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How the Potato Changed the World

How the Potato Changed the World | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture

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Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 1:38 PM

Potatoes were very important in the Colombian Exchange, which was the exchange of plants and animals to and from different lands where they are not native to.  Today, the potato is the fifth most important crop in the world.  Food is deeply routed in culture and this massive exchange changed societies.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 28, 11:41 PM

Potatoes were brought to the New World through the Columbian Exchange. It does have a negative connotation but the trade route was used to diffuse cultures by trading food. 

Gina Panighetti's curator insight, August 4, 5:35 PM

Columbian Exchange Unit

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What is GIS?

This is a brief introduction to what geographic information systems are.  This is not a tutorial on how to use it, but a conceptual overview on the potential uses and applications for GIS.  

 

Tags: GIS, video, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples, geospatial, mapping and location.


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What Earth looks like now

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Mercator Puzzle!

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Unit 1 super fun-- really shows the distortion of Mercator!

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The 9 biggest myths about ISIS

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If you want to understand the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the first thing you have to know about them is that they are not crazy. Murderous adherents to a violent medieval ideology, sure. But not insane.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 26, 2:43 PM

This interactive is a series of related articles, each designed to tackle popular narratives that have been constructed to explain ISIS; there are bits of truths in these myths, but they fail to fully contextualize the reality on the ground.  These nine myths are:

  1. ISIS is crazy and irrational
  2. People support ISIS because they like its radical form of Islam
  3. ISIS is part of al-Qaeda
  4. ISIS is a Syrian rebel group
  5. ISIS is only strong because of Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki
  6. ISIS is afraid of female soldiers
  7. The US can destroy ISIS
  8. ISIS will self-destruct on its own
  9. ISIS is invincible

 

Tags: SyriaIraq, MiddleEast, conflict, political, geopolitics.


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To end population growth, spread the wealth - Grist

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To end population growth, spread the wealth
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Zoom out on the graph of human population until it encompasses the entire timeline of our species and you'll notice something alarming.
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EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people

EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Pharmaceutical companies would need to compensate indigenous people for using their knowhow in creating new medicines

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 22, 10:42 PM

I'd never hear the term biopiracy before this month, but this idea is this: companies from wealthy countries commercially develop the genetic resources of developing countries with local assistance but don't fairly compensate the local population.  I never had the vocabulary to describe such a thing, but that is biopiracy in a nutshell and the EU is working to end that.  It doesn't only impact the pharmaceutical companies but heavily impact the agricultural industries as well.  Anyone in the developed world eating quinoa and kale 20 years ago?  Being marketed as 'superfoods' has changed the global production systems but also impacted local indigenous food supplies (some are referring to this as food gentrification). 


Tagsfood productiontechnology, industry, food, agriculture, agribusiness, globalization, folk cultures, indigenous.

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APHG-Unit 4

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Topography of Religion

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"The Pew survey sorts people into major groupings--Christians; other religions, including Jewish and Muslim; and 'unaffiliated,' which includes atheist, agnostic and 'nothing in particular.'  Roll your cursor over the map to see how faiths and traditions break down by state."


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Tom Franta's curator insight, August 25, 12:51 PM

Interactive map showing religion by state

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APHG-Unit 1

CT Blake's curator insight, August 29, 7:09 PM

Awesome interactive map showing the relative religious composition of states.

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The Craziest McDonald's Locations Around the Globe

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In its quest for global fast-food domination, McDonald’s has opened more than 34,000 restaurants in 119 countries. And some reside in some pretty unexpected places. Here are 14 of the zaniest.

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MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:46 PM

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The Middle East Friendship Chart

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With overlapping civil wars in Syria and Iraq, a new flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and tense nuclear talks with Iran, Middle Eastern politics are more volatile than ever and longtime alliances are shifting.
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What the new bank of BRICS is all about

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The BRICS countries economic development has outpaced their influence in global institutions. Now they are going their own way.
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Chinese Uyghurs defy Ramadan ban

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"The government's attempt to clamp down on religious expression has backfired among Uyghurs."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 5, 9:07 AM

China has used various means to eliminate minority groups' cultural identity, and human rights groups argue that this ban on Ramadan is no different (children and government employees are banned from fasting, allegedly for health and safety concerns).  Ethnic Uyghurs speak a Turkic language are more culturally connected to Cental Asia than East Asia.  Predominantly Muslim, the Uyghurs are defying some of the more controversial laws that they feel single them out.   


Tagsethnicityconflict, politicalreligion, China.

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China has used various means to eliminate minority groups' cultural identity, and human rights groups argue that this ban on Ramadan is no different (children and government employees are banned from fasting, allegedly for health and safety concerns).  Ethnic Uyghurs speak a Turkic language are more culturally connected to Cental Asia than East Asia.  Predominantly Muslim, the Uyghurs are defying some of the more controversial laws that they feel single them out."

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APHG-U3

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Video: How do you pronounce ‘water?’

Video: How do you pronounce ‘water?’ | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
YouTube users across the United States have uploaded dozens of videos to demonstrate their local dialects. PostTV examined people’s accents and state-specific answers to an online list of common questions.

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unit 3, this is one of my favorite topics in class!

