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82 iconic world landmarks to visit

82 iconic world landmarks to visit | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | 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?   

 

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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?
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Why Geography Education Matters

Why Geography Education Matters | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"This blog-a-thon submission comes from Joseph Kerski of the National Council of Geographic Education (2011 President). Joseph writes about why geography education matters and how it applies to each one of us."

 

 

This was one great orange! Thank you GS!

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austin tydings's comment, August 27, 2013 2:41 PM
Geography, is a subject where it takes all the skills from science, math, English, and social studies, and combines it into a in depth thinking class. It makes you find the problem, fix it and tell how and why you fixed it . For example, a crop is not growing in a dry area, then you try it in a wet area and it grows, now you have to find out why it grows in a wet area and not a dry area and explain why. It is good to start out early learning about the basics in the core classes then later in the more advance classes, to understand how to fix a problem.
Annenkov's curator insight, September 13, 2013 2:09 AM

"Geography education applies to each one of us" - not only for children, but for adults in everyday life. Who is interested in developing a personal geoculture?  

Peter Phillips's curator insight, October 5, 2013 7:37 PM

Using an orange to learn the continents of the Earth :) great idea. 

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16 Ways 9/11 Changed The Way We Do Business

16 Ways 9/11 Changed The Way We Do Business | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Tangible consequences--from how we go to market, to how we manage risk--care of those in the trenches.
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How the 9/11 Attacks Still Damage the Economy Today

How the 9/11 Attacks Still Damage the Economy Today | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The 9/11 attacks deepened the 2001 recession, led to the War on Terror, and helped create the largest debt in U.S. history.
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Study Confirms 9/11 Impact On New York City Economy

Study Confirms 9/11 Impact On New York City Economy | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Bureau of Labor Statistics issues first economic analysis of Sept 11 attack that uses actual federal job data reported by employers rather than surveys or samples; report confirms what was already known: that attack had immediate, devastating impact on city's economy; graph (M)
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Brexit: Is the European Union still attractive?

Brexit: Is the European Union still attractive? | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The bloc with 28-member states is put to the test as Britain votes to remain or leave.
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Italy's birth rate drops to lowest in 150 years

Italy's birth rate drops to lowest in 150 years | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Fewer babies were born in Italy in 2014 than in any other year since the modern Italian state was formed in 1861, new figures have revealed.
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Do You Know The Outline of These Countries?

Do You Know The Outline of These Countries? | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Can you spot the real outline from the fake?..

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 18, 3:03 PM

This is just for fun...The borders/coastlines of these 14 countries are slightly photoshopped in one of the two images, and you have to remember from your mental maps which one is correct.  And yes, of course I got a 14. 

 

Tagsmapping, trivia, funborders, cartography.

Jamie Strickland's comment, August 19, 10:37 AM
Love this --- will try with my classes when I talk about cognitive images and our mental maps!
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Why sugar beet farmers are all in on GMOs

Why sugar beet farmers are all in on GMOs | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
If consumers turn against GMO crops, however, farmers know they'll have to adapt
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How over 2 feet of rain caused historic flooding in Louisiana in less than 72 hours

How over 2 feet of rain caused historic flooding in Louisiana in less than 72 hours | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
All-told, over 20 inches of rain fell in less than 72 hours around Baton Rouge.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 16, 9:58 PM

Last month I was in New Orleans, and it rained for about 2 hours…it was staggering to see how many issues stemmed from that drainage in such a flat floodplain.  This is so much worse.  This article focuses on the weather/environmental situation, and this one on the political/human impact.

 

Tags: urban ecology, environmentweather and climate, water, disasters

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Cartograms of the Olympic Games

Cartograms of the Olympic Games | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The distribution of medals shows the existing Olympic inequalities: The overall patterns are a reflection of wealth distribution in the world, raising the question whether money can buy sporting success. Besides investment in sports by those countries who can afford it, the medal tables also reflect a battle for global supremacy in political terms.

 

Tags: sport, popular culture, mapping, historical, cartography.


