Thanks to the AAG for the tipoff to this interesting-sounding game.Michael Berto and Titouan Millet, the program uses geographic data from Svalbard, Norway rendered into low-poly landscapes—brought to life with soft shaders. An endless and nonlinear musical score weaves soundscapes, to keep the ambiance evolving.
Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Sunday, 19 December 2021
Friday, 17 December 2021
Monday, 13 December 2021
Check out this amazing New York Times visualisation of the impact of climate change on every country in the world.
Another reminder of the value of subscribing to the New York Times.
I often post details of cliff collapses along the stretch of coastline which featured in the OCR textbooks that I wrote. This is close to Sidmouth and collapses regularly, including heading the other way to Budleigh Salterton.
Last weekend saw a cliff collapse near Mundesley which is on the Norfolk coast, and was blamed on waterlogged cliff material. Some houses are now very close to the edge of the cliff and are nervous about the potential for further cliff falls.
Not an obvious connection at first glance. This report suggests that there is an alleged connection.
How does your food affect the environment?
Worth further investigation perhaps as an alternative to palm oil.
Speaking of which, check out this thread by Hannah Ritchie on palm oil...
A topic where I see one of the biggest gaps between public opinion & recommendations from scientists is palm oil 🌴🦧— Hannah Ritchie (@_HannahRitchie) December 13, 2021
Companies often boycott palm oil to look sustainable to consumers. But a ban is rarely the recommendation from experts.
🧵on why it's a complex topic pic.twitter.com/Hgyc09KStB
Here's the description of the programme:It might seem humans have mapped every inch of our planet’s surface, but look closer and you’ll discover that there is still so much more to uncover — the age of exploration is far from over! WELCOME TO EARTH, a Disney+ original series from National Geographic, follows two-time Academy Award® nominee Will Smith on an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure around the world to explore Earth’s greatest wonders and reveal its most hidden secrets.
Regular readers of the blog will know how much I enjoyed Cal Flyn's book 'Islands of Abandonment' and it is coming out in paperback just ahead of Christmas.
Cal is interviewed in the latest episode of the 'Sense of Place' podcast which references the places in the book.
Also worth checking out Cal's latest journalism too for the Observer.
It can be listened to in a number of ways. This is the link to the Spotify stream.
Friday, 10 December 2021
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Sunday, 5 September 2021
I love the recent artworks which have been created by Anna Dillon.
They are called Wessex Airscapes. They are on display at Radley College through September.
They were created in collaboration with aerial photographer Hedley Thorne.
Go to Anna's website and for each painting you will see that there is a link to a short sound file which tells the landscape story of each painting, including something of the history and geology of the locations... a really nice additional element.
Saturday, 4 September 2021
A new film, which has had an input from Robert MacFarlane.
See the trailer here
River––a film I wrote w/ the awesome director @jenpeedom, narrated by Willem Dafoe––premiered this week at Telluride Film Festival.— Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) September 4, 2021
Trailer here: https://t.co/COn4S644Ct
Happy that the first reviews really seem to get what we hoped to achieve in the film.https://t.co/FF7B31KHY3
Tuesday, 24 August 2021
Down to Sidmouth this afternoon, and I saw the new cliff collapses which happened over the weekend - there were five of them it seems. I check on these each year I come down to Devon as they were used as a case study of coastal erosion and management in the first edition of the OCR A and OCR B GCSE Geography textbooks I co-wrote for Hodder back in the day.
While there, I saw a cameraman filming inserts for the evening news, and the presenter was then live from Sidmouth this evening.
There were two landslides visible here... a larger one in the background.
Friday, 13 August 2021
Another helpful article about coastal erosion - this time on the Holderness coast near Skipsea.
It includes some helpful maps, images and diagrams including a map showing the lost villages.
A useful Flourish graph is also included, which can be embedded...
Thursday, 12 August 2021
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Monday, 21 June 2021
I've spoken and blogged about this book many times, and you can now listen to extracts from it on Radio 4 as it has been selected, around 35 years after its first UK publication as the 'Book of the Week'.
A heads-up that, to my delight, Barry Lopez's masterpiece Arctic Dreams (1986) will be Book of the Week on @BBCRadio4 this week, starting 09.45am today.— Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) June 21, 2021
The book––and the writer––that made me a writer.
Barry passed away in December this year.https://t.co/Eo8vKQKIV0
Barry Lopez is someone whose work has been important to me throughout my career.
Saturday, 19 June 2021
The GeogLive! Team are busy planning the next GeogLive! event, which will be at 5-6pm on Wednesday 30th June.
This is part of the activity of the GA's Early Years and Primary Phase Committee to support teachers who may or may not be GA members (but you need to be a GA member)
They have chosen to focus on fieldwork, prompted by Iain Freeland’s comments in the blog about geography in outstanding primary schools, and feedback from those who attended the first event. They will also, of course, be referring to the Research Report published by Ofsted yesterday. We will be using the same format as at our first GeogLive! event, as this worked well for us and provoked plenty of positive feedback from participants.
If you are able, and would like to join the event, then please do register through this link below.
Saturday, 12 June 2021
The book is still available to purchase, and this blog has shared relevant stories linked to the chapters and updates over the years. Some of the ideas have been adapted and used by others since, and they may not even know that the book was the first time they were shared in print.
Thanks for reading. There will continue to be occasional postings as the book is still available to purchase.
