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Nicaragua unveils major canal route

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"The Nicaraguan government and the company behind plans to build a canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean have settled on a route."


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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, September 24, 8:58 PM

This is an immense idea being proposed to the Nicaraguan people. Yes this would make them a large player in the world economic stage

,however are there more cons than pros in this plan? Currently the only direct route from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea is the Panama Canal. A route that has largely under United States control. This route is profitable for both the U.S.(investor) and Panamanian (investee ) economies. The country of Nicaragua has been approached by investors to create their own passageway. Despite the fact that it may seem all positive the Nicaraguan people should consider all of the consequences. Lake Nicaragua is the countries main source of water. Having said this,do these citizens really want mega cargo ships wading through their drinking water? What type of wild life will be destroyed in the making of this passage way? Large amounts of natural resources may suffer, more than may have been effected with the creation of the canal to the south.All consequences should be considered before a decision is made. Money sadly should not be the only thing considered.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, September 29, 12:00 PM

I can only imagine the worry, and possible feuding, that this project is going to cause the people of Nicaragua. The project could offer jobs and will definitely bring much needed money into the country, which is struggling more than many of the countries in the region, but it is hard to weigh that against environmental destruction. Lake Nicaragua is seriously at risk. Between the introduction of possible invasive species to the pollution of drinking water and fishing grounds, I am worried that the money made by opening a canal will have to be used to save the drinking water. 

John Nieuwendyk's curator insight, October 6, 3:14 PM

The Nacaraguan government plans to build a canal from Punta Gorda to Brito in hopes of moving Nicaraguans out of poverty and creating a more efficent trade route. This trade route will rival the Panama canel and illustrates China's and Nicaragua's hopes of improving their international trade.

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Transportation and Population


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Very Interesting HUGGERS...we didn't always have highways to cruise on!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 29, 2013 3:24 PM

The highway system (and the widespread usage of air conditioning) in the later half of the 20th century dramatically changed the population settlement patterns of the United States and reshaping our cities.

 

Tags: transportation, urban, planning, density, unit 7 cities.

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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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Walmart Slumber Party

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Who wants to spend the night in a Walmart parking lot?

 

There are a few generally accepted principles when it comes to the etiquette of spending the night in a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot. One night only. No chairs or barbecue grills outside an R.V. Shop at the store for gas, food or supplies, if you can, as a way of saying thanks. Walmart, the country’s largest discount retailer, says you’re welcome: its Web site says that R.V. travelers are “among our best customers.” The photographer Nolan Conway has been taking pictures of Walmart’s resident guests at several stores in central Arizona. Sophia Stauffer, a 20-year-old who travels the country in a van with her boyfriend and their dog, describes their lots, which usually feel quiet and safe, as their best option for most nights. “We really don’t want to work or live in a house,” she says.


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We see this all the time at our Walmarts in Fresno!

 

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Jeremy Weaver's comment, March 2, 11:46 PM
Staying in a Walmart parking lot in a car or RV would be fun for a while but I could never do it for more than a week at a time. It's crazy to think that the one guy had been living out of his car for seven years.
Darien Southall's comment, March 3, 1:23 AM
When I was younger my family went on a road trip before heading to a family reunion. The half a week we were on the road we stopped in Walmart parking lots during the nights. Honestly, I think that staying in a Walmart parking lot is something everyone should experience while on the road (whether it be good or bad).
Willow Weir's comment, March 10, 12:07 PM
I can see the appeal of safety and the inexpensive nature compared to a camp. I don't think the ability to camp in their parking lots makes up for walmarts many ills considering how many families they keep in poverty
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Public Transit and Density

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What are the benefits for each?  Drawbacks? You decide!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 14, 2013 10:25 PM

This image is an excellent visualization to use when teaching about density, public transportation and urban planning. 


Questions to Ponder: How is this a persuasive image?  Do you argee with the argument that the planning office is making? Are there something important factors that this image ignores?


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Imran Ahmed Khan's comment, January 17, 2013 3:44 PM
Good picture! It defines the growth of the city that impact on urbanization rate, public health, socioeconomic environment. It also tell us that if we reduce vehicles on the road more space and clean environment may we get, that reduce motality and morbadity of several disease especially lung diseases.