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INTRODUCTION – New Pathways: A Psychogeography of Lewes
Travel writing, like all life writing, is useful, truthful and sometimes beautiful. But in 2015, the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex jumped off track to enjoy the beauty of useless travelling and the art that can be made from it. We took to the town of Lewes for these micro-journeys, because Lewes is on our doorstep (the psychogeographer doesn’t need the exotic), because Lewes and its environs are dreamy, odd and old, if only faintly urban. While the town may be well known for its spectacular Bonfire Night revels (psychogeographical in their own way), we – researchers, writers, filmmakers, artists – got outside the guidebooks to play a little with the town, with truth and ourselves too.
urban  culture  lewes  geography 
10 hours ago by olivierthereaux
The “Terr-A-Qua Globe” | Pieces of History
"On October 21, 1969, a large, illuminated, rotating globe was dedicated in the Exhibition Hall at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

The globe was one of eight made by the Terr-A-Qua Globes & Maps Company of Santa Ana, California, between 1966 and 1973. The globes show, in raised relief, all three of the Earth’s surface features—ocean floor, ocean surface, and continental topography.

Renowned aerial photographer Talbert Abrams donated the globe to the National Archives in honor of retired Navy Captain Finn Ronne and his wife, Edith “Jackie.”

From 1947 to 1948, Finn Ronne mapped the last unexplored coastline in the world. He discovered that the Weddell Sea and Ross Sea were not connected, confirming that Antarctica is a single landmass. Jackie accompanied him on the expedition and was the first woman to explore Antarctica.

In front of a crowd of over 100 people, Finn and Jackie accepted the globe on behalf of the American people in the spirit of exploration.

The $12,000 globe measures just over six feet in diameter and turns every three minutes. It has a horizontal scale of 103 miles to the inch and a vertical scale of one centimeter to a mile (for instance a 13,000-foot mountain appears one inch high). Ocean depths are shown through a transparent plastic surface.

The globe was part of the now defunct Center for Polar Archives, which was established in the National Archives in 1967 and held the papers of Captain Ronne. The Ronne papers now part of our donated collections.

After being on display on the exhibition side of the building, the globe moved to the Pennsylvania Avenue lobby.

In 1980 the National Archives loaned, indefinitely, the globe to the Library of Congress but borrowed it back in 2009 for the exhibit BIG! Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the National Archives.

It is currently back at the Library of Congress on display in the Geography and Map Division in the basement of the Madison Building. Unfortunately, the electric motor that allowed the globe to rotate has stopped working, as well as the internal fluorescent lights inside."
maps  mapping  2018  1969  globes  cartography  classideas  earth  geography 
2 days ago by robertogreco
Thirlmere Aqueduct | Hidden Manchester Map
I always wondered what the boxy cube building in someone's garden in Reddish was ... turns out to be the Thirlmere Aqueduct
manchester  geography  infrastructure  water 
5 days ago by ssam
RT : Call for Papers: and . Abstracts due 19th January - Full call here:…
Communications  Geography  from twitter
5 days ago by ckatzenbach
Butterflies remember a mountain that hasn't existed for millennia
Monarch butterflies are some of the toughest insects in the world. Their migration takes them from southern Canada to central Mexico. The journey is so long and difficult that it outlasts the butterfly's lifetime. Monarchs lay eggs at different stages through the journey. No one generation makes the whole trip.

Along this journey are several sites that have become local treasures and tourist attractions. The monarchs, flying in swarms, group together to rest in small areas, covering the trees like bright orange leaves. But although these sites are the most showy part of the journey, they're not the most amazing.

The amazing part of the journey is the sudden eastward turn that monarchs take over Lake Superior. Monarchs fly over the lake, necessarily, in one unceasing flight. That alone would be difficult, but the monarchs make it tougher by not going directly south. They fly south, and at one point of the lake turn east, fly for a while, and then turn back toward the south. Why?

Biologists, and certain geologists, believe that something was blocking the monarchs' path. They believe that that part of Lake Superior might have once been one of the highest mountains ever to loom over North America. It would have been useless for the monarchs to try to scale it, and wasteful to start climbing it, so all successfully migrating monarchs veered east around it and then headed southward again. They've kept doing that, some say, even after the mountain is long gone.

This puts a new spin on how we look at geology and geography. We think of mountains as structures that are, nearly, ageless. They stand while successive generations of animals change and evolve around them. Perhaps not this time, though. This time, butterflies kept up their same pattern while the world changed under them, the mountain wearing away, or being destroyed. This time, flesh outlasted stone.
butterfly  geology  geography  memory  change 
7 days ago by sspela
Forgotten America Can Still Be Saved - Bloomberg
But according to a new study by Ohio State’s Mark Partridge and Alexandra Tsvetkova presented at the American Economic Association meeting earlier this month, convergence actually stopped and went into reverse sometime between the 1970s and the 1990s. The disparities in state income levels are now substantially wider than they were four decades ago, while the differences between counties have increased by a modest amount.

Economic divergence presents a big problem for policy makers, who have to decide how much to bolster struggling places versus how much to help people move to places with faster growth. That in turn creates a coordination problem, since policy often gets made at the state and local level.
inequality  incomeinequality  geography  education  socialcapital  flexibility  USA  author:NoahSmith  Bloomberg  2018 
7 days ago by inspiral
How to harden a country that sits on a fault line | Ars Technica
Life in the crater of a volcano whose ash once covered the world.
ROTORUA, New Zealand—If you head east from my parents' home in New Zealand, you'll travel through rolling hills for a while. Then, as you crest a rather unremarkable climb, an unexpectedly spectacular view opens up before you. Mokoia Island is small, bushy, and brooding, and it sits at the center of a wide blue lake in what appears to be a large valley.
But that's no valley. From the distant view of that crest, the only obvious clue lies in a large hill, grandiosely named Mount Ngongotaha, off to one side. It is not attached to the valley walls and stands alone, a land-locked cousin to Mokoia Island.
geography  australia  disaster  safety 
7 days ago by rgl7194
postgis-vt-util/TileBBox.sql at master · mapbox/postgis-vt-util
Given a Web Mercator tile ID as (z, x, y), returns a bounding-box
geometry of the area covered by that tile.
bounds  box  mapping  bbox  bounding  postgis  postgres  tiles  geography 
9 days ago by robhawkes

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