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December 6, 2012
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  Geography in Action 
  • Photos launched into space as record of human history
    Trevor Paglen, a photographer who holds a doctorate in geography from the University of California, Berkeley, selected photographs to be sent into space as a lasting record of human history. "Making images for the distant future might be akin to making cave paintings for the future," he said. Paglen chose the photos, which were launched into space on a satellite in November, after gathering input from experts in a range of fields. (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will the Dust Bowl make a comeback?
    The Great Plains are experiencing drought and high temperatures, which raises the question as to whether the Dust Bowl conditions of the 1930s could make a repeat appearance. "I would say that is not an unlikely scenario, as was partly demonstrated by last summer's dry and hot conditions, not unlike the '30s," said Johannes Feddema, chairman of the geography department at the University of Kansas. Still, moisture is helping to keep the soil together, and conditions would have to get drier for the Dust Bowl to make a comeback, he said. Marysville Advocate (Kan.) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Research, Education and Global Change 
  • Study: Ice melt behind one-fifth of sea rise
    Ocean levels are up 11 millimeters over 20 years because of melting ice, with the fastest rates of loss in Greenland and western Antarctica, according to a new study. "Prior to now there'd been 30 to 40 different estimates of how the ice sheets are changing ... So we've brought everybody together to produce a single estimate, and it turns out that estimate is two to three times more reliable than the last one," said lead author Andrew Shepherd of Leeds University. BBC (11/29), The Guardian (London) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese cities lead the way in GDP growth
    An analysis of the 300 largest metropolitan areas has determined that the top 18 cities in terms of growth of GDP per capita are all in China. Many other top-growing cities are also in Asia; Europe, meanwhile, accounts for a large percentage of the fastest-shrinking cities. The Atlantic Cities (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Applications 
  • Utility companies revolutionized by GIS
    GIS has revolutionized how utility cooperatives operate, keeping track of their assets and making work easier in the field. GIS also helps utilities track their customers and collect data on outages to identify potential problems. "Co-ops are always looking for ways to benefit from their existing equipment and information infrastructure. GIS has really fit that bill perfectly, becoming vital to so many parts of the cooperative," Brad Hicks with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association said. Intelligent Utility online (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Requests for paper ballots due by Dec. 10
    AAG members who prefer to opt-out of online voting can request a paper ballot. Voters who choose this option will not have access to the online voting system. Requests for paper ballots must be received by AAG by Dec. 10, 2012. To request a paper ballot, please contact Adam Thocher, AAG membership director, at or call 202-234-1450. Information about the new Web-based voting system is available at Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Los Angeles water: Myths, miracles, mayhem and William Mulholland
    There is a myth that Los Angeles is located in the desert. Another myth suggests that L.A. is "on the verge of drying up and blowing away because there will not be enough water to quench the thirst of the 19 million people who live in Southern California." Glen MacDonald, a professor of geography at UCLA, discusses those myths and L.A.'s history and relationship with water sustainability in this article. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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