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Why the Plan to Dig a Canal Across Nicaragua Could Be a Very Bad Idea

Why the Plan to Dig a Canal Across Nicaragua Could Be a Very Bad Idea | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

"By the end of this year, digging could begin on a waterway that would stretch roughly 180 miles across Nicaragua to unite the Atlantic and Pacific oceans."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 28, 6:56 AM

Today, the largest of the massive cargo ships are simply too big to get through the Panama Canal and have to travel down around the tip of South America; China is strategically working on strengthening their geopolitical position in the South China Sea and all international waters.  This is one reason why a Chinese firms are planning to construct a canal to rival Panama's.  This article highlights the reasons for concern (Maps 101 readers can read more about the geographic implications of Nicaragua's plans in this article co-authored by myself and Julie Dixon or you can sign up for a free trial subscription to see what else Maps 101 has to offer). 


Tags: transportation, Nicaragua, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, February 28, 9:24 AM

This could be an economic boom for Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. However, this construction could potentially cause serious problems. The proposed canal would pass through or near nature reserves and areas inhabited by indigenous groups. Also, it would pass through Lake Nicaragua, the largest fresh water lake in Central America. This lake holds fresh drinking water for the people and is home to rare fresh water species, such as the fresh water shark, which could be effected negatively by this construction.

Although this canal could turn Nicaragua’s economy around, it could also cause negative impacts on their environment. 

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 3:28 PM

Although Nicaragua would benefit from this financially the whole country would be carved up because of the other nations total rule over the imports and exports in trading routes.

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Gangnam Style: Three Reasons K-Pop Is Taking Over The World : NPR

Gangnam Style: Three Reasons K-Pop Is Taking Over The World : NPR | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it

How Korea added pop music to its list of global exports.

 

A now developed country has built up its music industry infrastructure to the point that its product has diffused to the West.  Some K-Pop music videos are the most watched You Tube videos in the world.

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John Snow's cholera map of London recreated

John Snow's cholera map of London recreated | AP Human Geography @ Hermitage High School - Ms. Anthony | Scoop.it
What would John Snow's famous cholera map look like on a modern map of London, using modern mapping tools?
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This brings an updated look using modern geographic technology to this classic map of Snow's study of cholera outbreaks in 19th century London.  There is also a link to the actual data and a debate of the early techniques used.

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