Tag: geography

Interestingly Shaped Islands

TOTD was recently sent some images taken from the International Space Station, including a view of the island of Juan de Nova off the west coast of Madagascar which looks remarkably like a hat. Here are some more islands with

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Better Life Index

What makes a better life? A good job, income, good health or maybe just feeling safe. You can find out where you might find a better life using the OECD Better Life index. You can use their interactive tool to

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Flag Days

Today in Peru is Flag Day but they are not the only country to commemorate its own flag. Here’s a list of other countries that have Flag Days for various reasons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_Day

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World Oceans Day

Wednesday marks World Oceans Day, an initiative by the World Ocean Network and the Ocean Project. The aims of this day are mainly to help preserve the oceans and show the impact of human activity on them: http://worldoceansday.org/

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Earth sandwich

How have we not covered this before? http://www.zefrank.com/sandwich Let us know if you give it a go! (And another thanks to A for this one as well as yesterday’s Thing.)

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London Surnames

This map, produced by a researcher at the UCL Department of Geography, shows the 15 most frequent surnames in each of 983 geographic units across Greater London. It’s facsinating to see how the most popular surnames seem to cluster together. http://names.mappinglondon.co.uk/

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Britain from the Air

Air photography is a hugely important technique used for a diverse range of applications, from cartography to surveillance. It can be very beautiful too, as shown by this wonderful audio slide show from the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11427007 The images come from an exhibition

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Caving

TOTD did a little potholing in the early 1980s and regrets not being able to pursue the hobby now. Apparently a scheme to link a labyrinth of tunnels between Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire is nearly complete. You can learn

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MISSION:EXPLORE book launch

MISSION:EXPLORE is a book created by The Geography Collective that is full of exciting adventures designed to encourage young people to get out and about and explore the social and physical environment around them. This video demonstrates just how literally you

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California Coastline

TOTD spotted this at No.2 in the Time 50 Best Websites 2009. Photographing the entire coastline of California from a helicopter flying as low as 500 feet sparked some controversy and, like Google’s Street View, it does raise some questions about

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