A recent NPR story was shared with me by a Skidmore College Geologist, Dr. Amy Frappier. The article makes a link between ancient seas and plankton to modern presidential voting patterns, telling the story of how the land’s ancient sea led to fertile soil, to cotton production and plantations, to current voting patterns. What a great example of using data to understand spatial relationships and patterns, linking geology to political science. Nice work, NPR. Yet another example of how interdisciplinary GIS is, and how GIS allows us to understand our world through analyzing patterns and relationships in the physical and human world.
See link to the entire story here.