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See this site for great maps on rigs and oildrilling sites North Dakota

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On The Plains, The Rush For Oil Has Changed Everything

On The Plains, The Rush For Oil Has Changed Everything | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Black gold has brought big-money jobs and severe growing pains to once-sleepy North Dakota towns.

 

A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush.


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http://www.propublica.org/article/the-other-fracking-north-dakotas-oil-boom-brings-damage-along-with-prosperi                 ;

 

  Visit this website for some good information..................

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Diane Johnson's curator insight, February 4, 2:06 PM

Provides useful insights for discussing energy needs and the myriad of impacts for consideration.

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http://www.propublica.org/article/the-other-fracking-north-dakotas-oil-boom-brings-damage-along-with-prosperi Also visit this website on some good information.......
Tracy Galvin's curator insight, April 26, 4:10 PM

The state of North Dakota has been a very low population remote state until recently. Large influx of people into these towns is causing more problems than they can handle and may just destroy the state. Once the work opportunities run out everyone will leave, but by then all the current towns will have been changed, maybe to the point where they couldn't recover.

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Undiscovered Possibilities - Google Earth

"While Germans tend to talk about privacy and how the internet takes away our freedom, chief Almir of the Surui tribe in Brazil came up with an idea when he first came in contact with Google Earth. He saw it as a great tool to visualize the devastation of the rainforest. With the help of Google providing the knowledge and equipment he started the project and provided an unfiltered perspective never seen before. This is a growing project on a growing problem that should matter to all of us. It’s never a service or product itself that matters; it’s what you do with it. Check the video and see for yourself."

Globalization inherently brings serendipitous juxtapositions. In this clip we see the merger of geospatial technologies to protect indigenous cultures and their cultural ecology.


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this will help protect the forest and decrease deforestation hopefully, also protecting global climate and environment.   How does this affect the large companies in paper mills, timber and especially the specialty tree plantations.........roads cutting through the rainforest ......wildlife........

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 23, 7:33 PM

Globalization makes amazing hybrid cultures. 

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, January 23, 7:35 PM

Globalization

 

This video shows a positive side of globalization.  The use of first world technology in the third world to stop illegal foresting is a great example of the positive effects of globalization.  When people talk about globalization it is usually in negative terms, the damage it does to the environment and cultures.  Globalization can be a force for good but it has just as often been a force of destruction and dislocation.  Globalization in itself is a neutral force it is the way it is used that created a positive or negative impact.  Globalization has been occurring since the 1500 when European traders began trading with the Arab and the Asian regions.  The swapping of languages and cultural ideas has been going on for as long.  Today the speed of globalization is what many people are worried about.  In the past it was slower and more controlled, today with instant communications the changes are rapid and chaotic.  This can be scary and disturbing.  The way people in developing countries deal with these changes are not that much different form how the developed world dealt with the same or similar changes 100 years ago.  The world today is watching and so the developing countries are more visible in their industrialization and labor problems then the developed countries were when they went through the same processes.  The end result of Globalization is anyone’s guess but there is no denying that it has changed the world we live in.

Amy Marques's curator insight, January 29, 11:03 PM

This is a great example that shows the positive and negative effects of globalization. The negative effects is that the chief Almir and the Surui tribe have changed from their original roots through contact with the outside world. Their language and clothing has been altered because we see the cheif speaking brazilian portugese and the tribe wearing western clothing. The positive aspect is that they are trying to protect their ancient rain forests by using the benefits of globalization. I think its great that Google is helping this tribe, of course Google is getting tons of recognition for this, but they are doing wonders for this group of people. With the technology provided the tribe will be able to be put on the map and educate its group.

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Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves

Why So Many Icelanders Still Believe in Invisible Elves | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
How the country’s history and geography created the perfect setting for magical creatures, whose perceived existence sparks environmental protests to this day. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:32 AM

I was discussing the Norwegian tradition of trolls and fantastical creatures with a friend who lived there for a few years.  She said that she doesn't believe in trolls when she's in the United States, but "when you are in those mountains with the rocks and trees, how can you not imagine that they might exist?" 

AJ A. Gildner's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:01 PM

In my AP Human Geography class, we have discussed the varying factors beween cultures.  I think this is one of the most interesting factors because it also adds to the history and foundation of a culture.  Personally, I would like to know the reasons, for believing or disbelieving in this existence of "elves", from locals.  This belief could cause much grief for construction of the island in the future.  However, I do not believe this a big problem, because I'm sure that many people around the world would be interested in these stories (I know I am).  Someday, when I go to Iceland, I will remember this article and surely will try and seek out these fantastic creatures.  

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World Meteorological Organization

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations.       See this site for information on climate change and other issues

 

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The Daily Reel: September 11, 2013

The Daily Reel: September 11, 2013 | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Humpbacks Arrive in Record Numbers to Monterey Bay; Molasses Spill Kills Hundreds of Fish in Honolulu Harbor; Puerto Rico Beach Keeps Powerful Waves at Bay
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Russian officials board Greenpeace vessel

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Russian authorities boarded ship run by environmental group Greenpeace in the Arctic Ocean to protest against oil drilling off western Siberia.
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Life in a Toxic Country

Life in a Toxic Country | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
My wife and I worry about how China’s bad air and food will affect our child.

