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A Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Choropleth Map in Google Spreadsheets

A choropleth map displays numerical data using a color gradient. This kind of map can quickly display how a particular factor—such as population density or per-capita income—varies across regions or countries. Not only are choropleth maps easy to read, but they can be easy to create using Google spreadsheets. We did this to make maps of global urbanization for a new megacities lesson plan we’re working on here at Population Education. You and your students can follow these steps to join us as instant cartographers!

Population and the Power of Parks: Geography Awareness Week 2016

America’s parks are considered one of our country’s national treasures so it’s a fitting tribute that the theme of this year’s Geography Awareness Week is “Explore the Power of Parks.” And parks are just that – powerful. Parks have the power to bring people together, connect us with nature, and offer peace and beauty for all who visit. But our park lands serve a more utilitarian task as well.

Creating the World Population DVD: Behind the Scenes

PopEd’s World Population DVD recently got even better. First produced over 40 years ago, the video is still as eye-popping as it is educational, offering a visual animation of human population growth from 1 CE through 2050. But the new 2015 World Population boasts more accurate dot placement and can be interactively explored using the new accompanying website, www.worldpopulationhistory.org. Let’s take a peek behind the scenes at what went into updating this award-winning teaching resource…

Celebrate World Population Day

July 11 is World Population Day! The idea behind its creation was the eve of our global human population surpassing 5 billion in the late 1980s. Any guesses how many people have been added to the planet since its inception? Answer: more than 2 billion. Since 1989, the United Nations has celebrated this as the day to bring awareness to challenges that impact our entire population.

What is a Cartogram?

Simply put, a cartogram is a map. But a cartogram is a unique type of map because it combines statistical information with geographic location. Physical or topographical maps show relative area, distance, and terrain, but they do not provide any data about the inhabitants of a place.

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