Mark M. Miller

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.
- Daniel Boone

Professor of Geography
Dept. of Geography & Geology: follow us on Twitter @geousm and Facebook
University of Southern Miss

Home page

Curriculum vitae
Video: how I became a geographer

Interested in the Peace Corps?
(Peace Corps Volunteer, Belize 1979-1981)

Gratuitous advice for students

What can you do with a Southern Miss Geography degree?

USM Classes, Spring 2015:

Community Asset Mapping with the Miss. Development Authority:

AAG Healthy Departments:
International Education & Geography

"Economic Development for Everyone" project

Economic development video project



Geography Lounge
geography should be FASCINATING & fun

(Notice any broken links or other mistakes in this site? if so, please email me & let me know!)



shrunken headGeo-curiosities
Steve Hartwell, artist. Fine Art America. Retrieved August 16, 2011:


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North AmericaCherokee license plate
Personal picture

EU man
123RF Stock Photos. Retrieved August 16, 2011:

Australia & New ZealandMaori tattoo
Hans Neleman. Moko Maori Tattoo. Retrieved August 16, 2011:

Zen garden
Nexuiz Ninjaz.Zen garden, Kyushu, Japan. Retrieved August 16, 2011:

China East Asia

The Islamic WorldMecca
Russia & the former Soviet Union

Latin AmericaDiego Rivera
(Diego Rivera, artist)

The Caribbean
Albert Artwell
(Albert Artwell, artist)

Sub-Saharan Africa
2010 World Cup

South Asia
Devotional Only. Sankata Hara Ganesha Stotram. Retrieved November 18, 2011:
The Arctic
Polar bear
Paul Nicklen. 2009. Polar Obsession. Focal Point.
World physical geographyMariana Trench


Political geography:

Neuwirth, Robert. Global bazaar. Scientific American (September 2011), 305, 56-63.

Tree hugger

Retrieved September 21, 2011:

Core & periphery
Child in Mozambique
Wither, Emily. August 29, 2011:


From the Trenches World Report. Retrieved August 16, 2011:–-americans-suffering-like-never-before/4764
Economic geography
The world is spiky
Social Computing Group. Retrieved October 28, 2011:
Nation & stateIvory Coast
Oliphant cartoon

Washington Post. October 30, 2011:











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Worldmapper. Retrieved September 20, 2010:

If It Were My Home

"The lottery of birth is responsible for much of who we are. If you were not born in the country you were, what would your life be like? Would you be the same person? is your gateway to understanding life outside your home. Use our country comparison tool to compare living conditions in your own country to those of another. Start by selecting a region to compare on the map to the right, and begin your exploration."

Strange Maps
sStrange Map

Strange Maps. Retrieved Jan 31. 2010:

Dissuasive Cartography: the Emerald Desert. With an army numbering a mere 7,000 soldiers and an official policy of neutrality, the Irish Free State’s attitude at the outbreak of the Second World War was that of a very nervous bystander. While covertly providing the Brits with some intelligence and assistance, the overt goal throughout what was called the Emergency was to remain non-involved enough to prevent both a British and a German invasion. If it could, the Emerald Isle would have taken on, chameleon-like, the colour of the surrounding ocean waves.

This map shows the next best thing: dissuasive cartography. Its actual title is Cautious Cartography, as it appeared in the August 1940 issue of the Irish satirical magazine Dublin Opinion. The map purports to portray Ireland in as unappealing a perspective as possible. The text accompanying the map explains how cartography may be at least partly to blame for Europe’s misfortune: Feeling that the present unrest in Europe may have been largely caused by the well-intended, but highly mistaken policy pursued by countries of boasting about their natural advantages and attractions, a policy which has had the not unnatural result of exciting the cupidity of other countries, our Grangegorman Cartographer has designed the above map of Ireland, which is calculated to discourage the inhabitants, much less strangers. The trouble is, he feels, that, even as depicted, the country still looks more attractive than the rest of Europe.