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From steak to mangoes, here are some water-hogging foods

From steak to mangoes, here are some water-hogging foods | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
With California's drought worsening, there has been a growing focus on the amount of water needed to produce certain foods.
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People all (finally) agree that we are in a very severe drought era and saving water is the top-priority task for people in California. Recently I listened to a program in the local public radio station (KPCC) about high water consumption in growing almond in California. Then, here we are, looking at much higher water usage on many other food production, especially proteins - both animal and non-animal sources. I think this is a very informative chart and surely help me to make conscious, better choice of food every day.  

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Food, feed, and fuel - How we should feed the 9 billion population

Food, feed, and fuel - How we should feed the 9 billion population | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
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Only 55% of crops are being consumed as food directly in the world. Most of others, either being used to feed animals (for meat and dairy, which become merely 4% of food) as well as to produce fuel. How should we do as a society to feed the increasing global population? How can we shift the production system to meet the demand? IonE at University of Minnesota produced this global distribution map and National Geographic is producing a series of reports to discuss this pressing issue we are facing.

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The universal Underground map created for cities around the world

The universal Underground map created for cities around the world | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it

Save time and brainpower when visiting metropolitan cities with good cartographically designed metro maps!

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Hee haa...I have been thinking about cartography a lot lately, and this article is right on it! It shows how subtle changes can help people understand metro maps in several metropolitan cities around the world. I am learning from it myself. Bookmarked!

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Seeing Places From Bird's-Eye Views Is Amazing.

Seeing Places From Bird's-Eye Views Is Amazing. | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
If you were a bird, this is what you'd see.
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Great aerial photos from 30 places in the world. It's always amazing to see things from different perspectives. I think I still envy birds able to see this world from various heights and angles every day. 

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Still Lacking Over 70% of Snow in the California Sierra

Still Lacking Over 70% of Snow in the California Sierra | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
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My friend visited from Taiwan to take photos in Yosemite a few days ago. What he thought of silver, snowy scenery was lacking, because California Sierra is missing historical snowpacks this winter. As of today (Feb. 10, 2014), it is still only 29% of snow compared of normal condition in the entire sierra. This is potentially very risky for the upcoming spring and summer. Most of the water supply in California rely on the sierra's melted snow, and the drought condition could trigger the wild fire easily if the moisture condition remains low. 

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▶ How Many Countries Are There? - YouTube

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/1p2m6g/how_many_countries_are_there/ Help support videos like this: http://www.cgpgrey.com/subba...
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Hope you can see the YouTube link posted. A good short video about the seemingly easy yet complicated question: "How many countries are there?" As a person from Taiwan, yeah, it is always a tough question, sometimes heartbroken. But hey the correct answer is in our own minds. 

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地圖會說話: 消失四十年的國家公園 (Map Talks: The 40-year missing history of National Park System in Taiwan)

地圖會說話: 消失四十年的國家公園 (Map Talks: The 40-year missing history of National Park System in Taiwan) | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
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(Note: The original link is written in Traditional Chinese) The complexity of political history in Taiwan not only confuses its citizens about the geography of 'Republic of China' but also delays their learning about geological and conservation history on this island. The map in this article showed that three national parks were established in 1937 during the Japanese colonial era. It was forgotten after World War II when Chiang Kai-Shek's political power from China took over, and the so-called 'First national park in Taiwan'was  taught in school not established until 1984. The history of human interactions with the natural environment we live on was obliterated obviously due to political decisions. After so many years I am glad that we finaly re-learn hopefully-correct conservation history of this beautiful island. 

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Ancient soils' early whiff of oxygen

Ancient soils' early whiff of oxygen | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
Oxygen may have been accumulating in Earth's atmosphere hundreds of millions of years earlier than we thought, according to a study of the oldest soils on Earth.
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Natural history and soils are two things exciting to me. Now the two things are found together! Better yet, this reveals that the Earth's atmosphere might have contained oxygen at the time we did not imagine before. That's why science and nature will remain amazing to our life. What will we find next? 

