in plant species composition at high latitudes. 

Houston, we have a problem...

From: http://www.wunderground.com/resources/climate/melting_permafrost.asp_1

Thank you +European Geosciences Union and +S. John 

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2015-08-07 13:09:57 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Dr Teresa Ubide, Research Fellow in Geology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, takes us on a mineralogic journey to show us how crystals formed deep in the magma chamber and brought to the surface by volcanic eruption can tell us about the history of the volcano and how her research can help predict future eruptions.

More at: http://www.geologypage.com/2015/06/scientists-persuade-volcanoes-to-tell.html

Thank you, +Geology Page!

Dr Teresa Ubide, Research Fellow in Geology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, takes us on a mineralogic journey to show us how crystals formed deep in the magma chamber and brought to the surface by volcanic eruption can tell us about the history of the volcano and how her research can help predict future eruptions.

More at: http://www.geologypage.com/2015/06/scientists-persuade-volcanoes-to-tell.html

Thank you, +Geology Page!___

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2015-08-05 02:44:44 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The Man Who Saved the World: Keeping his cool facing a false alarm of a nuclear attack, a Soviet officer narrowly avoided the outbreak of a third world war.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9RrTzcDcw0

Thank you, +Nuno Luciano 

GUERRE FROIDE : L'HOMME QUI SAUVA LE MONDE

Dans la nuit du 25 au 26 septembre 1983, en pleine guerre froide, le lieutenant-colonel Petrov est de service. Sa mission est des plus simples : surveiller depuis son bunker un écran de contrôle destiné à donner l’alerte en cas d’attaque nucléaire. Lorsque le militaire soviétique voit apparaître cinq points représentant des missiles nucléaires en provenance d’une base américaine, le doute l’envahit : pourquoi les États-Unis attaqueraient-ils à ce moment précis ? N’écoutant que son instinct, Stanislav Petrov décide de ne pas avertir son état-major. Il s’agissait bien d’une fausse alerte, due à une erreur technique… Par ce geste courageux, voire inconsidéré, Petrov a peut-être évité une riposte de l'URSS et, de fait, la fin de ce monde. Celui qui habite aujourd'hui dans une modeste demeure de la banlieue moscovite se souvient encore avec émotion de cet instant crucial. Vingt-deux ans plus tard, le héros oublié était invité en grande pompe aux États-Unis, l’ancien pays "ennemi", pour y rencontrer le journaliste Walter Cronkite (décédé l’année suivante), le documentariste David Hoffman et les stars Robert De Niro, Matt Damon ou encore Kevin Costner. Ce témoignage émouvant permet, au travers d’images d’archives saisissantes, une relecture inédite de cette histoire méconnue.

Ce n’est que 15 ans plus tard, en 1998, que l’incident fut rendu public dans l’ouvrage d’un ancien officier russe qui avait assisté au courage de Petrov cette nuit là. Depuis la parution du livre, Petrov a été honoré par les Nations Unies, et il s’est vu décerner un World Citizen Award. Il fut même question de lui donner un prix Nobel, ce qui aurait consacré le paradoxe suivant : l’acte le plus héroique de ces 30 dernières années consista peut-être à… s'écouter et refuser de suivre le protocole.

http://www.arte.tv/guide/fr/039911-000/guerre-froide-l-homme-qui-sauva-le-monde


#guerre   #nucleaire   #documentaire   #arte  ___The Man Who Saved the World: Keeping his cool facing a false alarm of a nuclear attack, a Soviet officer narrowly avoided the outbreak of a third world war.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9RrTzcDcw0

Thank you, +Nuno Luciano 

2015-08-05 01:46:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Rambles Through Our Country is inspired by an 1886 children's geography game. Each week we stop at a place on the map, and explore the story of a famous person of the area, the history or even the geology of the place that makes it a worthy visit. Where would you like to ramble?

Rambles Through Our Country is inspired by an 1886 children's geography game. Each week we stop at a place on the map, and explore the story of a famous person of the area, the history or even the geology of the place that makes it a worthy visit. Where would you like to ramble?___

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2015-08-05 01:22:53 (15 comments, 17 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Take me to your... Nevermind.

Take me to your... Nevermind.___

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2015-08-05 01:13:36 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

India is changing dynamically and has all the right ingredients to become one of the most amazing countries in the world, but it also has a serious issue: corruption. I believe that until we address this, we cannot succeed.

[...]The company was created so that corruption doesn’t take away from the most needy and under-informed. That government efforts to alleviate poverty actually become successful, and the administrative officers who truly want to serve the nation and do good can have the right tools and tech to be awesome at their jobs.
~Vishal Agarwal, Founder of Spatial Ideas, improving service delivery to people in need in India

India is changing dynamically and has all the right ingredients to become one of the most amazing countries in the world, but it also has a serious issue: corruption. I believe that until we address this, we cannot succeed.

