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Friday, October 9, 2015

NESTVAL, BSU- October 9th

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While EarthView was not visiting a middle school today like usual, EarthView was on display today and will be tomorrow at the annual NESTVAL conference. The New England-Saint Lawerence Valley Geographical Society hosts a conference every year where local geography students display and present their research and participate in fun activities such as the GeoBowl which is a geography trivia competition between the participating colleges in attendance.

This years NESTVAL conference is being held here at Bridgewater State University and we are very excited to be hosting geography students and professors from all over the region! We hope that everyone participating enjoys their weekend here at BSU. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Envision EarthView

The EarthView team was proud to be part of Envision Girls 2015, a workshop for girls interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning. Because geography is both a human science and a natural science, we always like to encourage people to think about the science of the earth.

Dr. Domingo explains some connections between STEM and geography in this brief interview.

STEM Earth View from Norton TV on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Carlos Pacheco Elementary, New Bedford- October 2nd

41° 39' 24" N
70° 56' 25" W
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The EarthView team is excited to be visiting Carlos Pacheco Elementary School in New Bedford for the first time today! This is our first EarthView trip to a New Bedford School. While we had not visited before, some New Bedford students were lucky enough to view EarthView back at our home base at Bridgewater State University by participating in the BRIDGE program

New Bedford is a very historic city and we are glad to be visiting! EarthViews very own Dr. Hayes-Bohanan frequents the New Bedford area as he is a member of the Whaling City Rowing club which rows throughout New Bedford Harbor. He has written about this on his environmental geography blog which can be found here.

During our visit today, a strong hurricane is making its way through the Atlantic Ocean. Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin has left its mark on the Bahamas and other surrounding islands as it continues slowly moving to the north, northeast at around 3 miles per hour. While hurricane Joaquin is currently on track to pass by the coast of Massachusetts well offshore, it is not out of the question that the track could change towards us within the next couple of days.
National Hurricane Center Prediction as of 11am 10/2/15

One interesting thing to note is that in New Bedford, there is a hurricane barrier that runs through New Bedford and Fairhaven Harbor. It protects the cities of New Bedford, Fairhaven and Achushnet from storm surges and tidal flooding that comes with powerful storms such as hurricanes. It also serves as a corral for large ships from all over the North Atlantic. If Hurricane Joaquin makes a close enough path to our coastline, the hurricane barrier may be closed early next week to protect the area. We will just have to wait and see!

EarthView wrangler Eva, is really into emergency management preparedness and she would like to make sure that everyone is prepared for the potential risk of this hurricane. There are great checklists of items that everyone should have in their home to mitigate the effects of the aftermath of severe storms. Please visit the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center page for great tips on how to prepare. And also take a look at which also has important information in regards to your safety.

We hope that the students of Carlos Pacheco Elementary School enjoyed their visit with EarthView today! We will be back visiting the school on October 23rd!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wickford Middle School, North Kingstown, RI- September 25th

41° 34' 04" N
71° 27' 37" W
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The EarthView team is excited to be visiting Wickford Middle School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island! This is our first visit to the school and only our second visit ever to a middle school in Rhode Island! We last visited Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School in Johnston on April 10th.

Since we are visiting for the first time we thought it would be fun to look up some interesting facts about North Kingstown!

Did you know that North Kingstown was first settled by Roger Williams in 1637 and later became a part of Kings Towne in 1674? The settlement of Kings Towne included the present day towns of North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett and Exeter. In 1722, Kings Towne was split giving way to North and South Kingstown.  Exeter remained a part of North Kingstown until 1742 when it broke from the western part of town.

Quonset Huts
Eva and her dad at the 2014
Quonset Air Show
North Kingstown is located in Washington County and is home to Quonset Point which formally housed the Quonset Point Naval Air Station. The air station was famous for creating the Quonset Hut during World War II. Today, Quonset Point is home to the Rhode Island Air National Guard. Every year in May the base puts on a wonderful air show that is free and open to the public. EarthView wrangler Eva has been to the air show for the past two years and highly recommends that you go at least once!

