Journal For Geography Class – Article Example
Journal Entry for Geography Word Count: 400 page) The three maps that I chose to discuss were: Clapham Common, the Ground Zero of the Saints; Bordering on Bizarre: Google Maps Fail in Dollart Bay; and, perhaps most notably, It’s 10:15 in Germany. Do You Know Where Your Isoglosses Are? Truly, all of these maps are remarkable, all for the same reason: the titles were unusual.
I admitted the reason that I clicked on The Ground Zero of the Saints map was based on the fact that ‘Ground Zero’ triggered so many meanings in my brain. Although I was fairly certain that the map had something to do with England, since commons are usually grounds found in Britain or the UK—that was not what remotely interested me. What most interested me about that title was the word “Saints.” I happen to have an interest—a hobby, you might say—in religion. It fascinates me. So I wanted to know what that was all about.
I chose to click on the second title for three reasons. One, the word “bizarre” stuck out like a sore thumb—a must-see. Who doesn’t want to know what’s bizarre? The second item of interest: “Google Maps Fail…” Huh? Aren’t Google Maps supposed to be impenetrable stalwarts of information? The third hook that got me—in one mere title—was the mention of Dollart Bay… a place I had absolutely never heard of before. I can only assume it’s somewhere in California, and I am most certainly wrong but I am not sure. Thanks to a Google search, which is almost never usually wrong—I found out Dollart Bay is somewhere in or near the Netherlands. Thanks, Google!
The third title has three items of interest as well: a random time (10:15); a mention of Germany (who doesn’t sit up at the mention of Germany in a post-Holocaust era?); and finally, the mention of isoglosses. What in tarnation were isoglosses? Well, as it turns out, an isogloss is a geographical bound of a linguistic feature. Isoglosses are difficult to explain to the average reader. In fact, I consider myself markedly intelligent, but, apparently am not intelligent enough to be able to understand it well enough to explain what an isogloss is to someone else. I hope that’s not too confusing.
The original titles of these three maps really spoke to me, so that is why I chose them over and against other titles available.
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