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Teaching the Geography of Food

Teaching the Geography of Food | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

"Food. It’s something we all think about, talk about, and need. Food has been one major topic of interest at National Geographic because it connects all of us to our environment. The recent global population projections for the year 2100 just went up from 9 billion to 11 billion, making the issues of food production and distribution all the more important.  For the last 3 years I’ve stored podcasts, articles, videos, and other resources on my personal site on a wide range of geographic issues, including food resources.  I thought that sharing 10 of my personal favorite resources on the geography of food would be helpful to understand our changing global food systems."


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Claire Law's curator insight, April 26, 2015 2:01 AM

Ten engaging resources on the geography of food

Kaiden-Leigh Cloete's curator insight, April 29, 2015 11:15 PM

This topic connects to our agricultural unit. This article describes the explaining of food. Knowing where our food comes from is a big component in lit today, with all the GMO's going around we don't know what we r busy consuming daily. Having more information in our minds about food would help decrease the long term affects of genetically modified organisms, help maintain a healthy economy, provide more resources such as water, because if GMO's do come to an end then the water will not be as polluted as it is now due to the runoff from the remaining chemicals in GMO's, and also provide a healthy environment for everyone. 

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, May 26, 2015 2:10 AM

I absolutely love this article. It touches on many of the most important and challenging issues facing food production in the world, ranging from food manufacturing ethics to global hunger. I think it's interesting how, although we all eat food everyday, we don't think about the many implications associated with the production and consumption of food. To more privileged people, food is not a big deal, as anyone can get food at any time of day. However, for people who are trying to solve the problems associated with food in the modern world or for people who are suffering from hunger and malnutrition, the information presented in this article is extremely important. Brilliant minds can come together to propose potential solutions for all the problems facing food distribution. I can't wait for the day every child can go to bed with a full stomach, and I am willing to do my part to help make that happen.

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Human Landscapes of Canada

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Canada is a massive country, yet it has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Despite this, Canadians have made a wide impact on their land, much of it visible from aerial and satellite photography. Hydroelectric facilities, roads, mines, farms, ports, resource exploration, logging, canals, cities, and towns have altered much of the landscape over the years.

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Bharat Employment's curator insight, February 23, 2015 1:02 AM
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Vincent Lahondère's curator insight, March 8, 2015 11:20 AM

Un vrai plaisir

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 2015 11:28 PM

This shows how even small populations can make a big impact on the world from the changes in urbanization.

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

"Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?"

 


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niftyjock's curator insight, February 8, 2015 9:32 PM

dice student

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 9, 2015 11:11 AM

Anything that gives students a chance to ask their own questions is a good idea in my opinion.  When the questions invoke critical thinking, it's a double bonus!  Also, writing these questions on any pre-made box would work.  No need to be crafty with scissors and tape.

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, February 11, 2015 2:04 PM

The student teachers need these tips to help them cultivate skills of asking probing questions to become better teachers tomorrow.

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See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas

See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

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Earth is changing rapidly, and an increasing number of scientists say that humans have become the dominant force driving these changes. While the term has no formal definition, many agree that we are now living in an age shaped by human activity: the Anthropocene.

Evidence for the Anthropocene ranges from worldwide population booms to the expansive transformation of the landscape. But solutions are cropping up at the local level that could help create a more resilient global community." 

 

Tags: ESRI, anthropocene, environment depend, sustainability. 


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Olga Boldina's curator insight, December 3, 2014 3:25 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

Truthbehere2's curator insight, December 5, 2014 10:01 AM

Well duh...we are very greedy leeches that don't want to take the time to restore and repair what we take and destroy...

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:58 AM

Excellent use of an Esri Storymap to outline how humans have changed Earth over time.

