Scientists discover massive coral reef | Higher temperatures cause trouble for Alps climbers | Debate continues over potentially problematic place names
October 29, 2020
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Geography in Action
A detached coral reef taller than some of the world's best known skyscrapers has been found within the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The reef was discovered last week by scientists mapping the seafloor in and around the Great Barrier Reef, and a robot examined the reef during a dive last weekend that was livestreamed.
Full Story: NBC News (10/27) 
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Higher temperatures are contributing to more dangerous conditions in the Alps, as peaks thaw and ice comes loose. "It's a very tricky condition," said geographer Jacques Mourey. "You think the rock is safe, and then it moves."
Full Story: Outside Magazine online (10/23) 
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Debate continues about potentially problematic place names in the US, with some lawmakers in Rhode Island pushing to remove the phrase "Providence Plantations" from the official state name. The US Board on Geographic Names, which oversees the names of natural features such as mountains, has received about 135 renaming requests during the past five years for names that are seen as potentially racist or derogatory, according to geographer Jennifer Runyon.
Full Story: Stateline (10/23) 
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Inspire Kids to Change Their World
Part of a STEAM career-themed picture book series, Parker the Planner uses spatial analysis and critical thinking to create a better city for everyone. Show kids how they can use their passion and ideas to make the world a better place, too.
Research, Education and Global Change
Climate change could cause problems related to health, food security and socioeconomic development in Africa, according to the World Meteorological Organization's State of the Climate in Africa report. Temperature increases are expected to take a toll on GDP in five African sub-regions, reports WMO Climate Coordinator Omar Baddour.
Full Story: Voice of America (10/26),  Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (10/26) 
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Research published in the journal Antiquity tracks the changing status of pets in human society through evidence from markers placed on the graves of pets. Just 1% of markers placed before 1910 referred to the pet as part of the family, compared with 20% that were placed after World War II, and surnames and religious iconography also became more common over time as pets moved indoors and into the family unit.
Full Story: Science (tiered subscription model) (10/26) 
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How to Set Up an Online Class in Geography
COVID-19 continues to affect the way we teach. In this webinar designed specifically for Geography instructors, Professor Michael Shin (UCLA) discusses best practices to take your Geography course online quickly and easily. Watch Now.
Technology and Applications
Scientists used a drone near the North Pole to measure sunlight reflected from the ice -- data that could contribute to a better understanding of melting in the region. Treacherous navigation and extreme weather can make the area difficult for drones, but researchers Roberta Pirazzini and Henna-Reetta Hannula managed to conduct 18 flights over three weeks.
Full Story: Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (10/28) 
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Association News
Positive Steps Toward Tenure
Join AAG on Oct. 30 for the next installment of its free fall 2020 Leadership and Careers series. Hear from panelists Katherine Hankins (Chair, Geosciences, Georgia State University), Benjamin Ofori-Amoah (Chair, Geography, Environment, and Tourism, Western Michigan University), Lindsay Naylor (Geography and Spatial Sciences, University of Delaware) and Lily House-Peters (Geography, California State University, Long Beach) as they answer as they answer many questions that arise as early career faculty move toward tenure review. Register here.
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Deadline Extended: Paper Abstracts by Nov. 19: 2021 AAG Annual Meeting
The deadline for submitting your paper abstract to the 2021 Annual Meeting has been extended to Nov. 19. The Session Organizers' deadline will be Dec. 18. This year, we will bring together four core thematic areas of focus: Ethnonationalism and Exclusion Around the World, The Changing North American Continent, Expanding the Community of Geography, and Geographies of Access: Inclusion and Pathways. Although AAG identifies themes to help give each annual meeting a more specific focus, any geography-related topic is welcome for presentation. Find out more about registering or submitting at our website.
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