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Atlas Obscura | Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

Atlas Obscura | Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
Definitive guidebook and friendly tour-guide to the world's most wondrous places. Travel tips, articles, strange facts and unique events.
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An amazing website with lots of searchable fascinating places to explore

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Hydroelectric and Geothermal: Benefits and Drawbacks

Hydroelectric and Geothermal: Benefits and Drawbacks | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
Students analyze the benefits and drawbacks of hydroelectric and geothermal energy and the environmental impacts on a specific geographic location. They create a multimedia presentation to share what they have learned.
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In Kenya, Using Tech To Put An 'Invisible' Slum On The Map

In Kenya, Using Tech To Put An 'Invisible' Slum On The Map | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
A billion people worldwide live in slums, largely invisible to city services and governments — but not to satellites.

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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 28, 2013 1:11 PM

Great how tech and globalization can help represed people in other countries.

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 6, 2013 5:07 PM

The slum-mapping movement began in India almost a decade ago and migrated to africa, the idea of this is to make slums a reality to people who have never set foot in one before. The maps can be used in court to stop evictions or simply to raise awarance. I think this idea is on the right track of what needs to be done. These people need help and so many people incuding the governement pretend they arent their but with these maps as proof they can no longer do that.    

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 19, 2014 10:24 AM

Slums and squatter settlements are a problem that a lot of the developing world has to deal with.  The unsafe and unsanitary buildings cause headaches and problems for the leaders of the cities they surround.  This story is hopeful in that the city did manage to bring a water line out to get clean water to the people living in this area.  Perhaps this will lead to a better quality of life of the inhabitants of this particular slum.  Also the project of mapping such areas can be a useful tool for city planners to better regulate these areas and help the people that live there.,

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The American village set to disappear

The American village set to disappear | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
The tiny Alaskan village of Kivalina is set to disappear under water within a decade. But Alaska has a complex relationship with climate change as it relies on oil revenue.
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Tanker truck crashes, spills jet fuel into creek (with video)

Tanker truck crashes, spills jet fuel into creek (with video) | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
A tanker truck carrying 35,000 litres of jet fuel in the Slocan Valley overturned on Highway 6, spilling its load into Lemon Creek Friday night.
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US Home Prices and USA Heat Map - Trulia Real Estate Search - Trulia.com

, home prices displayed on an interactive Heat Map. See the most and least popular neighborhoods and ZIP codes, average/median home sales price in .
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BBC Country Profiles

BBC Country Profiles | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
BBC Country Profiles: instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions.

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Al Picozzi's comment, July 25, 2013 4:55 PM
Great site for quick info. Thanks
Sabrina Wesley's curator insight, July 26, 2013 12:53 AM

Use for History, Geography, and Math

Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 30, 2013 5:06 AM

I need a one-stop shop for my classes and maybe this is it.

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Geography in the News: Ethiopia's Dam Projects - National Geographic

Geography in the News: Ethiopia's Dam Projects - National Geographic | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
Geography in the News: Ethiopia's Dam Projects
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Co-authors are Neal Lineback, Appalachian State University Professor Emeritus of Geography, and Geographer Mandy Lineback Gritzner.
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Mapping McDonald's - Edible Geography

Mapping McDonald's - Edible Geography | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
Just as the Big Mac Index is used as an economic diagnostic by The Economist, the geography of McDonald's locations surely rewards spatial analysis — but perhaps at a more granular scale than The Guardian's global atlas ...
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Earth Structural Layer Cake

Earth Structural Layer Cake | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it

"One of their lessons [in a series involving geologic sciences] involved teaching the kids about the structure of the Earth. One of her friends came up with the idea of presenting a model of the Earth made out of cake. So my sister asked me if I could make a spherical cake with all the layers of the Earth inside it."


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Courtney Burns's curator insight, December 7, 2013 7:58 PM

I think that this came out awesome! I definetly don't think that I would be able to pull something like this off. However what I found intersting about this was that it was like a cake map. Students were able to get a visual about what the earth's core is like. It visually shows them all the different layers of the earth. Just by visually seeing the cake like this will help a lot more kids to remember this lesson. Also by the baker putting the countries in their accurate locations makes this cake even that much better. They are veiwing a map and they don't even know it. I think this cake is a great tool to use to show students just how the earth is actually made up. By allowing the students to visually see it also makes it more likely for them to remember the material. Viewing maps can teach so much, which is why I think this "cake map" is an awesome way to teach and get the kids attention!

