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IMF hits Argentina with first-ever censure of a country

IMF hits Argentina with first-ever censure of a country | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The International Monetary Fund has censured Argentina for failing to supply accurate economic data, the first time the global crisis lender has taken such an action against a member.

Via Seth Dixon
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Perhaps Argentina's under-reported inflation percents is due to the fact that its sovereign debt is indexed to inflation and has deep international debt but the IMF will assist Argentina with data collection (since 2006 their debt was paid with the IMF)

 

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chris tobin's comment, February 21, 2013 1:22 PM
The debt was paid with the IMF in 2006 but now the IMF will assist Argentina with data collection-their sovereign debt is indexed to inflation, and wonder what their international debt is
Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 1, 2015 8:25 AM

For the first time in history, the IMF has censured a member state. This is a low point for Argentina. The censure was levied due to the nations failure to provide the organization with accurate economic data. The fault is entirely on the country of Argentina in this debacle. You can not lie about how your country is performing economically. Hopefully the nation will be more forthcoming with its economic statistics in the future.

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BRITISH HONDURAS: Central America and Caribbean partner on sustainable management of fisheries - Caribbean360

BRITISH HONDURAS: Central America and Caribbean partner on sustainable management of fisheries - Caribbean360 | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
New regional fisheries collaboration between CRFM and OSPESCA solidified.

 

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the Central America Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization (Spanish acronym OSPESCA) have signed a Belize Declaration on and the Cooperation for Sustainable Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture Resources.

According to Milton Haughton, CRFM Executive Director, “The long-term objective of the partnership between the CRFM and OPSESCA is to secure a brighter and more prosperous future for our fishing communities that rely on the marine resources for their livelihoods, and to ensure that the fish stocks are able, through prudent management, to make enhanced contribution to the social and economic development of our countries now and in the future.”

The CRFM and OSPESCA are the regional agents for the harmonization of fisheries management and development efforts across 24 states.

The agreement was signed recently at the first joint meeting of the two bodies, which saw over 60 high-level delegates from 19 countries spanning Central America and the Caribbean meet in Belize to devise a comprehensive roadmap for collective action in tackling their biggest obstacles in fisheries and aquaculture.

“We are delighted to partnership in ensuring that countries around the Caribbean and indeed the Central and South American regions have seen the wisdom of getting together and pooling resources in order to protect what we consider to be a very important part of our countries’ very existence,” said V. Alfred Gray, chair of the CRFM's Ministerial Council, and Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Local Government of the Bahamas.

“One of the difficult issues we will be considering during this meeting is the issue of IUU [illegal, unreported and unregulated] fishing, as we have already heard," said Haughton.

“Recent reports put the global value of catches taken by IUU fishing as high as 9 billion dollars per year. IUU fishing does not respect national boundaries. It puts unsustainable pressure on fish stocks and marine habitats and distorts markets. It imposes significant economic costs on countries such as ours with limited capacity, and it also corrupts and undermines governance structures,” said Haughton. “We must therefore redouble our efforts to eradicate the scourge of IUU fishing from our region.”

Belize, the only country which belongs to both the Caribbean and Central American regions, is an important player in the process. Lisel Alamilla, Belize Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, said: “We are interested in collaborating with all the countries to ensure the best use and best management of our fisheries resources.”

Helping the diverse nations spanning Central America and the Caribbean to succeed at this task despite their differences is the job Belize is best suited for: “We can advance and support building trust between the regions, and I think that is the opportunity that Belize has and the responsibility that it has, really,” Alamilla added.

Danilo Rosales Pichardo, pro-tem chair of OSPESCA and Vice President of the Nicaraguan Institute of Fisheries, said he is happy that Belize has brought together both sub-regions to address the challenges that they collectively face, and they will address them, he said, “poco a poco” or “bit by bit.”

 

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The CRFM and CNFAO partnership of 19 countries of the Caribbean, Central and So America regions implements enforceable laws for global illegal fishing (a $9 billion industry) and help secure the future of their economy and economic development along with resource management for the future.

