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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

Announcing the Google Earth Atlas

By Samuel Raphael Franco | August 30, 2010 |
Announcing the Google Earth Atlas is proud to present a brand new feature, the Google Earth Atlas. The Google Earth Atlas is an archive of all of the site’s work

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

Scorched Earth: Russia Burns

By Samuel Raphael Franco | August 16, 2010 | 4 Comments

Pictured above are NASA images of the Summer’s temperature anomalies that caused a massive drought, the resulting smoke from forest fires which have caused more than 100 fatalities on the way to blanketing in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine in smoke since the beginning of August.Moscow has been covered in smog, death rates in

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.

People Per Goal & The Economic Geography of the World Cup

By Samuel Raphael Franco | June 28, 2010 | One Comment

The group stage of the World Cup offered an opportunity for outliers on both ends of the spectrum of economic and population strength to compete on equal terms.World Cup competitors have a mean population near 50,000,000 million. The median sits far below that at 22,578,572. The majority of the competing nations are of modest size

The Geography of FIFA & International Recognition

By Samuel Raphael Franco | June 21, 2010 | 4 Comments

FIFA divides the world into the six regions:These six “continents” hold a a quarry of curiosities.Palestine competes as its own country in the South Asian Football Federation, and is a FIFA member. On the other side of the West Bank, Israel is the only country in the region that competes in the European UEFA.The South

South Africa’s Soccer Stadiums & Slums in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | June 14, 2010 |

The World Cup has come to an exciting start this week, with no shortage of triumph and tumult.To begin, take a fly around the Republic of South Africa and be sure to check out all of the host cities. Google Earth has released 3D models of all ten stadiums, as well as new panoramic photographs

Deepwater Horizon: Grassroots Mapping & Spill Projections

By Samuel Raphael Franco | June 7, 2010 |

Since our last post on the Gulf Oil Slick, little progress has come, with the exception of a small containment dome & riser pipe to mitigate a minor percentage of the of the total flow.The addiction to oil has made this Gulf Spill, something of an inevitability. After all, a spill near this calibre happened

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

Mile Long Tube to Mitigate Gulf Spill

By Samuel Raphael Franco | May 17, 2010 | One Comment

Today, the Unified Area Command for the response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill successfully inserted a mile long, four inch wide, riser pipe to the major leaking pipe behind the spill. The initial media estimates report that the tube can divert some of the oil from the pipe behind 85% of the spill to

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

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