This week's Five for Friday is getting festive, bringing you five geographic thoughts for the holidays. Think you’re the only one traveling during this holiday season? Think again. There’s a lot of “behind the scenes” geo-work that goes into making your holiday a great one. Consider these points…
*This year try to "buy
local" when picking your Christmas tree and select a species of tree
that's native to your area. You can use
Tree locator map to help you find the perfect tree and vendor.
Whether you're in Arizona buying an Arizona Cypress, or in Colorado buying a Colorado Blue Spruce, you can give the Earth a
gift this holiday season by helping to reduce your carbon footprint (and
remember that most fake trees come from China, so you're not
saving anything when you buy fake!).
*Commodity chains are a great
way to learn geography, since it takes a world of resources to make one
product. Let’s take the geography of a popular
Hanukah recipe; the potato latke.
Assuming that all of your ingredients come from top producers, your
potatoes and onions have traveled from
*Wednesday, CNN Money reported that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is predicting a billion fewer pieces to be sent through the system because of the economic downturn. Yet with an overall forecast of 19 billion pieces nationwide, USPS still has their hands full, and with 144,000 troops stationed in Iraq as of late summer, a portion of this number is likely to be internationally bound. When you stop to think about your gift’s overall journey (the locations of its raw materials, to the place where it was produced, to the store where you bought it, to your relatives who receive it) your gift ends up being more traveled than you are!