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Russia, Syria and the US – parsing Uncle Vlad

Vladimir Putin has an op-ed in The New York Times reassuring Americans that he is on their side. Its attempted cuddliness brought to mind the west’s wartime image of another Russian leader. I am surprised this one did not sign the piece Uncle Vlad.
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Protesters in Warsaw against Gazprom drilling in the Arctic

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http://photos.msn.com/slideshow/news/must-see-august-2013/23qsbr7c#3

protesters in Warsaw against Gazprom drilling in Arctic

 

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Jet Stream Brings Two Very Different Junes to the Western & Eastern U.S. | NOAA Climate.gov

Jet Stream Brings Two Very Different Junes to the Western & Eastern U.S. | NOAA Climate.gov | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"During June, the jet stream developed kinks in its air current that served to shuttle moisture-packed frontal systems and their associated thunderstorms toward the East Coast while leaving the West high and dry.  These kinks are called troughs and ridges. A ridge is a large area of above normal atmospheric pressure that pushes the jet stream northward of its usual position.  A trough is a low-pressure area that allows the jet stream to dip southward.  Since early June, the eastern half of the U.S. has been sandwiched between two ridges: one over the West and the other over the western Atlantic, creating a trough in between. "

 

(See a map of the upper level circulation here.)  (NOAA)

 

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What Is A Sinkhole And Why Do Sinkholes Form?

What Is A Sinkhole And Why Do Sinkholes Form? | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

      "A sinkhole in Saint-Jude, Quebec has just collapsed a house, killing a family of four inside, leading people to ask what they are, how they occur and obviously who is at risk.


      Sinkholes are depressions that occur when soil or bedrock has been removed and only air remains - commonly when the rock below the land surface is limestone,  carbonate rock or salt beds that have been naturally dissolved by ground water circulating through them and then the water dries up.


      As the rock is dissolved by water(dissolution), spaces are created (suffosion) and typically sinkholes happen suddenly because the surface stays intact until the weight becomes too much. 
Sinkholes occur more often in places like Florida and Alabama because they have more underground rivers than most other states.   When sinkholes form it is commonly because the ground has simply collapsed over underground rivers that were once filled with water.
So if you want to look for signs of a major drought in the making, disgruntled skiers at Lake Tahoe are not going to be as accurate as sinkholes.  

      This map from the USGS shows where underground cavities have more frequently occurred and resulted in sinkholes.   As they note, these susceptible types of rock are called evaporites, such as salt, gypsum, and anhydrite, and carbonates, such as limestone and dolomite.  Evaporite rocks are in 35-40% of the US, but at various depths, which is why not all areas are equally affected.

Can sinkholes be caused by man?
Land-use practices have also been implicated in sinkholes.   When natural water drainage patterns are changed or water is otherwise diverted, the upward pressure of water is no longer keeping the surface stable.   Likewise, heavy industrial building or artificial lakes can cause weight issues that result in sinkholes.
Obviously if underground mining has occurred plain ol' gravity can cause sinkholes.

3 types of sinkholes
Dissolution sinkholes - where water first contacts the rock surface and also in joints and fractures.
Cover-subsidence sinkholes -  usually when the covering is permeable and contain sand. 
Cover-collapse sinkholes - usually when the covering contains a large amount of clay and surface erosion and drainage cause the 'bowl' people commonly see. " (quote article) 

PLEASE VISIT NEWS.NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM/NEWS SITE BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION;

 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130305-florida-sinkhole-science-causes-world/

 

 

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Do You Live In IHOP America Or Waffle House America?

Do You Live In IHOP America Or Waffle House America? | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

There is a pretty ridiculous North-South split, although Maryland, northern Virginia, and southern Florida (which is pretty much the North anyways) fall into pancake territory, while Waffle House has made inroads into Ohio and Indiana.


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Hye-Hyun Kang's curator insight, January 9, 2014 11:35 PM

This article basically shows that South prefer waffles than pancakes. Although, there's very small part of Texas that prefers waffles over pancakes. 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 13, 2014 1:13 PM

This map shows how divided north and south are in terms of Pancakes and waffles, with Pancakes having a larger reach than waffles, and showing how regional differences are effected by something as odd as fast food.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 12, 2014 10:05 PM

I have never been to a Waffle House and I hate IHOP. I chose this article because the map popped out at me. It was like an IHOP take over with a poor Waffle House in the middle. However, it is interesting to see that when you open the article, the IHOP density comes out to  1,543, while Waffle House density comes out to 1,661. By looking at this map, you would think that IHOP would have the bigger density. Waffle House gets most of its business from states in the South, while IHOP seems to be all over the place, Northern and Southern states.

