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#Wildfires Out West | @ClimateCentral | #climatechange

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Wildfires Out West from Climate Central on Vimeo.

Climate Central offers an interesting 3:13 video about the relationship between climate, drought, and wildfires in the western states. The video provides some scientific evidence about the disturbing trends we are seeing in the climate there.

Scale of the Solar System with accurate rotations (remastered) | James O'Donoghue @physicsJ | #solarsystem #visualization

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This animation is to help understand the size scales of the Solar System, along with the roation rates of the planets. At all times, the scale of the planets and the Sun are accurate. Images are from NASA.

[Update] The eight planets and two dwarf planets | James O'Donoghue @physicsJ | #solarsystem #visualization

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Now with Pluto and Ceres:

Shown: rotation, tilt, sidereal day, Tilts are "Obliquity to orbit" as there are multiple definitions of "axial tilt." There are still many unmapped dwarf planets. (source)

A comparison of two StoryMaps - Three Dinosaur Tracksites

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(image by Phoebe Ferguson from her GeoCorps StoryMap)

Our school has a K12 Esri organizational account in which I'm the admin. Last summer I was introduced to their StoryMaps application and using a tutorial from a webinar, I attempted my first StoryMap, 

I chose the topic of dinosaur tracksites since I had also been working with vacation photos at the same time. My first StoryMap was a simple three slide Tour in order to become acquainted with the builder tools. The StoryMap was initially titled, "Dino tracksites example" and it can be viewed here.

After another trip out west, I came back and discovered that Esri had just announced that they had released a re-designed StoryMaps platform. Taking the best elements from the various templates in their earlier version and combing them into a single set of builder tools. I decided to try it and made a StoryMap based on my recent trip. I found the new platform to be more intuitive and focused more on the story telling aspect of your creation. 

I decided to create another StoryMap with the new platform. So I thought why not take my first attempt and rebuild it with the new StoryMaps bulder block. I also wanted to try some new features and make the opening title page more inviting. My first StoryMap evolved into this version.

I plan to use the new StoryMaps platform along with Esri's Survey123 application with my students this upcoming year as a part of a citizen science project. We'll gather observational data,, have the students create their own map to analyze the data and then tell the story around their project by creating and publishing a StoryMap.

Nope, Earth Isn't Cooling graphics

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From the July 12, 2019 NASA Global Climate Change blog post, Alan Buis provides these two graphics:

brief temperature decline graphic

Data source: NASA's Goddard Institure for Space Studies. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


temperatures are rising by 5 agencies

Long-term independent global temperature records maintained by NASA, NOAA, and the UK's Climatic Research Center.