There are many other fun and historic points of interest in North Kingstown such as Devils Foot Rock, Smith's Castle and Casey Farm-the oldest operating farm in New England. North Kingstown is certainly an interesting place to visit!

We hope that the students of Wickford Middle School enjoy their visit with Earthview!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Braintree Leadership

Almost from the beginning of our program, the EarthView team has enjoyed visiting the two middle schools of Braintree, Massachusetts each year. By this time, close to 3,000 students at East Middle and South Middle have had the EarthView experience. Many parents and siblings have also participated in occasional Family Geography Nights.

We look forward to our visits because we know that we are playing a small part in a much bigger effort to develop geographically informed learners. This is reflected in both the obvious curiosity about the world that the students bring to the program and the understanding of geographic concepts and facts that they exhibit.

A pair of excellent geography teachers in each of the two schools are most responsible for these student successes in geography. We know that they in turn benefit from the leadership and support of the Braintree schools, especially from the tireless work of Dr. Gorman Lee, Director of Social Studies for the district and a leader in social-studies education at the state and national levels.

We opened the 2015-2016 EarthView season at the two schools, and were delighted that many of Braintree's educational leaders were able to join us, along with Mayor Joe Sullivan.
Photo: Karen Ormaza
L-R: Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan, Bridgewater State University; Gorman Lee,  Director of Social Studies; Damon Rairie, Principal of South Middle School; Dr. Peter Kurzberk, Interim Superintendent of Schools; Lisa Heger, School Committee; Joe Sullivan; Mayor; Dr. Vernon Domingo; Bridgewater State University; Cyril Chafe, School Committee.

Not pictured are EarthView "Globe Lady" Rosalie Sokol, a veteran middle-school teacher who was inside the globe at the time of this photo, and Braintree's four remarkable World Geography teachers: Mark Henry and ____ of South Middle and ____ and ____ of East Middle.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

South Middle School, Braintree- September 18th

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The EarthView team is happy to be back in Braintree for the second week in a row! While last week's visit brought us to East Middle School, today's visit brings us to South Middle. Our last visit to this school was on November 7th of last year and you can see our post from that visit here

If you have heard the news this week, on Wednesday September 16th, an 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck about 29 miles off the coast of Illapel, Chile at about 6:45pm local time (which would have been 5:45pm here in Massachusetts where we live). The earthquake has killed atleast 12 people and triggered a tsunami warning for places in the Pacific such as Hawaii and Japan. Luckily there were no tragedies due to tsunami wave activity. Only relatively small tsunami waves were seen off the coasts of Hawaii, Japan, California, Oregon and even Alaska. 

Epicenter of 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile 9/16/15

The United States Geological Society does a great job at explaining seismic activity and I highly recommend visiting their page on this past earthquake! We wonder if the seismograph at the Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater that we wrote about back in May picked up any movements...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

East Middle School, Braintree- September 11th

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Welcome Back Earthlings!! 

We hope that you all have had a fun filled summer filled with laughter and traveling and spending time with family and friends. Over the summer the EarthView wranglers and professors traveled and spent some much needed quality time with friends and family. EarthView wrangler Eva traveled to York, Boothbay Harbor and Portland, Maine and she also traveled to North Conway, New Hampshire. Where did you travel to this summer? We would love to hear if you traveled to some exciting places, let us know below in the comment section! 

Although it was sad to see the summer come to a close, we are very excited to be back for this new school year filled with fun and lots of geographic learning opportunities!

Our first visit of this school year takes us to East Middle School in Braintree. We have visited this school numerous times and we will be visiting its counterpart, South Middle School in Braintree next week. The last time we visited East Middle was on Halloween last year and we had a great time, we hope that this visit is just as fun as the last one! The blog post for that visit included a coordinate game, if you would like to play the game, it can be found here

Our visit this week brings us on the somber 14th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, may we never forget the tragedy that occurred on this day and may we remember the lives of those who were lost that day and the first responders who have passed away since due to injuries and illnesses that they developed from the attacks. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

EarthView Institute 2015

The EarthView team is delighted to be offering our third EarthView Institute, in which in-service teachers are learning to use EarthView on their own. Participating teachers are spending part of their summer learning how to setup and care for EarthView and more importantly, thinking about how they can use it with their students in the coming school year.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

North Reading Middle School, North Reading- June 19th

42° 34' 36" N
71° 05' 17" W

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The EarthView team is pleased to be visiting North Reading Middle School! Today marks our fifth visit to the school since starting the original EarthView BSC Blog and our last Friday school visit of the 2014-2015 school year. 

