Alexander von Humboldt’s Whole Earth Vision

Alexander von Humboldt's Whole Earth Vision

Alexander von Humboldt was one of the most influential scientists of the 19th century. His discoveries have profoundly impacted modern science and medicine. Humboldt’s exploration of South America between 1800 and 1804 inspired seminal ideas about the interrelationship of nature, climate, and human activities, as described in historian Andrea Wulf’s book, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World.

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The Ocean

The Ocean

The Ocean is the vast body of salt water that covers nearly three-fourths of the earth. It is one continuous expanse of water surrounding the continents.

Although the ocean is one continuous body of water, Geographers have given it different names according to where it is divided by the continents. The main sections of the global ocean, from largest to smallest, are the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic Oceans.

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2016 Summer Olympic Games

2016 Summer Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Over the past several months the ArcGIS Content Team at Esri has been on the heels of completed construction projects in support of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This map journal explores the select venues the Content Team has completed and describes the events that will be hosted at each venue.

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How To Cascade: Map Legends

How To Cascade- Map Legends

Legends in Story Maps; story maps with legends. Hmmm…this can be a puzzle.
There are a few ways to annotate your map in a way that help to balance A) the transfer of glorious map information into your readers’ brains, with B) the fact that you are telling them a story.
Here are three techniques to consider for your richly appointed storytelling…

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What Does Your Symphony of Apps Look Like?

What Does Your Symphony of Apps Look Like-

Apps are like musical instruments. Each app taken individually is impressive, as is a singular clarinetist playing composer Willson Osborne’s Rhapsody for Clarinet. But when apps work together, they make unparalleled music—like the New York Philharmonic does when it plays George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, in which a clarinetist produces that iconic opening glissando before the rest of the symphony joins in. The challenge is to figure out which apps work best for certain needs and when an app should work in concert with other apps—just like Gershwin had to determine how long to make the clarinet’s solo and when to have the horns, trombone, and drums begin playing.

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Our Top Story Maps of 2016

Story Maps Collection

In 2016, the Esri Story Maps team focused on improving our apps in hopes of better serving our rapidly growing community of storytellers.

But we also love to tell stories ourselves. Why? Because there are causes we want to support, passions we want to indulge, partners with whom we want to collaborate, and custom apps and layouts we’d like to prototype (such as the terrorism and extinction stories below). Plus, using our apps to tell our own stories is a great way to learn how to improve them.

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