This is another Tourism and Geography in the News episode, with a focus on two topics: Travel/Geographic Literacy and Physical Geography. In the travel and geographic literacy news stories, both the American Automobile Association and the National Geographic Society held their geography contest these past couple of weeks, and issued their geographic/travel literacy survey results, which once again showed how dismal geographic knowledge is among Americans.
The physical geography news stories include volcanic activity at Mt Merapi in Indonesia and Mt St. Helens in the US, the May 27th earthquake in Indonesia, flood warnings to recreationists in California, and the world's largest artificial reef off the coast of Florida.
I close with a couple of not quite physical geography stories about futuristic proposals for New Orleans and an upcoming UFO Festival in New Mexico.
Length: 22min, 41sec
Links to stories in today's podcast:
- Travel Challenge Champ Wins $25,000 Scholarship
- Illinois Eighth Grader Wins National Geographic Bee
- Young Americans Geographically Illiterate, Survey Suggests
- 2006 National Geographic Roper
- Mount Merapi brings uncertainty to Central Java tourism
- Volcano Eruption Countered With Dance, Food
- Indonesia Quake Toll Rises to Nearly 4,000
- JAVA TOURISM CRISIS CENTRE
- This is the best cite for local tourism impact information
- Race against time in Java quake - Quake deaths pass 6200 (5/31/06)
- eTN Readers from Yogyakarta speak - lastest tourism-related updates
- Giant Rock Growing in Mount St. Helens Crater
- A Water Safety Warning Is Issued to Recreationists as Trout Season Opens and The Spring Snowmelt Begins
- Pensacola's tourism hopes rise with sinking of aircraft carrier
- National Geographic News Photo Gallery: Rebuilding New Orleans—Visions for the Future
- World's Largest UFO Festival Celebrates 1947 Incident