 

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Take Action: Russia/China | Cultural Survival

Take Action: Russia/China | Cultural Survival | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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Please help save this UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE      CLICK ON THE WEBSITE AND SEND A PLEA TO SAVE IT

 

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THE WORLD GEOGRAPHY: 10 Famous Tree Tunnels

THE WORLD GEOGRAPHY: 10 Famous Tree Tunnels | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
A tree tunnel is a road, lane or track where the trees on each side form a more or less continuous canopy overhead, giving the effect of a tunnel.
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The Southern Ocean

The Southern Ocean | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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.
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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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Free Technology for Teachers: To Geography and Beyond with Google Earth and Google Maps

Free Technology for Teachers: To Geography and Beyond with Google Earth and Google Maps | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
RT To Geography and Beyond with Google Earth and Google Maps #education http://t.co/sBnh05aT
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Sustainable storytelling is a powerful tool that communicates vision

Sustainable storytelling is a powerful tool that communicates vision | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
The Telling Sustainable Stories short course looked at the power of stories to tackle sustainability challenges , says Ed Gillespie

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 6, 2013 5:27 PM

Love this post about consciously choosing which stories to tell that is slanted toward organizations.


This article comes from Britain, with British references. And some of the examples given are British companies. Hooray! We need more international examples. 


Sustainable storytelling for the author here, Ed Gillespie, is all about telling stories that sustain us. 


When I use the term 'sustainable storytelling' I mean paying attention to all that is required (i.e. structures and processes) within a business to keep storytelling alive as a sustainable activity over time.


Semantics aside, I really like what Gillespie has to say:

"...stories that empower us as heroes and capture our imaginations inspire and galvanise us into action more effectively than psychologically passive-aggressive narratives that try to guilt or brow-beat us into change."


So true, so true. Leaders and marketers -- take a lesson here.


Enjoy digging into all the links in this article and the examples of sustainable storytelling via Great Britain.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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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.

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

Connecting With Nature To Reclaim Our Natural 'Birthright' : NPR | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
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

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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.
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American FactFinder

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American FactFinder is your source for population, housing, economic and geographic information.

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This is a site to get economic and housing information----nice!

Thanks!Alejandro Restrepo!

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Alejandro Restrepo's curator insight, January 28, 2013 10:47 PM

Great website for data, statistics, and news on numerous demographics topics. 

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Thanks! great site
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Thanks! great site
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A Mysterious Patch Of Light

A Mysterious Patch Of Light | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
If you are up in space looking down on America west of the Mississippi, one of the brightest patches of light at night is on the Great Plains in North Dakota. It's not a city, not a town, not a military installation.

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I guessed that the bright light was a large oil drilling site since it really is a big business right now.  The people who live here are happy about being able to make money, but their land is being destroyed by the drilling sites made.  The landscape is changing dramatically and many people are moving here for work.

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Heidi Zumbrun Bjerke's comment, February 12, 2013 9:52 PM
Use google earth and you can compare the two images.
Mary Patrick Schoettinger's comment, February 12, 2013 11:55 PM
that's an excellent idea, especially to have students suggest what the light might be in the photo. The question is , is the bright light a one time occurrence or does it continue?J
Mary Rack's comment, February 13, 2013 6:08 AM
I'm having trouble installing GoogleEarth on my iMac. Looking forward to the comparison. Big adjustment after years in the PC world.
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Trent Students Dig Up History and Inspiration in Central America

Trent Students Dig Up History and Inspiration in Central America | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

“Trent University has been conducting archaeological research in the Maya lowlands, especially Belize, since the 1970s,” reports Dr. Paul Healy, professor of Anthropology and Archaeology. “We’ve offered students truly rare opportunities almost annually to participate in Maya research at 1000 year-old sites such as Pacbitun, Caledonia, Caracol, Cahal Pech, and for the past 15 years, at Minanha, under the direction of Dr. Gyles Iannone.”

