Geography Awareness Week

gaweek2010.jpgThis week is National Geographic’s “Geography Awareness Week”, which we’ve highlighted a few times in the past (2007, 2008).
This year’s theme is “Freshwater!”, highlighting the importance of our relationship with water. In particular, they emphasize that less than 1% of the world’s water is available for human use. Here’s a video that shows what this year’s week is all about:

While they didn’t create any Google Earth Tours as they have in the past, there are still a few resources that you may find interesting.
Where’s That Water? A quiz that features GeoEye imagery, asking you to identify the body of water based off of just a satellite image. Here is an example from last year.
The Geospatial Revoluation They’re highlighting the excellent videos being produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting, which we’ve also shown on our site (episode one, episode two). In addition, they encourage you to check out the educator resources that PSPB is offering.
Water – Our Thirsty World They’re offering a free interactive magazine that you can download. Included are some neat features such as animated maps and timelines.
While I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of Google Earth-specific resources, they really do have a lot of great content on their site. Check out to see everything they have to offer.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. While there’s no Google Earth content from NG this year, this one might fit the theme 🙂
    All the Water in the World…
    It shows you just how small that “1% of the world’s water that is available for human use” really is.

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