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Energieopwekkend fietspad officieel geopend

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Betwiste grenzen in Azië

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18 brandhaarden in het deel waar de meeste mensen wonen en de snelste groei plaatsvindt. Gelulkig weten hindoes en boedisten al duizende jaren vrede te bewaren
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25 jaar na val van de muur is Duitsland nog steeds een tweedeling

25 jaar na val van de muur is Duitsland nog steeds een tweedeling | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it
Stunning satellite images and maps show how east and west differ from each other even today.

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Peter Phillips's curator insight, November 6, 2014 11:43 AM

50 years of communist rule still affect opportunities in Germany today, as these maps show. What they don't show is the social mirror that each provides to the other and the rich discussions about social policy that result. Reunification has been an expensive exercise for Germany, however one that it is committed to.

Jacob Conklin's curator insight, February 12, 2015 6:20 PM

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, but its influence is still present in today's Germany. History plays a key role in the shaping of political boundaries and that history is clearly evident in Germany. The line where the Berlin wall once stood still divides the country economically. The western part of Germany is far more economically affluent than the east. The USSR may be gone, but its influence still remains. 

BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, April 5, 8:14 AM

These two maps (unemployment on the left and disposable income on the right) are but two examples in this article that highlights the lingering distinctions between the two parts of Germany that were reunited 25 years ago.  The social geographies imposed by the Iron Curtain and the Berlin  Wall are still being felt from this relic border and will for years to come. 


Tags: Germany, industry, labor, economic, historical, political, borders.

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Izi.travel: Creëer multimedia rondleidingen/puzzeltochten door musea, steden en wijken.

Izi.travel: Creëer multimedia rondleidingen/puzzeltochten door musea, steden en wijken. | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

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Herman van Schie's curator insight, August 11, 2014 10:46 AM

Izi.travel is een tool waarmee zeer professionele (audio)gidsen ontworpen kunnen worden voor rondleidingen en puzzeltochten door musea, steden en wijken. De gidsen, die op de smartphone geopend kunnen worden, kunnen worden voorzien van routes waarop bezienswaardigheden zijn aangebracht. Die bezienswaardigheden kunnen worden voorzien van illustraties, tekstinfo, puzzel-opdrachten, geluidsfragmenten, videobeelden en quizvragen.
De gidsen worden ontworpen op de pc. Met behulp van de app izi.travel, die op de smartphone moet zijn geïnstalleerd, kunnen de rondleidingen plaatsvinden.
Tijdens een rondleiding wordt de af te leggen route getoond op een Google-map en wordt daarop m.b.v. de gps-functie van de smartphone precies aangegeven waar de gebruiker zich op dat moment bevindt. Als tijdens het afleggen van de route een bezienswaardigheid wordt bereikt kan de toegevoegde info (tekst, illustratie, puzzelopdracht, geluidsfragment, videofilmpje of quizvraag) worden opgeroepen. Aldus kan de route worden afgelegd en de bezoeker informatie ontvangen over datgene dat hij op de route tegenkomt.
Desgewenst kunnen de gidsen gedownload worden, zodat routes ook offline kunnen worden afgelegd, zonder dat daarbij sprake is van kostbaar dataverbruik, terwijl de gps-functie van de smartphone gewoon intact blijft.

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Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps

Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

"Spatial analysis has always been a hallmark of GIS, the 'numerical recipes' which set GIS apart from other forms of computerized visualization and information management. With GIS we pose questions and derive results using a wide array of analytical tools to help us understand and compare places, determine how places are related, find the best locations and paths, detect and quantify patterns, and even to make spatial predictions."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 2014 7:50 PM

GIS is a key tool in spatial analysis, but it can also be a driving force in using math, science, technology and (yes) geography as interdisciplinary ways of teaching the curriculum.  StoryMaps can be rich with images and videos, but also filled with data at a variety of scales.  ESRI has share a "Maps we love" page with excellent examples of Story Maps and carefully explains WHY these maps work and HOW they were made.  Are you new to using the Analysis tool in ArcGIS Online?  Try this exercise on analyzing flood risk to guide you through some of the steps to learn what is possible for a project of your own.  What stories can you tell in this rich, visual format?  What visual template shown might lend itself best for that sort of project? 