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Words Matter: How Geospatial Education Suffers Because of Government Classification

Words Matter: How Geospatial Education Suffers Because of Government Classification | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
Recently, MSNBC aired a story (http://tinyurl.com/lgney9c) featuring Alex Trebek, host of the television game show “Jeopardy,” pointing to the neglect geography education is afforded in the United States.
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We all complain about the neglect geography education in US. On the other note, people who majored in GIS (or work close to it, like me) are frustrated about the never ending opposition from social geographers on the importance of physical geography and geospatial technologies in the higher education of geography. Jeff Lower's article pointed the two issues are connected and what the changes required to solve this problem.

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Invention gets soil carbon measurement off the ground - ABC Rural - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Invention gets soil carbon measurement off the ground - ABC Rural - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
Researchers have invented an instrument to measure carbon levels in soil, making it more feasible to monitor large areas of land.
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Basically this method is a new concept that incorporates and blend a full-core soil (up to 1m long profile) in a big tumbler before soil carbon measurements. The title 'off the ground' is very misleading. Whoever created the title in Australian Broadcasting must have not even read the contents. Anyway, this may save some processing time but actual capture of soil C and its processes in a profile will need more time to test on. 

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Ice pushed against shore on Medicine Lake

I did not take this video, uploaded to youtube so it could further be shared from the original KARE 11 post, who gave credit to Nadalie Thomas As seen on KAR...
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Talking how amazing the Nature is, you'll need to watch this video with icicles pushing up to shore on Medicine Lake today (the last day of April!). I especially like a CityPages blogger called it 'The Best Sign of Spring'. Oh yeah spring has sprung.

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Geoportal

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I always love map portals. This is a nice geo-portal (that's exactly it's name!) for everyone to access to spatial information in California. Think not only natural hazards or resources, but use its maps and tools to find your potential business or places to live in CA areas!

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Jean-Baptiste De Beunie (1717–1793): Unsung Pioneer of the... : Soil Science

Jean-Baptiste De Beunie (1717–1793):  Unsung Pioneer of the... : Soil Science | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
Abstract: Recent biographical sources suggest that an individual by the name of Jean-Baptiste De Beunie, a physician who lived more than two centuries ago in what is now northern Belgium, came up with the idea of a three-class granulometry for...
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Wow. He was the person who came up with particle distribution for soils (sand, silt, clay)!? What a brilliant person...It was centuries ago but I feel we are connected! 

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How much $100 is worth in your state

How much $100 is worth in your state | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
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Living in high income metropolitan areas usually also mean high living costs. The averaged incomes, however, don't make up the high living cost in Southern California, where I live now. With the map 'the relative value for a $100' (by state) published by the Tax Foundation, you get some good ideas about how much really means in your pocket. For me, it is clear that I have many choices for future residency in getting the better value of my money. Literally, many. 

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Richat structure, Mauritania

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A giant, geological wonder in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania is pictured in this satellite image.The 40 km-diameter circular Richat structure is one of the geological features that is easier to observe from space than from down on the ground, and has been a familiar landmark to astronaut…
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A giant, interesting earth structure taken from a Japanese satellite Alos in November 2010. The height is 700km which makes it harder to recognize the entire structure from the earth. But astronauts in missions have been using it as a sighting location from the space. I wonder how this beautiful structure from space looks when walking on it!

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World Dumpster Map

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By mapping the world's food-bearing dumpsters, we hope to raise awareness about food waste, facilitate the liberation of discarded food, and encourage businesses to donate the food instead.
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No more waste on food! Essentially this is a crowd sourcing map for you to locate where food can be found in dumpsters worldwide. Okay, I know it sounds crazy. But I think the people who search food in dumpsters are more moral than people who waste food (even some are for legitimate reasons). I have to say, though, that I've never done this myself. 

