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Mapping the Farmlands of Coastal Peru

By Martin W. Lewis | July 19, 2013 |

In writing about the fruit and vegetable exports of coastal Peru, I could not locate any on-line maps of the farming districts of the region. It is easy, however, to distinguish these areas in Google Earth, as the color contrasts between the lush, irrigated lands and their desert environs stand out, as do the rectilinear patterns of the cultivated fields. …

The Census of Marine Life in Google Earth

By Martin W. Lewis | October 4, 2010 |

The Census of Marine Life, is the major international oceanographic research project involving researchers in over 80 countries, who tagged more than 120,000 types of species & millions of organisms over the past decade. The project is now revealing their findings for the 2010 calendar year. This has served to create the first world

Storm Season & The Many Gifts of NOAA in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | September 6, 2010 |
Storm Season & The Many Gifts of NOAA in Google Earth

Happy Labor Day, readers. This the time of year that brings together Hot Dogs and Hurricane season. A time to celebrate change, whether it is global climactic change, or a change in season. The 2010 year is characterized by a strong la Nina in the equatorial Pacific, which means a warm and wet winter for the

Pakistan’s Fatal Floods in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | August 23, 2010 | One Comment

More than 20,000,000 have been displaced, more than have 1500 perished, as the worst Monsoons in Pakistan’s 65 year history as a modern state have inundated the country with record breaking floods. At least 6 six million people are now in immediate need of aid

A Summer in Worldwide Human Rights Abuses–Illustrated In Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | August 9, 2010 |

While the BP Oil Spill and the World Cup have stole headlines this summer, a number of disturbing trends have passed through the cracks of newswires without garnering a fraction of the fanfare.

The Geography of the Whale Ship Essex in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | August 2, 2010 | 4 Comments

This week’s presentation is an illustration of the ill-fated voyage of the Whale Ship Essex, the real life whaling voyage that inspired Moby Dick, in Google Earth Tour mode.To view the tour, the companion to this article, first download Google Earth, then download this file.The story of the Whale Ship Essex begins in Nantucket Harbor

Compass Roses & Marriage Proposals: Visual Poetry in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | July 26, 2010 |

We are in the midst of a golden age for ephemeral and accidental art. Google Earth has allowed the anonymous artisans of crafts that best viewed from thousands of miles above the earth’s surface, to find a forum for their work. Some of these works are painstakingly terraformed for years, while others are mere accidents

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Capped: Here’s the So What.

By Samuel Raphael Franco | July 18, 2010 | One Comment

This week the Deepwater Horizon Response team successfully capped the leaking well with its team of Remote Operated Submarines. While it is still not certain that these caps will hold, or entirely end the disaster, it marked the first time since April 20th, that oil stopped leaking into the Gulf.

A Photo Tour of How Russian Billionaire & New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Made His Billions

By Samuel Raphael Franco | May 18, 2010 |

Mikhail Prokhorov is the former CEO and billion dollar shareholder in the Norlisk Mining and Metals company, as well as rapper Jay-Z’s current business parter, as majority owner of the New Jersey Nets. His photo has been intentionally excluded from the series above, so that his name will

The Latest on the Gulf Oil Spill in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | May 10, 2010 |

After last week’s dystopian projections on GeoCurrents, last Monday’s New York Times countered with unreasonably rosy projections. Good news sells papers. The article conveyed a sense of hope in its readers that the spill, was not as large as feared, and could be easily plugged as soon as this

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spillustrated in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | May 3, 2010 |

The last few Geocurrentcasts have featured environmental disasters on a massive scale, and this week’s spill in the Gulf may top them all. If the fissure in the Ocean continues to spew anywhere near its current rate, and attempts to plug it have failed decidedly so far, the Deepwater Horizon spill is likely to become

Exhausting the Inexhaustible: Ogalala and Aral Illustrated

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 26, 2010 |

Earlier in the week, Professor Lewis left us with a dazzling posting on the Death and Partial Rebirth of the Aral Sea. To see the decline of the Aral and the Ogalala at its most dramatic, download this week’s Google Earth File, as the companion and informational heart of this post. For those of you whom

Unmitigated Environmental Disasters Illustrated

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 19, 2010 |

This week’s Geocurrentcast is entirely dedicated to about baker’s dozen sites that epitomize the nasty human footprint that comes with heavy metals, heavy industry, and heavy consumerism.The histories of Stalinist industrial wastelands, leaking oil Nigerian pipelines, massive American landfills, Brazilian Deforestation, smog filled Chinese cities, and towering Sarin gas smelters are all illustrated in this

A Parade of Man Made Oddities: Shipwrecks, Crop Circles and the CCCP

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 12, 2010 |

This week was rife with tragic news: the Polish Presidential plane crash in Russia, revolutions and upheaval in Kyrgyzstan, and refugee crises emerging from Tamil emigrees from Sri Lankan, I thought it would be best to leave the gravity to the newspapers for the time being, and insert a bit of humor into this week’s

The Kyrgyz Revolution, Illustrated in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 9, 2010 |

Yesterday, protestors stormed the offices of the iron-fisted Kurmanbek Bakiyev regime across all of Kyrgyzstan.Ministers were taken hostage, government buildings- torched, police cars- turned over, and the Kyrgyz flag- replaced with the blue flag of the opposition.The opposition has claimed that a provisional government, under the rule of former minister Rosa Otunbayeva, with a constitution

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