Surveying Florence's flooding in the Carolinas | Analysis: Distance is key aspect of social connections | The risk posed by inland flooding
September 20, 2018
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Surveying Florence's flooding in the Carolinas
Hurricane Florence, which dumped more than 8 trillion gallons of rain in North Carolina, is the latest in a string of flooding events that have affected the region. "The tropical systems that have affected us recently have not been wind events," says University of South Carolina geography professor Susan Cutter. "They've been rainfall events producing inland flooding."
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/18),  Slate (9/18),  CityLab (9/15),  CNN (9/20) 
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Analysis: Distance is key aspect of social connections
Distance is a key factor in social relationships, with an analysis of Facebook data showing that Americans are much more likely to be connected to people in nearby counties than in far-off regions that share similar demographics. Other factors, including historical migration patterns, physical boundaries and state borders, also help explain social connections.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/19) 
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Research, Education and Global Change
Global forest loss charted in new map
A comprehensive map shows forest destruction worldwide broken down by deforestation causes, which can reveal whether the trees will potentially grow back. Researchers found that 27% of tree loss is permanent, according to findings published in Science.
Science News (9/13) 
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Map tracks NYC park's changing ecosystem through its trees
Map tracks NYC park's changing ecosystem through its trees
Prospect Park in January (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The Prospect Park TreeKeeper Interactive Map was developed through a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and includes results from a survey of about 12,000 trees from the New York City park. The trees generate more than $1.5 million in environmental benefits each year, the survey found.
6sqft (New York City) (9/18) 
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French land mass helped form British mainland, geologists say
Geologists who studied rocks from southwest England say an ancient land mass called Armorica, which includes what is now France, helped in the formation of England, Wales and Scotland over 400 million years ago. Researchers had thought that only two land masses, Avalonia and Laurentia, created the British mainland.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (9/14) 
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Technology and Applications
Dallas groups develop interactive map for food access
The Dallas Office of Economic Development worked with numerous nonprofit organizations to develop the City of Dallas Community Food Assessment, an interactive map that uses data to pinpoint areas of food insecurity and presence of diabetes and obesity. The city's wellness center, along with the parks department and local churches, has worked to increase access to nutrition education and health care in the community.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (9/15) 
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#aagDC Early Bird Registration Deadline Ends Next Week
Register for the 2019 AAG Annual Meeting by Sept. 27 and save! Then, make sure to submit your paper abstract by Oct. 25. Or, consider presenting a poster this year with a later deadline of Jan. 31. This conference will feature participation from more than 9,000 scholars, professionals and students sharing their geography research, building knowledge bases and networking with colleagues. #aagDC will be held in Washington, D.C., from Wednesday, April 3 to Sunday, April 7, 2019, during the city's renowned Cherry Blossom Festival. Learn more.
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Ask Your Library To Stock the "International Encyclopedia of Geography"
Make sure your library starts the school year with access to the "International Encyclopedia of Geography." It's the essential resource for institutional libraries, research centers, professional organizations, and any major organization engaged with geography and interrelated fields within social sciences, humanities, science, and medicine. This 15-volume authoritative reference work is published by Wiley both in hard copy and online and is updated annually. Learn more.
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