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RIO DE JANEIRO — Look at most maps of Rio de Janeiro. The beaches are easy to spot, as are the iconic ocean-front neighborhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema. In the middle is a vast forest.
A nonprofit organization run by current and former favela residents called Redes da Mare has started the first mapping program to systematically chart out the favelas for municipal governments. We take for granted what having an address on a named street means in a modern society; it is a portal to public utilities, recognition with businesses and countless other social benefits. Being left 'off the map' is synonymous with being left behind. By finding their way on the city maps they are removing some of the social stigma that sought to treat them as if they did not exist.
Tags: Brazil, urban, squatter, mapping.
Being left off the map is ludicrous. It should be surprising how many there are,what they pick for addresses, and population statistics. Hopefully this will also help them to get aid for poverty relief.
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"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!
The Caucasus region, dominated by the imposing Great Caucasus mountain range and stretching between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, has long been known as one of the world’s ethnically and linguistically most diverse areas.
This article is timely given the need for the ambassador of the Czech Republic to release a statement to explain that the Czech Republic & Chechnya are in fact different places.
I had an idea that this area of the world is complex in its linguistic, cultural & political make up. I must admit though I had no idea it was as complicated as it is. Absolutely fascinating!
Questions to ponder: How much do you agree with the author's assertion that geography explains the foreign affairs of the U.S.? Is there any environmental determinism in this argument?
There are so many facets to geography and the United States has certainly benefitted from all of them; from location to abundant natural resources to cultural histories. I think this is a good introduction to the topic.
"Peak season to spot rare, dazzling night skies over Canada and Alaska."
While I didn't get to personally witness this phenomenon over the weekend, many farther north took some incredibly images. This ABC video nicely summarizes the Aurora Borealis.
I was disappointed here in DE just because of the rarity of even the possibility of seeing the event. It was fun looking anyway and the night sky was, as always, a little mindblowiing!
Tanzanian government plans to exclude Maasai from some traditional pastoral lands in the name of wildlife conservation have met with protest and global media attention.This is certainly not the first…...
"Geocube is an attractive online resource about Geography. Geocube is based on the principle of the Rubik Cube with six faces and 54 topics. It is a virtual and easily accessible website which is available online for free. Move the Geocube around with your mouse and explore the faces and topics.Geocube provides an accessible way to read, see and watch what Geography is and geographers do."
This interactive resource is worth exploring and letting students explore it at home or within a computer lab environment. Geocube isn't just a single random link; Geocube is a portal to numerous topics, regions and themes that allows the user to explore what geography is without being constrained to do so in a linear fashion. Having been voted by the American Association of School Librarians as one of the "Top 25 websites for Teaching and Learning," Geocube comes highly recommended, and rightfully so. This is a must-see as it puts the world of geography at your fingertips.
Tags: geography education. edtech, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
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"Germany and France spent decades at each others' throats. Now, bound by a common currency, they're working together to save the euro zone. It's a story that's begging for a musical number — which, as it happens, we have right here."
A comical song that gives some good information about the pros and cons of the European Union.
"There may be no better way of explaining the world than through maps.Whether they depict oil flows, internet cables, or migration patterns, a good map can explain a concept in a way that no other visualisation can.
They may be even better than charts. We’ve compiled 36 cartographic visualizations that depict the state of the world in 2013, and how we got there."
(Business Insider Australia)
WARNING! This video contains explicit geographical scenes that may offend the non-worldy-wise.
If Australia were a street of 100 households, what would it look like? There would be a population of 260 people, and a total of 45 dogs, 27 cats and 252 fis...
Published in November, 2012.
Provo, Utah, and Burlington, Vermont, represent opposite ends of the U.S. religiosity spectrum.
The majority of the most religious metros are concentrated in the South or Utah. This particular weekend, many of the rythmns of urban life in Utah cities are remarkably visible as the LDS church holds it's semi-annual General Conference. On the opposite side of spectrum, 5 of the 10 least religious metros are in New England; the west coast is the other center of diminished religiosity (with a mini-center in Colorado).
Questions to ponder: What cultural patterns help to partially explain the levels of religiosity in the United States? What other factors explain the patterns of religiosity in your in your local area?