Michelle Winemiller's curator insight, January 22, 2015 11:07 AM

project option we currently do for this unit

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Can You Name These Cities by Their Starbucks Locations?

Can You Name These Cities by Their Starbucks Locations? | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it

"Can you recognize it by its Starbucks locations?  Let’s find out. This quiz shows all of the Starbucks locations within the city boundaries of 20 domestic or foreign cities, and for each you must name the city depicted from four choices."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 24, 2013 1:19 PM

This is my favorite place-based guessing game since GeoGuessr (5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" and you have to guess where).  This isn't about knowing Starbucks locations, but understanding spatial urban economic patterns (just as this article showing the locations where McDonald's and Burger King will place stores also relies of understanding urban economic patterns).  In this Starbucks game you have to recognized the shape of the city, major street patterns and the economic patterns just to name a few.  This is one way to make the urban model more relevant.       


Tags: urbanmodels, economic, trivia.

Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:53 PM

Unfortuntaley I wasn't very good at this game. I believe I ended up getting 5 answers correct. However what was intersting about this article was to see how each starbucks was placed in certain areas. There were so much more starbucks locations in city areas. The starbucks' also typically were off of main highways or corners. This is for similiar reasons to what we dicussed about dunkin donuts in class. People are only going to travel so far for coffee. If it is not convienent then people will go else where. It is not like car dealership where people will drive out of their way to look. For a coffee people on average may drive 5 minutes. Anything too out of the way people will avoid. That is why there are so many starbucks and dunkins so close to eachother. They are set up equdistant from each other in locations that are convient for people around the area to try and get them to choose their coffee. It is typical to put a coffee shop on the main roads like we see in the maps, as well as in numerous locations to convience the whole area. The more convient the shop the more money they will make. That is why there are some many locations so close to each other. It is interesting to see it visually on a map just how many locations there actually are. 

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Fracking OK for North East - peer

Fracking OK for North East - peer | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
Fracking should be carried out in the North East of England, where there are large, "desolate" areas, a southern-based former energy secretary says. (Fracking's a vote winner in NE. Big Conservative win next election?
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India eyes B.C.’s coal reserves as it ramps up steel production

India eyes B.C.’s coal reserves as it ramps up steel production | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
India wants to buy a bigger chunk of B.C.’s vast metallurgical coal reserves to feed its growing steel industry, a potential boost to the province’s No. 1 export business, worth $5.7 billion a year.
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Volcano causes Mexico flight chaos

Volcano causes Mexico flight chaos | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
US airlines cancel flights into and out of Mexico City for a second day over fears that ash from a rumbling volcano could affect their planes.
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'Go home' campaign against illegal immigrants could go nationwide

'Go home' campaign against illegal immigrants could go nationwide | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
David Cameron's spokesman says controversial scheme involving mobile vans advertising a helpline for people to leave UK is working (EU migration. Would a billboard make you leave the country ? Is it just an attempt to be seen to do something?
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Canoeist discovers uncharted waterfalls in Canada

Canoeist discovers uncharted waterfalls in Canada | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
Explorer Adam Shoalts hurtles down 12-metre falls on Again river in one of world's remotest areas (Canoeist discovers uncharted waterfalls in Canada #geography http://t.co/9Sozpg2wB1 via @guardian)...
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The geography of Tweets | Twitter Blog

The geography of Tweets | Twitter Blog | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
Give every Twitter user a brush and they will paint you the world — if they geotag their Tweets. Those of us on the Visual Insights team are obsessed with the patterns that emerge from aggregated......
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Geography in the News: World Fisheries

Geography in the News: World Fisheries | BC Geography 12 and IB Geography | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM DECLINE IN OCEAN FISHERIES The world may be running out of places to catch wild fish.

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Sally Egan's curator insight, August 5, 2013 6:42 PM

Useful for consideration of Fish as a resource in the topic Natural Resource Use in Global Challenges. 

Josue Maroquin's comment, August 12, 2013 9:11 PM
its scary to see how much fishing grew over the pat years due to the growing population
Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:39 PM

Overtime as the population has increased you can see on the map that areas have been over fished. This has caused people to move near the water to fish and it has created some jobs for them. This could be bad becuase as the population increases the fish will decrease due to the over fishing.