Sunday, 31 August 2008
Hurricane Gustav has already wrought havoc in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba, and is forecast to hit the Gulf coast of the USA tomorrow.
The BBC has an In Pictures here and there is more information about Hurricane Gustav and Tropical Storm Hanna from the US National Hurricane Center.
Sunday, 24 August 2008
Thursday, 21 August 2008
I am very very pleased with you all and look forward to seeing lots of you in the new AS group in September! Good luck to those of you who are going off to do other things elsewhere... don't forget to keep coming back to visit Geogtastic!
Monday, 18 August 2008
The picture shows part of the Holderness Coast (East Yorkshire), but large parts of Norfolk and Suffolk are under threat as well. Read the full article from the BBC here.
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Streetview Camera in Birmingham (Image: Flickr user 'thornj')
The Streetview feature has been available for a number of US cities for a while now, the route of this year's Tour de France was 'done' in Streetview, and imagery is now available for some Japanese and Australian cities. From a geographical point-of-view, this has huge potential - but not everybody is happy...
If you haven't yet investigated Streetview, go to www.google.com/maps and click on the Streetview box in the top right corner of the map... If you then zoom in on the US, France, Australia or Japan, and click on one of the cameras, you will be able to explore in 3D!
(And don't forget about Geogtastic6 for AS and A2 geographers!)
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Have a read here... How do you think you'd do?
Friday, 15 August 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
You might also have seen a new Orange advert in the past week or so - featuring Mark... If you haven't, check it out here together with a short documentary about Mark and his journey.
And if you are a new Geogtastic visitor and don't know what I'm talking about, click on Mark Beaumont at the bottom of this post, or check out Mark's website.
Image: Flickr user 'bits of rubble'The Tinsley Towers' days are numbered, however. The 250ft high cooling towers are all that remains of the Blackburn Meadows Power Station which helped to power the famous Sheffield steel industry, and are the oldest of their type in the world.
The towers, nicknamed "Salt and Pepper" have been described as "important post-industrial icons"; "an imposing indicator to drivers, letting them know they've arrived in the North"; "living art" and "the most beautiful pieces of urban landscape I have ever seen" (more comments and pictures of the towers here), some locals have set up a campaign to save the towers and The One Show visited the towers as part of their Ugly Beautiful series last week...
It seems the the owners of the towers, EOn, disagree though - the demolition is set to go ahead in the early hours of Sunday 24th August, closing the M1 and bringing dozens of people to a special viewing area in the Meadowhall car park... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/south_yorkshire/7555945.stm
EOn have been given permission to build a £60 million biomass power plant on the site, which will provide enough renewable energy to supply 40,000 homes.
What do you think??
Sunday, 10 August 2008
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Derbyshire County Council have an Online Information Resource Database and if you have either a DCC library card OR a B-Line card, you can access various Oxford dictionaries and reference databases, Grove Art and Grove Music, Encyclopaedia Britannica, World Book Encyclopaedia, "Who's Who and Who was Who", and Infotrac Newspapers (an archive of national newspapers, journals and periodicals - including Geographical - back to 1985, and The Times Digital Archive back to 1785!)... Lots and lots of useful and interesting information - check it out now if you haven't already!
Have a go and then leave a comment here to let us know how you got on!
Also have a look at Flood Resilient Home to find out what you could do to protect your home from flooding...
Next week is London...
Monday, 4 August 2008
Saturday, 2 August 2008
Christine Jeavans is attempting to live for a month without plastic - her rules will allow her to keep the plastic she already has, but she is not going to buy or accept anything containing or packaged in plastic... She is keeping a blog of her experiences here - it will be interesting to see how she gets on!
Could you do it??