I like the concept of mapping dumpsters for food searching. I cannot stand for people wasting food including during food preparation (ex. throwing away fish heads, cutting off big chunks of celery or cabbage heads during cooking). Estimated food waste after harvest is about 30-50% in developed countries depending on data sources. What I see is that a majority of people growing up in US don't really understand what they throw away are edible and delicious, and do not appreciate food enough. Next time, when you are cooking or finish your eating, at home or in the restaurant, rethink the things you are throwing away. Eat them, give them away, or at least you should add information for someone to find the food on the dumpster map. The earth will appreciate your effort to help it a less sustainable place to live.

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How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State?

How Many Minimum Wage Hours Does It Take To Afford A Two-Bedroom Apartment In Your State? | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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Ah....A good map to show how most of us don't make enough money to afford the rent. California and the Northeast are among the worst. 

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Delta Maps | Delta Stewardship Council

Delta Maps | Delta Stewardship Council | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
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I recently had several chances to know and learn about the California Delta. It includes about half of the river flow in CA and supports 23 million people's water use in Central and Southern parts of the state. The link contains maps with snapshots for levee conditions. With the upcoming plan of a gigantic canal cutting through the islands of the Delta, it is interesting and unquestionably important to keep an eye on the news of this region.

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An online wind flow globe - Animated!

An online wind flow globe - Animated! | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
an animated map of global wind conditions
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This is so cool! The animated map is on the globe-like basemap with continuous update of wind condition. You can see the current wind flows at your home, or on where you'd like to go! Love it.

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You Are Here: The 13 Best Maps of 2013

You Are Here: The 13 Best Maps of 2013 | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
Maps: Where would we be without them? This was banner year for beautiful, information-dense cartography, which provided a moment of self-reflection like a giant, geographic mirror.
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Interesting efforts for some of the maps being made here. I cannot say they are really the best maps of 2013, but so fun to look at facts and creativity! 

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22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
Small lobsters are tearing this nation apart. ;
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This is a fun map project shows you how Americans speak English in different regions. It is such a powerful showcase on how maps tell stories. Now I think I am going to ask everyone I meet tomorrow how they say 'caramel' and 'syrup'. 

The maps also reminds me the difficult time I had to define 'freeway' when just moved to CA (wondering why this was important? I worked in a GPS company and worked on map data). Believe me, I really struggled for a long, long time...

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Time Mapping Taiwan

A visual representation of the cultural and political influences during the 400 years of Taiwan's history.
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Mapping political change of Taiwan over 400 years. It is such a beautiful and meaningful art for the island I come from. Feeling love, and something more...History is something the people of the land always carry, consciously or not.

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Android-powered SuperSurv 3.1 Enhances Soil Survey and Land Use Planning for Kedah State Development Corporation - Geospatial PR

Android-powered SuperSurv 3.1 Enhances Soil Survey and Land Use Planning for Kedah State Development Corporation - Geospatial PR | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
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I have a fellow researcher who used iPhone for geocoding and wanted to use the locations in her research...I really hesitated in helping her, as there is no metadata for spatial errors. I will never, never use a source data I do not have a hold on it. Now, people finally put thoughts together.To use maps on your smartphones and obtain accurate geocoding and map information for your research or planning? With mobile programs like SuperSurv 3.1, The time has come better. Is the basemap in North America for use (SuperSurv was developed in Malaysia)? That I'm not sure.

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Pioneering Soil Researcher Wins Top Environment Prize

Pioneering Soil Researcher Wins Top Environment Prize | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
Biologist Diana Wall went to the ends of the earth - the seemingly lifeless Antarctic desert - to study the life in soil.

"What soil life does for us, it provides us with many benefits that w...
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Soil, is the missing link, to the global environmental problems, says Diana Wall at Colorado State University. I am proud, and really happy that she won the Tyler Environmental Prize. People finally start to see the importance of soils to our living environment.

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The GIS Career, Revisioned - GIS Lounge

The GIS Career, Revisioned - GIS Lounge | An-Min's Geospatial World | Scoop.it
How should you strategize the direction of your GIS career in light of the trend towards easier-to-use GIS software and more emphasis on GIS professionals to have programming skills?
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Program or adapt within an industry...! The good advice for you and me looking for a good standing ground in the GIS career. 

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