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March 25, 2011

Where In The World Are You?

The recent earthquake, Tsunami and then radioactive leaks in Japan all remind us that we all share this world, and the vibrations of the earth, the intensity of the Tsunami waves, and, of course radioactivity all do not stop...

...at any particular country's borders.

What happens in one country can affect another quite directly - and - as we have learned - immediately.

I've mentioned before that I am a word nerd. I am also a map nerd. Maps are our best attempt to define, explain and present how we see and understand our world.

Thanks to the internet, our maps can be dynamic. In other words, our maps can present information in real time.

For example, if the recent earthquakes have gotten you wondering how common - or intense - earthquakes are in your area - or any area of the world - I have a perfect website for you. This is a world map with colored boxes representing earthquakes in the past seven days. The red boxes represent earthquakes in the past hour, blue boxes represent earthquakes in the past 24 hours. Yellow boxes show us earthquakes in the previous week. You can see it here - http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/.

Here are some other ways to look at the world we share, courtesy of Worldmapper. Check out this map of how population is distributed around the world - http://www.worldmapper.org/imagemaps/imagemap2.html

Or, if you get in a debate about the distribution of electricity, you can settle any arguments here - http://www.worldmapper.org/images/largepng/346.png.

Worldmapper has many other maps including those that illustrate child mortality, income and many other features that define human life. You can see their homepage here - http://www.worldmapper.org/index.html.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.


About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). Morf is currently a radio host (http://www.tacoma.fm/) a newspaper columnist and a teacher of English at the college level. And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at March 25, 2011 10:11 AM


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