We have had some exciting visits this year! We started the year by visiting North Andover Middle School for their wonderful family Geography Night and for our first regular Friday school visit. This school year we've traveled to many schools in the Southeastern region of Massachusetts (Bridgewater, Foxboro, Brockton), to schools in the Northern region (Tewksbury, Gloucester, Winchester), to a school on the Cape (Barnstable Intermediate), and even to schools out of state (Johnston, Rhode Island and Arlington, Virginia)! 


We hope that the students who have gone inside of EarthView this year learned a lot from our teachings and have gained more interest in Geography! We have certainly had a lot of fun traveling around this year and are excited to start back in September for another fun filled year. 

                                           We wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy summer! 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

St. Mary of the Annunciation, Danvers -- June 17

42° 34' 06 N
70° 56' 54 W

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The EarthView team is making its first visit to St. Mary of the Annunciation School in Danvers, a town north of Boston that was once part of the coastal town of Salem. We included some information about the geography of the town in the blog post for our 2012 visit to Smith Elementary School.  

The two schools are just over a mile apart Students can use the latitude and longitude of each school to determine which direction the other school is found, relative to St. Mary School.

As detailed in the 2012 post, Danvers is famous as the home of Rebecca Nurse (a victim of the Salem trials) and the source of a famous onion. It is also surrounded by waterways and crisscrossed by all of the region's important roadways.

One thing that surprises people the most about their time in EarthView is the enormous size of the Pacific Ocean, which covers about 1/3 of the planet. We tend to know little about it in the United States, aside from the small area near our shores. One reason is that many world map projections divide and stretch the ocean. In EarthView we can see that Hawaii is almost centered in the ocean, that it has thousands of other islands, and that its coastlines are thousands of miles long.
Some of the beautiful coral that is threatened by climate change and is now protect by the Marine National Monument.
Our visit to St. Mary School comes on the one-year anniversary of President Obama's addition of 780,000 square miles to the Remote Pacific Islands Marine National Monument. This adds an area bigger than Alaska and California combined to a protected area that was created by President Bush in 2009. It includes areas surrounding Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands; Johnston, Wake, and Palmyra Atolls; and Kingman Reef. An interesting aspect of the geography of the Pacific Ocean is that it is actually difficult to get maps, even of such important federal waters!

The anniversary is very interesting because this week Pope Francis has spoken about the importance of climate change in a major statement that has people all over the world discussing the problem and what role the church should or should not play. It is also this week that the Pacific nation of Palau has gotten a lot of attention for the dramatic way it is protecting its fish and corals. The boats that were used to fish illegally in Palau were burned to protect Palau's fish.

Geography's Cool = Geography School

We found a lot of enthusiasm for geography and noticed that students at all grade levels know and care a lot about the planet. Congratulations to St. Mary's for being a great example of how geographic teaching and learning is done. Most of that takes place in the classroom of course, but some evidence of the importance of geography at this school can be seen from space!

The templates to the world map and the US map shown here are available online from Ursa Major. A closer view can be had from the gym window. Spatial-thinking quiz: Which window was used to take this photograph?

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Mary Baker School, Brockton- June 12th

42° 5' 49 N
70° 59' 24 W

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We are happy to be back visiting the Mary Baker School in Brockton for our third visit and our second this year! We last visited the school on May 15th and the blog post for that visit can be found here.

The Path of the Worcester Tornado
While trying to think of things to write about for this week's blog post, EarthView wrangler Eva was watching the news the other night when she heard that this past Tuesday, June 9th, marked 62 years since the devastating Worcester Tornado.

