Friday, December 31, 2010
Mexico has many different places within it's borders and has the rich history to go along with it. Its ancient material culture is far more present today than is the material culture of Ancient America (with exceptions such as Cahokia or Ozette Village). Toltecs, Maya, Aztecs, Zapotecs, Mixtecs and Puebloans all left impressive ruins. Also, the people of Mexico have much more Native DNA than most Americans. Maya and Aztec descendants measure in the millions, each. Deserts, tropics, coastline, highlands, mountains and canyons all lie within the border of Mexico. It is easily one of the most diverse countries geographically in the world.
Mexico is untameable, because it would take a lifetime to see half of it. There are too many cities, such as Cuernavaca or Puerto Peñasco; Archaeological sites like Teotihaucan or Casas Grandes; or geographic regions like Copper Canyone or the Yucatan. You could not see them all. And I think that is part of its draw.
Monday, December 13, 2010
DM's is full of these types of stories. I think there is something deeper than meets the eye, about a mall once packed, fading away over a decade or two. It mirrors many things in life. Almost always, these malls die for one reason: a new one opens somewhere in the area. People inevitably abandoned the old, even if it is still satisfactory and go to the new. The ultimate fate of many things, out with the old, in with the new. I hope to do some contributions to the site soon.
-Caleb's Geography Blog.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
-Best Geography Blog For Educators
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
-Caleb Golston, A Great Magazine You Might Not Have Heard Of: Arizona Highways, "Best Geography Blog"
*Note: Niether picture is from 'Arizona Highways'
Source: 'Saguaro Pictures' 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
While earth is an incredibly vast planet full of thousands of regions and landscapes, it is only a small dot in the universe. We have a ‘place’ on the truly giant map of the universe, in a similar way as Toledo, Ohio has a place on the map of the United States. Other planets have mountains, valleys, even volcanoes and ice (and probably liquid water), as well as gold, iron, rocks and calcium. This is significant because, while earth is our local home and we should think locally much of the time, we cannot forget to zoom out further than our own planet from time to time, in order to keep our overall picture of placing in the bigger picture. And like the entry above: earths landscapes change, and so does the universe. Stars die; planets are born, so on and so forth. Interestingly enough, as strong a feeling of permanence having a picnic alone in Joshua Tree National Park might evoke, if one overarching theme about geography manifests itself the most, it is its impermanence. I think that is very poetic.
Most people, I have found, understandably are not all that interested in geography. Almost everyone cares on some level though and this is evidenced by people’s habits of travelling and relocating. Most people’s decision for a vacation spot is driven largely, if not entirely by the geography of the location. We ask: ‘Are there mountains? Can we see the ocean from our room? Is it in the desert?’ Many times, the area is not even easily accessible or full of world class shows and restaurants. But we go anyway because of the landscapes and views; the contrast of this place and home. Also, many people relocate during their life when money allows, usually to a beautiful place. Even if the place they are moving is more expensive, requires the hassles of moving or is far from home. So, on some level, most people appreciate the benefits that the varying geographies of earth bring. Geography matters because we can only live our lives largely in a few places. The knowledge that we will never see everything, or be in two places at once, forces us to make the most of our local area. At some point, home is where you decide home is and you must settle somewhere, and not everywhere else. I think this finite fact, that we really can only reasonably spend a large amount of time in a few different places, out of all the different places on earth, is fascinating. I see specials on Television all the time about people living in Rio de Janeiro, New York City, the Middle East or somewhere else and they spend most of their lives in a place I might alone spend a week, an afternoon, or might not every step foot on at all. Geography matters because we will never all live in the same place. There will always be people living on the opposite side of the globe. Geography, then, is the subject which maps out and keeps track of all the different places on earth. We must make the most of our local area, enjoy learning about others, travel as much as we can and treat the planet right.
- Lowland Desert Southwest
- Great Plains
- Pacific Northwest
- Northern Europe