[...]The company was created so that corruption doesn’t take away from the most needy and under-informed. That government efforts to alleviate poverty actually become successful, and the administrative officers who truly want to serve the nation and do good can have the right tools and tech to be awesome at their jobs.
~Vishal Agarwal, Founder of Spatial Ideas, improving service delivery to people in need in India___

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2015-08-05 00:49:58 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Hurray! Thank you, Google+ Team!

Hurray! Thank you, Google+ Team!___

2015-08-04 14:39:32 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

There must be some Google magic going on. I have had a hundred new followers of Rambles Through Our Country in the last week :-) 

There must be some Google magic going on. I have had a hundred new followers of Rambles Through Our Country in the last week :-) ___

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2015-08-03 00:44:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

America's Clean Power Plan. Let's do this.

President Obama Video Announcing "Clean Power Plan"

+The White House posted this video announcing that the "Clean Power Plan" will be finalized on Monday. In the video, President Obama makes the case that climate change is already increasing risks to people and ecosystems. Much of my group's research at +Stanford University  over the past few years has been focused on scientifically testing whether this is true. Descriptions of some our work on this issue can be found here (headline: there is a lot of evidence that global warming has already increased the risk of many kinds of extreme events):

https://youtu.be/GEd8h79mUSs
https://youtu.be/98VrLZFgGMY
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/september/drought-climate-change-092914.html
http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/april/monsoon-extremes-india-042814.html

+The New York Times has a comprehensive article on the Whitehouse announcement here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/us/obama-to-unveil-tougher-climate-plan-with-his-legacy-in-mind.html

#climatechange   #globalwarming   #science   #sciencecommunication   #sciencesunday  ___America's Clean Power Plan. Let's do this.

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2015-08-02 17:24:45 (1 comments, 26 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

A nicely done visualization on how the states of the US generate their electricity. It drills down to the various sources and includes a great graph that compares coal use by states versus the other electricity sources.

There is also a link to an article on how the Obama administration is toughening rules that force states to cut pollution from coal-burning power plants.

Thank you, +Washington Post 

A nicely done visualization on how the states of the US generate their electricity. It drills down to the various sources and includes a great graph that compares coal use by states versus the other electricity sources.

There is also a link to an article on how the Obama administration is toughening rules that force states to cut pollution from coal-burning power plants.

Thank you, +Washington Post ___

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2015-08-02 15:06:01 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

+Wolfgang Alexander Moens brings us the "Bad Writing Contest." No, not the one where writers submit purposefully bad, cliched, and just flat-out hilarious writing parodies. This one is from actual published professional and academic writing. The goal here is to find passages so jargon-laden, pretentious, and absolutely impenetrable that it completely fails the purpose for which it was written - communication of information. A zillion plus points for including Snoopy.

Wolfgang's Links

a. The Bad Writing Contest: http://denisdutton.com/bad_writing.htm

b. It was a stark and dormy night: "It was a dark and stormy night" is an often-mocked and parodied phrase written by English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the opening sentence of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford. The phrase is considered to represent "the archetypal example of a florid, melodramatic... more »

The Bad Writing Contest: "This year’s winning passages include prose published by established, successful scholars, experts who have doubtlessly labored for years to write like this. Obscurity, after all, can be a notable achievement. The fame and influence of writers such as Hegel, Heidegger, or Derrida rests in part on their mysterious impenetrability. On the other hand, as a cynic once remarked, John Stuart Mill never attained Hegel’s prestige. [Why?] Because people found out what he meant. This is a mistake the authors of our prize-winning passages seem determined to avoid. [...]"

Links below!___+Wolfgang Alexander Moens brings us the "Bad Writing Contest." No, not the one where writers submit purposefully bad, cliched, and just flat-out hilarious writing parodies. This one is from actual published professional and academic writing. The goal here is to find passages so jargon-laden, pretentious, and absolutely impenetrable that it completely fails the purpose for which it was written - communication of information. A zillion plus points for including Snoopy.

Wolfgang's Links

a. The Bad Writing Contest: http://denisdutton.com/bad_writing.htm

b. It was a stark and dormy night: "It was a dark and stormy night" is an often-mocked and parodied phrase written by English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the opening sentence of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford. The phrase is considered to represent "the archetypal example of a florid, melodramatic style of fiction writing," also known as purple prose. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_was_a_dark_and_stormy_night

c. Image: The Peanuts comic strip character Snoopy, in his imagined persona as the World Famous Author, always begins his novels with the phrase "It was a dark and stormy night". Cartoonist Charles Schulz made Snoopy use this phrase because "it was a cliché, and had been one for a very long time." A book by Schulz, titled It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy and credited to Snoopy as author, was published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston in 1971. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_was_a_dark_and_stormy_night#Modern_usage & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanuts

Thank you, +Wolfgang Alexander Moens 

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2015-08-02 04:36:51 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

"Official government statistics record Silicon Valley as a suburb of San Jose, but as the map shows, there is no real concentration of jobs — especially not the blue-colored professional services jobs — in San Jose."

