Geo-Joint: A Fiendish Stay on Devil’s Island

Island life is generally thought of as desirable, being distant, scenic, and peacefully isolated. Throw in a tropical location, and the notion becomes dreamlike. Unfortunately for a lot of unlucky individuals over the course of about a hundred years, such a location was a living nightmare. In 1852, the government of French Emperor Napoleon III needed a place to send … Read More

Celebrate International Map Day! Announces Launch of International Map

“Here at, we love to celebrate maps. What better way to celebrate than to give Maps their own day!” – JOHN GLANVILLE, MAPS.COM CEO is excited to inaugurate International Map Day on February 3rd. Why this date? February 3rd is Ferdinand Magellan’s birthday, and he is the explorer credited with the first circumnavigation of the Earth, and therefore … Read More Announces International Map Day Announces International Map Day

RE: INTERNATIONAL MAP DAY 2019 LOCATION: SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA DATE: JANUARY 29, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, the recognized leader for geographic content and services, and twenty-five-year industry stalwart, is proud to launch the First Annual International Map Day, on February 3, 2019 (with observance on February 4), a global day to celebrate maps, geography, and all those who … Read More

Geo-Joint: Pretty Lakes in Pink

There are some lakes, like Tahoe, that can be crystal clear. Even those rare bodies are increasingly plagued by incursions of pollution or sediment that mar the clarity to some extent. And most lakes don’t come close to that kind of visibility, especially in summer when warmer water is so conducive to the growth of algae. Green, then, is a … Read More

Geo-Joint: Making Yourself at Home on Mars

There are a thousand and one places to go on this planet, and each dictates its own set of preparations for a successful trip. Even so, terrestrial destinations all have some similarity when compared to leaving this planet entirely and heading for another. That kind of excursion will require a good bit of time cooped up in a tin can … Read More

The Anniversary of a National Park: The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon became a national park on February 26, 1919. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that established the park under the National Park Service (NPS). The canyon was not the first park to receive this honor. As early as 1872, Congress made Yellowstone the nation’s first national park. At that time, however, the National Park Service (NPS) did … Read More

The Growth of United States Presidential Power

  BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT The United States has three branches of government: legislative, judicial, and executive. Each branch plays a different role in American democracy. The legislative branch includes the Senate and the House of Representatives. These two houses of Congress make the country’s laws. The judicial branch includes the Supreme Court. The Court’s nine justices interpret and make rulings … Read More

Copernicus’s Cosmic Revolution

In his study of the heavens, the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle placed Earth at the center of the universe. Since then, his geocentric model became the official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. Most scientists at that time used a geocentric model to explain a planet’s apparent backward, or retrograde, motion. However, a geocentric view made retrograde motion extremely complicated … Read More

Why We Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” Arrested over twenty times, stabbed in the chest, his house firebombed and, ultimately shot and killed, King embodied the idea that equality and the African American Civil Rights Movement were worth dying for. He was a husband and father to four … Read More

Geo-Joint: Proving the Depths of Hranicka Propast

Snorkelers can see a lot of great stuff, because the water over coral reefs often isn’t that deep. But to really get down into what the undersea has to offer, it’s going to take some scuba gear and the know-how to utilize it properly and safely. If you’re just in it for recreation, 130 feet is about the limit. Technical … Read More