Tagsmapping, GISESRIgeography education, geospatial, edtech.

Caterin Victor's curator insight, October 29, 2014 12:16 PM

 Not only Spatial, even plain geography is very interesting and important,  but.....not everybody understands, and want to...

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PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems - An Ethical Island

PBL- Let the Class Solve World Problems - An Ethical Island | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it
Can kids solve real life problems that affect our world? Sure! Why not? Many of you know the 7 sterile steps to PBL. How about adding a little more to the 7 steps? Here are a few ideas about how to solve real-life problems with your class.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, October 21, 2014 5:37 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Karen B Wehner's curator insight, October 22, 2014 9:30 AM

Love this.

HJJP's curator insight, October 22, 2014 9:55 AM

Many problem solving frameworks and formats... I like this one... simple enough... but as complete as needed.

 

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Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media

Download the Digital Citizenship Starter Kit from Edmodo & Common Sense Media | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

Today, Edmodo is excited to announce a partnership with Common Sense Media, a national non-profit dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. As part of our partnership, we have created  a new resource for educators, the “Digital Citizenship Starter Kit,” which includes a series of activities and lessons designed to introduce digital citizenship concepts right in Edmodo. All lessons are based on Common Sense Media’s free K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship curriculum.


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Jennifer Futrell's curator insight, September 24, 2014 11:31 AM

Common Sense Media is a fantastic teaching resource. 

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, September 25, 2014 2:18 PM

Great resources for anyone not familiar with being online!!!

Angela Mitchell's curator insight, November 21, 2015 11:18 AM

Commonsense Media ..A really great site!! I have used some of their videos to highlight the importance of online safety...

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Educational Technology Guy: Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish

Educational Technology Guy: Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

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Libchelle's curator insight, September 25, 2014 4:18 PM

This looks quite helpfuL. 

Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, September 26, 2014 9:07 AM

Una lista  miy completa de aplicaciones.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 1, 2015 1:03 AM

A very very good list! Check it out if you are looking for ideas. 

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Territoriale aanspraken in de wateren rond China: een overzicht

Territoriale aanspraken in de wateren rond  China: een overzicht | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it
China has recently increased its pursuit of territorial claims in nearby seas, leading to tense exchanges with neighboring countries. A map of some of the most notable disputes.

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Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, May 21, 2014 1:07 PM

Another key article regarding the ongoing disputes of the South China Sea - this article, when paired with our later discussion of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, will help us understand why this issue will be increasing in importance in the coming year.

James Hobson's curator insight, November 21, 2014 7:33 PM

(East Asia topic 4)

Though international politics are nothing to be taken lightly, this scenario resembles that of children drawing on a chalkboard and fighting for the space on their sides (or maybe it's just me since this happened a lot in my elementary school...). I admit that there seems to be no one right way of solving these disputes, but perhaps a god starting point would be a historical stance: Who found an island first? Which nation first used it? How historically significant is a place to each country?  Those islands which lie outside the EEZs or which there is no clear primary holder could be made into a jointly-managed zone, in which each country with a legitimate claim shares equal profits and usage of the resources. Though nations will argue that they don't want such a settlement, it may end up being beneficial, since one particular place may turn out being much more profitable than another one nearby. So even if China were to inherit 90% of these islands and territory, theoretically a large amount of oil or gems could be discovered in the other 10%, making aggression a bad move over a sharing compromise.

Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, December 14, 2015 4:38 PM

Why do we care so much about smaller islands? Some of these islands are very useful when it comes to gaining access to minerals and deep sea drilling off its shores. Someof these countries can also claim the land and have their own government and be run themselves. These islands have a special economic zone of 200 miles.

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Cityscapes of Rio de Janeiro


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Adventures in Population Growth

Adventures in Population Growth | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

"The International Database at the US Census Bureau [provides] population estimates broken down by country, age and year for essentially every country. [With this data we can track] shifts in population makeup over time. I’ve created a few interesting graphs to show the expected shifts over the next 35 years, including the dependency ratio."


