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Inside Mecca

For over 1400 years, Mecca has been one of the most important cities in the Arabian Peninsula. By the middle of the 6th century, there were three major settl...


As the heart of Islam, Mecca brings in pilgrims from around the world.  This documentary gives a great overview of the historical, spiritual and cultural reasons why this is sacred space to over one billion Muslims.  Additionally, this documentary contains an analysis of the logistics that are a part of the Hajj.  


Tags: Islam, tourism, place, transportation, religion, Middle East, culture. 

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See the Greatest Architecture in 36 Different European Cities in This One, Gorgeous Time-Lapse

See the Greatest Architecture in 36 Different European Cities in This One, Gorgeous Time-Lapse | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Dozens of pieces of premiere European architecture are showcased in this three-and-a-half minute video
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Great view of cultural landscapes

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Get to Know a Projection: Mercator - Wired Science

Get to Know a Projection: Mercator - Wired Science | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
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Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in your count...

Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in your count... | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Visit Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Feeding America's helps provide food to over 37 millions Americans each year.

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Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
A new analysis reveals that venture capital investment is flowing into cities at a startling clip.
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Atlantic Ocean to Disappear in 200 Million Years?

Atlantic Ocean to Disappear in 200 Million Years? | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
A newly discovered crack in the Earth's crust is slowly drawing North America and Europe closer together.
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Guess going to Europe should be getting cheaper!

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In Singapore, Making Cars Unaffordable Has Only Made Them More Desirable

In Singapore, Making Cars Unaffordable Has Only Made Them More Desirable | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
A paltry 15 percent of the city-state's population owns their own vehicle, but not by choice.
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People want what they can't have or don't need 

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6 More U.S. Counties Are Now Majority-Minority

6 More U.S. Counties Are Now Majority-Minority | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Welcome to your demographic future, Charlotte, North Carolina.
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What Could Disappear?

What Could Disappear? | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded in three levels of higher seas.

 

This interactive feature is designed to answer a simple, yet profound set of questions.  What areas (in over 20 cities around the U.S.) would be under water if the ocean levels rose 5 feet?  12 feet?  25 feet?  The following set of maps show "coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded without engineered protection." 


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Inside Mecca

For over 1400 years, Mecca has been one of the most important cities in the Arabian Peninsula. By the middle of the 6th century, there were three major settl...


As the heart of Islam, Mecca brings in pilgrims from around the world.  This documentary gives a great overview of the historical, spiritual and cultural reasons why this is sacred space to over one billion Muslims.  Additionally, this documentary contains an analysis of the logistics that are a part of the Hajj.  


Tags: Islam, tourism, place, transportation, religion, Middle East, culture. 

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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many na
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India lost 220 languages in last 50 years, survey finds - The Times of India

India lost 220 languages in last 50 years, survey finds - The Times of India | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
India has lost around 20% of its languages in the past five decades, a survey by the Vadodara-based Bhasha Research and Publication Centre has revealed.

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In China, one-child policy compounds loss of child for parents

In China, one-child policy compounds loss of child for parents | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
One-child policy leaves some parents childless, hopeless and facing financial ruin in old age.

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Antonio Martinez's comment, September 12, 2013 3:36 PM
I can understand why this law is enforced. The obvious reason is that China has an unusually high population compared to other countries. Although, this law definitely has it's downsides. One being that if your child dies such as in the car accident in the beginning of the article, then you will be childless for the rest of your life.
jacob benner's comment, September 14, 2013 5:11 PM
China is overpopulated and it its becoming a problem, but by forcing parents to only have one child is leading to other problems. The childless parents describe there life to be empty and full of depression and without their child they are running into financial issues. Most of the time it is to late for the parents to have another child.
Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 15, 5:43 PM

I understand the issues China is having with their large population but the one-child policy hurts the average family. Problems occur when a family can only have one child. If anything were to happen to that child, whether he/she dies young, runs away or gets thrown in prison. That can leave the parents vulnerable later in life. When the parents become elderly they may not have a child to take care of them. China must find another way to control their population. 

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Choices Program Presentation

What Does Good GeographyTeaching Look Like? Answering the Big Questions in Geography.


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Zhanat Shanbatyrova's comment, June 28, 2013 6:11 AM
Thanks a lot for the valuable information!
Jorge Joo Nagata's curator insight, June 28, 2013 11:26 AM

Me encantó la presentación... dice tantas cosas de una disciplina tan querida (e importante) para mi y que debe tener una relevancia primordial ahora más que nunca.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, June 28, 2013 3:07 PM
It came from Seth.. take a look at his pages. Awesome things.
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As Protests Continue in Brazil, Hard Lessons for an Urbanizing World

As Protests Continue in Brazil, Hard Lessons for an Urbanizing World | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
This widespread movement has clear echoes in developing megacities everywhere.
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America's Leading Metros for Venture Capital

America's Leading Metros for Venture Capital | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
The Bay Area remains at the top, but several cities are starting to catch up.
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Great after the question article for FRQ#1

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Coastal Cities And Climate Change: You're Going To Get Wet - Business Insider

Coastal Cities And Climate Change: You're Going To Get Wet - Business Insider | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
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BEFORE Hurricane Sandy tore through New York and New Jersey, it stopped in Florida.
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Florida may have some moving to do.

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Global cities of the future

Global cities of the future | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Explore the cities and emerging urban clusters that will drive dramatic growth and demographic changes over the next generation. A McKinsey Quarterly Economic Studies article.


In the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. That is reason enough to explore this global dataset with over 2,600 metropolitan areas. 


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82 iconic world landmarks to visit

82 iconic world landmarks to visit | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Some buildings and features are so well known they have become icons of place.

 

This is a great collection of important world landmarks including the pictured Potala Palace in the Tibetan city of Lhasa.  Who wouldn't like to see some of these places?   

 

Tags: geo-inspiration, tourism, images.


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Sophia Schroeder's comment, September 1, 2013 8:02 PM
All of these landmarks are beautiful. It's very interesting to see how much culture, especially religion, has shaped these "must see places." Also, I felt like I was traveling through time and got to examine the feats of new architectural eras, though some would debate that architectural works from the past are more outstanding strictly by the means in which they built these masterpieces. It needs to be said (to add to the wonderment of these places) that most of these monuments are built in places where the overall economic status is low; to see things like temples and churches of such great magnitude and beauty built with such craftsmanship, dedication, and money (even though it is scarce) shows how much they rely on their faith. I was also disappointed to see that the two monuments displayed for America, the Lincoln Memorial and the St. Louis Arch, were, in my opinion, not the best picks. Compared to the other landmarks ours feel so mundane, so void of history and culture (maybe, that's because I have grown up seeing them all my life and their meaning and awe has deteriorated to me.) I guess this can be attributed, in part, to the fact that our country is newer and has not yet grown enough to have the rich history including the trials and tribulations in which other countries have had which makes their culture more fascinating and intriguing to me.
Mary Rack's comment, September 2, 2013 12:49 AM
Sophia, Thanks for your very fine comment! I agree with you entirely, and especially about the Lincoln Memorial and St Louis Arch. Better choices might be the Grand Canyon, the Giant Sequoia trees in California, the National Cathedral in DC, or even Mt Rushmore? And some of the ancient cliff dwellings in the Southwest are amazing. Too bad they did not consult us.
Mary Rack's comment, September 2, 2013 12:51 AM
PS ... or the Hoover Dam?