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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 15, 8:32 PM
Another very interesting way to present geographic data.
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Southern Places You're Probably Mispronouncing

Southern Places You're Probably Mispronouncing | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
If you want to get a "you're not from around here" eye roll, take a shot at pronouncing these GPS coordinates without asking a local.
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Point Roberts

Point Roberts | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
An American city stranded at the tip of a Canadian peninsula where strict adherence to the "49th parallel rule" became problematic.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 22, 5:34 PM

I'm sharing this because what isn't exciting about an exclave that was created by a superimposed, geometric border?  

 

Tags: borders, political.

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Cotton Candy Grapes?!?

Cotton Candy Grapes?!? | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 20, 3:03 PM

After years of seeing fruit-flavored candy, we are now seeing candy-flavored fruit. The company Grapery is very careful to highlight that these patented fruit varieties are not GMOs, but the cotton candy flavored grapes are cross pollinated by hand (by fruit geneticists). You can watch this 4 minute CBS video about the agricultural production and marketing of this new product. Yes, I've experimented with these at a friend's house, and they really do taste like cotton candy (and no, I'm not planning on purchasing any).     

 

Questions to Ponder: Does this make you leery about eating this or totally excited to try it? How come?  Why is the company so adamant to state that these grapes are non-GMO? According to the video, what are the primary concerns of most grape producers and how does that contrast with this company?  

  

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9/11 aftermath: Costs still permeate U.S. economy

9/11 aftermath: Costs still permeate U.S. economy | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The price of Sept. 11 has clearly been high in American blood and treasure, but the attack and its aftermath have also been costly in countless other ways. And those costs will continue to pile up for years to come.
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How 9/11 Changed America: Four Major Lasting Impacts (with Lesson Plan)

How 9/11 Changed America: Four Major Lasting Impacts (with Lesson Plan) | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Teach with the Lowdown Suggestions for nonfiction analysis, writing/discussion prompts and multimedia projects. Browse our entire lesson plan collection here
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Escalation and Stalemate Attempts to stop ISIS are ongoing. The coalition campaign against ISIS from August 2014 to October 2015 ran up a daily bill of $11 million, or roughly $4.7
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Italy begs women to have more babies for the sake of the nation, totally embarrasses the nation

Italy begs women to have more babies for the sake of the nation, totally embarrasses the nation | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
In its battle to get Italians to make more babies, the Italian government has made an embarrassing misstep. Health minister Beatrice Lorenzin recently announced that Sept. 22 would be the country's first "Fertility Day," when state-sponsored events in Rome, Bologna, Catania and Padova offer the public information about family planning and encourage parenthood. In anticipation of that special day, the ministry launche
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(EN) - Sustainable Agriculture Glossary | science.org.au

(EN) - Sustainable Agriculture Glossary | science.org.au | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"About 5000 years ago, large cities were flourishing in the flat plains of what is now southern Iraq. The cities were surrounded by thousands of hectares of crop land irrigated from the rivers. Farmers grew barley, wheat, flax, dates, apples, plums and grapes, and herded sheep and goats for meat and milk.

This early example of intensive agriculture proved unsustainable. By around 4000 years ago, desert had replace the fields and the cities had been abandoned. History records many such examples of agricultural communities flourishing and then failing, often because farming eroded the soil, exhausted the soil’s nutrients or caused a build-up of salt.

There were many fewer mouths to feed in those days; the global population was probably no more than a couple of hundred million. So if agriculture failed in one area, plenty of arable land remained available for development.

The world no longer has that luxury. The need to protect agricultural land and to increase food production has become critical. Around the world the concept of sustainable agriculture has been embraced to try to ensure that food supplies will continue to ..."


