How The Metric System Was Created

I remember trying to learn the metric system back in elementary school (1970’s).  Then it just went away like it was not important anymore.  I did not have to deal with it again until college.

How was the metric system created and adopted?  Well, France created the metric system!  The French Revolution (1789-99) and revolutionaries caused changes in many things, including the way things were measured in France.  The French public really did not like the new system and went back to the old ways, which exasperated Paris authorities, so the government sent police inspectors to marketplaces to enforce the new system.  In 1812, Napoleon abandoned the metric system though it was still taught in schools.  However, by 1840 it was reinstated.  Click below to read more about it!


Every California Earthquake of the Last 30 Years

A new video from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center maps every earthquake recorded in California in the last 30 years.  Check it out below.

The video starts in August 1989 and ends July 5, 2019 with the magnitude 7.1 quake in Ridgecrest.  The largest earthquake in the last 30 years was the magnitude 7.3 quake in the small Mojave Desert town of Landers in June 1992.

There is a composite image at the end of the video of all earthquakes, and really there are only a few areas in California that are earthquake free!



2019 StoryMapper of the Year Contest

To give you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills using this next generation story builder, ESRI invites you to enter the 2019 StoryMapper of the Year Contest. The contest will also give you the chance to give back to your community at the same time!

The StoryMapper of the Year Contest started July 8, 2019, and the deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. (PDT), September 30, 2019.  The contest submissions must be created using ArcGIS StoryMaps, not classic ESRI Story Maps apps.

The 2019 contest will work differently than contests in years past. To up the ante, ESRI added a monetary prize and community element.  When participants submit their entries, they will also describe how they would use a $5,000 donation from ESRI to make a positive impact on their communities through storytelling.

The winners will be announced by ESRI president Jack Dangermond on November 13, 2019, which is GIS Day.  Good Luck!