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Friday, February 24, 2006

Discovering Mayan Ruins from Space

A team of scientists from NASA and the University of New Hampshire hope to discover Mayan ruins using remote sensing technology. They will be working with the Guatemalan Institute of Anthropology and History along with the Department of Pre-Hispanic Monuments.

Their goal is to use satellite images and data to look for chemical signatures of the Mayan civilization's ancient building materials. NASA’s Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar, an instrument flown aboard a high-altitude weather plane, can penetrate clouds and forest canopies to survey the earth below.
Read more about Discovering Mayan Ruins at the Internal Information Programs website.

Monday, February 13, 2006

GIS in K-12 Education

Northwestern University is developing MyWorld, a GIS program specifically designed for interactive learning in middle school through college classrooms. Using this software students can access data bases and plot information atop of their maps. The easy-to-use interface and simple design allow students to begin making maps and exploring data with minimal training. Now students can spend their time visualizing data, composing maps and analyzing geographic patterns.

Image by USGS
Read more about GIS in K-12 Education at the website.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Maps for Students

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had thousands of surplus highway maps when a new version was being printed. Instead of destroying the maps they decided to donate them to schools. This is great but it would be even better if a few lesson plans were distributed with the maps.

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