Almost everything can be seen through the eyes of a geographer. Take coffee, for example; to most people, coffee is a delicious beverage and nothing more. But to geographers coffee holds a number of intriguing chronicles relating to physical geography, human geography, biogeography, and many other aspects.
Is it the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Gulf? Mount McKinley or Denali? Mumbai or Bombay?Some geographic names don’t just tell us where we live or where we’re going. They’re also a political statement, or in the eyes of some, a politically incorrect one. They may not spark a war of the worlds, but they can cause a war of words.
This video is a class introduction to the Advanced Placement course in Human Geography, which is intended to give high-ability students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. More importantly, the content of the course helps students develop critical thinking skills through the understanding, by Dan Snyder
Google's New 'Smarty Pins' Tests Your Geography Trivia Knowledge Jaunted It's the middle of the week, so why not step away from that spreadsheet and take a little break with a new game from the folks over at Google Maps.
IF SCOTLAND becomes independent the early going will be good. The new country will be a wealthy one: at over £20,000 ($33,000), within Britain its output per person was only behind London and the South East in 2012 (see chart 1).
WHEN China eased its one-child policy late last year, investors bet on a surge in demand for everything from pianos to nappies. They, and government officials foresaw a mini-boom after long-constrained parents were allowed a second go at making babies.".
In a move that has been widely seen as retaliatory, the Russian government has kicked off a series of random checks at McDonald's around the country, and has already shut down four prime locations in Moscow.
"On the y-axis, traditional values emphasize the importance of religion, parent-child relationships, and authority, according to the World Values Survey . People who embrace these tend to reject divorce, abortion, euthanasia, and suicide. Oppositely, secular-rational values represent the other extreme and tend to relate to liberal ways of thinking. On the x-axis, survival values revere economic and physical security and safety and are linked to low levels of trust and tolerance. On the other side, self-expression values give high priority to protecting the environment, promoting gender equality, and tolerating foreigners and gays and lesbians."
Allison Anthony's insight:
This is a very interesting way to look at culture and the morals and belief systems across the global spectrum. Pick a few countries and see if you can guess where they might fall on the chart, the.take a look and see if you if you were right.
The Geography of Wikipedia Articles Motherboard To help you zero in on what you're after, Mapping Wikipedia allows you to filter over 18 major geographic regions, and a range of article traits like density, language, date created, word count,...
Geography in the News: Kaliningrad National Geographic Kaliningrad, a small Russian exclave, is frequently in the news in Eastern Europe, as it has become more and more westernized and increasingly a tourism destination.
Those who value geopolitics understand why the then-almighty United States would have felt so threatened by the fall of a small, nearby island into the Soviet camp, that it tries to invade Cuba. Or why China and Japan, two of the three largest economies in the world, would quarrel over a few rocks (the Senkaku Islands) in the East China Sea.
Sir Halford Mackinder is one of the founding fathers of geopolitics. Mackinder labels the three contiguous continents, Asia, Europe and Africa as the "world Island" and the "heartland" as the rough center, occupied by Russia and Eastern Europe. His theory, conceived in 1904, goes as follows: Whoever rules east Europe commands the heartland; whoever rules the heartland commands the world island; whoever rules the world island controls the world.
As Japan's population shrinks, remote communities such as the island of Shiraishi Jima are feeling the changes.
Allison Anthony's insight:
Japan's population is declining. Not enough children are being born and many adults are leaving for the big cities or other countries. Who has population to spare, especially women? An unlikely neighbor.
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