Monday, April 02, 2007

Earth Day Displays in the GCMC
Earth Day is celebrated this year on April 22, so the Geospatial Center & Map Collection is marking the day with a special map display. The theme of this year's Earth Day events is A Call for Action on Climate Change. The image (left) is from the atlas One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment. The atlas was published by the United Nations Environmental Program with NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the University of Maryland, and is available from the Atlas Collection in Bracken Library. This image shows "an area of severe stratospheric ozone depletion--an 'ozone hole" over the South Pole and Antarctica in 2000 and 2003, the "largest and second largest on record, respectively." Other maps in the display show the warming of Arctic regions, carbon emissions, and the threats to the Amazon Basin.

Visit the GCMC in Bracken Library during the month of April to view these and other displays or to check out other maps and atlases about the environment.

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