On June 9th, 1953 at 5:09pm, a powerful F-4 tornado ravaged through the city of Worcester, Massachusetts becoming known as the 21st deadliest tornado in United States history. The funnel was a mile wide and the tornado was on the ground for about an hour and a half, blowing through some 60 miles of land. While the tornado also affected the nearby towns of Barre, Rutland, Holden and Shrewsbury, Worcester was hit the hardest. In the storm, 94 people were killed and about 1,250 people were injured. 
1953 Worcester Tornado

While it is unlikely for Massachusetts to be affected by tornadoes, we do get powerful storms that spawn up tornadoes every once in a while like the tornado outbreak four years back that affected Springfield and other surrounding towns or even that small EF-0 tornado that hit Stoughton in May of 2013. Tornadoes do happen in our area so we always need to be prepared. 

For a list of ways that you and your family can be prepared for any natural disasters, please visit 

We hope that the students of Mary Baker School enjoyed their visit with EarthView today! 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Clifford H. Marshall Elementary School, Quincy- June 10th

42° 15' 10" N
71° 0' 03" W
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The EarthView team had its first geography lesson on the way to the Marshall School. As with many people, we relied on Google and a GPS for directions. This took us to the mailing address for the school, which is at the Quincy School Department. We were fortunate that the mail was about to be taken to the school by a staff member who allowed us to follow him. So we have a second map and set of coordinates to share for this visit.

42° 14' 37" N
70° 58' 51" W
The coordinates allow us to compare the two locations -- which is further north? which is further west? -- as does a map of the correct addresses. What lesson did the EarthView team learn about electronic maps?

The EarthView team is excited to be visiting Clifford H. Marshall Elementary School in Quincy for the first time in many years today! Once we arrived, we realized we had actually been to this amazing school during the first year of our EarthView program -- before we had a blog -- so we did not notice it when we checked our records.
We enjoyed seeing the Clifford Marshall School mascot in the center of the gym before we covered it with EarthView. We wonder if the choice was influenced by a certain other dog named Clifford. The school was named for Clifford Marshall, who had an aptronym -- which means a name that fits one's profession. He was a sheriff for 20 years, and "marshall" is a law officer very similar to a sheriff.

While we normally visit schools on Fridays, we are happy to be traveling to two different schools on Wednesday and Friday this week!

We are thrilled to be visiting a city that is full of rich history. In fact, we recently included some Quincy attractions on our GeoDates page for our own university students looking for interesting places to visit.

The city of Quincy was first settled in 1625 as a part of Dorchester before combining with the neighboring town of Braintree. The city split from Braintree in 1792 when it became the town of Quincy and eventually the city we now know today in 1888.

Quincy is the birthplace of two United States Presidents,  the second president John Adams and the sixth president John Quincy Adams. John Hancock, the first signer of the Declaration of Independence was also born here. 

John Adams
John Quincy Adams
John Hancock
The United State's first commercial railroad,the Granite Railway, started here and the Fore River Ship Yard sustained the economy of the city by shipbuilding.

In more recent history, the restaurant and hotel chain Howard Johnson (1925) as well as Dunkin Donuts (1950) were founded in Quincy.


We hope that the students of Clifford H. Marshall Elementary school enjoy their visit with EarthView today and we hope to be back soon! 

Really Local Geography
EarthView team member Kevin Bean is a BSU geography student who grew up and still lives very close to the Marshall School, and shared some of the fascinating geography of the neighborhood with the rest of the team and the teachers and students we met today. Wherever we are -- there is a geographic story!

The very first word spoken on a telephone was “Watson,” the name of Alexander Graham Bell’s assistant. In a phone call from Boston, they tested an invention that would change the world and that would make them very wealthy individuals.

Mr. Bell used some of his money to start the National Geographic Society, which is where several members of the EarthView team have had the opportunity to visit his office. A little-known fact is that every president of National Geographic has been a relative of Alexander Graham Bell.

