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How Google Earth changed the world

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The latest battleground for the world's biggest tech companies is one of its oldest forms of data: maps.

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The title pretty much sums up what the article is about. In class, we will have many opportunities to talk about how geospatial technology is having an effect on society, and this article will give you even more insight. Here's my favorite quote from the article: "'All cultures produce a world map that puts their own interests and concerns at its heart. Even Ptolemy said any world map must make decisions about what it includes and what it leaves out. Some of those can be sinister decisions, but more often they're simply practical ones. Do you need to show the North and South poles if you don't think you'll ever go there? Probably not.'"
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Emily Griffith High School | Denver Public Schools

Emily Griffith High School | Denver Public Schools | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it

My name is Heather Ramsey and I am a Social Studies teacher at Emily Griffith High School in Denver, CO.

 

We are an alternative school that focuses on retrieving students aged 17 to 21 who left high school before earning a diploma.

 

A big focus at our school is student engagement, and my goal is to use technology as a resource to help me engage my students. “Scooping” and sharing content is a way in which I can promote literacy with Social Studies students. I include questions in my scoops so that students can respond to the content and practice writing skills for credit toward their course.

 

I hope you enjoy the content as much as I enjoy finding it. A big thank you to other curators for the excellent content they provide!

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27 Magical Photos That Prove Why Getting The Airplane Window Seat Is Absolutely Necessary.

27 Magical Photos That Prove Why Getting The Airplane Window Seat Is Absolutely Necessary. | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
I'm NEVER falling asleep on an airplane again!

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Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash

Plane Search Shows World's Oceans Are Full of Trash | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
Before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, sea trash was not a global headliner.
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The World's Most Densely Populated Cities

The World's Most Densely Populated Cities | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
The growth of these cities will create a host of environmental and health problems.

 

By 2210, the global population is expected to grow from just more than 7 billion to 11.3 billion — with 87 percent of the population living in urban areas, according to a new working paper by researchers from NYU’s Marron Institute.

Most of these individuals will be in what’s now the developing world — creating a host of environmental and health problems.

If projections are correct, these new urban dwellers will require the world’s existing cities to expand six-fold to accommodate triple the residents, Richard Florida wrote in The Atlantic. Plus, the world will need 500 new “megacities” of 10 million or more, he wrote.


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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, March 25, 3:42 PM

Pointed out in the latest report on Construction Industry 

Trends by Accenture, the rise of the Megacities will empower construction whilst raising many environmental and health problems.

Valerie Bauwens's curator insight, March 28, 1:46 AM

Or will there be a natural come back to the country side?

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2:42 PM

 Cairo, Egypt has a population density of 9,400 residents per square kilometer. THese numbers are crazy think about it compared to MA or RI and our major cities.

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Is That Someone's House? What Astronauts Can See Looking Down

Is That Someone's House? What Astronauts Can See Looking Down | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
A mysterious dark spot in downtown Tokyo. A flock of dancing dots in the Pacific. A town that's half orange, half green. Astronaut puzzlers seen from space.
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Very awesome!

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Do massive dams ever make sense?

Do massive dams ever make sense? | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
A new report argues that large dams are a risky investment - expensive and failing to deliver promised benefits. Why?
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For students: SUMMARIZE the opinion of the researchers discussed in this article. Do you agree or disagree? Explain your position.

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Google Maps sails down the Colorado River (pictures) - CNET

Google Maps sails down the Colorado River (pictures) - CNET | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
Google Maps sails down the Colorado River (pictures)
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Google loaded its Street View trekker onto a raft and set sail down the country's most endangered river: the Colorado River.

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Interactive map: Prevalence of baby names in the USA

Interactive map: Prevalence of baby names in the USA | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it

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Map of each state's favorite music artist(s)

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Global Perceptions of the United States

Global Perceptions of the United States | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
Placeholder for the Pew Global Indicators Database

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 18, 10:22 AM

In this I saw that when choosing Russia to look at in relation to its relationship with the United States throughtout the years it has both increased and decreased. For example, In 2008 the percentage of relationship with the US and Russia was at 29% then in  2009 it decreased to 27% and then fianlly increasing in 2013 to 31%. As you can see the US and Russia are partners in life today to some extend and have evolved from time to time( past to present).

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, February 21, 9:18 PM

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 1:25 PM

Kenya is measure as a parter and alliance with the United States for instance, in the Fall of 2009 a report came out and it proved taht 89% thought of Kenya as an alliance. Shockingly enough in 2013 the alliance with Africa drew at a small decrease of 79%.

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The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

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Being the nerd that I am, I love a good resource about pirates, especially when it's presented on an interactive map!

 

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United Nations Global Issues: Decolonization

United Nations Global Issues: Decolonization | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it

"Since the creation of the United Nations, 80 former colonies have gained their independence.  This includes all 11 Trust Territories, which have achieved self-determination through independence or free association with an independent State.  The Special Committee continues to monitor the situation in the remaining 16 territories, working to facilitate their advance towards complete self-determination."

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Denver "Lost Boy" caught in South Sudan war leads escape, vows return

Denver "Lost Boy" caught in South Sudan war leads escape, vows return | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
"Lost Boy" refugees from Denver and other cities who went back to Sudan to bolster the multibillion-dollar U.S. effort to nurture Africa's newest nation are caught in the outbreak of fighting and fleeing. And University of Colorado graduate Daniel Majok Gai, 33, risked his life helping lead civilians away from gun battles.
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Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures?

Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures? | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it

"The light that a city emits is like its glowing fingerprint. From the orderly grid of Manhattan, to the sprawling, snaking streets of Milan, to the bright contrast of Kuwait’s ring-roads, each city leaves its own pattern of tiny glowing dots. See if you can ID these cities based on the way they shine."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 12, 6:59 PM

This short quiz of 16 cities combines several analytic components of geography that you won't see in more standard map quizzes for regional geography;  this draws on some similar skills similar to the map quiz that was based on identifying the city based on Starbucks locations.  Some recognition of local spatial patterns from previous map analysis can make this quiz easier but there are still some cities that you haven't ever looked at from space before.  Things to consider as you attempt this quiz:  Which of the four possible selections can you rule out out?  What enabled you to eliminate those selections (e.g.-coastal, scale, size, grid pattern, transportation systems, density, etc.)?  What does to layout of the city tell us about the planning and historical origins of the city?  Is there one urban model that best helps us explain the configuration of this city?     


Tags: urbanmodels, planning, density, urbanism, unit 7 citiestrivia.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 14, 8:00 AM

Geography education

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15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundings

15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundings | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it

This collection of photographs of majestic landmarks around the world do a great job of just how important framing, perspective and lighting are to a photograph. All of these photo pairs are of the same object, but the changes in perspective can make them seem more or less grand.

Aside from the composition of these images, some of them also show just how misleading photography can be. Most of us probably imagine that the Taj Mahal is surrounded by pristine gardens because it’s always photographed from the same angle. But the squalid garbage dumps behind it tell another tale. Of course, not all of these photos reduce the landmarks’ grandeur. The Acropolis, the Arc de Triomphe and New York City’s Central Park all arguably look even better or at least look great in a different way in their second photos. The zoomed-out photos of the Acropolis and the Arc only serve to highlight how those landmarks are focal points of their cities.


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Generation Missing out on School in Wartime Syria

Generation Missing out on School in Wartime Syria | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
Along with some 20 other Syrian children, 13-year-old Anas braves rain, mud and cold to attend class in a tent pitched along Lebanon's border with Syria, the home of a Syrian refugee family that serves as a classroom for four hours each day. There are no benches and no blackboard. There are...
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Population rising faster in South and West, census data show

Population rising faster in South and West, census data show | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON - Population growth in Southern and Western states, led by Texas, California and Florida, accounted for more than 80% of new residents nationwide over the last three years,...

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Get ready to feel pinched by supermarket prices

Get ready to feel pinched by supermarket prices | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
Milk, meat and vegetables are all getting more expensive, a trend that’s not going to reverse any time soon

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For students: Make a prediction about how consumers will react to higher prices at the supermarket. (Think beyond how this will affect consumer's attitudes about the prices...) DISCUSS some additional impacts of rising food prices.
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California farmers: How the state feeds a nation

California farmers: How the state feeds a nation | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
You know how the rest of the country likes to make fun of California, but how much would they miss us if we were gone? You can certainly bet the weeping and wailing would be off the charts at dinner time.
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This is a humorous look at California's invaluable contribution to our country's food supply.

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World's Most Dangerous Job - Human Planet - BBC - YouTube

“ On the Indonesian island of Java, men mine sulphur from inside Ljen Volcano. It's crater is filled with a mix of highly toxic gases, that have claimed the li...”


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Young Coloradans fueling drop in driving, study finds

Young Coloradans fueling drop in driving, study finds | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
The Colorado Public Research Interest Group analyzed federal highway data to conclude Coloradans are driving about 11 percent per person less than a decade ago.
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Where do you fit into COPIRG's study? How do you get around? Do you use public transit by choice or out of necessity? If you had a choice, would you want to pay for a car and all the things that go with having one, or would you continue to walk/bike/take the bus?

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This Map Shows How To Get Anywhere You Want In America Without Taking A Plane

This Map Shows How To Get Anywhere You Want In America Without Taking A Plane | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
Here's how you could hack together a national transportation network. Hope you brought a good book.

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Marianne Riddile's curator insight, March 11, 6:09 AM

Interesting.  These bus routes might work for motorhomes too!

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The United States of question marks, in one map

The United States of question marks, in one map | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why Illinois has a silent 's' or why Hawaii has interstates? You're not alone. Thanks to a map courtesy of Reddit user RedLinkJ, we can see what burning questions the public wants to ask about all 50 states.

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California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won't Get Water Unless They Ask

California Is So Dry, Some Diners Won't Get Water Unless They Ask | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
Across the state, towns and cities see waste in the full water glasses left on diners' tables.
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Students: EVALUATE the decision made by the city of Santa Cruz, then write a 3-5 sentence reaction to it.

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The Story of Globalization in 1 Graph

The Story of Globalization in 1 Graph | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
A crystal-clear picture of the world's winners and losers in the last generation
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Desolation of smog: Tackling China's air quality crisis

Desolation of smog: Tackling China's air quality crisis | EGHS Geography | Scoop.it
Officials in China say they are confident green technology will help overcome the country's notoriously polluted air.
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Even on the worst of the days with the "brown cloud" in Denver, it is hard to imagine living with the kind of smog the people in urban China live with every day.

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