Archive for April, 2010

Kasota Prairie in spring

The Geography 105 class took at field trip to Kasota Prairie on April 13 to study the geologic history of the area. We also saw a lot of wildlife: turkeys, deer, turtles, numerous birds, and a big nest of (carpenter?) ants.

Water Resources Class Visits Saint Peter Water Plant

The Saint Peter water plant hosted the GEG-243 class on April 27. Students learned about wellhead protection, the new reverse osmosis filtration plant under construction, and how their water is treated and distributed.

Dr. Lorraine Dowler Visits Gustavus

On April 22-23, 2010, the Gustavus Geography Department hosted Dr. Lorraine Dowler of Penn State University. Dr. Dowler spoke to geography classes on political tourism in Northern Ireland and Cuba. The visit was funded by the the Visiting Geographical Scientist program of the Gamma Theta Tau geography honor society, in collaboration with the local Gustavus […]

The Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium

The sixth annual Midwest Undergraduate Geography Symposium was hosted by Macalester College on April 24, 2010. Students from six colleges and universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois attended the day’s celebration of geography. Andrew Byron and Matt Horton of Gustavus presented their senior thesis research. Andrew’s talk was titled, “Hydrologic and Meteorologic Reconstruction of the […]

Where do our current digital elevation data come from?

This blog is by Gustavus student Andrew Byron as part of his Remote Sensing of Environment class. This past February, NASA celebrated the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), an effort to remotely sense the topography of earth’s surface using shuttle-borne radar. The system actively mapped a 139 mile […]

The Cartography Revolution Pt. 1: Traffic Visualization

Traffic in Lisbon – emphasis on sluggish areas from Pedro M Cruz on Vimeo.

Ground penetrating radar

This blog is by Gustavus student Ethan Degner as part of his Remote Sensing of Environment class. When you think of remote sensing, you probably think of satellites and planes taking pictures of the earth’s surface. You probably don’t think of what lies beneath ground level, and might not even care, but knowledge of what […]