Mr. Watson, meanwhile, invested his fortune in the neighborhood where the Clifford Marshall School is found. Specifically, he built the Fore River Shipyard, which employed thousands of workers from all over the world, building ships that sailed all of the world’s seas until the ship-building industry left in the 1980s. These workers include Kevin's own grandfather, who came to this very neighborhood from Russia to work in the shipyard.
The Goliath long stood as an emblem of the Fore River shipyard and the maritime tradition of Quincy. This photo is from the Goliath Crane web site, which documents the 2009 move of the crane to Romania!
A landmark in the neighborhood is the building by its address at 1000 Southern Artery. Many of the Marshall students we met were aware that this building provides housing for elderly residents, but few realize that was the first building constructed specifically to meet the needs of elderly people in the world. It includes stores, a theater, and many other facilities that make the community as self-contained as possible. Today, however, the center is actually very well-connected to the community, including the Marshall School. Volunteers from the center visit the school as “foster grandparents,” and students from the school perform holiday concerts at the center.

Trinidad Connection
The Marshall School community values its international connections. Next to the main office is this National Geographic map of the world, a string of Tibetan prayer flags, and the flags of many countries, apparently representing the places from which some students or their parents have migrated. 
The students at the Marshall School come from around the corner and around the world. Rarely have we encountered a school with so many countries represented by the students who attend or their family members. As geographers, we believe strongly in taking the opportunity to learn about the world from people who have been to places we have not been, or who can offer us local insights about places that we have been. 

So we ask students where they or their parents may have come from, and today several dozen countries were mentioned. One of those was Trinidad -- which is actually part of Trinidad and Tobago. We told the student who mentioned Trinidad that we have a colleague who has recently made a film about a woman who organized her community in order to restore the water of her part of Trinidad.Not only is the film Earth, Water, Woman continuing to help people understand water resources -- Bridgewater students and staff are in Trinidad right now, contributing to the conservation work described in the film. Akilah Jaramogi -- the "star" of the film -- will be visiting the Bridgewater State University campus in the fall for public discussions of her work.
Akilah Jaramogi is a reminder of what people can accomplish to make the world a bitter a palce.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Barnstable Intermediate School, Hyannis- June 5th

42° 06' 24" N
71° 09' 58" W 
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Today we are happy to be back at Barnstable Intermediate School for our fourth visit and second in two weeks at the school!

EarthView in the Gym on 5/29/15

At last week's visit, the student's had a wonderful time going inside of the globe and learning about all different types of geographic interests all over the world. Ms. Rosalie aka The Globe Lady and Dr. Domingo assisted in the teaching of micro-entrepreneurship which the 6th graders here are learning about in the classroom. 

EarthView wrangler Eva was even learning things that she had never known about before such as the Grameen foundation and the Grameen bank. Both of these organizations help the poorest of the poor in reaching their full potential in starting their own small businesses in order to support themselves and their families. 

A fun fact of the day is that today's visit coincides with National Doughnut Day! While they may not be the healthiest of snacks, they sure are delicious! National Doughnut Day falls on the first Friday in June and was started in 1938 by the Salvation Army to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to the soldiers in World War I. Today many places that serve doughnuts are giving them out for free (with the purchase of a beverage) so if you get the chance too, enjoy yourself with a delicious treat! 

We hope that the 6th graders at Barnstable Intermediate have enjoyed their trip inside of EarthView! 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

John F. Parker Middle School, Taunton- June 2nd

41° 54' 05" N
71° 04' 12" W
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.The EarthView team was happy to visit John F. Parker Middle School tonight for an evening showcase! 

Tonight was the schools "Multicultural Night"! Each student chose a country to research and at the event they showed off their display of their country and even brought in some food to share. A local choir performed some Portuguese music as well.

 There was a ton of energy in the gymnasium where it was held and lots of excitement as many people wanted to go inside of the globe! 

We hope that everyone who attended this event enjoyed their visit inside of EarthView! 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Barnstable Intermediate School, Hyannis- May 29th

42° 06' 24" N
71° 09' 58" W 
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EarthView is happy to be back visiting Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis today! Today's visit is our third trip to the school and the first of two visits throughout this week and next.

