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Can I get a city and state out of a list of latitude/longitude pairs?

I've found a lot of folks that promise the opposite. What I want to do is take a csv of lat/long pairs and get back something pairing them with the corresponding city and state. (I'd even take zip codes if it came to that bit that would be somewhat less useful). Is this something easily done?
posted by Karmakaze on Sep 29, 2014 - 8 answers

How to Become an Expert in Foreign News?

I have been offered a somewhat prestigious job in foreign news. I have been working in other areas of journalism for the last decade, but am not particularly well versed in international news. So I am looking to bone up on, basically, the entire history of the world, all of its current political leaders/conflicts, geography, current expert thinkers/critics on regional international questions. Aside from getting a world map shower curtain, what else should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by amoeba on Sep 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Road scholar

Let's say you have a kid - 10-15 years old, so maybe grades 5-10 - and you decide to pull them out of school for a year. During that time, you are going to drive around the United States with the goal of learning, in an authentic way, as much as possible about American history, culture, and geography. Where do you go, and what do you read? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Aug 9, 2014 - 15 answers

What are some examples of cities that were founded in illogical places?

I know that most cities have a reason for being where they are(near a river, natural harbor etc) but I'm curious about cities that are actually in poorly chosen locations or make no sense at all. I'm sure several of the southwest cities may meet this bill but also curious about global cities too.
posted by aleatorictelevision on Jul 27, 2014 - 30 answers

Communities without newspapers

I'm thinking about starting a newspaper, maybe in a few years. So I am looking for communities without newspapers. Please tell me about the largest such one(s) you know of, about how many people are there, and anything else about the area that might help me decide.
posted by maurreen on Jul 19, 2014 - 16 answers

ArcGIS on a Mac

I am starting a geography class tomorrow and I am trying to install ArcGIS on my computer. I have a Mac... [more inside]
posted by ekf on Jun 1, 2014 - 14 answers

What are the U.S. states and Canadian provinces in portuguese?

My google-fu is completely failing me. I am in need of the individual U.S. states and Canadian provinces in portuguese. This is for a translated book that needs each state/province in correct order. (For example, in Spanish Carolina del Sur came way before South Carolina in the English ordering.) Can anyone point me to a reference, or supply me the correct spellings?
posted by Benny Andajetz on May 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Where in the world is my clubhouse?

I need to know the name of the street that this building (the big one in the center of the map, with the pool) is on. The number on the door is 1659, but there is no street sign, and neither google nor mapquest show the street name. (Actually, Mapquest doesn't even show the street). "What's here" in google maps gives 201-203 Mohegan Dr, which is close but not correct. Any ideas?
posted by ubiquity on Apr 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me figure this out: What river am I thinking of?

I remember hearing or reading something about a river in England(?) that was very narrow but incredibly deep and fast flowing. At parts it looked like a stream that you could wade across but it was actually hundreds of feet deep. It was described in a way that made it sound like a terrifying abyss masquerading as a small country stream/river. Googlefu has failed me, it thinks I'm looking for the Thames. Help me out, AskMeFi!
posted by _DB_ on Mar 19, 2014 - 6 answers

How to display geographic data in an easy way?

Hi all, I have a side project in which I want to see the places I frequent on a yearly basis. I have gotten my hands on a beautiful data sheet that logs all my movements in the past year travel wise, and now I want to display that data on a map. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Mar 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Is Fort Lee, New Jersey, Within the Port District of NY and NJ?

This is essentially a legal question. Is Fort Lee New Jersey within the Port District of New York and New Jersey? The Port District is the area which the two states described the area that the Port Authority would be responsible for controlling on port matters when they set up the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. I want to know if Fort Lee, New Jersey, is within that area. The exact description, which I have no idea how to plot is below. I'm hoping someone can just point me to a document proving it or a map of the Port District with either Fort Lee in or out of the district. Or its so obvious I don't even need to have a map. [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth on Feb 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Geography Books for a 9 Year Old

I'm looking for geography books for my 9 year old son. He's into looking at maps, especially historical maps of countries that no longer exist or ancient civilizations (although that's not a requirement). History and cultural information is good too. [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Jan 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me track down a fictional landing site?