 

We have several professors [Drs. Haines, Iannone, and Healy] who are each conducting research involving Trent students at different locales in Belize. It's almost unique in the world to have this faculty strength, and it means that Trent is not only exceptional for the breadth and depth of its research expertise in Maya archaeology in Canada, but on an international level as well.”

 

“It’s an experience that you can’t put a value on,” says undergraduate student Amanda Sinclair. Ms. Sinclair was the first Trent student from the Oshawa campus to join the student team led by Dr. Helen Haines at the site of Ka’Kabish, Belize. For Ms. Sinclair, the hands-on experience is essential.


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What a unique opportunity to contribute and learn at such an amazing site under the direction of experienced teams.  The UNESCO site has rich culture and heritage. This is  a unique and exceptional experience. 

 

 

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chris tobin's comment, February 21, 2013 12:59 PM
The Maya ruins , great hands on experience
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Central America sees boom in European visitor numbers

Central America sees boom in European visitor numbers | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Central America received a total of 9,577,114 foreign visitors during the first ten months of 2011, according to preliminary data provided by the ministries of tourism of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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Over 9 million tourists to Central America in 2911 with an increase in European visitors, especially to the ex-British colony of Belize to see coral reefs and the Mayan ruins.  Other sites include the Oroetope Island Unesco Biosphere Reserve along with the Coffee Trails and Water Trails which has added to the development of tourism attractions.

 

 

 

 

 

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chris tobin's comment, February 21, 2013 12:37 PM
thanks for the article- Lots of tourist sights and these countries offer a rich heritage along with much to experience and see
Nicholas Patrie's curator insight, December 17, 2014 7:11 PM

With a 12% increase in these Central American countries from European tourists this will help these mostly under-developed countries make more money and help them develop a well functioning country and make even more cash. With great weather and scenes and animals you won't be able to see anywhere else in the world Central America makes perfect sense to go visit. Not too mention that with so many tourists coming there are just as many investors coming through the region as well.

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17 Spectacular Pictures of Siberia's Altai Mountains

17 Spectacular Pictures of Siberia's Altai Mountains | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

The steppe region of the Ukok Plateau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has had many glacial periods.  The melting permafrost is exposing many ancient burial sites 2500 years old (and even older) that archaeologists were excavating burial sites and exhumig bodies preserved by the ice - this has stopped since UNESCO preserved this area.   These are some photos of the area in Siberia.   The endangered snow leopard is also in this region

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UNESCO World Heritage Site     steppe Ukok Plateau in Siberia near the Mongolan border      Ancient burial grounds over 2500 years old    ( Hopefully Mr. Putin will not put a pipeline through it)   Many locals believe 'bad luck' earthquakes and the like is due to the excavating of ancient burial grounds. Also there is a NOVA special on the "Ice Maiden' that is worth watching on video PBS.  The Ukok Princess (as she is referred) has been put under glass preserved at a museum for all to see (sad) - the locals want her put back in her burial site.

 

 

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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 | Scoop.it
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.

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Al Picozzi's comment, July 13, 2013 7:34 PM
Even in the US water supply can still be an issue.
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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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Back to black

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The Valuable Links Between Stories and Our Collective Actions

The Valuable Links Between Stories and Our Collective Actions | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
Story as a catalyst for meaning & purpose.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 1, 2013 4:55 PM

THIS POST HAS MOVED! HERE IS THE NEW LINK: https://designingliteracy.squarespace.com/literacyoftheimagination/the-valuable-links-between-stories-and-our-co 


Ahhh -- really good insights and points here in this article by Gunther Sonnenfeld that expands our typical ways of working with stories in business (transactional storytelling), and how we need to shift to transformational storytelling.


Stories provide meaning and purpose, as the above text says. Even when told for transactional purposes. But there is no reason for organizations not to also claim the higher ground.


This is a thoughtful article that touches on a few fundamental truths about storytelling, and calling us to think/act more deeply about the story work we do.


And I like the visual chart that comes along with it also!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Denyse Drummond-Dunn's curator insight, February 2, 2013 4:12 AM

Insightful read that goes deeper on storytelling's appeal.

ratzelster's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:06 AM

We talk about how to spread our influence and how to build audience for our message.  Story seems to me to be one excellent way for doing that.

