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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Just a few resources to get us through November.
Some interesting Spatial video’s  November   2012
10 World Biggest Holes Created By Human and Nature
10 World Biggest Holes Created By Human and Nature  Song: Unknown Artist - American Beauty (Breakbeat Rmx of Jakatta - Amercian Dream by Thomas Newman) Pictures are taken from:
Tour the Amazon with Street View
Published on Mar 21, 2012 by Google
Google Maps with Street View now allows you to visit parts of the Amazon Basin including the Rio Negro tributary and the surrounding communities.
The top 10 buildings lost to demolition in Toronto
The top 10 buildings lost to demolition in Toronto is surely a strange title. In that these buildings no longer exist, the "top" serves the double function of referring to the merits of these former structures and the tragedy that was their demolition. And tragedy isn't really too strong a word. Toronto would be certainly a better place if these and many of the other buildings that were often rather carelessly destroyed remained vital pieces of our urban environment. But, for reasons that I've never fully made sense of, the city planners of the 1960s and 70s had virtually no historic sense, and numerous buildings of great significance were destroyed in favour of bland structures of little consequence or, unconscionably, parking lots.

Latitude and Longitude of a Point
How The US expanded!!
Got 30 seconds and want to see exactly how the country now known as the U.S. expanded across the continent? Ever wish you could see all that in one simple animated GIF? Me neither.

Learn GIS online and for Free
There are a few online options to learn GIS for free.  Take advantage of resources that provide you access to free courses from some of the world's best universities and institutions.  Learn GIS on your own or supplement your existing geospatial education with these free resources. Toronto District School Board Teachers can obtain a copy of ARCGIS 10 for their home computer by contacting Mark Lowry.
All other teachers in Ontario need to contact their schools OSAPAC rep or their school IT department to get a copy. Part of the license agreement with ESRI allows all teachers to have it on their personal computer
Dig a hole through the Earth
To Quote Malcolm MacInerney  a fellow Geography Consultant and vas source of Geography resources  from Australia “I am not sure what classroom use this site can be but for engagement value, why not have a play in the class.”
The View from Space - Countries and Coastlines
These high-res time-lapse sequences captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station give us a beautiful and clear view of some well-known coastlines and countries around the world. Get a good look at England, France, Italy, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Greece, the island of Crete, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, and more. We've attempted to show as many countries as we would, but inevitably we've left many out. Please write to the the astronaut photography office at NASA's Johnson Space Center to request inclusion in this amazing series of sequences.
Earth 100 Million Years From Now
Earth’s landmasses were not always what they are today. Continents formed as Earth’s crustal plates shifted and collided over long periods of time. This video shows how today’s continents are thought to have evolved over the last 600 million years, and where they’ll end up in the next 100 million years. Paleogeographic Views of Earth’s History provided by Ron Blakey, Professor of Geology, Northern Arizona University.
Run Over By A Tornado (Cow Shaken Up but OK)
Roger Hill and crew put a camera in the path of an oncoming cow, and a tornado. Roger’s incredible book “Hunting Nature’s Fury” is available at
The Most Powerful Objects in the Universe
Enjoy this 1080P EXPANDED and REVISED version of our show originally titled “Cold Sparks and Black Holes.” All across the immense reaches of time and space, energy is being exchanged, transferred, released, in a great cosmic pinball game we call our universe.
How does energy stitch the cosmos together, and how do we fit within it? We now climb the power scales of the universe, from atoms, nearly frozen to stillness, to Earth’s largest explosions. From stars, colliding, exploding, to distant realms so strange and violent they challenge our imaginations. Where will we find the most powerful objects in the universe?
Today, energy is very much on our minds as we search for ways to power our civilization and serve the needs of our citizens. But what is energy? Where does it come from? And where do we stand within the great power streams that shape time and space?
Energy comes from a Greek word for activity or working. In physics, it’s simply the property or the state of anything in our universe that allows it to do work. Whether it’s thermal, kinetic, electro-magnetic, chemical, or gravitational.
The 19th century German scientist Hermann von Helmholtz found that all forms of energy are equivalent, that one form can be transformed into any other. The laws of physics say that in a closed system – such as our universe – energy is conserved. It may be converted, concentrated, or dissipated, but it’s never lost.
James Prescott Joule built an apparatus that demonstrated this principle. It had a weight that descended into water and caused a paddle to rotate. He showed that the gravitational energy lost by the weight is equivalent to heat gained by the water from friction with the paddle. That led to one of several basic energy yardsticks, called a joule. It’s the amount needed to lift an apple weighing 100 grams one meter against the pull of Earth’s gravity.
And some local Stuff for the Toronto folk
A brief history of the Mod Club Theatre

Mark Lowry
Geography and Geotechnologies Instructional Leader
Social World Studies and Humanities
Toronto District School Board
1 Civic Centre Court
Toronto , On ,M9C 2B3
Tel; (416) 394-7269
Cell; (416) 576-4515
Fax; (416) 394-6420
twitter; @geogmark

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