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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, April 5, 2015 8:18 PM

GTAV AC:G Y10 - Geographies of human wellbeing

CD - The reasons for spatial variations between countries in selected indicators of  human wellbeing

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 2015 11:30 PM

This is an example on the population growth and development from the recent years of technological innovation.

Deanna Metz's curator insight, March 1, 8:04 PM

This article has some excellent animated graphs and population pyramids to show some of the demographic changes that countries will be experiencing from now until 2050.  These animated GIFs are perfect teaching images.  


Tag: population, demographic transition model, APHG.

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How Wolves Change Rivers

"When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable 'trophic cascade' occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers?"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 6, 2015 11:53 AM

When a complex system gets one aspect of it changed, there are many other changes that occur, some of which are nearly impossible to envision beforehand.  Here is some Oregon State research on the changes in Yellowstone's ecosystems and physical environments since the introduction of wolves. 


Tagsecology, biogeography, environment, environment adapt, physical, fluvial.

Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, February 7, 2015 11:56 PM

AMAZING!

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The Economist sur Twitter

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How big is Africa really? Much bigger than it looks on most maps http://econ.st/1vUvhmy pic.twitter.com/s14Te9FePM

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, November 20, 2014 2:37 PM

unit 1

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 26, 2014 1:45 PM

Yes, Africa is much larger than the rest of the world realizes!

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Energieopwekkend fietspad officieel geopend

Energieopwekkend fietspad officieel geopend | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it
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The changing shape of world demographics

Animating the changing shape of the world population pyramid. For more multimedia content from The Economist visit our website: http://econ.st/1xqEZhX.
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Bex Swaney's curator insight, December 5, 2014 12:27 PM

Growth of the ageing population, population change as a whole

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 2015 10:47 AM

unit 2

Deanna Metz's curator insight, March 1, 8:05 PM

This is an incredibly powerful and remarkably well-done video by the Economist (see related article here) that is reminiscent of a TED-ED lesson on the importance and value of population pyramids.  This video goes nicely with this article from the World Bank entitled "The End of the Population Pyramid" which highlights the demographic changes that will be reshaping global demographics in the next 50-100 years.  


Tag: population, declining population, demographic transition model, video, APHG.

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Quiz Socket: Vraagstelling op papier. Beantwoording en inzage daarop op pc.

Quiz Socket: Vraagstelling op papier. Beantwoording en inzage daarop op pc. | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

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Herman van Schie's curator insight, November 19, 2013 4:59 AM

QuizSocket is een zogenaamd Student Response System oftewel een tool waarmee leerlingen op hun pc, laptop, tablet of smartphone vragen van de docent kunnen beantwoorden en waarmee de docent ogenblikkelijk daarna inzage krijgt in de gegeven antwoorden. QuizSocket is echter net even anders dan andere Student Response Systems. Bij QuizSocket hoeven geen vragen te worden ingevoerd, die verstrekt de docent mondeling, op het (digi)bord of gewoon op papier. Dit maakt dat de tool ogenblikkelijk, zonder enige vorm van voorbereiding kan worden ingezet. Wie beschikt over meerkeuzevragen met 2, 3 of 4 antwoordmogelijkheden, in welke vorm dan ook, kan direct met QuizSocket aan de slag. QuizSocket is uiterst doeltreffend en zeer eenvoudig in gebruik. Aan het gebruik ervan zijn geen kosten verbonden en zelfs het aanvragen van een account is niet nodig.

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Movenote: Documenten en afbeeldingen toelichten met video-opname van jezelf.

