Bald Eagle Big Brother on Santa Cruz Island

In Maps101 by NM2 Comments

A nesting family of Bald Eagles are the stars of the show via a live webcam from the Channel Islands. Just off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, the Channel Islands are a protected haven for thousands of species of wildlife under the watchful eye of the National Park Service. 2006 saw the first unaided hatch of a Bald Eagle …

Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge

In Maps101 by NM2 Comments

One of the world’s most famous landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge, was first opened on this day back in 1937. Spanning 1.7 miles of the San Francisco Bay in California, when it opened it was the longest span in the world, and is still the 9th longest today. Its famous burnt red color often confuses visitors who wonder why it …

30 Years after Mount St. Helens – Where does the danger now lie?

In Current Events, This Day in History by NM0 Comments

30 years ago today Mount St. Helens erupted causing devastation to the surrounding area. Local towns such as Ritzville, LaRue and Morton were covered with volcanic ash in various forms from sticky mudballs to black sand. Read this account in the Seattle times. Lives were lost and treasured wildlife destroyed in the immediate aftermath. But with 30 years of peace …

Great Journey West Begins…

In This Day in History by NM0 Comments

On May 14 1804, one year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the then President Thomas Jefferson dispatched Lewis and Clark on their historic quest to explore and map  the uncharted West. The journey is more than two men and than their story, its a famous event in US history that opened the Western United …

Gulf oil spill worsens…

In Current Events by NM0 Comments

As of today, the efforts to contain and clean up the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continue. The environmental concerns and long term effects that the spill has caused have yet to be fully determined.  A YouTube video that was  recently released  by the US coast guard shows the first underwater footage, and a close-up view of …

Maps and Much More

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Technology journalist Brian Nadel took some time out to review Maps101 following the addition of the new Bing Maps features, and liked what he found……

Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

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Like so much of the Gulf of Mexico, the after-effects of EarthDay appear to have been smothered by the awful disaster that occurred last week off the coast of Louisiana. The region’s fishermen are braced for the slick to hit Oyster and Shrimp stocks, while conservationists can only cross their fingers for the reserves that provide homes to local bird …

Earthday Webinar

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Thank you to everyone who attended our special webinar for Earthday 2010. It was great to hear from so many teachers and classes from all over the USA, Canada and US Territories overseas. Putting together a webinar like that is never easy. Making sure there is enough information for the subject to be interesting, without overloading the facts and figures …

Volcano eruption closes British air space.

In Maps101 by NM0 Comments

British airports have been closed for at least 19 hours after a volcanic eruption in Iceland sent ash into the atmosphere. The ash presents a significant danger to airplanes because the dust is likely to clog their engines. As the cloud drifts south and begins to dissipate aviation authorities in Europe are monitoring its progress to ensure that normal service …

Maps101 Announces Bing Maps Integration

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Maps101 is delighted to announce a new relationship with Microsoft’s Bing Maps which will provide users with a great new way to explore the extensive Maps101 content and enjoy the great visual and interactive experience that Bing Maps provides. Download the press release BingAnnouncement_4_14_10. Read more about Maps101 and Bing Maps in Chris Pendleton’s blog.