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White Christmas?

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Probability of a white Christmas in U.S.

 

This is not a weather report; we are still too far out to start predicting that with any accuracy.  What this map does show is the statistical probabilities of snow cover thoughout the United States for December 25th based on past climatological data.    


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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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Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.
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Weird Borders: State Borders of the United States of America

Ever wondered why Michigan has two pieces? How about why Alaska isn't connected to the rest of the United States? The state borders are a lot weirder tha
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Mr Mac's curator insight, August 8, 5:00 PM
Unit 4 - Borders, Political Geography
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China warns India over 'military buildup' at border

China warns India over 'military buildup' at border | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Beijing demands New Delhi must 'immediately withdraw troops' from disputed border amid Donglang stand-off.

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A Remote Paradise Island Is Now a Plastic Junkyard

A Remote Paradise Island Is Now a Plastic Junkyard | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Henderson Island is isolated and uninhabited—but its beaches are still covered in garbage.  

 

Henderson Island (article or podcast) is about the most remote place you can visit without leaving the planet. It sits squarely in the middle of the South Pacific, 3,500 miles from New Zealand in one direction and another 3,500 miles from South America in the other.  Henderson should be pristine. It is uninhabited. Tourists don’t go there. There’s no one around to drop any litter. The whole place was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1988. The nearest settlement is 71 miles away, and has just 40 people on it. And yet, seafaring plastic has turned it into yet another of humanity’s scrapheaps.

 

Tags: pollution, Oceania, water, environment, sustainability, consumption.


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ERougeux courses's curator insight, August 2, 9:13 AM
This is terrible! If only we could create a material that replaces plastic and is eco-friendly!
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The Most Popular Baseball Team by County

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In honor of Opening Day, Facebook released data on the most popular Major League teams in every county.

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Mr Mac's curator insight, July 18, 3:14 PM
Unit 1 - Maps and Data, Functional Regions; Unit 3 - Folk Sports; Unit 6 - Markets
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Threats of the World's Coral Reefs


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dilaycock's curator insight, June 4, 2014 11:04 PM

Nice summary.Useful discussion starter.

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3 easy ways to tell if a viral photo is bogus

3 easy ways to tell if a viral photo is bogus | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"Many people posting it wrote that the photo was taken during the recent Nepal earthquakes, and that it depicts 'a brother protecting his sister.' Pretty heartwarming, right? It’s the exact sort of thing your aunt would share on Facebook. A perfectly clear, resonant message about survival and empathy and inequality, all that good stuff.  There’s only one problem: That picture is fake."


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 27, 2015 10:43 AM

course resource, life resource :)

Eden Eaves's curator insight, May 27, 2015 1:05 PM

This picture supposedly taken in Nepal of a brother protecting his younger sister due to recent earthquakes is, in fact, false. These kinds of photos portraying helpless people in foreign countries are often created to increase Instagram likes and retweets on twitter. Some times are real photos of someone or something going through tragedy, but often they are not.    

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, June 2, 2015 9:21 AM

This is a GREAT Tip for checking out all those sad stories you see on Facebook and Twitter.  Once again Thank You Google!!

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Where Working Women Are Most Common

Where Working Women Are Most Common | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Female employment rates have continued rising in most rich countries, but they have been falling in the United States since 2000.

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Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings

Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The city has a lot of abandoned buildings, and to decide which ones should be demolished, the federal government and some major foundations started a massive, high-tech mapping project. The new mayor says that's just what he needs to improve the neighborhoods.

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'This is death to the family': Japan's fertility crisis is creating economic and social woes never seen before

'This is death to the family': Japan's fertility crisis is creating economic and social woes never seen before | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Shrinking GDP and a falling population are poised to turn Japan into what economists call a "demographic time bomb," and other countries could be next.

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Mr Mac's curator insight, June 15, 10:51 AM
Unit 2 - Demographic Transition, Aging Population, Dependency Ratio, immigration policies; Unit 6 - Gender and Development, Development 
Nancy Watson's curator insight, June 16, 8:03 AM
Population unit 
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 20, 10:34 PM

Preliminary HSc - Global challenges: Population

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As U.S. Life Expectancies Climb, People In A Few Places Are Dying Younger

As U.S. Life Expectancies Climb, People In A Few Places Are Dying Younger | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"The wealthiest country, which spends the most money on care for the sick, has far from the best health outcomes. Babies born in eastern Kentucky, along the Mississippi Delta and on Native American reservations in the Dakotas have the lowest life expectancies in the country. If current health trends continue, they aren’t expected to live much beyond an average of 70 years. Meanwhile, a baby born along the wealthy coast of California can be expected to live as long as 85 years, the authors found."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 20, 3:06 PM

Questions to Ponder: What geographic and socioeconomic factors shape mortality rates?  What is better about society today then before?  Has anything worsened?  How come?