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Every morning, when I roll out of bed, I check an app on my cellphone that tells me the air quality index as measured by the United States Embassy, whose monitoring device is near my home. I want to see whether I need to turn on the purifiers and whether my wife and I can take our daughter outside.

Most days, she ends up housebound. Statistics released Wednesday by the Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that air quality in Beijing was deemed unsafe for more than 60 percent of the days in the first half of 2013.


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Monumental effort to map Alaska shorelines nearing completion

Monumental effort to map Alaska shorelines nearing completion | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

A project attempting to map Alaska's vast coastlines that has spanned more than a decade is about 80 percent complete, and researchers recently managed to capture the shores of remote St. Lawrence Island.

 

Please also visit:             www.shorezone.org        great photos and website                   

 

 

 

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African dust keeps Amazon blooming : Nature News

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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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National Ocean Service Cleans Up Debris on the Ocean Floor of Hawaii

National Ocean Service Cleans Up Debris on the Ocean Floor of Hawaii | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

To provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic,... Debris is collected yearly by NOAA and please visit this site to receive updates, news and reports

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How an Israeli Billionaire Gained Control of One of Africa’s Most Valuable Mines

How an Israeli Billionaire Gained Control of One of Africa’s Most Valuable Mines | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
One of the world’s largest known deposits of untapped iron ore is buried in the tiny West African republic of Guinea. In 2008, Guinea granted exploration permits for half of the deposit to Beny Steinmetz Group Resources.

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NC river turns to gray sludge after coal ash spill

NC river turns to gray sludge after coal ash spill | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Duke Energy estimates that up to 82,000 tons of ash has been released from a break in a 48-inch storm water pipe at the Dan River Power Plant in Eden N.C. on Sunday.
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Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com

Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Here are some other disheartening facts about the upcoming Winter Olympics

 

Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the balmy seaside city of Sochi. And with more than $50 billion spent on them, they will be the most expensive Olympics ever. With the opening ceremony just under three weeks away, here’s a quick rundown on the Florida of Russia.


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"A 37-hour train ride from Moscow, it’s located in Russia’s Deep South, on the  Black Sea, and boasts palm trees, pebble beaches and sulfur hot springs..."    ". . .   710,000 cu m of  snow taken from the mountains last winter and kept in storage."

". . . close proximity to the restive North Caucasus region, where bitter insurgencies  in Chechnya and the republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia have led to armed  rebellion and terrorist attacks in the Russian interior."

 

"According to Reuters, the Winter Games in Sochi will coincide with the 150th  anniversary of the expulsion of Muslim Circassians from the Black Sea coast that  resulted in the estimated deaths of 1.5 million people. Circassians living in  the U.S. have staged  demonstrations to protest the International Olympic Committee’s decision to  host the games in Sochi."

 

"With less than three weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the Winter Games  commences, there are still 300,000 tickets still available."

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Cam E's curator insight, February 18, 11:44 AM

I was aware of the fact it didn't snow in Sochi, but it really makes me wonder why that location was chosen, especially since it's so close to the conflict zone in the Northern Caucus mountains. One would imagine that Russia would have locations better suited for the winter games.

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Climate Change 2013 Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis

The IPCC has produced a video on its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The first part on the Working Group I contribution to AR5 is now available. The other par...
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Floods in Colorado : Natural Hazards

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The flooded South Platte River covered roads and farmland when Landsat 8 acquired this image on September 17.
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DATA ON CLIMATE CHANGE

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Melting Arctic heats up resource scramble

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Interactive map shows countries positioning to gain access to shipping lanes and oil deposits as ice coverage shrinks.
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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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Great Photos of Alaska's Coastline Taken For the Mapping Project

Great Photos of Alaska's Coastline Taken For the Mapping Project | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Shore Zone of Alaska taken from aerial video and photo for mapping  Please also visit:          

www.alaskadispatch.com      

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Ocean Heat Dome Steams Coastal China: Shanghai to Near Very Dangerous 35 Degree Celsius Wet Bulb Temperatures This Week

Ocean Heat Dome Steams Coastal China: Shanghai to Near Very Dangerous 35 Degree Celsius Wet Bulb Temperatures This Week | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
(Image source: NASA/Lance-Modis) An ocean heat dome that formed over a broad area of the Pacific Ocean, the South and East China seas, and a large stretch of coastal China during late July continue...
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Jet Stream Brings Two Very Different Junes to the Western & Eastern U.S. | NOAA Climate.gov

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Historic New England Town, Once Plagued by Tack Factory’s Toxic Pollution, Enjoys Revitalized Coastal Marshes

Historic New England Town, Once Plagued by Tack Factory’s Toxic Pollution, Enjoys Revitalized Coastal Marshes | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
For much of the 20th century, the Atlas Tack Corporation was the main employer in the historic coastal town of Fairhaven, Mass., a place settled in the 1650s by Plymouth colonists. But the presence...
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Pando quaking aspen in Utah

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