I have a question about the film, Gravity, and the geography of its ending. Obviously there are major spoilers if you click through. [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Dec 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Master's program options for Geography/GIS undergrad

Do any of you know what my options might be as a Geography/GIS undergrad looking for Grad programs? And I guess more specifically, can you all think of any programs/occupations that use GIS to a certain extent as a supplementary tool rather than the sole tool? [more inside]
posted by mr.coffee on Dec 13, 2013 - 24 answers

Affordable online GIS classes/certificate programs?

I have a master's degree in urban planning but I've been out of the field for a few years and want to come back with really strong skills. I'm not very good at self-guided learning, since I need the discipline of having assignments and deadlines. I struggle with ADHD, so just staring at an iTunes video will not work. I'm also low on cash right now. Please tell me about the online courses and/or certificate programs out there that are easy on the wallet. [more inside]
posted by mirepoix on Oct 24, 2013 - 7 answers

Where should I put the prime meridian?

So I've just sent a probe to map a new Earth-like planet, and I'd like to establish a latitude-longitude standard for the planet. The poles are pretty easy to spot since the planet is rotating, so I plop down the equator halfway between them and boom, I've got my latitude lines laid out. But now it's time to lay out the longitude lines and I need to find somewhere to put the prime meridian. How do I decide where to put it? [more inside]
posted by ErWenn on Oct 19, 2013 - 22 answers

Big Ol' Map

Does anybody know about a huge relief map of the US? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Aug 15, 2013 - 7 answers

What's the next step in my chronological, geographical reading list ?

I've just read The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy (takes place on the West Coast in the 1940's), I'm currently reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (takes places in Kansas in the 1950's). Please help me find books in the similar genre that take place in the 1960's/1970's/1980's (possibly 1990's) *and* that move eastward of each other. [more inside]
posted by Baud on Jul 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Endgame tools for a cyclist trying to bike down every street in a city?

For the past year I've been trying to bike down every street in St Louis. In the beginning this was easy and wide-open and fun. The middle has been less so. Now, sitting at ≈65% completion [map: zoomable | 1.5mb png | GPX] my current approach has become overwhelming and tedious, and is no longer working; I need to get way smarter about this. How would a programmer, a mathematician, or a GIS/transit specialist approach this endgame, and what tools/software would he/she use? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Simple, intuitive map software/service for a business

My (small) company provides services in people's homes. We'd like to use electronic maps to plan technician routes and better understand where our clients are geographically. What (Mac-compatible) software or web service might help with this? [more inside]
posted by Clandestine Outlawry on Apr 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Oh, The Places You'll Go....Online.

I am wondering what place based websites other people use. What do you use? Why and how do you use it? What is good or bad about it? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California on Apr 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Is there a way to quantify how hilly an area is?

Is there some measure or standard way of quantifying how hilly or a flat a city is, or some other area is? Can you say San Francisco is 4.9 hillybits while Houston is only 0 hillybits?
posted by sien on Mar 19, 2013 - 18 answers

What is the street in Michigan with the longest name?

What is the street in Michigan with the longest name? Or, how would you find this out? Assume I'm too cheap to spend any money on a commercial map database or the like.
posted by kc8nod on Feb 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Balancing career and adventure.

My friends are all prepping for careers, and I'm wondering how I'll balance mine with the many things I want to do that are (probably) mutually exclusive. Looking for insight. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jan 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Dense topographic data for a lot.

I've got Home Designer Architectural 2014 and a desire to buil a house on a steep hillside. I need topographic data for this. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Jan 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Recommend me books on critical / (post) marxist spatial theory

I am interested in critical theoretical and marxist spatial theory, please recommend me some books that provide a good overview or introduction to this area! Thanks!
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Everyday Life Everywhere?

What are some good sources - blogs or books - for learning what everyday life is like in different parts of the world? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for great geography games!

Wanted: Great geography games for a kid. [more inside]
posted by kirst27 on Dec 10, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me understand Henri Lefebvre's book, The Production of Space

Help me understand Henri Lefebvre's book, The Production of Space [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Nov 14, 2012 - 4 answers

find myself a city to live in

In what medium to large city (or any place with a medical hub) could I buy the cheapest 1br or studio condo? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by sweltering on Aug 3, 2012 - 15 answers

Where is the drainage divide of San Francisco?

Where is the drainage divide of San Francisco, separating areas of the city that drain to San Francisco Bay from those that drain directly to the Pacific Ocean? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Aug 1, 2012 - 11 answers

What's the most interesting political map you've come across?

