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Mapping Your Trips

Mapping Your Trips | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it

"The following pictures are all embedded in this ArcGIS Online map that I created as a part of the T3G institute in Redlands CA on the ESRI campus."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 19, 2013 11:33 PM

For me exploring the neighborhoods of Redlands was incredibly nostalgic since it reminds me so much of the part of Burbank that I grew up in, but haven’t had much opportunity to visit since.  I left  Burbank, CA when I 11 and the next year the city’s landscapes became the set for the TV show “The Wonder Years.”  I was 12 just like Kevin Arnold was, and despite a serious lack of Winnie Cooper in my youth, the show still resonates with me as does the Southern California landscape.

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Southern California hit by major power failure: An (UN)Natural Disaster

Southern California hit by major power failure: An (UN)Natural Disaster | AP Human Geography Education | Scoop.it
Failure of a major transmission line in Southern California has cut power to millions of people in the U.S. and Mexico, and electricity could be out into Friday, utility officials say.

 

I'm thinking of my family in San Diego, but after experiencing some electrical failures in Rhode Island due to Hurricane Irene, it got me thinking of a new geographic reality.  The way modern Americans live is entirely dependent on electrical energy that to experience a disruption is essentially the equivalent of a natural disaster.  This speaks to the human-environmental interaction "theme" of geography since most Americans can't sustain their lives for more than 72 hours without electricity.  We urbanites have detached ourselves from the land and "low-tech" to an alarming degree.  We've created a sitatuation that leads to (un)natural disasters without our technological gadgets that have become our necessities.  


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