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Colorado flood map 2013: River gauges

Colorado flood map 2013: River gauges | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
A map of flood gauges in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Fort Morgan and elsewhere, including the Big Thompson River, South Platte River, Cache La Poudre River, Boulder Creek, Bear Creek, Clear Creek and Fountain Creek.
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This article shows that many of the rivers are way above the flood limit.  It also shows that the major flooding is north of Denver along the Big Thompson River and the South Platte River.  It looks like it followed Route 34, which has been heavily damaged in the rain and the floods.  It will take years to rebuild this entire area.  Some questions to ask is that do we rebuild in these same areas?  If so is there a way to mitigate these floods that are going to happen?  or Do we build somewhere different to avoid this type of disaster?

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Go Ahead, Try Drawing an Outline of the Midwest on a Map

Go Ahead, Try Drawing an Outline of the Midwest on a Map | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
No one quite agrees on what counts as America's "Midwest," but its pattern of urbanization is one of a kind.

Via John Blunnie, Seth Dixon
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It really is hard to determine the regions as everyone has their own ideas and opinions of what consititues a region.  Some I think are easy because they have been set in history, like New England. It is the six north east states that has long been set in history.  However something like the South is hard to define.  Is Texas the south becasue it fought with the south in the Civil War or is it part of the west because it is west of the Mississippi? 

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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 27, 2013 5:49 PM

Article on what American's consider the "midwest". Its interesting how different people can view were a region is when it has no official boundaries.

Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 13, 2013 10:30 AM

Regions can have very nebulous borders...the Midwest is a perfect example of a vernacular region with as many different borders as there are people to draw them. 


Mark Solomon's curator insight, August 21, 2013 10:31 AM

The American Midwest is a good example of a vernacular region, as it is perceived in different ways by many different people as an important part of their cultural history.

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Hundreds of Colorado flooding victims stranded, awaiting rescue

Hundreds of Colorado flooding victims stranded, awaiting rescue | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
More heavy rain is expected today in Colorado where rescue workers are battling to reach hundred of residents cut off by the worst floods in decades, which have killed at least four people and left many still unaccounted for.
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All of the rain in flooding happening here just reminds me of the floods we had in Cranston in 2010.  I know it is not on the same scale but it still reminds me off how much was lost in a small city in RI.  Also, all the forest fires this year in that region contributed to the flooding as there were alot fewer trees, as well as damaged soil, to absorb the water and rainfall. 

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