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1. Why Soviet maps still matter

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

A trove of top-secret maps drawn by Soviet Union cartographers reveals the world as it looked during the Cold War, often with greater detail than that of other maps made during that period. After the Cold War ended, telecommunications companies and even the U.S. government found fresh uses for the maps. Wired.com (07/18)


2. Project documents U.S. poverty in photographs

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Photographer Matt Black is documenting economic hardship across the U.S. for the "Geography of Poverty" project, published by MSNBC. The project, which separates the country into four regions, also features lengthy written reports. "Every stop along the way has a level of poverty above 20%. ... And the fact that you can link all of these communities from coast to coast and back again is telling," Black said. Time.com (07/16)


3. How New Orleans has changed a decade after Hurricane Katrina

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 16, 2015

New Orleans' communities have been reshaped by Hurricane Katrina, which struck almost 10 years ago. The city's population was 384,320 last year, the Census Bureau reported, making it about 79% as large as it was in 2000. The city's demographics have shifted significantly since the storm, with white residents now making up a larger share and black residents accounting for a smaller share. The Advocate (New Orleans) (07/15)


4. Map shows types of jobs available across the U.S.

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

CityLab (07/14)


5. Exploring the link between geography, social development

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 09, 2015

In this podcast, archaeologist Ian Morris discusses his social development index, which is designed to measure changes in societies over time. In addition, researcher Ronan Arthur talks about how European colonization affected speakers of Navajo. SmithsonianMag.com (07/07)


6. Geographer discusses the future of craft beer

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (06/25)


7. Dry conditions take a toll on Chile

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 09, 2015

Chile's Atacama desert may be expanding as the country's capital city, Santiago, continues to deal with drought. "Santiago is likely to move to a condition of a desert or semi-desert. What is happening is probably associated with global warming and there's no sign of it slowing," said Francisco Ferrando, a geography professor at the University of Chile. Bloomberg (07/06)


8. Plotting U.S. property values reveals inequities

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 09, 2015

CityLab (07/07)


9. Satellite image shows effects of Galapagos volcano eruption

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 09, 2015

A recently released satellite image shows the effects of May's eruption of the long-dormant Wolf volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos chain. The photo was taken by NASA's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer on the Terra satellite. Though many species of iguanas, tortoises and other wildlife were threatened by the blast, researchers said they are safe because the lava flowed to the less populated east and southeast of the island. The Christian Science Monitor (06/30)


10. NASA craft captures Earth's sunlit side in "EPIC" image

AAG SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

A striking photo of the sunlit side of Earth was captured by the Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft from about 1 million miles, or 1.6 million kilometers, away. The photo was taken with NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, also known as EPIC. "This first DSCOVR image of our planet demonstrates the unique and important benefits of Earth observation from space," said Charles Bolden, a NASA administrator. Space.com (07/20)




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