At last Friday's visit to Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater, Dr. Hayes-Bohanan mentioned a story that he had heard on the radio earlier in the morning on the WGBH series,The Curiosity Desk
An artists depiction of the Dark Day, May 19th, 1780

This tree helped to uncover the mystery of the dark day
Last Tuesday, May 19th, marked 235 years since the mysterious "Dark Day" that occurred on May 19th, 1780. That day started like any other May morning in New England, sunny and beautiful prepping the people for a gorgeous May day. However, as the day went on the sky became dark and by noontime it appeared as though night had fallen. Nobody around knew what was happening and they feared that the end of the world. But that wasn't the case. And for many many years, nobody seemed to know why the sky turned completely dark that day until fairly recently when scientists from the University of Missouri's Forestry department studied tree trunks and their rings from the Algonquin region of Canada. These tree rings showed signs of a major forest fire that would have occurred during that year finally revealing an accurate explanation for the events of that very dark day! Today Algonquin is a beautiful park but in 1780 it was so isolated that nobody was around to keep a record of the massive fire that darkened the skies of New England.

In the map above you can see how far the winds would have taken the thick dark smoke from the forest fire in Algonquin, some 570 miles away from Bridgewater State University which more than likely would have experienced the effects of that dark day. 

Similar to this story from 1780, in 1964 on May 25th, a major wildfire crossed Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, Ma into Plymouth, Ma and destroyed everything in its path. Upon stopping at White Island Pond in Plymouth, the fire burned 5,500 acres and completely destroyed 26 structures. 

The Prime Minister of Japan
In more recent environmental news, the country of Japan has pledged 55 billion yen, or $450 million US dollars, in aid to island countries in the Pacific that are affected by Global Warming by means of sea level rise and other disasters.The countries that will most benefit from the aid include Fiji, the Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands whom are all members of AOSIS, the Alliance of Small Island States. The aid will be distributed over a 3 year period and will help these countries in coping with environmental disasters, getting more access to clean water, renewable energy and waste management. 

We hope that the students of Barnstable Intermediate enjoyed their visit with EarthView today and we will be back again next week! 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Williams Intermediate School, Bridgewater- May 22nd

41° 59' 03" N
70° 58' 47" W
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The EarthView team is happy to be visiting Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater today which is located not too far from the University! If you take a look at the map above, you can see that BSU is located within the map view for the school. While we usually travel farther, it is nice to stay in town and visit with the local students!

About 6 years ago, Dr. Hayes-Bohanan and wife Pamela -- a BSU librarian -- were inspired by an NPR series, Main Street USA, in which reporters traveled around to different cities and towns and reported about what was happening on Main Street. They decided to conduct a project of their own called, "The Bridgewaters Project" in which they would travel around to all of the different Bridgewaters and record their travels on their blog, Bridgewaters Project.They discovered that Bridgewater is a fairly common name for a town and at the time they started the blog in 2009, they knew of Bridgewater, Vermont; Bridgewater, Maine; Bridgewater, New Hampshire; Bridgewater, Connecticut; Bridgewater, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and Bridgwater, England

Additionally, there is a Bridgewater, Virginia and a university is located in that town as well which is the reason why BSU's domain is since Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia took the domain An interesting thing to note is that Bridgewater State University was originally named the "Normal School" and was chosen to be placed here in town because the people of Bridgewater committed more assistance then competing towns, mostly in terms of making rooms available for students to rent. The entire school (dorms, classrooms and offices) was in one building, which burned down in 1925.

Bridgewater, Massachusetts was incorporated as a town in 1656 and originally included all or parts of the towns of Rockland, Whitman and Avon. These towns were dropped early and by 1716, the remaining town of Bridgewater was divided into four pieces: North Bridgewater, South Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater. South Bridgewater eventually became simply the town of Bridgewater and North Bridgewater became the city of Brockton. 