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Glacier covered with blankets to reduce summer ice-melt

Glacier covered with blankets to reduce summer ice-melt | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
People living near the Rhone glacier in the central Alps of Switzerland have come up with a striking tactic to counter the effects of climate change.
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Long-lost Korean War film gets 1st screening in years

Long-lost Korean War film gets 1st screening in years | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Lost for decades in a closet, a sweet film about wartime South Korea is shown on the war's 63rd anniversary.
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Three fires combine into giant Colorado blaze - Video on NBCNews.com

Three fires combine into giant Colorado blaze - Video on NBCNews.com | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: High winds and hot temperatures are stoking flames in southwestern Colorado where a colossal fire is burning out of control. Officials say a spruce bark beetle infestation is partly to blame.
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Demonstration against government surveillance in England

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demonstration in england (msn.com photo) June 2013 against government surveillance cameras 

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June 14, 2013: Members of NO CCTV protest the use of surveillance cameras in Chamberlin Square in Birmingham, England, on June 8. Great Britain reportedly has more surveillance cameras per person than any other nation in the world. Members of NO CCTV argue that the alleged tradeoff in security does not justify the threat to privacy. The demonstrators want to educate the public about the issue. (MSN.com)

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Protest in Brazil

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MSN.com photo Protest in Brazil june 2013

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June 17, 2013: Members of the Homeless Workers' Movement protest against the Confederations Cup being held in Brazil, amid burning tires in front of the National Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on June 14. Japan faced off against Brazil in the opening match of the tournament on June 15.(MSN.com)

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Elephant tusks illegally poached

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MSN.com photo: Philippines gather poached elephant tusks to be destroyed to curb illegal ivory trade and killing elephants

 

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June 21, 2013: Workers arrange stockpiled ivory tusks set to be destroyed in Quezon City, Philippines, on June 21. At least five tons of smuggled elephant tusks were destroyed at the Philippine parks and wildlife grounds to raise awareness of the intensified effort to curb wildlife poaching. The Philippines is one of eight countries of priority and concern in the illegal ivory trade, particularly because of the nation's role as a trade route and transit country for elephant tusks originating from Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. ...less (MSN.com)

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Video: Voyage of the Mobro 4000

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The first of our new Retro Report series revisits the 1987 voyage of a barge loaded with New York garbage. It became an international fiasco, but foreshadowed the modern recycling movement.
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Interesting video on Mobro 4000 barge (3/22/1987) of 6 million pounds of trash from New York.  It finally ended up being burned in Brooklyn before going to Islip.

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10 Useful History and Geography Apps ~ Educatio...

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10 Useful History and Geography Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Digital Technologies for Teachers and Career Practitioners curated by Dr Peter Carey (RT @PJjHeath: 10 Useful History and Geography Apps ~ Educational Technology ...
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Sinkhole Science: A Primer

Sinkhole Science: A Primer | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

"An expert weighs in on causes—and which areas are most vulnerable."

 

      "Sure. Sometimes in karst areas [irregular landscapes formed when soluble rocks like limestone dissolve], when you drill a well—looking for water or for mining purposes—as you're pulling water out of the ground, you're lowering the groundwater table. That creates almost a toilet-flushing effect. You're lowering that groundwater level, and the soil that was sitting above just falls out. That's one way."

 

     "We also induce sinkholes when we start putting up parking lots and buildings and changing what we call the hydrologic regime. Instead of the water naturally soaking into the ground, it's now running off and being concentrated—being put into the ground at one point. (See "Guatamala Sinkholes Created by Humans, Not Nature.")" (quote article)

 

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A New perspective on China

A New perspective on China | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

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This is not how we typically see China displayed on a map. On most maps China is located under Kazakhstan and Mongolia.   Maps can shape our perspective on certain issues.  This map is clearly stating that China is important, more important than the surrounding countries. 

Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 7:32 PM

This doesn't pertain to a specific CD.

