Archive for Mark Bjelland

I grew up in South Minneapolis, a great place for a budding geographer. We lived a half mile from the Mississippi River bluffs where we would stage our outdoor adventures or just sit and watch the barges go by. And we had a bus line that took us straight downtown for our urban explorations.

I've lived in Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia, Victoria, and the United Kingdom. But I love Minnesota--from the prairies to the northern boreal forest, and from the quaint small towns to the bustling Twin Cities metropolis.



Lauren Anderson ’13 Accepts Peace Corps Assignment to Thailand

While a geography major at Gustavus Adolphus College, Lauren Anderson showed str0ng interest in issues of international development. Her passions fit with the Gustavus core values of service, diversity, and justice. Now she has been accepted into the Peace Corps and has been invited to am assignment as a teacher/collaborator and community facilitator in Thailand. […]


The Tour de France

The route of this amazing bike race always confused me. Here’s a map to help you follow the stages of the race. I found this at:


Joaquín Villanueva to Join Gustavus Geography Faculty

Dr. Joaquín Villanueva will join the Gustavus Geography Department in fall 2013 as a visiting assistant professor.  Joaquín Villanueva comes to us from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey where he served as a lecturer in geography. Joaquín Villanueva obtained his Ph.D. in geography at Syracuse University, working under Dr. Don Mitchell. Dr. Villanueva’s doctoral […]

An Islamic Google Earth?

The U.K. Guardian newspaper recently reported that Iran’s minister for communication and technology announced that their country will release an Islamic version of Google Earth by August 2013. Iran has long maintained that Google Earth is a tool of western spy agencies. The concept of an Islamic Google Earth contrasts with the common view of […]


Ice Out on Northern Minnesota Lakes

The ice went out in early May on many northern Minnesota lakes. For some lakes it was the latest ice-out date on record. NASA’s Earth Observatory captured fantastic images of the change between May 12 and May 16 with their MODIS satellite instrument.  Read more here