Silly Vox. Everyone knows San Jose is the capital of Silicon Valley. Everything else is nail-on-the-head.

Brilliant dot maps of employment by broad category with "red dots signify manufacturing and trade; blue dots are professional services; green dots are health care, education, and government; and yellow dots are retail and other services."

I love dot maps! Thank you, +Kristin Milton 

As it says on the box, a map of every job in America.___"Official government statistics record Silicon Valley as a suburb of San Jose, but as the map shows, there is no real concentration of jobs — especially not the blue-colored professional services jobs — in San Jose."

Silly Vox. Everyone knows San Jose is the capital of Silicon Valley. Everything else is nail-on-the-head.

Brilliant dot maps of employment by broad category with "red dots signify manufacturing and trade; blue dots are professional services; green dots are health care, education, and government; and yellow dots are retail and other services."

I love dot maps! Thank you, +Kristin Milton 

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2015-08-02 04:19:01 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Vicksburg, Mississippi - Stop 152: The Civil War and the Caves of Vicksburg

See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the [Civil] war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket.
~ President Abraham Lincoln, 1863

...Vicksburg is so strong by nature and so well fortified that sufficient force cannot be brought to bear against it to carry it by storm against the present Garrison. It must be taken by a regular siege or by starving out the Garrison.
~ Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant, 1863

20,000 years ago, a massive two-mile thick sheet of ice covered the North American continent to as far south as what would later become Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Underneath the ice sheet, the rocks were pulverized to the consistency of flour by the tremendous weight and grinding force of the ice as it slowly... more »

Vicksburg, Mississippi - Stop 152: The Civil War and the Caves of Vicksburg

See what a lot of land these fellows hold, of which Vicksburg is the key, the [Civil] war can never be brought to a close until that key is in our pocket.
~ President Abraham Lincoln, 1863

...Vicksburg is so strong by nature and so well fortified that sufficient force cannot be brought to bear against it to carry it by storm against the present Garrison. It must be taken by a regular siege or by starving out the Garrison.
~ Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant, 1863

20,000 years ago, a massive two-mile thick sheet of ice covered the North American continent to as far south as what would later become Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Underneath the ice sheet, the rocks were pulverized to the consistency of flour by the tremendous weight and grinding force of the ice as it slowly advanced south from the frozen north. This fine material would wash out from underneath the glacier, be blown by the wind across the plains, and deposited as "loess," deposits of fine wind-blown silt that becomes loosely compacted and lightly cemented into place. Underneath where Vicksburg would one day stand, the massive loess bluffs that stand guard over the mighty Mississippi would later come to play a prominent role in the Civil War.

Fast forward to May of 1863. Seven southern slave states, of which Mississippi is one, have declared succession from the Union in 1861 to form the Confederate States of America. Led by President Abraham Lincoln the Union is deeply at war with the Confederacy, much of the Confederate state's infrastructure has been destroyed, and the ground is soaked with American blood. The Mighty Mississippi River then, just as it does now, forms a natural artery of commerce. Heavily laden vessels ferry the agricultural riches up and down the river on its way to the world's markets. Vicksburg, with its overlooking bluffs lined with fearsome cannon batteries, trained them on the river to deny that important avenue of commerce to northern shipping. Defeating the Confederate army at Vicksburg and freeing the river became the highest priority of the war.

It all started when Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant crossed the Mississippi River north of Vicksburg with 77,000 troops and engaged the Confederate force of 33,000 led by Lt. General John C. Pemberton. The Confederates were pushed back to the defensive positions in and around the city, but the bluffs and ravines fortified heavily by nine major forts connected by a continuous line of trenches and rifle pits made Vicksburg a tough nut to crack. General Grant tried again and again, and the shells constantly flew through the air, but the Confederates dug into wait out what became the major siege of the Civil War. And what they were digging into was the loess of the bluffs with its unique ability to hold a vertical cut forming bomb shelters that could stand for many years without slumping.

Cut off by Union forces, the lack of supplies began to take its toll on the Confederates as dysentery, malaria, scurvy and diahrrea began to overtake many of the men. The citizens of the city and equal victims of the Vicksburg battle fared no better as food became scarce and homes were destroyed by the constant Union shelling. It is estimated that 22,000 shells were fired on Vicksburg over the course of the siege as residents began living in over 500 caves that were cut into the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. People did their best to make them comfortable, with rugs, furniture, and pictures, and despite the ferocity of the Union fire against the town, fewer than a dozen civilians were known to have been killed during the entire siege because of the protection of the loess caves.

