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Esri Regular Contributor

Here's a Story Map Cascade I stumbled across the other day. It's about the ThamLuang Cave (Thailand) rescue, and presents an overview of how GIS was applied.

The Story Map was authored by Esri Thailand, and one of the interesting features of the Story Map is that it is bilingual.

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Esri Regular Contributor

A colleague sent me this interesting article about underground mapping using drones. Check out the images in the article. 

If anyone has any data from something like this, the 3D team would love to have at it!

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Esri Regular Contributor

A recent addition to the Teach with GIS lessons is Thailand's Cave Rescue Miracle. It's among many exercises that teachers can use to create engaging and innovative materials for their students.You'll plenty more at the Teach with GIS Curriculum Builder site.

This particular lesson is of special interest to those interested in caves. On June 23, 2018 twelve boys between 11 and 17 years of age and their coach entered the Tham Luang cave to explore. The team was trapped in the cave by continuous rainfall. They were found and rescued by an international team that involved 100 divers and many countries. They were found on July 2 and were finally all rescued on July 11, 2018.

The lesson also covers various ways to show large numbers of features, in this case the caves in Thailand. The image below shows multiple layers using smart mapping capabilities. Counts and Amounts Size and Counts and Amounts Color are combined to visualize cave density in various provinces.

Multiple layers showing the density of caves in Thailand, using counts and amounts size and color smart mapping capabilities.

This lessons will build skills in the following areas:

  • Select by attribute
  • Create bookmarks
  • Configure pop-ups
  • Search for data Filter

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Esri Regular Contributor

After a period of hibernation, the sun has risen, and warmed and awakened us from our caves. Welcome to the newly updated ArcGIS Cave and Karst user group at the Esri Community. This will be a place to connect and share ideas, best practices, and examples of using and applying GIS, with the unique needs and requirements of this community in mind.  

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Esri Regular Contributor

This Story Map Series (tabbed layout) was authored and published by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division.

View the Story Map

From the Story Map:

White-nose, also called WNS, was documented in Georgia in 2013. The state Department of Natural Resources has been working since to track and slow the advance of the disease and gauge its impact.

Here is an overview of that work during winter 2016-2017. See the season report for full details.

Visit the Story Maps website for more information about Story Map Series, and other Story Map apps.

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Esri Regular Contributor

Just came across Bat Viewing Areas In Texas - a nicely done Story Map Tour showing bat viewing locations throughout the state. The story map was authored by Austin Community College.


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Esri Regular Contributor

Today I downloaded the source data from the U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1154  - Preliminary Map of Potentially Karstic Carbonate Rocks in the Central and Southern Appalachian States - and published it as tile and feature services, along with a few maps and apps.

You'll find the layers via search, and you can also view the data in this app which uses the new Basic Viewer template.


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