 

Tagsmortality, medical, developmentregions, USA, population, statistics.

Julia May's curator insight, July 20, 1:21 PM
Very interesting article but a haunting truth! 
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Gaza's Surfer Girl Hangs Up Her Board — And Not By Choice

Gaza's Surfer Girl Hangs Up Her Board — And Not By Choice | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Palestinian Sabah Abu Ghanim started surfing off Gaza's coast at age 5. She's featured in a documentary. She's 17 now, and her parents have arranged a marriage and told her it's time to stop surfing.

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As Warming Brings More Malaria, Kenya Moves Treatment Closer to Home

As Warming Brings More Malaria, Kenya Moves Treatment Closer to Home | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
​​Malaria cases are on the increase in Kenya, and experts attribute the upsurge to changes in the climate
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Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Federal maps help determine who on the coast must buy flood insurance, but many don't include the latest data. Maryland is now making its own flood maps, so homeowners can see if they're at risk.
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Mr Mac's curator insight, August 8, 4:54 PM
Unit 1 - Uses of Geography, Human-Environment Interaction
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What on Earth Is Wrong With Connecticut?

What on Earth Is Wrong With Connecticut? | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Conservatives say the state has a tax problem. Liberals say it has an inequality problem. What it really has is a city problem.

 

Connecticut is losing rich companies (and their tax revenues) while it’s adding low-wage workers, like personal-care aides and retail salespeople. Yet it remains a high-tax state. That’s a recipe for a budget crisis.

 

The rise and fall of Connecticut fits into the story of American cities. In the 1970s, American metros were suffering a terrible crime wave, and New York was dropping dead. That meant boom times for New York’s suburbs and southwestern Connecticut. But now many of those companies are moving back, lured by newly lower-crime cities and the hip urban neighborhoods where the most educated young workers increasingly want to live.

 

Finally, the hottest trend in American migration today is south, west, and cheap—that is, far away from Connecticut, both geographically and economically. Texas is growing rapidly, and seven of the 10 fastest-growing large metropolitan areas in 2016 were in the Carolinas and Florida. Of the 20 fastest-growing metros, none are in the northeast.

 

Tags: urban, regions, economic.


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Mr Mac's curator insight, August 8, 4:58 PM
Unit 4 - Local Politics, Unit 6 - Economic Development, Unit 7 - Urban 
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This Map Shows The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name

This Map Shows The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Flattened Water. Place of the Small Spring. Milky Water. At first glance, these phrases might look like just a jumble of words, but they’re actually something way cooler: the literal translation of three state names in the United States. Can you guess which ones? Expedia Canada put together this colorful map

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Why 'Brain Drain' Can Actually Benefit African Countries

Why 'Brain Drain' Can Actually Benefit African Countries | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
A new study reveals that the farther African migrants move, the more they increase exports in their home countries.

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, May 28, 2014 11:44 AM

This is an interesting, although less-commonly heard analysis of the impacts of emigration.

 

Here is an opposing opinion: nyti.ms/1oK6dM4

 

For students: Summarize and contrast the opinions of the authors in the two articles linked in this post.

 

Bonus: Evaluate the opinions of each author. Be sure to explain your thinking.

Mr Mac's curator insight, July 18, 3:13 PM
Unit 3 - Interregional Migration, Brain Drain, Unit 6 - Economic Development
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If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean

If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The map above shows the countries that are due east and west from points along the coasts of North and South America. Many small island nations are (perhaps unfairly) excluded for ease of reading. Many thanks to Eric Odenheimer for sharing the map with Know More.

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Californians Keep Up With Joneses’ Water Use

Californians Keep Up With Joneses’ Water Use | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
In the five months since a drought emergency was declared, Californians have barely cut their water consumption, leading some residents to get personal about waste.

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, July 14, 2014 4:03 PM

This article discusses various methods being used by officials to encourage water conservation by residents across California. Some media outlets are using the term "drought shaming" to describe the social media posts popping up where residents publicly point out others' wastefulness.