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Gendered Cultural Narratives

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"As a Muslim woman who chooses to wear hijab,I'd like to apologize for this poster, to my non-hijab wearing cohorts. http://pic.twitter.com/IoLfDPEGx7”;


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unit 3 and 6 Why is this viewed as inflammatory by some?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 2, 9:50 AM

The hijab is an incredibly complex cultural artifact full of social meanings all over the political spectrum.  This poster shows some of the social pressures exerted on women in Iran to wear the hijab.  This poster comes from Iran where the government is using this platform to encourage traditional values and gendered norms using a chocolate bar/candy analogy.  This poster struck a nerve on social media throughout the Middle East in part because blends some modern cultural diffusion elements with some older folk traditions.  Many hijab-wearing women don't want other women to be shamed into conforming, and many women wear it the hijab in public, but privately subvert the cultural norms on social media.  What stereotypes and perspectives are embodied in this poster?  Why do you think this poster was seen as inflammatory or culturally insensitive by many?  This image would be a great discussion starter for cultural  patterns and process as well as the geography of the Middle East. 


TagsIran, gender, MiddleEast, Islamreligion, culture, social media.

Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 25, 10:07 AM

Interesting discussion

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APHG-U3

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Re-examining the Battle of Gettysburg with GIS

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"GIS has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost." 


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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, July 9, 2013 2:46 PM

Looking for GIS integration into history classes?  Smithsonian has a great page using the Battle of Gettysburg.  

John Slifko's curator insight, July 10, 2013 12:17 PM

the rent of the civil war 

Todd Pollard's curator insight, February 4, 10:34 PM

I really like this interactive map application.

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Map Projection Transitions

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unit 1 brings projections to life!

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What Does Earth Look Like?


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Diane Johnson's curator insight, August 26, 8:08 AM

Useful for teaching waves and information technology

Greg Russak's curator insight, August 26, 12:56 PM

Fellow map lovers will LOVE this!!!

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, August 27, 10:24 AM

Des cartes pour comprendre le monde.

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The rise of the megacity - Toronto Star

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The rise of the megacity
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“Everywhere, it's the big cities that are most attractive to everybody,” says Andre Sorensen, chair of the University of Toronto's human geography department.
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The population myth - Times of India

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The population myth
Times of India
Is a large population or a high density of population an impediment in a country's development? One might assume that the increase in population will amplify the burden on resources like land, food, water and so on.
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Animated GIFs of Earth Over Time

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"It took the folks at Google to upgrade these choppy visual sequences from crude flip-book quality to true video footage. With the help of massive amounts of computer muscle, they have scrubbed away cloud cover, filled in missing pixels, digitally stitched puzzle-piece pictures together, until the growing, thriving, sometimes dying planet is revealed in all its dynamic churn. The images are striking not just because of their vast sweep of geography and time but also because of their staggering detail."


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Diane Johnson's curator insight, August 25, 10:06 AM

Really useful for Earth's History DCI!

Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 25, 10:51 AM

Human-Environment Interaction in GIFs.

Sally Egan's curator insight, August 26, 6:42 PM

This is a great demonstration of human impacts on ecosystems. 7 locations in the world show dramatic change over time.

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The Most Popular Map Of The World Is Highly Misleading

The Most Popular Map Of The World Is Highly Misleading | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Africa and Greenland are not the same size.
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How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating

How To Cross 5 International Borders In 1 Minute Without Sweating | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Nations need borders for security, for revenue, for defense, for identity. But for fun? Introducing borders that giggle.
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There’s a plan to split California into 6 states. Here’s what it might look like.

There’s a plan to split California into 6 states. Here’s what it might look like. | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Demographics, money, and voting representation for something that will never happen.
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Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate

Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
What parts of the world should rethink their maps? Why and how?

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WOW, some really interesting thoughtdebate points here! very very unit 4

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 7, 11:28 AM

Maps are always changing as a new nation gets added and old lines cease to make sense. Territory is claimed and reclaimed.  This series of seven articles in the New York Times explores regional examples of how borders impacts places from a variety of scholarly perspectives.  Together, these article challenge student to reconsider the world map and to conceptualize conflicts within a spatial context.

 

Tags: bordersmapping, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 7:05 PM

APHG-U4

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Ethiopia's Dam Problems

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"Ethiopia is three years from completing a dam to control its headwaters, and while Egypt points to colonial-era treaties to claim the water and to stop the project, the question remains as to who own the Blue Nile."


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, July 20, 8:00 PM

Option: Inland water 

dilaycock's curator insight, July 21, 9:09 PM

Useful example to illustrate the interactions and tensions between natural resources and political systems.

Kate Buckland's curator insight, July 26, 10:38 PM

At least the Murray-Darling Basin is within one country - even if it covers 4 states!

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Test your geography smarts with Google's 'Smarty Pins' - KTAR.com

Test your geography smarts with Google's 'Smarty Pins' - KTAR.com | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

Test your geography smarts with Google's 'Smarty Pins' KTAR.com Whether you're a Geography Bee champ or a Social Studies chump, Google has a map for that. Utilizing its Maps feature, Google has created a game called "Smarty Pins," The Verge reported.


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another way to improve your geography awareness, great overall course resource. 

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