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Posts tagged with ‘geography’ (192)

Secret meetings held over formation of new province

Posted by Guest Blogger in Mapping on Friday, April 1, 2016

Federal government ministers have held top-secret meetings with their provincial counterparts in Manitoba and Ontario for nearly a decade to discuss the merger of the two provinces into one “super-province” called Mantario, Canadian Geographic can reveal.

The merger is already at an “advanced stage,” according to leaked documents seen by the magazine’s editors, and a separate, highly-placed source within the federal government who has attended the merger negotiations (and agreed to speak on ...

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Mapping 40 years of Canadian urban expansion

Posted by Alexandra Pope in Mapping on Thursday, March 24, 2016

Detail view of a map showing changes in Toronto's built-up area from 1971 to 2011, where the dark purple areas represent the most recent developments. (Map: Statistics Canada)

If you've ever returned to a city after a long period of time away and been amazed at the number of new condo buildings, housing developments, business parks, roads and shopping centres that have sprung up in your absence, you'll likely find these new maps from Statistics Canada fascinating and telling.

The maps are part of an updated study on the changing landscape of Canadian metropolitan areas released by StatsCan on March 22nd.

The study analyzes changes in land cover and land use in ...

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Geography word of the week: photogrammetry

Posted by Amely Coulombe in Mapping on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Image of Washington, D.C. from a digital orthophoto quadrangle, an aerial or satellite photo that has been corrected so its pixels align with latitude and longitude lines. This correction technique is a part of photogrammetry. (Image: United States Geological Survey)



Photogrammetry is the science of obtaining reliable information and measurements about the properties of surfaces and objects without physical contact with the objects through photographs, for mapping and surveying.


The German geographer Otto Kersten first introduced the term in 1867 in the title of an article that was published in the Architectural Society Weekly Journal. The word “photogrammetry" is derived from ...

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Geography word of the week: tombolo

Posted by Aaron Kylie in Nature on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Frank Island near Tofino, B.C. is connected to the mainland by a sandy tombolo, which forms part of popular Chesterman Beach. (Photos: Google Earth, Chris Lawes/CanGeo Photo Club)



A narrow piece of land made of sediment such as sand or gravel that connects an island to the mainland or another island.


Late eighteenth-century Italian tombolo for sand dune from Latin tumulus meaning “hillock, mound.”


Frank Island near Tofino, British Columbia, is a good example of a tombolo. The rocky island is connected to the mainland by a large sandbar, which forms part of Chesterman Beach, a popular destination ...

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Throwback Thursday: The geographic significance of stamps

Posted by Harry Wilson in History on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Canada's map stamp commemorating the Coppermine River discovery. (Photo: CanGeo Archives)

If you think miniscule maps printed on tiny squares of paper not much bigger than your thumbnail don’t sound useful, think again.

That’s essentially the thrust of a piece from the December 1971 issue of the Canadian Geographical Journal, titled "Stamps are a geographic gold mine."

The story, by James Montagnes, delves into the history of what he calls “philatelic geography,” examining everything from the long-running territorial dispute between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands ...

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