Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead.
Monday, August 29
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and devastated the city of New Orleans due to a massive storm surge that overpowered levees.
Background: Video on how Hurricane Katrina formed
Tuesday, August 30
Renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle has spent more than 6,000 hours underwater and is working to protect marine areas around the world.
Background: Sylvia Earle’s bio
Activity: Learn about Marine Protected Areas
Thursday, September 1
Seventy three years after the “unsinkable” ship sank, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard and his team discovered the Titanic’s remains.
Visual: Photo gallery
Background: More info on how and where the Titanic sank
Saturday, September 3
Thanks to this act, which recognized the ecological, historical, and scenic value of wild areas, 106 million acres of wilderness have been protected.
Map: Find Your Park
Background: What does wilderness mean?
Activity: Explore a natural space
Sunday, September 4
Created by two graduate students in 1998, Google has evolved into a billion-dollar multinational company pioneering search, education, maps, platforms and more.