Bridgewater, Massachusetts is also home to the "Bridgewater Triangle" where strange paranormal phenomena occurs in a 200 square-mile area centered on the Hockomock Swamp. We will save this topic for another blog post as we could go quite a bit in depth on this since Eva the EarthView blogger enjoys reading up on ghost stories and the like. 

We hope that the students of Williams Intermediate School enjoyed their visit with EarthView today and we hope to visit again soon! 

Update from the school: During our visit today, we discovered that William's Intermediate is home to seismograph, a machine that monitors seismic activity, also known as earthquakes! If you have been following our blog posts, you would have noticed that we have been talking quite frequently about earthquakes since the devastating one that hit Nepal. The nice secretary in the front office told us that this seismograph picked up some activity during the beginning of May...interesting!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Mary Baker School, Brockton- May 15th

42° 5' 49 N
70° 59' 24 W
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Mary Baker School

Today EarthView is pleased to be visiting the Mary Baker School in Brockton! This is our second visit to the school, our first took place back in 2009 about a year after the school first opened its doors. The Mary Baker School opened its doors to the public on October 21st, 2008 and was the first green school to be built in Brockton. We here at EarthView are very pleased when we learn about what schools are doing to go green and become more sustainable, we wish that all would take the initiative as it would help to lessen our carbon footprint and wasteful impact on the Earth and the environment. The blog post for our first visit to the school can be found on our old domain, or by clicking here

Students from the Geography of Brockton course

If you attend BSU, you may have the opportunity to take a course that EarthView's very own Dr. Hayes-Bohanan teaches, the Geography of Brockton. The course teaches about the physical and human geography of Brockton and is currently offered as an Honors course. 

If you have been following our blogposts (and the news), you would have known about the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th. On Tuesday, May 13th a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal killing about 80 people and injuring about 2,000. Tuesday's earthquake was centered about 48 miles east of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal as opposed to 47 miles northwest of Kathmandu which was the location of the previous earthquake.

Nepal Earthquake

Dr. Hayes-Bohanan recently discovered an article about the effects of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the Himalayan Mountains. When the earthquake occurred, scientists at the German Aerospace Center discovered that part of the Himalayas dropped five feet in height while the city of Kathmandu appears to have risen five feet. This rising and falling is due to the effects that earthquakes have on the tectonic plates beneath our feet. While the Indian plate that contains Kathmandu is consistently being pulled under the Eurasian plate forcing the Himalayan Mountains to rise, the earthquake temporarily reversed this causing the Indian plate to rise and the Himalayan Mountains to fall. This change in height is temporary as the tectonic plates underneath will continue to go with the flow as they did before the quake. 

Journey to the Center of the Earth

When we stand in EarthView, we are just below what would be the core of the earth. It could be represented by a ball about two feet in diameter, held about as high as a tall adult could hold it. This week, we join Google in celebrating the anniversary of the woman who discovered that core.

The image above was on the Google home page to celebrate what would have been the 127th birthday of Inge Lehmann on May 13. Using very early versions of the seismographs mentioned above -- and slips of cardboard stored in oatmeal boxes instead of supercomputers -- she analyzed reflections of earthquake waves to study a part of the earth that is more difficult to reach than Mars. She published her results in 1936, and it would be almost 40 years before computerised seismographs were sophisticated enough to verify her findings.

Read more about her life and work in the tribute from Smithsonian magazine.

Natural Earth -- This week the EarthView team found out about another great tool for learning about the planet.

This image was captured at 7am on Thursday, May 14. The lines show wind direction at the surface, indicating the importance of flows toward and away from coastlines. The colors indicate temperature and show the importance of continentality. At this early hour of the day, land masses remain cooler than the oceans, and high elevations are cooler than low.

This image is from a project known as Natural Earth, an artistic rendering of winds or currents overlaid on data about speed, temperature, or pressure. From the very simple main page, click on the word "earth" for a menu of options that include mapping high-altitude winds or shifting backward or forward in time.
Full-disk image captured shortly after the regional image shown above.
Whatever parameters you choose, the flowing map reveals patterns that are both beautiful and informative.

We hope that the students of Mary Baker School enjoyed today's visit and we hope to be back again soon!