Visit the EarthView web site to meet the team and learn about the project.

Monday, November 30, 2009

November 30: Pinecroft School at Wheaton College

See the Math!
41° 58' 04" N
71° 10' 44" W
For more coordinates, grab your nearest atlas or check out Stephen Morse. Use this information to figure out how many degrees, minutes, and seconds away the school is from home or from any other place on earth!

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan brought EarthView to the Pinecroft school, which several of his daughter's friends at Northbrook Academy have attended. The visit was actually in the field house of nearby Wheaton College in Norton. This is particularly exciting, because of Wheaton's extensive involvement in international research and learning.

Read about the visit and check out the slideshow on the Pinecroft blog.

Some geographic events on the date of the visit include:
1988 Soviets stop jamming Radio Liberty; 1st time in 38 yrs
1974 Most complete early human skeleton found (Johanson and Gray in Ethiopia)
1967 Kuria Muria Islands ceded by Britain to Oman
1967 People's Democratic Republic of Yemen declares independence from U.K.
1967 People's Rep of South Yemen (Aden) gains independence from Britain
1966 Barbados gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1962 U Thant of Burma elected 3rd Secretary-General of United Nations unanimously
1961 U.S.S.R. vetoes Kuwaits application for United Nations membership
1954 1st meteorite known to strike a woman (Liz Hodges -- Sylacauga Alabama)
1907 Pike Place Market dedicated in Seattle (eventually became the first Starbucks)
1872 1st International soccer game, Scotland-England 0-0 (Glasgow)
1866 Work begins on 1st U.S. underwater highway tunnel, Chicago

Learn more anniversaries and birthdays at Brainy History.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dec 18: Orleans Elementary

Latitude: 41° 46' 53" N

Longitude: 69° 59' 36" W  -- our first program at less than 70 degrees west longitude!
For more coordinates, grab your nearest atlas or check out Stephen Morse

On December 18th, Earthview will be visiting the Orleans Elementary School in Orleans, MA. Our visit happens to fall upon the same date as several historically significant events: 

2005 Bolivia elects leftist Evo Morales president
1980 Vietnam adopts constitution
1969 Britain abolishes death penalty
1966 Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" airs for 1st time on CBS
1961 India annexes Portuguese colonies of Goa, Damao and Diu
1958 1st voice from space: recorded Christmas message by Eisenhower
1865 13th Amendment ratified, slavery abolished
1777 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender 

For more events, check out Brainy History

Dec 4th: James M. Quinn School

Latitude: 41° 37' 35" N

Longitude: 70° 57' 48" W
For more coordinates, look at an atlas or use Stephen Morse

We look forward to our visit on December 4th, 2009 to the James M. Quinn School in Dartmouth. Our visit coincides with several important historical and geographical events:

1619 America's 1st Thanksgiving Day (Va)
1945 Senate approves U.S. participation in UN
1963 Aldo Moro forms Italian government
1981 According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence - Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa
1982 China adopts its constitution

1908 Birth of: Alfred D. Hershey, U.S. scientist, biologist, worked with bacteriophages, Nobel 1969
1905 Birth of: Emilio Medici, president Brazil, 1969-74

1980 Francisco Sa Carneiro, Prime Minister of Portugal 1980, dies in air crash

For more events, check out Brainy History

Sen. Franken the Geographer

To celebrate Geography Awareness Week in November, National Geographic invited United States Senators to draw maps of their own states. Senator Franken of Minnesota gave his map a lot of thought. Earlier, he drew this map of the United States from memory.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Small Island Developing States

The first thing most people notice when they enter EarthView is just how much of the earth's surface is covered by water. It is nearly 70 percent, but this is not always obvious from maps.

The second thing is just how many islands are found around the world -- and how little we know about most of them. At the Earth Summit in 1992, small, developing countries on islands were identified as having some common characteristics and concerns. The threat of global climate change makes these concerns even more urgent -- not just because of rising sea levels but also because of the vulnerability of tiny ecosystems to change. On large land masses, we might find that growing areas shift by a couple hundred miles; this is not possible on an island that is ten miles wide!

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has created the SIDS program as a way to help with food security on small islands around the world. The SIDS web site can also be useful for those who wish to start learning where some of the small island countries are located.

Friday, November 20, 2009


41º 59’17” N
70º 58’21” W
Find the latitude and longitude of your own home or other location in an atlas or at Steve Morse.

To conclude Geography Awareness Week and International Education Week, EarthView is at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE), which is being held Bridgewater State College -- the home of EarthView -- on Friday, November 20, 2009.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Endicott College

42° 33' 11" N
70° 50' 50" W
Find the latitude and longitude of your own home or other location in an atlas or at Steve Morse

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan was very pleased to bring EarthView to the beautiful, seaside campus of Endicott College in Beverly. He was there to help the School of International Education kick off its celebration of International Education Week and Geography Awareness Week. EarthView will end the week at home, as Bridgewater State College hosts the annual meeting of MaCIE on Friday.

Members of the Endicott community are invited to post questions, comments, and ideas using the Comments link below.
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