geography

The true size of Africa

The true size of Africa

Kai Krause came up with this awesome map to help in the “fight against rampant Immappancy,” i.e. insufficient geographic knowledge: A survey with random American schoolkids let them guess the population and land area of their country. Not entirely unexpected, but still rather unsettling, the majority chose “1-2″ billion” and “largest in the world,” respectively.…

Senator, can you draw your state?

Senator, can you draw your state?

Did you know that this week is “Geography Awareness Week?” To celebrate this occasion, National Geographic asked the 100 US senators to draw an outline of their home state from memory on a square approximately the size of a cocktail napkin and note at least three important locations or landmarks in their state.

It’s almost not fair that Senator Al Franken of Minnesota is included in this survey. As I previously mentioned here, we know Sen. Franken is an overachiever in this department, as he’s demonstrated that not only can he accurately draw his homestate but a complete map of the United States as well. Anyway, check out his and a few other senators’ efforts (including my home state!) after the jump. View rest of the drawings here.

New Feature: Eco-mmunity News

New Feature: Eco-mmunity News

Get green news stories on the Eco-mmunity Environmental News Blog. Find all kinds of stories on the Eco-mmunity map every weekday. Leave comments, send in green story ideas from your local community and make sure to come back everyday for new stories. The map lets you see the geography behind the story, try clicking the…