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Census Dotmap

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Charlie Koppelson's insight:

This map is very useful in examining the distribution of people and geography in North America. It's easy to see that our once rural based country is completely dominated by cities, most of which are near the coast. It's fun to play around with as you can see where mountain ranges are as well as other topographic changes just by the concentrations of people, or lack there of.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 1, 2013 9:33 AM

This interactive dot distribution map of the United States 2010 census data has many great applications.  The conversation can focus on the symbology of the map (for example, this could lead to a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of dot distribution maps) or notice how certain physical landforms are visible for either their high or low population density.  One of the advantages of this map is that it uses census data at the block level.  This means that the user can visualize distinct scale-dependent patterns.  Sharp divisions (e.g.-urban vs. rural) might have less of a distinct edge as you zoom in.  

UPDATE: This map now includes Canadian and Mexican census data as well as the United States.


Tags: cartography, technology, mapping, visualization, population, density.

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Stray Dogs Master Moscow Subway

Stray Dogs Master Moscow Subway | Charlieography | Scoop.it

"Every so often, if you ride Moscow's crowded subways, you may notice that the commuters around you include a dog - a stray dog, on its own, just using the handy underground Metro to beat the traffic and get from A to B.  Yes, some of Moscow's stray dogs have figured out how to use the city's immense and complex subway system, getting on and off at their regular stops."


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This just shows how smart dogs really are. They see humans doing it, so they learn how to get around using the subways as well. They probably even get a free snack along the way! Just proves yet again why dogs are so much better than cats. You wouldn't find a cat taking the subway. They would think they're too good for that.

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Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, February 18, 11:25 PM

This article shows how intelligent some dogs are. They are adapting to the environment around them and figuring out how to survive within the city. I give them credit, as I am sure they have their tactics to survive, whether its begging for food or traveling subways to look for food. 

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 30, 8:46 PM

Dogs are creatures of habit. They get on at one stop and off at another every day or every so often. This is because there is an abundance of stray dogs and since no one is taking them in, Moscow will continue to have interesting subway surfers among them.

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 11:06 AM

Humans commonly think of themselves as separate from nature.  However, we very much are a part of it and animals, like these stray dogs, know it.  When dealing with something more powerful than yourself, you have to learn how to navigate the system in order to survive.  That is exactly what these dogs have done, literally and figuratively, by learning the complex subway systems in Moscow.  It is an example of how animals can adapt to their man-made surroundings and how persistent (the rest of) nature can be.

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After more than 2 decades, U.S. recognizes Somalia

After more than 2 decades, U.S. recognizes Somalia | Charlieography | Scoop.it
For the first time in more than two decades, the United States has granted official recognition to the Somali government in Mogadishu.
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This is a good step for Somalia. They have finally kicked the terrorists out of their capital and have a recognizable government. Even though poverty and piratism still plagues this country of the Horn of Africa, they are making strides in the right direction. There is still much to be done. Hopefully they transform from a terrorist breeding ground into a prosperous country and active member of the global community.

 

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Hugo Chavez, influential leader with mixed record, dies at 58

Hugo Chavez, influential leader with mixed record, dies at 58 | Charlieography | Scoop.it
Hugo Chavez, the polarizing president of Venezuela, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, said Vice President Nicolas Maduro.
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With Chavez having passed and the Castro family rule coming to an end, relations with both Venezuela and Cuba could see some drastic changes in the near future. Maybe the U.S. could gain two allies that once despised them, especially since Cuba relies mainly on Venezuela for its oil. In turn, Iran would lose a key ally if Venezuela allies itself with the U.S. With elections looming in just 30 days, the change of power in Venezuela will have global implications.

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What we can learn from Mexico

What we can learn from Mexico | Charlieography | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, the president told a newspaper the solution to partisanship is politics and more politics.


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You know the economy is bad in the U.S. when Mexicans don't even want in anymore. In fact, more Mexicans are now leaving the U.S. for Mexico than vice versa. Mexico is the 4th largest producer of cars in the world and their GDP is growing by 4%, twice as fast as Brazil and even the U.S. Maybe Americans should start heading down to Mexico for work. I know a lot of Rhode Islanders that could use jobs.

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Marissa Roy's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:46 PM

This article is particularly interesting. It is so common to hear about the drug wars going on in Mexico, but much less common to hear how the country is doing economically. It makes sense that their economy is growing, as the United States imports many goods and products from across the border. This goes hand in hand with how the Mexican government also pays their workers more than most Chinese workers recieve. Mostly it is their geographic location to the United States that is making their economy grow.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 4, 12:22 PM

The future of Mexico is starting to look better and better as President Enrique Pena Nieto increases taxes, competition and takes on the teachers’ unions. With these reforms, Nieto is looking to build a better Mexico and succeed other surrounding countries.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 29, 2:18 PM

The facts about the "new" Mexico help in reasoning why less people are migrating.  The new Mexico looks hopeful and prosperous but when you read about the affects of the drug wars and violence, we see that there is still room for progress for the country in order to keep their citizens from leaving Mexico.

