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

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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 |
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? |

Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | | Chris' Regional Geography |
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.

Via Seth Dixon
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Here are some quotations from the article:


"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."

Cam E's curator insight, February 18, 2014 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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Watermark: Terrible beauty in an epic water journey - The Globe and Mail

Watermark: Terrible beauty in an epic water journey - The Globe and Mail | Chris' Regional Geography |
Watermark: Terrible beauty in an epic water journey
The Globe and Mail
As it has half a world away, too, at the Ogallala Aquifer, a massive underwater reservoir that supports farming operations in seven American states.
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Libya in agreement with Egypt, Chad and Sudan on sharing underground water

Libya in agreement with Egypt, Chad and Sudan on sharing underground water | Chris' Regional Geography |
Tripoli, 20 September 2013: Libya, Egypt, Chad and Sudan have signed a UN-backed agreement  on the shared use of a massive underground aquifer system straddling the four countries known as the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System.

Via Seth Dixon
Charles Henderson's curator insight, September 23, 2013 7:57 PM

How might this change the population in this area?  Could desert cities actually spring up?  Or desert farms?

Rainer Emily's curator insight, October 1, 2013 11:42 AM



This article is political because the dispute of countries over water being settled would be political  :)

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The Southern Ocean

The Southern Ocean | Chris' Regional Geography |
Did you know that in 2000 the IHO created a new ocean called the Southern Ocean? Here, learn about where and what the Southern Ocean is.
James Hobson's curator insight, December 8, 2014 8:37 AM

(Oceania topic 1)

[This topic area includes Australia and Antarctica]

I think this video conveys two clear messages. First, geography has a subjective factor to it; where you live and the regions you frequently reference determine how you think about other places: how much you think about them, why you think about them, how different they are from your own norms, etc. I agree that this is why so few people from the Northern Hemisphere regard the Southern Ocean as its own entity. I also believe a subconscious factor in involved, in which human though has a natural inclination to ignore that which is referenced as at the bottom or low (in this example applying to a latitude).

   Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, is that there is more than what meets the eye. Yes, even I agree that from a purely physical sense of geography, the Southern Ocean can just be absorbed into the southern extents of 3 others. However, the visualization of the currents and biosphere are spot-on evidence to support the contrary.

   I hope that this example will lead future geographic definitions to be based not solely on physical reference, but on other factors (including these mentioned) as well.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 4:36 PM

While many typically assume that maps and even geography itself is rather static and able to change or be altered this video shows the opposite. As the way the earth is seen changes so are maps and they way geography is taught. In some cases the shifting borders aren't only from political shifts as one might imagine but also from the discovery and deciding of things such as this. Like history, geography is a ever changing and shifting field of work.


Jared Medeiros's curator insight, April 28, 2015 5:53 PM

This was a very interesting video about this body of water.  It is true that if you do not learn about something in school, than it must not be important.  I am suprised that this massive body of water has not always been considered an Ocean.  I understand that explorers were not blazing paths through these waters as much as the others during the time of exploration, but the size and differece of this large body of water cant be ignored.  There is probably so much going on on these ocean floors that we will never know about, at least not any time soon.

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MPAs Cover Eight Percent of U.S. Marine Waters

According to NOAA, recent analysis of data has shown that eight percent of U.S. waters are currently designated as marine protected areas (MPAs).


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Surprisingly, only 8% is protected!  Save The Bay and many organizations like it protect our waters and help make them cleaner.

chris tobin's comment, February 7, 2013 2:45 PM
Surprisingly, only 8% is protected. Many organizations are involved with keeping our waters cleaner. Save The Bay keeps Narragansett Bay cleaner.
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Snow Headed for the Northwest, Including Portland; Significant Rain Expected in California - Western Storm Concerns

Snow Headed for the Northwest, Including Portland; Significant Rain Expected in California - Western Storm Concerns | Chris' Regional Geography |
After a dry winter so far, an atmospheric pattern will set up that will allow rain and snow to return to the parched western states.
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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 |
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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  Visit this website for some good information..................

Diane Johnson's curator insight, February 4, 2014 2:06 PM

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

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Tracy Galvin's curator insight, April 26, 2014 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.

Via Seth Dixon
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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........

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, January 23, 2014 7:35 PM



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, 2014 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.

Michael Amberg's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:54 PM

This is an interesting way to educate people around the world of the places that most people don't think about. its interesting to see the technology with the tribes people to see how it actually benefits their folk culture by preserving the land.

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Political Currents of Water Management: Challenges in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan

Political Currents of Water Management: Challenges in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan | Chris' Regional Geography |
Posted by Kate Voss, UCCHM Water Policy Fellow.


The geopolitics of water management in the Middle East are primarily governed by the basic distribution of freshwater resources: there are vast differences between the naturally available water resources in the region. Layer to this the additional complexity of political stability, financial assets, and other socioeconomic factors, and the potential for improved transboundary water management in the Middle East becomes vastly complicated.

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Drought Fuels Water War Between Texas and New Mexico

Drought Fuels Water War Between Texas and New Mexico | Chris' Regional Geography |
As climate change alters rainfall patterns and river flows, tensions are bound to rise between states and countries that share rivers that cross their borders. In the Rio Grande Basin of the American Southwest, that future inevitability has arrived.

Via Seth Dixon
Al Picozzi's comment, July 13, 2013 7:34 PM
Even in the US water supply can still be an issue.
Kate Makin's curator insight, October 10, 2013 7:23 AM

Social Impact

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 14, 2014 11:57 PM

Both Texas and New Mexico share the water supply that is giving by the rivers that cross between the border and can have a profound effect on the growth of farmland and agriculture of both Texas and New Mexico, which shows that many places can be effected by the geography that is intertwined among places in the world.*

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Connecting With Nature To Reclaim Our Natural 'Birthright' : NPR

Connecting With Nature To Reclaim Our Natural 'Birthright' : NPR | Chris' Regional Geography |
Modern society has become adversarial in its relationship to nature, Yale scholar Stephen Kellert argues, having greatly undervalued the natural world beyond its narrow utilty.

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Advocating Nature and Our World

chris tobin's comment, February 3, 2013 10:27 PM
Like your scoop! Im an advocate
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Like your scoop! Im an advocate
Stacey Jackson's comment, February 9, 2013 2:44 PM
Glad to hear it. It's a pretty interesting book so far. I'm going to use some of the content in a research paper I'm writing about the importance of public parks and green space in urban environments.