Friday, 21 May 2021
As it says on the website:Define an area of interest anywhere in the world, and we'll automagically create thematic factsheets containing interactive maps, charts, written overviews, and statistical summaries – all based on open geodata.
Here's the report that was generated...
It was a tipoff via Richard Allaway.
This has great potential for generating secondary data about locations.
Thursday, 20 May 2021
This is a rather fine map tool / experiment / visualisation.
It is called River Runner, and will allow you to follow the route taken by a rainfrop.
Make your raindrop fall anywhere within the contiguous United States and the website will work out the route it will take to the sea and the tributaries and rivers it will flow through. It will then take you along that route.
It's really rather good visually, and I am assume is also accurate.
Check out Sam Learner's other map projects.
Saturday, 15 May 2021
We have just started doing fieldwork again at my school, with trips to Cambridge and the Norfolk Coast carried out, or taking place last week and this week.
If you have an opinion on this, OFQUAL are running a consultation on the issue, which started yesterday and runs through to the 28th of May. As the consultation page says:This consultation focuses on the subjects for which preparation and work for non-exam assessment and fieldwork activities will be taking place this term for students who will be taking their exams in 2022. It covers
- non-exam assessments in dance, design and technology, drama (and theatre), film studies, food preparation and nutrition, media studies, music, music technology, and physical education
- fieldwork activities in geography, geology and environmental science
- assessment of speaking skills in GCSE modern foreign language (MFL) qualifications
- assessment of spoken language in GCSE English language
However, we recognise there are other activities about which students, teachers and exam boards might have questions. We hope that, with further lifting of public health restrictions, it will be possible for students to complete work in other subjects as usual during the next academic year. We are keeping this under review and will provide more information about, and where necessary consult on, further arrangements for 2022 in due course.
Friday, 23 April 2021
Just over a year ago, I was part of a team which met in person or virtually to begin the process of creating the Slow Ways network, initiated by Dan Raven Ellison. As we approached lockdown, the idea of walking for exercise and exploring our local areas became increasingly attractive.
I worked on creating some walks in familiar locations: close to home, along the Norfolk coast and in and around Ely where I work.
Slow Ways is an initiative to create a national network of walking routes connecting all of Great Britain’s towns and cities as well as thousands of villages. The beta website is now live. Take a look.
Using existing paths, ways, trails and roads, people can use Slow Ways routes to walk or wheel between neighbouring settlements, and combine them to create longer distance trips. It’s designed to make it easier for people to imagine, plan and go on walking journeys.
There are currently over 7,000 Slow Ways stretching for over 100,000km. This network of routes was created by 700 volunteers during the Spring 2020 lockdown, creating a unique Slow Ways map in the process.
The next challenge in 2021 is to walk, review and verify them all - checking 100,000km of Slow Ways in the process.
Slow Ways aims to inspire and support more people to walk more often, further and for more purposes.
While there are thousands of miles of paths linking places across Great Britain, there isn't a comprehensive and trusted network designed to help people walk off-road between towns and cities. That’s what the Slow Ways initiative, with its distinctive geometric connections, is creating.
Monday, 12 April 2021
"Veer off the track
Take the path
That leads beyond the map
I'm a travelling man
Each day I walk the byways of this life..."
Wednesday, 10 February 2021
The new film from Daniel Raven Ellison, with voice over from Cerys Matthews. Premiere was last night, followed by a panel discussion on the future of the UK's National Parks.
Watch the film below:
"What do the UK's National Parks really look like? To see what these landscapes are made-up of, let's go on a walk. Each second of the walk reveals 1% of our National Parks and how they appear from above. Are you ready for the UK's National Parks in 100 seconds"
Filmed from above and spoken by Cerys Matthews, this short film will likely change how you think about our National Parks forever.
What could we do to make the most of our National Parks? What do you think?
Friday, 29 January 2021
And it was Cuckmere of course... another fantastic episode of Mackenzie Crook's interpretation of Barbara Euphan Todd's scarecrow was shown over the Christmas period.
A lovely road trip episode heading for the sea with Saucy Nancy and some great characters as always. Plenty of links to an imagined better England, and some suitable music from the Unthanks on a pub terrace by the beach.
Another highlight, with a coastal flavour was the Christmas edition of 'Mortimer and Whitehouse Gone Fishing' which saw the two friends staying in a pair of Fisherman's Cottages in Staithes. I've stayed in the village a few times and had a wonderful White Christmas there some years back.
This includes all the KS3 toolkit books, so you can pick up a copy of 'Look at it this Way' much cheaper than it is available elsewhere, such as Amazon, and revisit some of the earlier posts on this blog for extra thoughts on how to use the activities. Some of them will seem familiar to you, but when first published, these were brand new.
We love Danny MacAskill videos at King's Ely Junior: to help introduce students to landscapes and ways of 'seeing' them in different ways. The mountains of Skye are volcanic in origin, and have been shaped by millennia of weathering... We can explain their formation and their slow breakdown, but Danny sees the chance to ride his bike in skilful and exciting ways.
His latest film 'The Slabs' is set on the Dubh slabs above Lock Coruisk, which also featured in his last film 'The Ridge'. He descends the slabs. I've climbed them the other way, and I didn't take my bike.
Thanks to Matt Podbury for spotting the new film and letting me know about it.