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Geographic and Sustainability Literacy
Geography and Environmental Education with a focus on Sustainability
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Can You Identify a City By Its Tweets? A Twitter Map Quiz.

Can You Identify a City By Its Tweets? A Twitter Map Quiz. | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Earlier this week we showed you a map of the world's flight paths, which was remarkable for the way you could trace the outlines of continents based on all the routes between coastal cities.
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Aral Sea Basin

Aral Sea Basin | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

"Dust blows from what was once the Aral Sea floor. Tragic mismanagement of a natural resource."


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Jess Deady's curator insight, April 30, 2014 8:36 PM

The Aral Sea Basin has been a topic of conversation throughout geography for many reasons. What used to be filled with water is now blowing dust because its that dry? This basin is no longer a natural resource.

Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 18, 2015 3:30 PM

Here is a question. Do you think perhaps in the future this could happen to lake Mead in Nevada/Arizona? With all the non-stop building and no rain perhaps one day could it run dry or do we have a way to stop it.

Gene Gagne's curator insight, December 1, 2015 7:17 PM

Once there is less water in a lake there is less water in the air therefore less rain. The long term consequences is that the fishing industry is destroyed where once upon a time there were 61000 workers and now there are under 2000. The water is more saltier. The lands are now ill suited and unbuildable. Also the people there are prone to health problems.

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Population Bracketology

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Try the Population Bracketology game from @uscensusbureau! Weekly data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau compares populations for US states and metro areas.

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Although I've never been very good at brackets, I have a better shot with this one!  Neat way to engage students with population data!

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 29, 2013 9:51 AM

Try bracketology for geography while you're waiting for games to start!  :)

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 10, 2015 9:15 PM

I got 52 on both, some surprises for me.

Alex Smiga's curator insight, October 4, 2015 11:56 AM

I gotcha fantasy league right here.

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Boom in North Dakota Weighs Heavily on Health Care

Boom in North Dakota Weighs Heavily on Health Care | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Medical facilities in North Dakota are sinking under a flood of uninsured laborers working dangerous jobs.
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This article is a great complement to the post I rescooped a few days ago, looking at the "mysterious" patch of light in North Dakota that appeared recently on remotely sensed images of the Earth at night.  It illustrates how rapidly a place can change when rapid rates of growth accompany newly "available" natural resources.

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Feuding Over Food

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In the Caucasus, culinary nationalism is an extension of the region's long-simmering disputes.

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This is a great addition to include for my World Food Problems course this semester.

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Amanda McDonald Crowley's curator insight, January 28, 2013 10:19 AM
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" "There is perhaps nothing more closely bound up with one's national identity than food. Specific local dishes are often seen as the embodiment of various cultures and many nations promote their food as a celebration of national identity. Sometimes, however, a country's cuisine can also be used to highlight national rivalries." 

 

This opening paragraph nicely shows how cultural traditions from a similar cultural hearth may have much in common.  However, since these groups are neighbors, the geopolitical relationship may be strained despite the cultural commonalities. "

 

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, September 30, 2013 11:25 AM

A nations food is often used to celebrate their national identity but it can also be used to highlight national rivalries. For example the Czechs reffer to their Slovak cousins as Halusky after one of their traditonal dishes. Culinary flashpoints can also arise when nations claim the same dishes as their own.  

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 18, 2014 3:30 PM

Azerbaijanis, Turks, and Armenian share a lot of the same foods. Instead of enjoying the similarities and cultural nationalism, they are disputing. Eat, drink and be  merry?

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Our Christian Earth: The astounding reach of the world’s largest religion, in charts and maps

Our Christian Earth: The astounding reach of the world’s largest religion, in charts and maps | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
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All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography

All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

From the NY TImes "We have created 10 activities for teaching about geography using Times content, all related to the National Geography Standards."  Carla Saunders originally scooped this on "History and Geography in the 21st Century Classroom."  GENIP recently released (via NCGE) the second edition of "Geography for Life"--the National Geography Standards.  Here are some interesting activities using Times articles.  I am a fan of the NY Times Learning Network--you can get great ideas here!


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DHL | Global Connectedness Index 2012 | English

DHL | Global Connectedness Index 2012 | English | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

International shipping company DHL has released its second edition of the Global Connectedness Index.  Using over one million data points, the report finds that the world is less globally connected than it was in 2007...interesting perspective.

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The Tetchy Passport Map War Courtesy of China - GIS Lounge

The Tetchy Passport Map War Courtesy of China - GIS Lounge | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

China has issued a new passport map which shows disputed areas within its borders, upsetting neighboring countries.  For my Global Connections class, this relates to the disputed territory of Kashmir we discussed early in the semester.  This is a great example of how cartographic representations of political territory can elevate tensions.

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Food-Safety Inspectors Struggle to Keep Up

Food-Safety Inspectors Struggle to Keep Up | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Whether food is locally or nationally distributed, public health officials face a growing challenge to ensure the safety of what you eat.
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Iron-Dumping Experiment in Pacific Alarms Marine Experts

Iron-Dumping Experiment in Pacific Alarms Marine Experts | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

From the NY Times:  "An environmental entrepreneur scattered 100 tons of iron dust in the Pacific Ocean this summer without any academic or government oversight, startling researchers and regulators."

 

Citizen science gone awry....

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Video: Greenland's Unfrozen Future

Video: Greenland's Unfrozen Future | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

This video from the New York Times can be used in a number of different ways in geography or sustainability education.  My colleague and I teach an introductory general education course on sustainability using Jared Diamond's book Collapse (among others).  This short video is a great companion piece to Diamond's discussion of Greeland and the Vikings.

