Australia Night

Photo: Goddard Space Flight Center, Australia at Night Another year, another contested Australia Day on January 26. On January 25 we consider these weighty topics and create some fun activities and games. Activities Find global equivalents to bush tucker. Learn a word in an Australian Aboriginal language. Listen to a Radio National program / podcast. …

Australia Day and Invasion Day

Poster The date of January 26 is a contentious and contested in Australia where for some it celebrates nationhood and for others (the Indigenous and Aboriginal Australians) it is a day of mourning. January 26 is Australia Day and Invasion Day. As an outsider keen on learning about Australian culture, the month of January is …

Aboriginal and Indigenous Australia

Photo: Tribal Warrior Human occupation of Australia started about 65,000 years ago with successive waves of immigration from south and southeast Asia. Archaeologists continue to revise the date of early settlements. Today Aboriginal Australians conserve the oldest culture in the world. The word ‘Aboriginal’ has appeared in the English language since the 17th century and means ‘first or earliest …

Bloomington, Indiana

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Mexico-USA Borderlands

Photo: Votive EssayWe need a better understanding of where the United States and Mexico meet. We are standing at the front door of one another’s country. This year look for an expansion on Planeta.com of regional coverage. If there is a way to arrange an old-school roadtrip or meetup, we are happy to oblige. There …

Coronavirus, aka COVID19

Buzzwords Coronavirus = any of a group of RNA viruses that cause a variety of diseases in humans and other animals This page features rolling coverage from Planeta.com of the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease, aka COVID-19, characterized by the World Health Organization as a global pandemic. As the WHO Director-General has said, the pandemic …

Kansas City, Missouri

Photo: USFWS, Planting for butterflies Wikipedia: Kansas City, Missouri was founded in the 1830s as a Missouri River port at its confluence with the Kansas River coming in from the west. On June 1, 1850 the town of Kansas was incorporated; shortly after came the establishment of the Kansas Territory. Confusion between the two ensued …

Calakmul

Photo: Comisión Mexicana de Filmaciones, Petén Campechano Located in the state of Campeche, on the border of Quintana Roo and Guatemala, the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Mexico, covering more than 14 percent of the state. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/XLdfHDLYCkHR3n1s8 Calakmul is Mexico’s grand eco-archaeological experiment. The 723,185 hectares (1,786,266 acres) …