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Earth Science Week 2013 Contests
"Mapping My Community"
We put our world into maps, and we take our maps all over the world. You might be traveling, building a home, irrigating a garden, digging for coal, erecting wind towers, or designing a hurricane shelter — you use maps to do so many things. Earth scientists study natural processes to help make those maps. In a photograph, show how maps are used in your community. More info.
"Making Maps Through the Ages"
Throughout history, Earth scientists — or "geoscientists" — have made maps showing the locations of land, water, air, and living things. Even today they chart the stars, the seas, and their communities in a variety of ways. Imagine that you are a map maker, either now or in the past. How would you make a map? What tools would you use? Use artwork to show yourself as an Earth scientist making a map. More info.
"How Geoscientists Use Maps"
Land, water, air, and living things have impacts on each other. To understand these effects, Earth scientists chart interactions among the Earth systems — the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. How do geoscientists use maps to monitor these interactions? How do maps help us meet challenges and maximize opportunities in areas such as energy, agriculture, the environment, natural disasters, and community planning? Write a brief essay explaining how Earth scientists create and use maps to improve our lives. More info.
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