I need a little inspiration for a project: I'm looking for unorthodox, interesting and engaging global political maps. All types of projections welcome, just looking for interesting ways of representing country boundaries in the context of a global map.
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on Jul 24, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the ecosystem percentage cover of earth's surface?

What is the percentage cover of earth's surface, made up by marine, terrestrial, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems? [more inside]
posted by WhaleRider on May 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Identifying urban centers using an algorithm based on topological prominence

Calling geographers: has anyone applied the idea of topological prominence to population density? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Apr 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Were you a Sooner in the 80's?

Calling all SOONERS: I'm looking for the name of a University of Oklahoma professor, a woman, who taught GEOG 3253 in the Spring of 1985. My memory is that the class was called "Geography of Natural Resources", though my 2012 copy of my transcript says it was "Environmental Conservation". Story inside... [more inside]
posted by takenRoad on Mar 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Cultural values affecting foreign policy?

To what extent do cultural values affect foreign policy making between U.S. and China? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Feb 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Where'd that water come from?

Can you tell me about this large reservoir just east of Mexico City, apparently called Lago Nabor Carrillo? [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Jan 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Map-making software that allows picking individual geographical features?

Is there any software (online or Mac) that will help me to make clean, simple custom maps for a classroom? Ideally, I'd start with a simple, blank outline map, then be able to add features one at a time. (For example, perhaps I'd select "Ohio River" from a dropdown menu, and then it would appear on the map.) [more inside]
posted by SpiralT on Nov 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Names in the Form "Y At X", But Not at X

Jazz at Lincoln Center is not actually at Lincoln Center. Are there other institutions with similar names? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza on Nov 8, 2011 - 24 answers

Ordering a list of languages

Language fans: is this the most logical way to order a list of languages? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Nov 2, 2011 - 22 answers

Show me the borders of a place that doesn't exist anymore

Where can I get GIS data (Esri Shapefiles, GeoJSON, etc.) for no-longer-extant countries and kingdoms? I am specifically looking for data on the old Austro-Hungarian Empire and its former provinces and regions, particularly Galicia and/or Bukovina/Bukowina.
posted by Asparagirl on Oct 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Help Me Learn Geography

I want to learn geography. Not looking for an expansive knowledge of the subject -- just basically knowing the location of all the world's countries and perhaps their capitals. This site looks very useful but looking for any additional input mefites might have. Any suggestions?
posted by gilast on Jun 16, 2011 - 22 answers

Vector political boundaries for NASA Blue Marble?

Map Geo filter: Need political map overlay for NASA Blue Marble image, help! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Jun 6, 2011 - 10 answers

Finding the place in the middle to meet

What country lies exactly in-between Sri Lanka and Mali? I'm trying to find out a country in the middle in terms of pure miles and also in terms of flight time. [more inside]
posted by leecohen on May 29, 2011 - 16 answers

Maps with a time axis?

Is there an online map that features a time axis? For example, a slider than controls year, and as the year changes, political boundaries and country names update to the appropriate values.
posted by steinwald on May 21, 2011 - 4 answers

What are some software a geography major should be familiar with?

What are some software a geography major should be familiar with? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 on May 21, 2011 - 13 answers

So I want to be a social studies textbook editor...

A few years ago I landed on this idea of what I think may really be the perfect fun-and-interesting job for me: a textbook editor. But even more so with social studies content. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on May 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Around the world in 200 books

I'd like to read a book about each country's history, ideally one offering as comprehensive of a timeline as possible. My goal is to get a brief overview of the history of a region rather than a specific focus on any singularly important event. I'm looking for specific suggestions for any and all countries. Since that is a fairly wide net to cast, I'd settle for the best choices on the countries with the longest and most interesting histories and/or specifically interesting books. I have a Kindle, so bonus points for books available in that format.
posted by highfidelity on Apr 26, 2011 - 20 answers

It's not a peninsula, is it?

You know how two rivers converge into one, and there's the little peninsula-like...thing that exists at the point of convergence? What do you call that? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Apr 5, 2011 - 21 answers

All the somethings somewhere?

Help me compile every obsessive geographical databasing (something like this) website around. [more inside]
posted by setanor on Mar 8, 2011 - 1 answer

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