Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's the Little Things

Explore the small, the little, the micro. Click to see stunning visual examples of the "smallest parts of our world." Get up close and explore a blade of grass, an insect, a cobweb, or a tissue. What do you see? Where did it come from? How did it get to you?

Also visit TED talk playlist, The world of tiny things, for a collection of nine video clips on the little things.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Explorer: Matthew Henson

On April 6, 1909, two Americans and four Eskimos became the first human beings to set foot on the North Pole. The achievement crowned numerous attempts to reach the Pole, over a period of 18 years, by Robert Edwin Peary and Matthew Alexander Henson. On that historic day, it was Henson, an African-American, who first reached the Pole and planted the American flag.
Read more at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/History/Explorers/Explorers_Henson.aspx

A Negro Explorer at the North Pole by Matthew Henson

Friday, July 19, 2013

Live Video Feed of the Monterrey Nautilus Shipwreck 15577 Expedition

Monterrey Nautilus Shipwreck 15577 Expedition
Anticipated dates:  17 July – 25 July 2013

Watch the live video feed at Nautilus Live and Exploration Now

In a partnership between the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University and the Ocean Exploration Trust, a team of top-notch archaeologists and other scientists from NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, BOEM, BSEE, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) will be conducting an underwater investigation of an area identified as a possible shipwreck site.

The Discovery

In April 2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship Okeanos Explorer conducted the first reconnaissance of shipwreck site 15577 as part of an interdisciplinary exploration mission focusing on deep water hard-bottom habitat... Learn more

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Primeval Underwater Forest Discovered in Gulf of Mexico

Scuba divers have found a well-preserved, 52,000-year-old forest of bald cypress trees on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico near Alabama. The forest, which was buried under ocean sediment and may have been revealed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, could hold climate history and provide data about sea levels in the Gulf of Mexico. Geographer Kristine DeLong and Dendrochronologist Grant Harley are researching the site to learn more the ancient river channel.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Geography Awareness Week

From National Geographic Education Foundation

Celebrate Geography and The New Age of Exploration this year from November 17th through the 23rd in 2013. Celebrated in conjunction with the National Geographic Society’s 125th Birthday the week's theme focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way. Check out the newly created archive of past Geography Awareness Week materials, a new suite of resources all about Geography as a field and discipline, and even more tips and tools to plan your own GeoWeek celebrations!