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This day in history: Vanuatu joins the U.N.

This day in history: Vanuatu joins the U.N.

This day in history, in 1981, the island nation of Vanuatu joined the United Nations. In honor of this, I've created the above graphic, using both our MapViewer 8 thematic mapping software and our Grapher 11 graphing software to show when each country joined the United Nations, and how the organization grew over time. Congratulations Vanuatu!

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Using Didger and MapViewer to Build a Site Map

Using Didger and MapViewer to Build a Site Map

I recently took a trip to Tennessee to attend the 14th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The festival takes place on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, TN. In addition to music and art installations, Bonnaroo has campgrounds organized by pods, a cinema tent, a comedy theater, and more! Upon arrival to the festival, attendees are given a map of the festival site. With stage names that include What Stage, Which Stage, This Tent, That Tent, and The Other Tent, the map is a necessary tool for many attendees! For this post, I used a combination of Didger 5 and MapViewer 8 to recreate the map and export it to KML to display in Google Earth.

To begin, I downloaded the PDF version of Bonnaroo's map (pictured below) from their website.

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Free Seismic Data and Maps from USGS

Free Seismic Data and Maps from USGS

There have been many reports of earthquakes in recent news. Areas from Nepal to Japan to Papua New Guinea to the United States have been struck by earthquakes, big and small. Contrary to what I thought and according to several reports around the web, we aren't experiencing an increase in earthquake occurrences, but we are experiencing an increase in earthquake reportings.

If you're as fascinated as I am by this seismic activity, you may be interested in learning more. The USGS website provides real-time data feeds, regional information, and various maps pertaining to earthquakes around the world. The website also provides a place to report earthquakes on the Did You Feel It? page. 

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An Antarctic Adventure!

An Antarctic Adventure!

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Golden Software President Pat Madison to talk about his exciting trip to Antarctica! Pat's 5-day excursion with his wife and friends began on January 29, 2015 in Ushuaia, Argentina. Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, deemed the "Land of Fire" by explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Ushuaia is widely regarded as the southernmost city in the world.

From Ushuaia, Pat's ship made an overnight journey to his first stop, the Falkland Islands. Ushuaia was the only location on the trip that had docks, so when the ship neared the Falkland Islands, Pat and his crew hopped in zodiac boats and zipped over to the islands where they spent a windy afternoon exploring. They had the opportunity to see sheep, penguins, seals, and albatross while visiting the Falkland Islands. Pat was fascinated by the albatross, who need the wind in order to fly due to their narrow wings.

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