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Did you know that Canadian farmers depend on space technology? By measuring frequencies of light, our homegrown satellites Radarsat-1 and -2 allow farmers to see what sections of their crops need more water and fertilizer.

The Canadian Atlas Online (CAOL), with support from the Canadian Space Agency, has launched an interactive thematic module on space, brimming with fascinating facts on subjects such as how satellites help us understand our environment. It comes complete with classroom activities for all ages.

The CAOL has also rolled out 10 new themes based on the Historical Atlas of Canada. A series of lesson plans developed by the Canadian Council for Geographic Education — the educational arm of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society — will help teachers guide students as they navigate animated maps of Canada’s early trade routes or learn how our major cities evolved.

These additions to the CAOL are part of the Society’s contributions to mark Geography Awareness Week, from November 16 to 20. It is also sending classroom packages on wind energy, the St. Lawrence Seaway and assorted geographic resource materials to teachers across the country.

— Graham Lanktree

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