In the end, the "Siege of Vicksburg" lasted 67 days with a loss of nearly five thousand and three thousand wounded. On the morning of July 4, 1863, white flags fluttered in the breeze above the fortifications of Vicksburg. Thirty thousand Confederate soldiers buried their dead, furled their flags, stacked their arms, and turned them over to the victors. A victorious Union army marched in and took possession of Vicksburg, the fortress city on loess bluffs of the Mississippi River that had eluded them for so long in one of the greatest turning points of the war. As President Lincoln said upon getting Grant's report of the surrender, "Thank God. The Father of Waters again goes unvexed to the sea."

Read more about the Siege of Vicksburg in +Dirk Puehl​'s great post here: https://plus.google.com/+DirkPuehl/posts/2YAji5NTRRv and a concise article in Wikipedia here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Vicksburg

See pictures of the caves here: http://www.nps.gov/vick/planyourvisit/cave.htm
The site of the siege is now the wonderful Vicksburg National Military Park. Find out more here: http://www.nps.gov/vick/index.htm

The picture below is The Siege of Vicksburg by Kurz & Allison, 1888, and can be found here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Battle_of_Vicksburg,_Kurz_and_Allison.png

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. At the time that the game was published, the Civil War was long over, President Lincoln was dead, shot by an assassin's bullet, and war-torn states were beginning to learn how to be a nation again.

The RTOC game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 2 on the makeshift  teetotum and moved from The Meandering Mississippi River - Stop 150: Mark Twain to Vicksburg, Mississippi - Stop 152: The Civil War and the Caves of Vicksburg.

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #thesiegeofvicksburg   #thecivilwar   #loess   #theloesscavesofvicksburg   #thecavesofvicksburg  ___

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2015-08-02 02:30:50 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, brings us the true story of how money talks and you-now-what walks, and how Arizona is going to get ripped a new one... crater that is. Not mad yet? You will be.

Pinging +cobalt please 

Because it won't be a meteor that causes it. It won't be an atomic bomb test. And it won't be because of aliens like those stupid ones in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The giant crater will be entirely the work of human beings, and gravity.___Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, brings us the true story of how money talks and you-now-what walks, and how Arizona is going to get ripped a new one... crater that is. Not mad yet? You will be.

Pinging +cobalt please 

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2015-08-01 18:44:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I was thinking about Dr. King, and about having lived through so many years of struggles and the racism and the [divisiveness] that existed. This was a culmination that was so painful that I needed to do something.

So I decided to write.

~ Harriet Glickman, a Burbank school teacher wrote to ask Charles Schulz to include a black character in his Peanuts comic strip.

Charles Schulz introduced Franklin, a black Peanuts character, into the predominately white cast July 31, 1968, just months after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thank you, +Lauren Weinstein and +Kee Hinckley Pinging +Thex Dar 

___I was thinking about Dr. King, and about having lived through so many years of struggles and the racism and the [divisiveness] that existed. This was a culmination that was so painful that I needed to do something.

So I decided to write.

~ Harriet Glickman, a Burbank school teacher wrote to ask Charles Schulz to include a black character in his Peanuts comic strip.

Charles Schulz introduced Franklin, a black Peanuts character, into the predominately white cast July 31, 1968, just months after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thank you, +Lauren Weinstein and +Kee Hinckley Pinging +Thex Dar 

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2015-08-01 14:35:15 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellites show just how extreme the contrast is between persistant drought on the western half of the United States and drenching rains on the eastern half.

Thank you, +NASA 

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellites show just how extreme the contrast is between persistant drought on the western half of the United States and drenching rains on the eastern half.

Thank you, +NASA ___

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2015-08-01 13:55:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

We need that light so badly.

Thank you, +Drew McCarthy.

Shed A Little Light

James Taylor and the Lowcountry Voices:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsKTzFwv16w___We need that light so badly.

Thank you, +Drew McCarthy.

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2015-07-31 13:19:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Some truly gorgeous pieces: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-sharon-cummings.html

Sharon Cummings sold a Tote Bag 18" x 18" on FineArtAmerica.com!___Some truly gorgeous pieces: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-sharon-cummings.html

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2015-07-31 13:09:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, brings us his lovely photography of Crescent City, California, and an eyewitness account of the devastating tsunami that struck in 1964 after the Great Alaskan earthquake. He explains why Crescent City is Tsunami Central. A must read.

Thank you, +Garry Hayes 

A place where it might not be a good idea to go tsunami tsight-tseeing. An intro to Tsunami Central in northern CA: Crescent City___Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, brings us his lovely photography of Crescent City, California, and an eyewitness account of the devastating tsunami that struck in 1964 after the Great Alaskan earthquake. He explains why Crescent City is Tsunami Central. A must read.

Thank you, +Garry Hayes 

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