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Plastic Pollution in the Great Lakes

In Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

When someone mentions pollution, you might think about smokestacks releasing dark smoke, beaches coated with black oil, or streets covered with old food wrappers. It is true that these are all examples of pollution, but some pollution is caused by objects that are so small that we can have a hard time seeing them without a microscope. . . .

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Something Fishy Is Going on

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

A recent report from oceana.org shines a critical light on the seafood industry. According to their study, much of the fish for sale to consumers or available in restaurants is mislabeled. In other words, people are getting the wrong kind of fish. Often, the advertised fish is a more expensive type, although investigators do not go so far as to claim the mislabeling is deliberate deception. . . .

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Hurricanes!

In Current Events by mapsbecky

Last week, Hurricane Hermine roared up from the Gulf of Mexico to dump rain on Florida’s west coast and panhandle. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) noticed the first signs of a storm on August 13 off of the coast of West Africa. By August 30th, the NHC had issued storm warnings for the Gulf of Mexico. Governor Rick Scott declared states of emergency for 51 Florida counties, in advance of the hurricane’s landfall, to ensure federal response as soon as possible if there was severe damage.

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Louisiana Flooding

In Current Events by mapsbecky

Living near the mouth of the Mississippi River has challenges. The land is quite low in the delta, and flooding from heavy rains poses potential disaster. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, faced such a disaster with serious flooding this summer. The devastation is still affecting the region…

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GeoJoint: Underwater Logging

In Maps101 by mapsbecky0 Comments

Logging is one of the most dangerous jobs you can do. Knocking over big heavy things using sharp running power tools on slippery slopes and dragging them to somewhere else using heavy equipment—what could go wrong?…

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The Newest Summer Roller Coasters

In Maps101 by mapsbecky0 Comments

Summer is when many people travel to amusement parks to ride the latest, greatest roller coasters. This year, there is no shortage of new thrills to keep riders entertained. Valravn at Cedar Point Perhaps the most anticipated new coaster is Valravn at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. Cedar Point is home to many of the country’s most thrilling roller coasters, …