Geography Awareness Week (GAWeek), celebrated every third week of November, is an awareness program focused on highlighting the importance of geo-literacy and geo-education.  This year's theme is "Declare Your Interdependence," which explores the idea that we are all are connected to the rest of the world through the decisions we make on a daily basis, including what foods we eat and the things we buy.  The graphic below is linked to more information:

Color_Stacked_Small.jpg.jpgGeography is the study of the world and all that's in it.  It asks the question "What makes a place the way it is?" and the answer includes any and all interactions with other places.  Understanding these interactions can help scientists, historians, business professionals and policy-makers to understand the past and predict future events.

Mapping the Nation by Susan Schulten tracks the development of cartography as a tool for showcasing data and discusses the beginning of an era where maps are not only used for spatial orientation, but also for complex analysis and problem-solving. The companion website, http://www.mappingthenation.com/, includes hundreds of colorful maps from the book, each with a short description of its significance in history, politics, and science.

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