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Why Geography Matters . . . But Is So Little Learned

Why Geography Matters . . . But Is So Little Learned | Advance Placement Human Geography | Scoop.it

This article by Walter McDougall (2003 by Orbis) is worth reviewing and is a good reading assignment to start the school year.  The link is to a PDF version of the article. 


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What If?

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This blogpost answers the (often unasked) question:  What would the world be like if the land masses were spread out the same way as now - only rotated by an angle of 90 degrees? While purely hypothetical, this is an exercise in applying real geographic thinking to different situations.  Anything that you would correct? 

 

Tags: weather climate, geography, GeographyEducation, unit 1 GeoPrinciples, physical. 


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Dania's comment, September 5, 2012 8:41 PM
well!!!
I'll tell you that it's why God created Mother Nature. maybe what we think is bad now in nature can be worse for the the Earth and human being... I think if the ground is moved 90 degree, many natural phenomena would happened in many regions of the Earth which would be harm to people, plants and animals that live in those regions. Plus, the population of poor nation would not be prepared for those climate changes.... many people would die or they have to move from those regions.
Jeff F's comment, September 5, 2012 9:50 PM
This looks like a map from the classic NES game Dragon Warrior II only flipped upside down. #nerd

Anyways, I think the most densely populated areas would be around the central ocean with New York and London being primate cities of their respected hemispheres.

Given that that the central ocean area is in an equatorial region, agriculture would likely not be very prosperous in these regions. Instead, I imagine New York becoming the center of an imperial superpower. Seeing as the most fertile regions of both South and North America are in temperate areas, agriculture would be a dominating industry.

The northern hemisphere on the other I hand I imagine would be largely undeveloped and rural. The "breadbaskets" of this hemispher are located much further inland from the central ocean.
Ian Roberts's comment, September 11, 2012 5:57 PM
First off I would like to say travel to Europe would be much easier and the Pacific Ocean grew even larger. One thing that really got me wondering was whether the world would be northern hemisphere centered or southern hemisphere centered. Currently, there are many more people in the northern hemisphere, so things like the summer olympics are held in our summer, their winter. BUt with the world turned ninety degrees, the population will be much more similar. The north will probably still have more people, but the south has America. It would be interesting to see how they would decide that conflict.
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Why should I be interested in Geography?

A video made by David Lambert et al showing why Geography is a key subject and the importance of understanding it in the context of our modern world.

 

This is a creative video that promotes geo-literacy.  It is an excellent way to kick off a new school year if you are looking for a 'hook' to demonstrate the importance of geography to students today.  Other materials of this nature can be found on this website under the tag 'geo-inspiration.'

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Lydia Blevins's comment, September 2, 2012 9:33 AM
I didn't realize how important geography is. It seems very fascinating to learn about geography and how it has so much to do with the future and how our world keeps changing. I can't wait to learn about it in class.
Haley Wayland's comment, September 2, 2012 9:24 PM
This video really gave me a better idea of what this class will teach me and give me more knowledge about. I never really understood the definition of geography and why it was so important. It really seems like an interesting class and I'm very interested.
Michael Grant's comment, September 12, 2012 1:11 PM
This really shows the importance of geography and how much we have not payed attention to how much has changed
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William Pattison - 4 Traditions of Geography

This article is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  

 

Tags: Geography Education, Geography, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples


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Jessica L. Price's comment, July 11, 2013 7:06 AM
This made it easier for me to understand the four traditions! Thanks!
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 6:02 AM

This article is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  


Tags: Geography Education, Geography, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

RachaelDurbin's curator insight, July 4, 10:23 AM

Great for Unit 2: Part 1

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William Pattison - 4 Traditions of Geography

This article is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  

 

Tags: Geography Education, Geography, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples


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Jessica L. Price's comment, July 11, 2013 7:06 AM
This made it easier for me to understand the four traditions! Thanks!
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 10, 2013 6:02 AM

This article is a classic; one of the most well-cited articles from the Journal of Geography.  


Tags: Geography Education, Geography, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

RachaelDurbin's curator insight, July 4, 10:23 AM

Great for Unit 2: Part 1