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Should World Maps in Classrooms be Mercator or Peters?

Should World Maps in Classrooms be Mercator or Peters?

World maps have featured in classrooms around the world for hundreds of years. Despite all the technology that is now available to teachers, a big map on the wall remains an excellent teaching resource. But the world map you knew in school could change to a very different looking map – one that depicts true land masses.

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Your Phrase Book will be your Best Travel Companion

Your Phrase Book will be your Best Travel Companion

If you are visiting a non-English speaking country and you don’t speak the lingo, you’re going to need some help along the way.

A phrase book contains the most common expressions in a foreign language with their translation. The first known phrase book was published in 1594 so there has been plenty of time to perfect them for today’s traveller.

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Ticking Antarctica off your Bucket List

Antarctica

With its reputation as the coldest, windiest, driest continent on earth, it’s a wonder there have been any travel brochures printed for Antarctica. But plenty of people have a visit there listed on their bucket list and tourism numbers are growing.

In 2013-14 37,000 people visited the cold continent. Of these 10,000 travelled in ships in Antarctic waters but didn’t land. In 2011-12 there were only 26,000, a sharp decline following the banning of large cruise ships after the 2007-08 season which recorded 46,000. The delicate Antarctic ecosystem has no doubt breathed a sigh of relief.

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The Moon Phases Poster

Moon Phases Poster

We’re not afraid of tooting our own horn on occasion. Each year the Chart & Map team designs a pretty sweet Moon Phases poster. The poster shows the current state of the moon in picture every night of the year. If you are someone who likes to plan ahead, the poster also gives you the exact dates and times for the full, new and quarter Moons.  

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Cycling Guides and Maps

CYCLING GUIDES AND MAPS

The popularity of the treadly has been growing steadily in Western Australia. It seems everyone is getting into cycling. It’s not just WA, the cycle paths around the country are bustling with riders from dawn to dark. People cycle as a form of transport, sport and recreation.  During the week, city car parks are full of bikes owned by office workers and on weekends coffee shops are crowded with lycra-clad cyclers getting their caffeine fix.

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Crumpled City Maps

Crumpled City Maps

If you are someone who struggles to follow the lines and fold up a traditional map, then the Crumpled City Map is the answer to all your map frustrations.

The crumpled map is lightweight, soft and indestructible, so it can be crushed, crumpled and squashed. It also takes only two seconds to open and close. Best of all crumpled maps weight only 21 grams and take up very little space.

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The Benefits of Keeping a Travel Journal

THE BENEFITS OF KEEPING A TRAVEL JOURNAL

A travel journal can become a treasured possession as you look back on your adventures and share with friends and family details of your trip. Keeping a travel journal for the length of your holiday can be a daunting prospect if you aren’t used to journalling but here are some tips and ideas to keep you going.

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Navigation Using the Night Sky

Navigation Using the Night Sky

It is thought that the Vikings were able to navigate their way around the globe discovering Iceland, Greenland and America by using the stars, possibly the oldest use of astronomy. The Vikings then used polarisation and the mineral sunstone to navigate in completely overcast skies. By the end of the 13th century, nautical charts were being drawn and the skies were no longer the only means of navigation. In the modern world, we have the compass and GPS technology but if these ever fail you, there’s always the night sky for leading the way just as the Vikings did thousands of years ago.

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