How bombings have changed the landscape of Laos | What will climate change mean for the Pacific Ocean? | Arctic sea ice matches its second-lowest level
September 22, 2016
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How bombings have changed the landscape of Laos
Millions of tons of bombs were dropped on Laos during the Vietnam war, leaving craters in their wake and affecting soil formation and plant growth. Bombing is "just one component of the bigger picture ... of how we're shaping the face of our planet," said Joseph Hupy, a geographer at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire who is a pioneer in the field of "bombturbation."
Undark (9/20) 
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What will climate change mean for the Pacific Ocean?
Researchers studied sediment taken from a lake in the Eastern Sierra Nevada to analyze the relationship between climate, temperatures in the eastern Pacific Ocean and drought. However, the authors cautioned that it is unclear how ocean dynamics will be affected by climate change in the future.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (9/15) 
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Your back-to-school guide for all things edtech
SmartReport on ISTE 2016 is packed with highlights and insights from the year's biggest K-12 edtech show. We discuss how to rewrite social codes to achieve equity and transform the status quo; learn how BYOD is moving past devices to create individualized workspaces; and discover the myths and truths of edtech funding. Read Now

Research, Education and Global Change
Arctic sea ice matches its second-lowest level
Arctic sea ice matched its second-lowest level on record, set in 2007, as it shrank to its summer minimum, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA. The lowest level was recorded in 2012.
USA Today (9/16) 
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Report: Urban sprawl threatens open space in Fla.
Report: Urban sprawl threatens open space in Fla.
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The Florida 2070 report says that rampant development in the state could seriously harm farmland and other undeveloped regions. It suggests building more densely in urban areas to prevent sprawl.
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (9/15) 
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Researchers find 2,100-year-old skeleton aboard shipwreck
Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution uncovered a 2,100-year-old skeleton aboard a Greek ship that likely sank in 65 B.C. The discovery was made on Aug. 31 on the Antikythera Shipwreck in the Aegean Sea, which is the largest ancient shipwreck ever found.
The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (9/19) 
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Technology and Applications
Lidar data aids study of Khmer empire
Lidar-generated maps are giving researchers a better understanding of the Khmer empire, which covered parts of modern-day Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam from 802 to 1431. The maps are guiding researchers' efforts as they journey into the field.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (9/19) 
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Noam Chomsky To Receive AAG Atlas Award in Boston
The AAG has selected Noam Chomsky as the recipient of its 2017 AAG Atlas Award, the association's highest honor. The AAG Atlas Award is designed to recognize and celebrate outstanding, internationally recognized leaders who advance world understanding in exceptional ways. Chomsky will engage in a conversational interview with AAG Executive Director Doug Richardson at this year's AAG Annual Meeting in Boston. This special interview with Chomsky will also serve as the keynote session to kick off "Mainstreaming Human Rights in Geography and the AAG," one of three main Themes of the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting. Learn more.
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AAG Launches New Undergraduate Student Affinity Group
The AAG's new Undergraduate Student Affinity Group (USAG) is an international community of students studying geography, offering opportunities to network and socialize, get advice on graduate study and careers, and take part in academic events. Undergraduate students can join the AAG for just $38 and receive full membership benefits including access to scholarly journals and publications, exclusive access to the Jobs in Geography listings, participation in the knowledge environments, and reduced rates for Annual Meeting and other event registration. They can join USAG for an additional $1. Learn more.
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