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Measuring the Human Urban Footprint

Measuring the Human Urban Footprint | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

This first came to my attention via the Flowing Data blog by Nathan Yau.  Really nice, crisp way of delineating built-up areas in some of the world's most populous cities.

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The spread of genetically modified crops

The spread of genetically modified crops | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Since the introduction of genetically modified crops in 1996, their use has rapidly increased around the world. Of the 421 million acres globally, 172 million were in the United States.
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Jamie Strickland's curator insight, May 31, 2013 2:40 PM

The article that is accompanied by this graphic is a good one to use in conjunction with films like "Food, Inc." or "Harvest of Fear" when discussing GMOs and complexities associated with them.  Addtionally, it can be a useful discussion starter when looking at issues of international trade and differing views on issues like GMOs.

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Personal Space - CNNMoney

How much space each person has in some of the world's major cities
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This is a pretty cool interactive graphic that looks at how much space there is per person in some of the world's largest cities.  The results are kind of interesting.  This would be a neat conversation starter when talking about internal structure of the city.  Originally published on CNN Money, I saw this on Nathan Yau's Flowing Data blog today.

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American Migration [Interactive Map] - Forbes

American Migration [Interactive Map] - Forbes | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Every year, close to 40 million Americans move from one home to another. This interactive map visualizes those moves for every county in the country.
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Jamie Strickland's curator insight, March 8, 2013 11:20 AM

This is a neat visualization of county to county migration flows using anonymized IRS data.  In the accompanying article, geographer Michael Conzen and demographer Bill Frey provide insights (in addition to two other experts).

Delbert Keller's curator insight, May 12, 2015 4:39 PM

WOW

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Norway Debates Overseas Ventures After Algeria Siege

Norway Debates Overseas Ventures After Algeria Siege | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Oil and gas made Norway one of the richest countries, but the siege that killed four Statoil employees has forced the nation to rethink how far its petroleum companies should go for profits.
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This article explores some of the dilemmas countries face when resource extraction intersects with conflict zones, using the recent examples from North Africa.

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Digital Globes, a New Way to View the World

Digital Globes, a New Way to View the World | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Their expense has so far made them rare, but with prices coming down, these glowing, programmable spheres are set to become more common.
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Thanks to AAG's SmartBrief and Seth Dixon, my attention was drawn to this article.  There is a fantastic YouTube video that accompanies the news report. It is about 14 minutes in length and very useful for discussing the tools and perspectives that scientists use to study the Earth, its human activities and the impacts of natural and human processes.  I plan on using this in my Environmental Dilemma class tomorrow when I introduce "Tools of Enviromental Analysis.

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PHOTO: Mount Everest, in two billion pixels

PHOTO: Mount Everest, in two billion pixels | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
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Here is an amazing "gigapixel" view of Mount Everest.  You can pan around the area and zoom in on any part of the image.  This would be great for use in a class on glacial landscapes.

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So awesome!!!
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City, The : American Documentary Films, Inc. : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Documentary from 1939 contrasting life in industrial cities versus the seemingly bucolic life in a small village or town.  Plea for planning---Greenbelt and Radburn are featured.  This would be great for illustrating urban change over time as well as for history of planning.  Commentary provided by Lewis Mumford.

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Thanksgiving Maps and Geography - GIS Lounge

Thanksgiving Maps and Geography - GIS Lounge | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

Thanksgiving maps about this holiday involving major feasting.  Here's another fun article from GIS Lounge on various sites that look at where our Thanksgiving meals come from.

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Declare Your Interdependence! Celebrate Geography Awareness Week with ... - WebWire (press release)

Declare Your Interdependence! Celebrate Geography Awareness Week with ... - WebWire (press release) | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it
Declare Your Interdependence! Celebrate Geography Awareness Week with ...WebWire (press release)Geography Awareness Week, established by presidential proclamation in 1987, is an annual public awareness program led by National Geographic that...
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The Story of a FreshDirect Order

The Story of a FreshDirect Order | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

This is a great infographic from the NY Times that is featured this week on the Times' Learning Network site.  I am planning adapting the lesson plan (designed for Common Core ELA) for my World Food Problems class this Spring.  Perhaps this might have some utility for the APHG Agriculture Unit??  Let me know what you think!

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NCGE Conference 2012

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From my colleague,  Seth Dixon:  "The National Council for Geographic Education's Annual Conference 2012 is this week in San Marcos, Texas!  I'll excited to hear so many engaging presentations (I'm on page 66).  The latest edition of the NCGE newsletter is here as a flipboard and as a PDF.  If you are at the conference, I hope you'll say hi!"

 

NCGE is my favorite conference--I am looking forward to being re-energized by all the good ideas presented.  As for me, I am on page 61!

 

Tags: NCGE, training, GeographyEducation, aphg.


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How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land?

How Big a Backyard Would You Need to Live Off the Land? | Geographic and Sustainability Literacy | Scoop.it

Tags: infographic, food, agriculture, sustainability, urban, urban ecology, locavore, land use, unit 5 agriculture, unit 7 cities.


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Crissy Borton's comment, September 11, 2012 8:36 PM
Looking at purchasing a house in the next year or so and this is one thing we have been looking at. Although we don't want to raise our own meat we would like to grow everything else we eat.
Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:44 PM

Good visual representation of what it would take to be self sufficient.

Chris Scott's curator insight, July 14, 2013 9:51 AM

If you need a backyard that is about 2 acres to live off the land imagine how big of a backyard you would need if you had a family of 8.