Tags: USA, culture, religion, Christianity.
The Chinese government says its so-called "one-child policy" has succeeded in reining in its population. But more than three decades after the policy's imple...
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Need to watch this HUGGERS!
"women hold up half the skye" I like that haha. Anyways, the gender imbalance in china is rediculas. Hopefully be trying to forsce the women are equal thought this will in a generation or so fix itself. This way, there will also be less abortions per family.
Streetcars are sometimes typecast as old-fashioned conveyances, but they're making encore appearances in cities around the world.
"Dust blows from what was once the Aral Sea floor. Tragic mismanagement of a natural resource."
A wonderful resource to boost the EFL students' skills.
This image taken from the International Space Station is just one of hundreds taken by @Cmdr_Hadfield that can be used in the geography classroom. See image gallery http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/default.asp
Walt Disney was wrong: it’s a pretty big world after all. Maybe you’ll surprise yourself with how much you know about the world on this month’s Maphead trivia quiz.
Africa may have achieved independence, but the old colonial ties are still important as France’s decision to send troops to Mali to fight Islamist extremists shows.
The saltiest body of water isn't the Dead Sea, as many of us have been taught. Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings reveals the location of the world's true record holder. And you won't believe where it is.
"Iran poses steep challenges to its Middle East neighbors and the world. Explore the country's complex regime structure and controversial nuclear program, and watch experts debate the range of policy options."
Iran is in the middle of one of the most important geopolitical regions. One the bordered with Iraq and the Persian Gulf, Iran is stratgeically positioned to have considerable control over the world’s most important waterway for oil shipping and trade, the Strait of Hormuz.
Given it's context, Iran is a country that students should more about than the three main facts that that most Americans are already aware of (1-Iran has an Islamic-based government, 2-an emerging nuclear program and 3-a ton of oil). This interactive feature is a good starting point with great videos, timelines, maps, articles that assess the current situation in Iran.
Tags: Iran, political, Middle East.
"A solar flare that occurred around 2 a.m. Thursday morning may create a spectacular display of northern lights Saturday evening. The midlevel flare had a long duration and was directed at Earth. Solar flares create auroras when radiation from the sun reaches Earth and interacts with charged protons in our atmosphere. The effects are greater at the magnetic poles and weaken as they move south from the Arctic or north of the Antarctic. In the northern hemisphere the results are called the aurora borealis, with the aurora australis being its southern counterpart. The result is a spectacular display of light and color for areas with clear enough views."
It looks from this Map like Aurora will be visible from much of Ohio! -Lou
For more information and predictions, see the Alaska Geophysical Institute's website, which has plenty of experience predicting the Aurora Borealis.
Challenge your knowledge of population centres from around the world in our Towns and Cities Quiz.
"The concept is simple, you create a series of clues that your students need to follow to identify places around the world. You can add as few or as many clues to your Map Quest as you like. When you're ready to have students try your Quest just give them the web address of the challenge or have them scan the QR code assigned to your Quest."
What is a border? What is a peninsula? A look into why geography is important to understand as students around the country prepare for the 2013 National Geog...
I loved participating at the Rhode Island Geography Bee this weekend. This video was shared with all the parents, teachers and students to help them understand that while the Bee may focus on specific bits of knowledge/trivia, it is the beginning and a foundation for spatial thinking to understand patterns and processes.
Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education.
This is a short video about why Geography is an important subject inhelping to understand the world in which we live.
Q1) Based on the information in this video, would you consider Geography as a broad subject and why?
Q2) Why do you believe that Geography is important? (Using examples from the video and your own opinion)
Olivier De Schutter: Clamp down on harmful industrial practices and support small-scale fishers to prevent 'ocean-grabbing' and overfishing
"The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women's status in 174 countries. Our Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge. Click here if you are a new to the project."
Amazing and thought-provoking.
Topic link: Population and Change: Gender
Steel is strong, versatile and 100% recyclable. Learn how old steel shipping containers are given a new lease on life as liveable spaces.
Reusing resources is a critical part of sustainability. This video looks at the recycling of steel including the creating of container homes.