Map Morsels IV

Jonathan Fristick, GIS/GPS Mapping

Image of the Day

SP Crater, Northern Arizona

From: NASA Earth Observatory

A wonderful image of a basalt cinder cone and lava flow.

Modeling 3D buildings using Satellite Imagery

From: Google Earth Blog

An article on “a system to produce 3D buildings from stereo satellite imagery, in a way that be scaled to a fairly large region.”

Photo: Mad Dash To Catch the Space Shuttle Crossing the Sun

From: Wired Science

Printing Wall Maps from the World Topographic Community Basemap

From the ESRI Mapping Center Blog

Atlas of Rural Small Town America

From Spatial Sustain:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just launched the Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America with the online mapping of more than 60 statistical indicators that include agricultural, economic and demographic data across the country.

Accessing Landsat Data and Using it in ArcGIS

From: AmerciaView Blog

As a GIS professional, have you been wondering how to take advantage of the availability of Landsat data? Our very own Jarlath O’Neil Dunne of UVM’s Spatial Analysis Lab created this instructional video on how to access the USGS Landsat archives and bring that imagery into ArcGIS. Thank you Jarlath.

Volcanic Activity at Kilauea Volcano

A new vent has opened at one of the world’s most active volcanoes, sending lava shooting up to 65 feet high from the Pu’u O’o crater at Kilauea volcano, Hawaii.

For a video of the recent ongoing eruption.

Another video of the lava flowing into a fissure. Notice the helicopter for scale.

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory with links to time lapse movies, maps and webcams.

We Are Infertile.

From: Pleated Jeans website

Vermont: infertility claim based on lowest birth rate of any state (10.6 births per 1,000) (tied with Maine)

But We Are Also Healthy

From: Political Language website

For more information on Vermont’s health, see, America’s Health Rankings.

Prioritizing Preferable Locations for Increasing Urban Tree Canopy in New York City

From: Letters From The SAL

This paper presents a set of Geographic Information System (GIS) methods for identifying and prioritizing tree planting sites in urban environments.

Conference: Conservation Connections: Building Partnerships for Action

“Join a lively gathering of fellow conservation leaders, town officials, citizens, volunteers, conservation organization staff and other partners! Explore a wide range of issues and solutions, share resources and inspiration, strengthen core capacities and connect with individuals working on conservation and food systems initiatives in communities across Vermont.”

Lots of wonderful groups sponsoring this conference.

Saturday, April 2, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
College of St. Joseph, Rutland, Vermont

ArcGIS Online Task Server and Services Updated

From: ArcGIS Online Blog

The ArcGIS Online task server ( was recently upgraded to ArcGIS Server 10 SP1. Existing services were updated with the latest available reference data. In addition, new geocoding services are published that are built using the latest geocoding engine in ArcGIS 10. See Migrating address locators created with ArcGIS prior to version 10 in ArcGIS Desktop 10 Help for details on what’s different in locators created in ArcGIS 10.

CDC Launches the Chronic Disease GIS Exchange

From Spatial Sustain:

“The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has launched a prototype “Chronic Disease GIS Exchange” website meant to provide a forum for sharing examples, ideas and techniques for using GIS to inform policy and document geographic disparities to help prevent heart disease, stroke and chronic diseases. The site includes GIS resources, GIS training, and a map gallery to view or add maps that have made a difference. This resource for GIS health practitioners has been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and Duke University.”

Watch Entire 2009 Hurricane Season In One Minute

Zombifying Ant Fungus

For all you closet mycologists out there, check out this article from Wired Science. Includes fantastic photographs of brain manipulating fungi.


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