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Drill reaches deep Antarctic lake

Drill reaches deep Antarctic lake | Charlieography | Scoop.it
A US attempt to drill into Lake Whillans, a body of water buried almost 1km under Antarctica, achieves its aim.
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This is pretty interesting. Lakes buried under nearly a half mile of ice, untouched for thousands of years. They remain liquid because of geothermal activity . I wonder what they will find...

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Geo 400 Map

Geo 400 Map | Charlieography | Scoop.it

Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.

 

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Here's the link the Professor Dixon's Interactive map.

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Emma Lafleur's curator insight, January 24, 2013 5:34 PM

A great interactive map to learn about different regions of the world.

chris tobin's curator insight, January 24, 2013 5:35 PM

This is a really cool map from class

Marie Schoeman's curator insight, February 20, 2013 4:07 AM

This site collects interesting sites on Geography Teaching. It is anticipated that there will also be articles on differentiation which could assist teachers to present Geography in an inclusive way.

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'Dozens killed' in Syria village

'Dozens killed' in Syria village | Charlieography | Scoop.it
At least 40 people were killed by pro-government gunmen in north-west Syria on Thursday, activists say, prompting opposition claims of a "massacre".
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As violence continues in Syria, I wonder if or when Western countries will step in and support the rebels in Syria. Israel has said that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against the rebels, and now the U.S. is leaning towards that conclusion as well. However, Russia remains firm in their support of the Syrian government. The plight of the Syrian people continues yet it seems not garner the attention that North Korea gets by issuing threats. Something needs to be done in order to avoid much worse violence in Syria.

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Global warming is epic, long-term study says

Global warming is epic, long-term study says | Charlieography | Scoop.it
Global warming has propelled Earth's climate from one of its coldest decades since the last ice age to one of its hottest -- in just one century.
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It's hard to believe that some people still don't believe in global warming; or they believe in it but say it's natural and not man-made. If you take an environmental geoology class you will learn that the spike in temperature and green house gasses is unprecedented since the start of the industrial revolution. Ice records don't lie, yet some still refute these findings. Permafrost that has been frozen for thousands of years is melting, releasing even more ozone depleting greenhouse gases. This study states that in 2100, the global temperature average will be higher than it has ever been in our Earth's history. Today's global warming is irrefutably manmade, but if everyone doesn't accept that, changes in greenhouse gas emissions will never be made.

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In pictures: Rio de Janeiro's Carnival

In pictures:  Rio de Janeiro's Carnival | Charlieography | Scoop.it
Images from Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome where Carnival reaches its climax with the second night of parades by the city's leading samba schools.
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Carnival has come and gone. Yet again, I failed to make the trip. I love parades and Carnival is the parade of parades. Just look at these pictures! Looks like a blast. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to settle for St. Patricks Day in Newport. One day, Rio! I'll be there!

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Census Dotmap

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Via Seth Dixon
Charlie Koppelson's insight:

This map is very useful in examining the distribution of people and geography in North America. It's easy to see that our once rural based country is completely dominated by cities, most of which are near the coast. It's fun to play around with as you can see where mountain ranges are as well as other topographic changes just by the concentrations of people, or lack there of.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 1, 2013 9:33 AM

This interactive dot distribution map of the United States 2010 census data has many great applications.  The conversation can focus on the symbology of the map (for example, this could lead to a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of dot distribution maps) or notice how certain physical landforms are visible for either their high or low population density.  One of the advantages of this map is that it uses census data at the block level.  This means that the user can visualize distinct scale-dependent patterns.  Sharp divisions (e.g.-urban vs. rural) might have less of a distinct edge as you zoom in.  

UPDATE: This map now includes Canadian and Mexican census data as well as the United States.


Tags: cartography, technology, mapping, visualization, population, density.

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For the U.N. and North Korea: Game On

For the U.N. and North Korea: Game On | Charlieography | Scoop.it
North Korea has responded to new Security Council sanctions condemning its December 12 rocket launch.
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The author of this opinion states that this may just be "the shock needed to restart the six party talks". I don't think that the DPRK cares about what the UN thinks or even the next round of sanctions that will result from their latest provocations. The Korean Peninsula is about as tense as it could be without an all out war. Now, even China has turned their back on the DPRK. Don't be surprised if the U.S. takes military action rather than more UN backed sanctions.

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