 

This is not how we typically see China displayed on a map. On most maps China is located under Kazakhstan and Mongolia. Maps can shape our perspective on certain issues. This map is clearly stating that China is important, more important than the surrounding countries.  

Marina Costanzo's curator insight, October 10, 2013 11:36 AM

Interessante prospettiva.. quando il mondo non è più eurocentrico..

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Protest in Chile against education system where the wealthy and the poor have a great divide

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"June 27, 2013: A protester is hit by a jet of water sprayed by riot police during a protest demanding changes in the state education system in Santiago, Chile, on June 26. Chile has one of the most privatized education systems in the world & a vast gap between wealthy & poor. Students are calling for a more fair education system." (MSN.com)

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Calgary downtown evacuated due to flooding VIDEO

Calgary downtown evacuated due to flooding VIDEO | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

The water levels around the city soared following a series of torrential downpours that were heightened by water rushing down from nearby mountains.  MSN.COM VIDEO

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protest in brazil

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"June 25, 2013: A boy runs among soccer balls marked with red crosses planted by members of NGO Rio de Paz (Rio Peace) as a protest in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on June 22. The protest was a call to the government to have education, health & public services achieve the same standards as the FIFA World Cup stadiums, according to the organization."(MSN.com

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Beetles to blame for Colorado's fires? Blame climate change instead

Beetles to blame for Colorado's fires? Blame climate change instead | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Tiny, winged bark beetles have been the ecological bad guys of the West for more than a decade, and rightfully so. They've killed off millions of acres' worth of trees in Colorado.
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How about eradicating the beetles? That may sound like a final solution, but even if it were possible, forest scientists would advise against it. Carroll pointed out that the BUGS ARE PART OF A NATURAL CYCLE, in which mature pines fall prey to the bugs and eventually burn in fires like the ones sweeping through Colorado this summer. Such fires consume the remaining trees in a stand, but they also RELEASE THE SEEDS from lodgepole pine cones — beginning a new circle of life."

If anything, the beetle outbreak is more serious in Canada than it is south of the border. "We anticipate losing pretty much two-thirds of the mature pines" in British Columbia's forests, Carroll said. And it could get worse: The beetles have spread across the Rockies to Alberta, the next province over. If the climate conditions are right, there's a chance that the bugs could advance eastward all the way across Canada, and down to the U.S. Great Lakes region as well." (MSN.com)

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Protest Istanbul

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June 2013 MSN.com photo protest in Istanbul  .....couple kissing at a park the people want to save in the center of the city......the government is authoritarian and wants to remove the park which is an important center of the city

 

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June 16, 2013: A rain-soaked couple dances as a pianist is playing on the landmark Taksim Square in central Istanbul on June 14, 2013. Anti-government protesters said on June 13 that they would remain in Istanbul's Gezi Park despite a "last warning" by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to evacuate the green patch at the center of deadly anti-government unrest. The protest movement sprang up after police on May 31 brutally cracked down on a small campaign to save Gezi Park, sparking a mass outpouring of anger against Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government, seen as increasingly authoritarian. ...less (MSN,com)

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Demonstration in Belfast

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Demonstration in Belfast on world hunger.  . . depicting world figures

 

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June 17, 2013: People dressed as the leaders of the G8 countries take part in a photo op to raise awareness about the global hunger crisis in front of the Belfast City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on June 16, ahead of the G8 Summit. Leaders of the G8 countries will meet at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit on June 17 & 18. The leaders they are dressed as are (from left) U.S. President Barack Obama, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italy Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain Prime Minister David Cameron, France President Francois Hollande, Russia President Vladimir Putin and Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper. ...less (MSN.com)

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Map of Bora Borai - Bora Bora Map, Geography of Bora Bora - World Atlas

Map of Bora Borai - Bora Bora Map, Geography of Bora Bora - World Atlas | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Bora Bora  map also of Oceania  www.worldatlas.comwebimage/countrys/oceania/bora

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7 million year old volcanic island in the South Pacific about 160 miles northwest of Tahiti.  Bora Bora main island was discovered in 1722.  Its center has a large beautiful lagoon.  It is surrounded by other islands and coral reefs and its inner island landscape is rugged.  It is a territory of France with French currancy and a part of the Society Islands.  Its language is French but people speak Polynesian, population of 4,650 ( at the time of this article) on 16.9 square miles.

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