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Just Story It - Scoops

Just Story It - Scoops | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Here are the best articles from across the web that I can find on using stories and storytelling in business.

I've chosen them because they actually make a contribution to our knowledge and wisdom about stories, show us how to apply stories to growing our businesses, or give valuable how-to tips.

 

I weed out all the junk. And besides, who needs another post in why storytelling is important?? Where's the beef?? We want the meat!

 

I've written reviews of each article to share what I like best, what you can get from reading the article, or what may be missing in the article.

 

How To Find A Topic: Click on the Filter tab above, and type in a keyword. All the articles with that keyword will appear.

 

I may occassionally review an article that I think is problematic as a way to educate us all, although most I will simply pass over.  If you wonder if I've seen an article that is not included here, send me a message and I'll respond.

After doing biz story work for over a decade (and with a PhD in Folklore) I hope you find many great insights and tips here. Many thanks for visiting and enjoy the articles!

 

And I hope you will also visit my website for more tips and tools, & take the free Story IQ assessment so you can see how well developed your storytelling skills and knowledge is: http://www.juststoryit.com/storyiq  ;

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Thanks    very helpful!

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Karen Dietz's comment, August 13, 2013 12:03 PM
Thank you!
Karen Dietz's comment, August 14, 2013 5:18 PM
Hey Bart! Thanks for letting me know about the broken link. I'll let the tech folks at Scoop.it know. In the meantime, here's the correct link: www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it
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Karen is dedicated to the art of Storytelling as a key tool in running a business or any other type of endeavor.  Here at ManufacturingStories.com we fully support this art form as the best way to generate positive and effective change.  Thanks Karen for all of your dedicated and tireless work! It's a tood Story!!

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Mill Ponds of North America

Mill Ponds of North America | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it

Mill ponds are icons of North American culture. Once a critical element of rural communities, these local processors became obsolete as transportation systems evolved. Although most mill ponds are no longer equipped with functioning mills, many of these impoundments live on as recreational areas or wildlife habitats.

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The Blackstone River Valley Corridor provides a home to wildlife and the river is getting much cleaner now.  There are walking and biking trails that are well maintained.

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Housing Patterns

Housing Patterns | Chris' Regional Geography | Scoop.it
See the big picture of how suburban developments are changing the country's landscape, with aerial photos and ideas for the future

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My favorite is the one with wide roads for your own airplane to get home.

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Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:13 PM

A very interesting article on changes in landscape, while looking though this I came aross so many little things i never noticed about the topical layout of housing. The main thing that is apparent is density, how closely each house is put together, the amount of land each has as well as the view from the property. Its aslo interesting to see how the design of the area can be made for easy access or be desigend to keep people out with only one enctancte and exit. All of these charasticts make up how the land is desired as well as econimcly priced, which then determins who will be able to live there.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 15, 2013 8:53 PM

Having the streets interconnected allows for easy  traveling throughout the area.  when there is more density in an area it means there are more houses , more people.  The sprawl has the center on the place and the streets go out around it. The way the streets are made are for different reasons,.

megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 12:57 AM
This article talks about twenty different housing patterns and how we base these housing patterns around our society or enviroment. How looking at housing patterns can tell you what kind of neighborhood one lives in from the sky. Looking down and seeing a golf course with lush grass and big backyards shows you that this neighborhood is very expensive. Or Canal houses that utilize every inch of the waters edge to financially make them able to charge higher prices for the homes because each house has a water view and is on the waters edge.
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Oil Found In Australia Puts US in Possible #1 Position in the world

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EIN News link about new oil found in Australia that puts the US in a #1 oil position instead of the Arabs......fracking the area (like in Virginia) and also fracking with large amounts of money to do it are currently problems.

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Following 'Geography Education'

Following 'Geography Education' | Chris' Regional Geography | 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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This is a really cool map from class

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Danielle Boucher's curator insight, January 24, 2013 5:31 PM

Interactive Regional Map

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

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

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.