 

For my students: What do you think of "drought shaming"? Is it appropriate or inappropriate? Be sure to thoroughly explain your thinking.

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Infographic: The Demographic Timebomb - A Rapidly Aging Population

Infographic: The Demographic Timebomb - A Rapidly Aging Population | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The percentage of the global population that is 65+ will double from 10% to 20% by 2050, creating potential economic headwinds especially for millennials.

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Shanghai's Global Ascendance

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Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world. A week ago, he took this amazing shot, recreating the same framing and perspective as a photograph taken in 1987, showing what a difference 26 years can make. The setting is Shanghai's financial district of Pudong, dominated by the Oriental Pearl Tower at left, and the new 125-story Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the world's second tallest skyscraper, at 632 meters (2,073 ft) high, scheduled to finish by the end of 2014. Shanghai, the largest city by population in the world, has been growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year the past 20 years, and now is home to 23.5 million people -- nearly double what it was back in 1987. This entry is focused on this single photo pairing, with several ways to compare the two.


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Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 15, 2014 12:38 PM

It is amazing how quick a city can change in only 26 years. Since this picture was taken in 1987, the city's population has doubled, and is continuing to grow rapidly. Today, this city is one of the largest in the world and has magnificent skyscrapers, one of which is the second tallest in the world. It is obvious globalization hit this mega city very quickly, making it one of the most impressive cities in the world. 

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:37 PM

Buildings, skyscrapers and urbanization. Why not? This is how the world is and this is what attacks tourists. For Shanghai, they need to be up to par with all the other business and tech savvy countries and cities. This is how they are going to keep their technological business, by building what needs to be built. 

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 11, 2014 2:16 PM

unit 7

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▶ Countries inside Countries: Bizarre Borders


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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, May 18, 2014 2:52 PM

Talk about landlocked!  How would you form policy for a country that is completely surrounded by another country?

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 8:02 PM

APHG-U4

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 5:30 PM

nature, meaning, and function of boundaries - The most common boundaries are nation's borders. This video shows many landlocked or mostly surrounded states, that don't decisive as much freedom as states with many neighbors or open borders. These surrounded states value their borders and boundaries, because even if they are smaller or do not have as much freedom, they have their own state that they rule that is all theirs. The function of these borders as boundaries are to mark the edges of their state and to keep other states out.

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Enclaves & Exclaves

Enclaves & Exclaves | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
A tour of the world's engulfed and orphaned places.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 15, 3:20 PM

This storymap is a full length article about all the intricacies about enclaves and exclaves, but the interactive format, visuals and maps really make this much more than another article on the topic.    

 

Tags: borders, political, mappingESRIStoryMap.

Mr Mac's curator insight, July 3, 12:08 PM
Unit 1 - Mapping; Unit 3/4 - Ethnic Enclaves and Exclaves 
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Political geography 

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In the Same Ballpark

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"In 1992, the Baltimore Orioles opened their baseball season at a brand new stadium called Oriole Park at Camden Yards, right along the downtown harbor. The stadium was small and intimate, built with brick and iron trusses—a throwback to the classic ballparks from the early 20th century. It was popular right from the start.

These new Populous ballparks are small and old fashioned-looking but they also feature modern amenities—comfortable seats and fancy foods. And while designed to be different, they tend to follow a similar aesthetic format, featuring a lot red brick and green-painted iron. These new parks also feature asymmetrical playing fields, which are in many cases dictated by the surrounding cityscape."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 12, 5:08 PM

This podcast is filled with important urban geographic issues: downtown revitalization, landscape aesthetics, sense of place, planning, public/private revitalization, etc.  And to boot, this podcast uses America's pasttime to discuss these topics. I typically really enjoy the thoughtful exploration of the untold stories that make up our world found in the 99 Percent Invisible podcast.

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Maps of racial diversity in the United States

Maps of racial diversity in the United States | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"Repurposed NASA maps show the racial diversity (and segregation) of the United States in more detail than ever before."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 28, 2:27 PM

This interactive map of population density in the United States also shows ethnic categories as defined by the U.S. census.  Please explore this map at a variety of scales and in distinct locales.   

 

Questions to Ponder: Is this a map of ethnic diversity patterns or is it a map of racial segregation?  How come?  Is there additional information that you would need to decide?  This review of the map on Wired and Atlantic Cities described this map as a map depicting segregation: why would they say that? 

 

Tags: mapping, density, ethnicity, race.