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Bizarre Borders


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Did you know the geometric boundary between US and Canada (the longest border in the world) is also a physical border? Check it out.

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, October 5, 2014 8:45 PM

This video shows how political geography does not always match up perfectly with physical geography, showing how the "no-touching zone" between the US and Canada has led to several border irregularities. It's very interesting to see how a seemingly straight border on a map is actually an odd and irregular jagged line that defines the political boundary. 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, January 29, 6:31 PM

Craziest thing I've ever seen!  The poor kids on Robert's Island that has to cross through Canada to go to school.  I think it's crazy that the borders were defined when they didn't even have a complete map.  Taking a guess obviously didn't work out.  It seems very difficult to define a border.  

WILBERT DE JESUS's curator insight, February 12, 6:39 PM

Sometimes borders between frendly neighbours like Canada and USA are less protected than borders between countries with conflicts.

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Egypt's New Capital?

Egypt's New Capital? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

The teeming, maddening, and indescribably charming city of Cairo has served as Egypt's capital for 1,000 years. When it emerged it was perhaps the most important cultural center in the Arab world.

But the city's days as Egypt's capital could be numbered. On Friday, the Egyptian government announced that the country will build a new capital from scratch, carving out a piece of the desert between Cairo and the Suez Canal. The project, which is being dubbed "the Capital Cairo," is slated to cost an estimated $45 billion and host Egypt's sprawling government bureaucracy, universities, tourism facilities, hospitals, and a new international airport.


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Urban

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 23, 1:42 PM

The Egyptian government has announced plans to replace Cairo as the capital city with a new city built to its east--this article argues that the money would be better spent elsewhere.  This is a good case-study to use when discussing forward capitals, but I think that Egyptian officials need to seriously consider the example of the manufactured capital city of Naypyidaw in Burma before building this forward capital. 

Tags: forward capital Egypt, urbanpolitical, urbanism, APHG.

Matt Richardson's curator insight, April 9, 2:33 PM

This is an example of a "forward capital" like Washington DC, Brasilia, and Canberra. 

SRA's curator insight, April 13, 3:28 PM

I wonder what kind of traditional impact this will have on Egypt's culture. Will the people of Egypt accept this change or voice their opinions. I'm just very interested to see it finished.

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How Muslims View Easter - The New Yorker

How Muslims View Easter - The New Yorker | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Jesus didn’t die on the cross. He was born of a virgin, but he isn’t the son of God. He did not redeem the sins of humankind. He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and raised the dead. He spoke complete sentences even as an infant in the cradle, announcing to his mother, Mary, that God had granted him the scripture and made him a prophet. Jesus is neither almighty nor eternal. Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is a Muslim. This is the Jesus of the Koran. Ninety-three of its verses refer to him—more than any other prophet save Muhammad—and the Koranic account of Jesus’ life harmonizes with the Gospels in more particulars than even many Muslims realize. My wife is a Muslim with years of madrassa education behind her, but when I mentioned Jesus’ virgin birth to her she was skeptical. “Does the Koran really say that?” she asked. I started to look it up, but five seconds later she waved me off. “Don’t bother,” she said, “I found it on Wikipedia.” And so it was written.
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The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The nation's largest retailer is known for sprawling suburban and rural stores. Now Wal-Mart is moving into city centers — sometimes despite strong local opposition.
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Urban!

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Watch now: Rick Steves' Europe | Iran: Tehran and Side Trips | PBS Video

In this first of two half-hour shows on Iran, Rick dodges traffic in Tehran
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Want to go to Iran? I do! I do! Here you can do it virtually.

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The Bolivian women who knit parts for hearts

The Bolivian women who knit parts for hearts | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The Aymara women of Bolivia are using their centuries-old knitting and weaving skills to make parts to help children with holes in their hearts.
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Unkind Architecture: Designing Against the Homeless

Unkind Architecture: Designing Against the Homeless | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Defensive architecture is revealing on a number of levels, because it is not the product of accident or thoughtlessness, but a thought process. It is a sort of unkindness that is considered, designed, approved, funded and made real with the explicit motive to exclude and harass. It reveals how corporate hygiene has overridden human considerations…"


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Nicolas Bernier's curator insight, April 1, 5:07 PM

Very bad taste indeed / de très mauvais goût !

Claudia Patricia Parra's curator insight, April 3, 9:41 AM

añada su visión ...

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 5, 7:58 PM

The government should try to develop better methods to keep homeless out of the street. Planning and designating a place to the homeless group by offering better conditions, will change the problem.  As the architects have new ideas to resolve a problem with the homeless, they should also be formulating ideas to prevent homelessness such as providing feasible shelter on the street. Part of the problem is that shelters should be marketed in the communities. Local businesses, policies and general communities could be more active in helping these minority groups to get aid and better their life. Cities should provide more programs and aid for the homeless group. 

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Poachers Hunt Endangered African Animals – This Woman Hunts Poachers

Poachers Hunt Endangered African Animals – This Woman Hunts Poachers | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Kinessa Johnson is a US Army veteran who served for 4 years in Afghanistan, this week she arrived in Africa to take on a different kind of enemy. Her new mission is, as she puts it, “We’re going over there to do some anti-poaching, kill some bad guys, and do some good.” She is now [...]

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Environment?

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Why not eat insects?

Why not eat insects? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.
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Just wait...20 years from now.. you'll laugh about when you didn't eat insects!

