Week of December 4, 2016
Text Message from Uncle GT: C & P heading to S. Africa. U2 need to go to airport ASAP. Tix at gate J-9. HAGD. Pls call when you get to S. Africa.
Thankfully, we received this message before we headed back to Abuye. So now Meri and I are on our way to the airport. Uncle GT sent us a map of South Africa (check it out). He also emailed us some really cool pictures of South Africa. Now we are heading to Cape Town. We will write more when we arrive in South Africa.
See the map
The country of South Africa is rich in natural resources. Holy Idaho! Did you know that South Africa is the world's largest producer of platinum, gold, and chromium? Besides jewelry, I wonder what other products are created using chromium, gold, and platinum? There are also other natural resources found in South Africa: coal, iron ore, manganese, nickel, tin, phosphates, gem diamonds, uranium, copper, salt, natural gas, and more. Holy Idaho! They have a ton of natural resources. I wonder what natural resources are found in North America and South America? South Africa also has a large agricultural base including wool, beef, vegetables, fruit, sugarcane, corn, wheat, dairy products, and others.
Text Message from Pandora: Where R U? RUOK? I M bored.
Text Message to Pandora: We R OK. In Africa. BBFN.
Poor Pandora, I wish we could tell her more about our adventure. But she is safer, not being involved. Surprisingly, I actually miss my little sister (a little bit).
Today we spent our time visiting various hotels and other tourist locations looking for Dewey. After a frustrating day of investigation (with no leads), we returned to our hotel around 5. There was a voicemail waiting on our hotel telephone. The message said "hotel restaurant - 6 o'clock." We didn't know who left the voicemail, but we figured we'd be safe in a public place. We headed to the restaurant a few minutes before 6:00 to find out more. We were both too nervous to eat anything, so we just ordered sodas. When the waiter brought out our sodas, he handed us our bill in a leather folder. When we opened the folder, we found an envelope addressed to Geo. He opened it and it said, "You are too late. 20 00 S, 47 00 E." Holy Idaho! Those numbers look like map coordinates for our next stop on our search for Dewey, the truth-sniffing dog. The 20 00 S represents the line of latitude, and the 47 00 E represents the line of longitude. Now we have to go back to our map and see if we can figure out what country Dewey is actually in. Take a look at the attached map and see if you can figure it out. We have it narrowed down to Egypt, Madagascar, or Congo? The country has to be south of the equator, since any coordinate that is S (for south) is below the equator. Can you help us? Look for the line of latitude directly under the equator (20 00 S). Which country does that line run through? If you need a review about longitude and latitude go back and reread our posts from South America. Should we go to Egypt, Madagascar, or Congo?
Map of Africa
Which country is located at 20 00 S, 47 00 E? Is it Egypt, Madagascar, or Congo? Can you help us?
Visit this TOTALLY AWESOME site to see a virtual tour of Cape Town.
Tell Geo and Meri what to do:
Links to learn more :
Exploring Africa brings Africa into your classroom through numerous interdisciplinary lessons. There are 20 modules (within 4 general units of study). The general units include "Why Study Africa," "Studying Africa Through the Social Studies," "Studying Africa Through the Humanities," and "Regional Perspectives." Each module contains a teacher version that includes objectives, focus questions, activities, background information, and more.
The Africa Guide
This website provides a colorful interactive map of Africa. Users are able to click on any country in Africa to learn more about that particular country.
Who's Got What?
This interactive website displays the natural resources found throughout the world. To use the map, you simply click on one of the eight symbols at the bottom left-side. Resources include gas, oil, sunshine, uranium, wood, coal, wind, and geothermal.