Friday, December 21, 2012

USA at Night

If you haven't seen this recent "USA at Night" image, be sure to check it out. You can click on the image to the right to make it bigger, or go to this web site for more information: NASA Earth Observatory

See if students can identify cities in your area. Initially, I was confused by the large area of lights in western North Dakota - until I realized there were due to activity in the Bakken Oil Fields. In most cases more light means more people. Challenge students to identify the Earth Science factors that draw people to specific areas (rivers, lakes and other water resources, harbors, soil, warm sunny climates, transportation/travel routes, mineral resources, etc.).

In the long history of mankind geology, hydrology, and meteorology have played important roles in the development of communities and cultures. An important aspect of every culture is the story of how that group of people adapted to their environment - how they figured out how to feed themselves, build shelters, clothe themselves, make weapons, even how they developed values and beliefs, etc.

To learn more about the lights in the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota, CLICK HERE.

EXTRA: ScienceCasts Christmas Sky Show

To view a convenient list of all the resources that have been posted on this "Earth Science Guy" blog site, CLICK HERE.

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