Europe has built a fortress around itself to protect itself from ‘illegal' immigration from the South, from peoples fleeing civil war, conflict and devastating poverty. The story is best understood through maps.
Created by Eirik Evjen. The production of this video was made out of 76,940 single photos.
"Norway has recently reached 5 million inhabitants and the capital is growing rapidly. The city scene in Oslo is steadily thickening with taller buildings, more people and the never-ending construction sites. Being by far the most populated city in Norway with 613 000 inhabitants, most Norwegians look to Oslo as a major capital. However, if one compares Oslo to other international capitals, Oslo only ranks as the 112th largest. Oslo is indeed a major capital, just a small one…"
Tags: art, urban, Europe, landscape, unit 7 cities.
Two videos from a TV producer who is now in the geography classroom are available for free in the iTunes store. The 1st video shows a lot of great examples of material culture items found during archeological digs called "The Ancient Agora."
The 4th is a 30 minute film on the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, which shows many sacred sites, burial/cremation practices, and other aspects of Nepali culture. For more work by this fellow geography teacher see: http://www.agiftforthevillage.blogspot.com/
One of the amazing memories of my trip to Europe was visiting the Vatican and developing a kink in my neck from marveling at the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. No photography is allowed to preserve reverence in what many consider not only a cultural heritage site, but a holy site. This link is the next best thing to being in the Vatican staring at the Sistine Chapel. We might not be able to travel the world with our students, but this can help us bring the world to our classroom.
API Cartographer Eric Fischer plots language shapefiles of Twitter.
Some other images show how social media cuts across place, time and culture and communications have 'defeated' geography to unite the world. This image (besides looking pretty) shows that culture and place still matter within our increasingly interconnected globalized communications. There are some very real creating obstacles to diffusion and even if the technology exists for "one huge conversation," there are non-intersecting conversations because of cultural and community differences.
One out of four Swedes are immigrants or have a parent with an immigrant background.
Demographic shifts leading to political and cultural tensions. Europe, which historically has been a source of migrants, is relatively new to be a destination for migrants and that has heightened some of the conflicts.
European interior ministers agree to 'radical revision' of Schengen amid fears of a flood of migrants from north Africa...
The Schengen Treaty is one of the most important aspects that facilitate the free flow of People goods and capital in Europe. With increasing cultural anxiety connected to immigration during economic rough times, will this signal a reversal of Europe's trend towards increasing regional integration?
This website is one I've always referenced to highlight the growing trend of right-wing/anti-immigration parties in Europe (I DO NOT CONDONE THE IDEAS OF THE BLOG OBVIOUSLY). After the terrorist attack in Norway, it was discovered that this particular blogger was enormously influential on the thinking of the terrorist. Why Gates of Vienna? In his words, "At the siege of Vienna in 1683 Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe. We are in a new phase of a very old war."
The Demographic Transition, Migration and politics all merge in this geographic restructuring of Europe.
Which countries consume the most electricity per person? You might guess the United States would top the World Bank’s list, but the Nordic countries of Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Sweden are actually at or near the top. Icelanders consume an average of 52,374 kilowatt hours per person per year, Norwegians 23,174 kilowatt hours, Finns 15,738 kilowatt hours, and Swedes 14,030 kilowatt hours. Americans are not far behind, with an average consumption of 13,246 kilowatt hours per person. The Japanese consume 7,848 kilowatt hours.
This image is part of a global composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite in 2012. The nighttime view of Earth was made possible by the “day-night band” of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite. VIIRS detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, wildfires, and gas flares. The city lights of several major Nordic cities are visible in the imagery, including Stockholm, Sweden (population 905,184); Oslo, Norway (634,463); Helsinki, Finland (614,074), and Reykjavik, Iceland (121,490).
"Europe and Asia, while often considered two separate continents, both lie on the same landmass or tectonic plate, the Eurasian supercontinent. The historic and geographic story of the Eurasian boundary is intriguing."
The remarkable pictures show scenes from France today with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war superimposed on top.
In this fastinating set of images, Dutch artist and historian Jo Teeuwisse merges her passions literally by superimposing World War II photographs on to modern pictures of the where the photos were originally taken. This serves as a reminder that places are rich with history; to understand the geography of a place, one must also know it's history (and vice versa).
From the Eiffel Tower, you can pan and zoom to see the whole city. This could be a fantastic 'hook' for an urban geography class. Paris has been the model for so many urban restructuring projects, that this would work nicely as grist for discuss centering on ideas of urbanism (and it's just stunningly gorgeous). Enjoy playing with this as it is very easy to manipulate and control.
Cypriots join the global protest movement to heal their divisions...
Cyprus has a long history of violence between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, so the buffer zone protest which follows the #occupy model, has greater political, ethnic, historical and geographic implications. Will this grassroots effort open a political dialogue to resolve the island’s divisions? Here is the group's Facebook page. The video is long, but the first few minutes are especially relevant with a nice overview.
One of the great landscapes showing the human-environmental interaction so vividly. This image always reminds me of Deryck Holdsworth's lectures at Penn State about Venice and the urban historical geographies of trade, commerce and commodities. This image exemplifies some of the key advantages in the earliest iterations of the globalizing forces that created the modern global economy.
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