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Watch Genevieve Atwood talk about geography and its role in our daily lives. Genevieve Atwood was UGS Director from 1981–1989, and now an Adjunct professor of geography at the University of Utah.


Geography plays a major role in politics and voter behavior. Genevieve Atwood, an Adjunct professor of geography at the University of Utah says in geography, everything is connected to everything else. Dr. Atwood grew up in Utah and served in the Utah House of Representatives from 1974 – 1980. She also served as Utah State Geologist and Director of the Utah Geological Survey from 1981 – 1989. She began teaching at the University of Utah in 1993 and is also the Chief Education Officer of educational non-profit Earth Science Education.


Have you ever been on an outdoor adventure when you found yourself faced with some kind of geological feature, only you weren’t sure which one? ..It looks like Paul Bunyan’s Woodpile, but is this it?..

Check out our “Glad You Asked” article where you can learn more about how Geographic Names came to be officially recognized, and explore the online database of where these places are located!


Current Issue Contents:

• The Uinta Mountains: A Tale of Two Geographies
• In Memoriam: Lehi F. Hintze
• Students Fill the GIS Gap
• The 2014 Crawford Award
• GeoSights: Roosevelt Hot Springs Geothermal Area, Beaver County
• New Publications
• Teacher’s Corner
• Core Center News
• Glad You Asked: What are keeper potholes & how are they formed?





Efforts to explain what GIS actually is almost invariably wax philosophical. At its most essential, GIS is a system for marrying data sets with geography. But it can better be understood as the product of a specific historic moment whose fruit is just coming to bear – a moment arising from the spontaneous amalgam of diverse technologies reaching their apparent apotheosis. And it began when a young Roger Tomlinson—and others—wanted to geographically assess more information than ever before. While the rise of digital culture has served to erode countless boundaries in traditional disciplines, that corrosion partially began in an airplane in 1962 with the predicament of getting gobs of information into one little map.


We’re getting on the Throwback Thursday bandwagon this week. Here is a part of an 1826 world atlas that shows geography and period events, and was recently donated to the Utah DNR Library. Talk about #tbt!

The map is titled “Morse’s New Universal Atlas of the World on an Improved Plan of Alphabetical Indexes, Designed for Academies and Higher Schools” by Sidney E. Morse.