Movenote: Documenten en afbeeldingen toelichten met video-opname van jezelf. | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

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Herman van Schie's curator insight, December 21, 2013 2:36 PM

Movenote is een tool waarmee je aan de ene zijde van het scherm documenten/afbeeldingen kunt tonen en aan de andere zijde een video-opname van jezelf, waarin je die documenten/afbeeldin-gen van een gesproken toelichting kunt voorzien.
De werking van Movenote is uiterst eenvoudig en gaat buitengewoon snel. Eerst dienen de documenten die je wilt gebruiken te worden ingelezen. Vervolgens kun je die documenten één voor één oproepen en daaraan een video-opname van jezelf toevoegen.
Nadat op deze manier een slideshow is gecreëerd met een geïntegreerde video-opname van jezelf kan deze worden opgeslagen, waarna een link kan worden opgeroepen waarmee de presentatie met anderen kan worden gedeeld. Ook is het mogelijk om de presentatie m.b.v. een gegenereerde embed-code te embedden op eigen website of weblog.
Movenote kan overweg met velerlei soorten bestanden, maar geeft echter de voorkeur aan PDF's, JPG's en PNG's.  Om problemen te voorkomen is het handig op Word-bestanden, Excel-spreadsheets en PowerPointpresentaties als PDF op te slaan. In Movenote kunnen ook Internetpagina's worden getoond als van die pagina's eerst een schermafdruk/schermopname is gemaakt die als PNG of JPG is opgeslagen.
Movenote is goed inzetbaar in het onderwijs, zeker waar het gaat om Flipping the Classroom.
Movenote is niet alleen beschikbaar voor pc's, maar ook voor toestellen die werken op iOs en Android.

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Pumpkin Geography

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"During the month of October, I take advantage of the pumpkin harvest to bring hands-on geography to my students.  After spending a month becoming familiar with the location of the seven continents and the major bodies of water, each student is given a pumpkin to turn into a globe. Students paint the entire surface of the pumpkin blue to represent water. Next, they use pushpins to position and trace the outline of each continent onto their pumpkins. They use actual globes as models and are careful to place the continents in the correct hemisphere. Then, they paint and label each continent a different color. They label the major bodies of water and use white paint to represent the North and South Poles."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 22, 2014 8:57 AM

Happy October everyone!  The pictures above (from a friend's website) show how teachers and parents alike can get children involved in a fun craft that will strengthen kids' mental maps--all with a seasonal twist.  If you really love idea of pumpkin globes, you should also see this one.   


Tagsart, K12, fun, seasonal.

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 23, 2014 9:17 AM

Happy October everyone!  The pictures above (from a friend's website) show how teachers and parents alike can get children involved in a fun craft that will strengthen kids' mental maps--all with a seasonal twist.  If you really love idea of pumpkin globes, you should also see this one.  Besides the fun and games here are some resources to teach the geography behind Thanksgiving.     


Tagsart, K12, fun, seasonal.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 27, 2014 11:14 AM

This is a great use of connecting education and culture. Carving pumpkins is something that most children connect with this season. I think it is an effective strategy to connect these traditions with education. I think its a great way to put a educational spin on a childhood tradition. 

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Where Has All the Water Gone?

Where Has All the Water Gone? | Aardrijkskunde | Scoop.it

"Once the fourth-largest lake in the world, Central Asia's shrinking Aral Sea has reached a new low, thanks to decades-old water diversions and a more recent drought." 


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Nicholas A. Whitmore's curator insight, December 13, 2015 3:52 PM

An unfortunate side affect of unregulated growth and mismanagement. This turn of events has led to many losing their livelihoods and more than likely has led to the abandoning of at least some villages/towns that may have depended on the Sea. Another great tragedy of all this is the damage to the wildlife in the region. Who knows the kinds of species that were lost. It is a sad day when a landmark disappears and for the Aral Sea it would appear it will become nothing more than a historical memory like the Rubicon. I at least hope something will be done to restore it by finding another place for the cotton production but given this is a dispute involving multiple countries it is unlikely to happen at least in the short term.