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The significance of Simone Manuel’s swim is clear if you know Jim Crow

The significance of Simone Manuel’s swim is clear if you know Jim Crow | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
COLUMN | Few African Americans have excelled at Olympic swimming, which makes Manuel’s gold medal in Rio de Janeiro that much more powerful.
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The Subtle Design Features That Make Cities Feel More Hostile

The Subtle Design Features That Make Cities Feel More Hostile | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Think your city doesn’t like you? You’re right.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 6, 11:51 AM

Geography explores more than just what countries control a certain territory and what landforms are there.  Geography explores the spatial manifestations of power and how place is crafted to fit a particular vision.  Homeless people are essentially always 'out of place.'  These articles from the Society Pages, Atlas Obscura, the Atlantic and this one from the Guardian share similar things: that urban planners actively design places that will discourage loitering, skate boarding, and homelessness, which are all undesirable to local businesses.  This gallery shows various defensive architectural tactics to make certain people feel 'out of place.'  Just to show that not all urban designs are anti-homeless, this bench is one that is designed to help the homeless (and here is an ingenious plan to curb public urination).  

    

Tags: urbanplanning, architecture, landscape, place, poverty.

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Abandoned Olympic Venues From Around The World Or Why It’s The Biggest Waste Of Money Ever

Abandoned Olympic Venues From Around The World Or Why It’s The Biggest Waste Of Money Ever | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The Rio Olympics is the 28th Summer Olympic games. The first one took place in Athens in 1896 and since then the games have been held in 19 different countries.

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United Kingdom's Next Prime Minister Will Be A Geographer: What Is Geography?

United Kingdom's Next Prime Minister Will Be A Geographer: What Is Geography? | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
What is geography? It is a simple yet misleading question. Literally, it is derived from the Greek words "Geo" (Earth) and "graphy" (to write). Many people would probably answer that question with something related to maps or state capitals. Those answers do not even scratch the surface in describing the [...]
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21 charts that explain how the US is changing

21 charts that explain how the US is changing | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The US is a big, complicated place that has undergone some big changes over its 238 years, and even in the last few decades. Here are 21 charts that explain what life is like today in the US — who we are, where we live, how we work, how we have fun, and how we relate to each other.

 

Tags: USA, map, map archives. 


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Ms.Bright's curator insight, July 9, 10:21 AM
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Michael Harding's curator insight, July 11, 7:22 PM

A really challenging set of charts from the US. 


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Closing the gap between men and women in agriculture

http://www.fao.org/sofa/gender "The world cannot eliminate hunger without closing the gap between men and women in agriculture. With equal access to productive resources and services, such as land, water and credit, women farmers can produce 20 to 30 percent more food, enough to lift 150 million people out of hunger."


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Rebecca Geevarghese's curator insight, May 11, 1:35 AM
A great resource to show geography students! 
Linda White's curator insight, May 13, 10:40 PM
A reason why we need to review all the women that are incarcerated in our society.  The society is loosing so much.
Pascal Corbé's curator insight, May 26, 8:53 AM
While closing the gender gap is both righteous as economically advantageous, I find the claim that the world could not be fed without it totally unfounded and not true. Even the worst dictator could just redistribute the produce currently wasted and the issue would be solved with gender issues left touched. The intention of this message is great but I think from a communications point of view these kinds of exaggerated messages undermine the basis of campaigns and ultimately wear off the attention of your target groups.
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This is an incredible visualization of the world's shipping routes

This is an incredible visualization of the world's shipping routes | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"Ships carry 11 billion tons of goods each year. This interactive map shows where they all go.  About 11 billion tons of stuff gets carried around the world every year by large ships. Clothes, flat-screen TVs, grain, cars, oil — transporting these goods from port to port is what makes the global economy go 'round.  And now there's a great way to visualize this entire process, through this stunning interactive map from the UCL Energy Institute."


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South Florida Guide's curator insight, May 3, 11:40 AM
Very interesting.
Caitlyn Scott's curator insight, June 14, 10:25 PM
This resource shows great detail into where are products travel when they are imported but also shows us what and where Australian products are going. Good source in regards to showing how large Australia's export market is. Article contains a good amount of information as to why the routes shown on the map are taken as well as having in-depth data showing the different cargo on board ships. This data helps high light what different countries are renowned for in their exports as well as giving so information into why some countries are poorer than others when analysing their exports. Planned use within unit regarding the cost of Australian exports and its sustainability for the future.      
Alex Smiga's curator insight, September 1, 7:24 PM
A rainbow of shipping routes and info