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Is social media fuelling a Mexican Spring?

Is social media fuelling a Mexican Spring? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Six months after 43 students disappeared, a movement of digital activists borrowing tactics from campaigns around the world has gained strength on Mexican social media.
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Political.

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The Women's Mosque of America, Grounded, Boston Calling - BBC World Service

The Women's Mosque of America, Grounded, Boston Calling - BBC World Service | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
America's first all-female mosque is receiving praise - and some pushback.
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Women's only mosque...religion/gender.

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India's daughters are celebrated in these villages

India's daughters are celebrated in these villages | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Greening of the villages and collective financial commitments are part of the change celebrating the girl child.
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some happy news. gender. development. 

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The 169 commandments

The 169 commandments | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
MOSES brought ten commandments down from Mount Sinai. If only the UN’s proposed list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were as concise. The SDGs are supposed...
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Dutch nursing home offers rent-free housing to students

Dutch nursing home offers rent-free housing to students | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A nursing home in the Netherlands allows university students to live rent-free alongside the elderly residents, as part of a project aimed at warding off the negative effects of aging.
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Urban?

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How the World Celebrates Easter in 15 Spectacular Photos

How the World Celebrates Easter in 15 Spectacular Photos | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
From eggs to bunnies, there are almost as many ways to observe Easter as there are countries.
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The story of Capannori – A Zero Waste champion

The story of Capannori – A Zero Waste champion | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Nowhere is the phrase “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” truer than in the small town of Capannori, Italy, where a small but determined movement to stop the construction of an incinerator led to an Italy-wide grassroots Zero Waste movement. [...]
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Zero-Waste community in Italy.

My first law as President? Zero-Waste!!!!

Second? 2 year Maternity and Paternity leave!

3rd? Small Businesses only! Family Farm subsidies, etc. etc. 

(I probably would not make a very good president.)

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Will Ethiopia's teff be the next 'super grain'?

Will Ethiopia's teff be the next 'super grain'? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Ethiopia's indigenous grain teff is garnering global interest as a new super-food, but the country's government has to balance a desire for export success with the need to keep its population fed.
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There is an Ethiopian restaurant near UT campus where you can try teff! It is really good and creates spongey, bouncy bread.

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Syrian Journey: Choose your own route

Syrian Journey: Choose your own route | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Put yourself in the shoes of a Syrian migrant and see whether you could make the right choices on the journey to Europe.

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Miroslav Sopko's curator insight, April 5, 1:37 AM

Ak by ste boli Sýrčanom :(

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 5, 8:01 PM

Citizens of Syria have experienced difficult times since their country entered into a period of continual war in the past few decades. People migrate to Europe in demand of better life for their families. All begin with a plan and a &helper,&  called trafficker or coyote in Mexico, and money to cross few borders and be able to live life free from war. Although, with countries such as Egypt, Lybia, Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece, with a massive migrations, tough economies, lack of jobs, nothing and no one is safe. However, Europe is very attractive in terms of quality life and safety to raise families. Furthermore, to be able to survive during this migration transition, many risks are involved and even in some cases, killings. Immigrants migrate by boat, truck, train, and sometimes even walking. Day or night immigrants keep moving and pay  high prices to be transported to the next point. It takes them weeks, months, and even years to reach thier final destinations. This is the same for those immigrants in Mexico and U.S. 

Claire Law's curator insight, April 25, 8:41 PM

UK interactive resource to put students in the shoes of refugees fleeing conflict

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This Is What It Looks Like When Men Are Allowed To Take 480 Days Of Paternity Leave

This Is What It Looks Like When Men Are Allowed To Take 480 Days Of Paternity Leave | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Photographer Johan Bävman documents the world of dads and their babies in a country where fathers are encouraged to take a generous amount of paternity leave.
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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!

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The steep costs of living so far apart from each other

The steep costs of living so far apart from each other | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A new study warns that sprawl is costing the U.S. &u0024;1 trillion a year
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URBAN

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The Daily Show–Spot the Africa

Between rampant racial inequality and Ebola outbreaks, South African comedian Trevor Noah admits he hesitated to visit a country as underdeveloped as America.

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SO GLAD He is going to be the new host of the Daily Show when Jon retires. Such a bright young man.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 30, 10:03 AM

Since social media is buzzing with the news that Trevor Noah is replacing Jon Stewart as the host of the Daily Show, I wanted to show a geographically themed clip from one of Trevor's previous correspondence pieces on the show.  This clip was filmed during the height of the Ebola hysteria and Ferguson protests; the main topic is misconceptions in the United States about Africa.  His life itself is a portal into mixed South African geographies.


Tags: Ebola, Africa, regions, perspective.

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Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to a Seaside Town in Thailand | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.
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Folk foods

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Former Lost Boy of Sudan turned chess master ponders his next move

Former Lost Boy of Sudan turned chess master ponders his next move | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
After surviving horrors in Sudan, Majur Juac is now a national chess master looking to advance — if he can afford to.
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Not sure how to categorize this one, but it is fascinating!

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Libya's Berber demand language recognition

Libya's Berber demand language recognition | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The Tuareg Social Council has demanded that Libya's constitution-drafting body should include Berber as one of the country's official languages, Anadolu has reported. The demand was made during the council's meeting in Bayda city, in the east of Libya.
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I wish I knew a Berber...LANGUAGE

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