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 14, 2015 11:21 AM

this is a demonstration of why you shouldn't just try to alter the environment that you are relying on for  your entire existence in a way that will have effects that you cannot possibly predict.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 3:22 PM

The Aral Sea, a once very large sea, is becoming a dried up sea bed. Human irrigation has played an important roll in the decline of the sea. Irrigation created canals and damns that led to the the peoples crops. Since the 1960's when irrigation was started the sea has dried up creating very large beds of salty sand. This sand was not just located around the sea but dust storms pick up the sea and deposit it on the land around the sea creating very large swaths of land that are infertile. This also creates health problems from the salt settling on the crops of the people. 

The dried up sea also creates a environmental issue of less evaporation and less rain for the crops. This also breaks down the ecological system. a area that was once booming with wildlife has been diminished to just 32 species down from the 174 it used to be. what this area needs is a enormous rainstorm or a massive ice melt that hopefully be enough to re establish the sea. This is more then likely not going to happen but its what it needs.

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Brazil's ethanol revolution

"United Nations, June 2008 - The bio-fuel, ethanol, is generating a revolution in renewable energy that could help reduce the world's thirst for oil. In Brazil, the production of ethanol from sugarcane is booming, but what is not clear is the impact it is having on the industry's sugarcane cutters."  Transcript of video available here.


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Patty B's curator insight, November 10, 2015 5:19 PM

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The 'ethanol revolution' occurring in Brazil is a critical topic to examine in terms of global geography. With it's ethanol export rising 70% as of 2007-08, and with an abundance of sugarcane, Brazil is now beginning to offer an alternative to tradition fuels (especially for cars). Brazil is exporting a great deal of ethanol which is stimulating its economy, but there is a negative side to this energy boom. It's causing a great deal of unemployment in Brazil due to the mechanization of the process of sugarcane cultivation. The effects of a country or region's main commodity always goes under this mechanization process, it just depends on when the need for that commodity arises (this kind of relates to "Guns, Germs, and Steel" and the idea of determinism).

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 7, 2015 1:01 PM
This sounds like something that people need to learn from, making fuel from sugar and alcohol. It is said that because of this Brazil is a world leader in in this sector. Doing so reduces emissions making a cleaner environment. This is future. .Doing things such as this and making machine mechanized cutters is good too, because now humans do not have to do it. When humans by hand get the sugar they have to burn plants, and burning plants pollutes the air because of the fire and the fire can cause severe destruction if it gets out of hand. With hand picking going out, it will be better overall. Delivering ethanol to the rest of the world is believed to lift the developing world out of poverty. .
BrianCaldwell7's curator insight, March 16, 3:43 PM

Although ethanol is working well for Brazil, there is a growing literature supporting the idea that wide-scale ethanol production is not sustainable or environmentally beneficial.  This is a great example to demonstrate that economic and environmental policies are locally dependent on geographic factors and are not universally transferable.  Click here for a simple explanation of the differences in the economic and environmental differences in the production of sugar and corn-based ethanol.  

 

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Welcome to the Anthropocene

"A 3-minute journey through the last 250 years of our history, from the start of the Industrial Revolution to the Rio+20 Summit. The film charts the growth of humanity into a global force on the equivalent scale to major geological processes."


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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, September 24, 2014 11:55 AM

El Antropoceno,  nueva era geológica

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 2015 11:33 AM

Summer reading KQ1: How has the Earth's environment changed over time?

Alex Smiga's curator insight, March 14, 7:44 PM

Many geologists and other scientists now recognize that we are in a new geologic era.  This new era, called the Anthropocene, is distinguished by the fact that one species (homo sapiens), is dramatically modifying the environment. These modifications are impacting geologic processes to such a degree that this time period is geologically distinct (see this remote sensing interactive for examples of environmental change).  Paul Crutzen, a Nobel Prize–winning scientist who champions the term Anthropocene declared, “It’s no longer us against ‘Nature.’ Instead, it’s we who decide what nature is and what it will be.”  This video is a great primer for discussing the nature and extent of human and environmental interactions as related to industrialization, globalization and climate change.  This is definitely one of my favorite resources.