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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Martin Middle School -- March 9

See the math!
41° 52' 39"
71° 02' 05"
How many degrees, minutes, and seconds away is your house? Check Stephen Morse for any U.S. address, or an atlas or globe for other places throughout the world.

On March 9, the EarthView team is traveling to Martin Middle School, where the principal and several teachers have graduated from Bridgewater State College -- including at least one geography major! This is EarthView's second visit to Martin, which has another distinction. During our 2009 visit, Martin students were so excited about geography that they had more questions than we could answer. It was later that day that the EarthView blog was born -- and later the EarthView post cards!

On this day in geographic history:

1991 U.S. 70th manned space mission STS-39 (Discovery 12) launches into orbit
1990 Dr. Antonia Novello sworn-in as 1st hispanic/female U.S. surgeon general
1986 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
1974 Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended
1962 Egyptian President Nasser declares Gaza belongs to Palestinians
1962 U.S. advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
1961 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
1959 Barbie, the popular girls' doll, debuted, over 800 million sold
1942 Construction of the Alaska Highway began
1916 Germany declares war against Portugal
1916 Pancho Villa leads Mexican band raid on Columbus New Mexico, killing 12
1882 False teeth patented
1873 Royal Canadian Mounted Police founded
1562 Kissing in public banned in Naples (punishable by death)
1500 Pedro Cabral departs with 13 ships to India
1497 Nicolaus Copernicus 1st recorded astronomical observation
1496 Jews are expelled from Carintha, Austria

Martin students and teachers: Be sure to use the "comments" link for your geographic questions, and explore the geography and other links on our blog's main menu!


  1. About what percentage of africa is desserts?

  2. Desert areas - receiving less than 10inches of rain per year - covers about 28% of the land in Africa. Remember we here in southeast Massachusetts we receive about 42 inches of precipitation per years; so Africa is very dry.
    Professor Vernon Domingo
    Geography Department
    Bridgewater State College