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All Over the Map needs to be your new geo fav

Most of you know I’m a sucker for maps.

As a ten year old, I ordered a $75 historical atlas of the United States to be delivered to my house – without any way to pay for it. There were maps on the walls in my childhood room. I read, and continue to read, books about maps. I grew up poring over the map inserts in the monthly National Geographic magazine.

So you can understand why I’m pumped about All Over the Map, National Geographic’s new geography focused blog. It’s so new that there are only two posts so far. But the potential is huge. How do I know?

The two authors, Betsy Mason and Greg Miller, start with this:

like most kids, we loved the maps that arrived tucked into issues of National Geographic. As a kid, Betsy sketched maps of her backyard and the rooms of her house. Greg spent hours poring over maps in the backseat of the car on family vacations. So writing a map blog for National Geographic is pretty much our dream job. Here we will explore the history, meaning, and possibilities of maps. We’ll show you beautiful, interesting, and provocative maps and introduce you to the people who make them.

So I think we’re going to get along.

Betsy and Greg share a few other map thoughts:

There is something magical about maps. They transport you to a place you’ve never seen, from the ocean depths to the surface of another planet. Or a world that exists only in the imagination of a novelist.

Maps are time machines, too. They can take you into the past to see the world as people saw it centuries ago. Or they can show you a place you know intimately as it existed before you came along, or as it might look in the future. Always, they reveal something about the mind of the mapmaker. Every map has a story to tell.

This is why I’m a sucker for maps. They tell stories. They connect past and present. They make clear things that are often hidden. And as social studies teachers, we don’t use them enough.

So. Add All Over the Map to your news feed. It’s going to make you smarter.

And while it populates with handy posts, spend some time with these useful geo tools:


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