If you have over 100,000 staples, you can create an startlingly creative rendition of an urban landscape (well, Peter Root could). It is interesting how our cultural and historical context shape what we see as a human landscape. I can't help but think that if I lived 2,000 years ago this uneven jumbled metallic mass wouldn't remind anyone of any place they'd ever been.
Tags: art, urban, landscape, unit 7 cities, historical.
Manhole covers are ubiquitous in the modern urban fabric; they are typically drab and purely utilitarian. In Japan, municipalities take pride in the this ordinary piece of the landscape and convert them into extraordinary works of art that reflect the local people, place and culture.
Tags: book review, landscape, art, urban, culture, place, EastAsia.
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the beauty and diversity of America's landscapes as seen from above with the Earthscapes (Forever®) stamps.Offering an opportunity to see the world in a new way, the 15 stamps are issued in 3 rows of 5, showing 3...
These stamps are the perfect way to decorate your letters while showing your love for the Earth and geography.
These skylines are not to scale, but are composite skylines to groups together the iconic representations of the particular cities into one. Thanks to APHG teacher Ricard Giddens, here are some U.S. skylines.
The site is in Chinese, but the images are spectacular. They put a glass trail on the mountain Tyanmen (Heaven's Gate), located in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Hunan Province, China. It is a mountain in this park inspired the famous film "Avatar," the idea of floating mountains of Pandora. Below is a Google image search for "Zhangjiajie National Forest Park." Prepare to be amazed.
BEST VIEWED IN HD AND FULLSCREEN (with scaling off) Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon occurring in the summer months north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day.
"In the end of 2012 I travelled to USA to experience something new. And it was something I didn't expect: emptiness and density. 'Merge' is the last part of a project series 'Empty, Dense, Merge' which explores two opposite feelings through the photos of places located in USA. In this project two opposite places are merged into one: New York City, where, it seems like everyone wants to live there, and Grand Canyon / Death Valley, which are unlivable."
Ever since my first visit to to Disneyland, I was intrigued by the the ride 'It's a Small World After All." As a youngster, it was an opportunity to get in cool boat ride that I always regretted half way into the ride once the song was firmly chiseled into my mind. This blog post explores the curious and fascinating geographical imaginations, the visions of folk cultures and global harmony behind this Disneyland ride. This fabulous map charts that vision.
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.
This lesson plan was specifically designed with Arizona examples and aligned to the Arizona state standards, but it be easily adapted. I saw a presentation based on this lesson at the NCGE conference as was incredibly impressed. Also, you'll note that like this one, there are many other lesson plans freely available on the Arizona Geographic Alliance website.
Tags: K12, borders, political, landscape, migration, unit 4 political.
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).
Land artist Jim Denevan has created the world's largest work of art to date. Spanning 31-km-sq, the project is a 'drawing' on the frozen surface of the Siberian Lake Baikal. Follow the link for a 2 minute video on the production of the art.
Geography is not just about natural landforms. Urban structures are also equally fascinating. For today, let's...
The discipline of geography is about making the connections, bridging the gaps between various facets of Earth. These 15 iconic landscapes play a strong role in how people remember place...gorgeous pictures.
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.
The Latinization of Southern Space and Place project investigates how the myriad discourses of migration and globalization have become manifest graphically across social spaces and street graphics in the contemporary American South.
As local demographics change, so does the cultural landscape and--as evidenced by Alabama writing the toughest anti-immigration law in the U.S.--the political landscape.
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