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How Google represents disputed borders between countries

How Google represents disputed borders between countries | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
INTERNATIONAL borders are often tricky to chart on maps. Tangible topographic features can be pinned down by satellite imagery but the boundaries between many states...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 4, 9:05 PM

I've shared some links in the past that some mapping dilemmas with current events in Ukraine.  Google Maps shows international borders differently and National Geographic maps show Crimea as a part of Russia.  In this podcast we learn that this isn't the only international border dispute that is displayed differently in Google Maps.  Google uses over 30 distinct versions of international borders because there is an underlying geopolitical dimension to cartographyHowever, this article from the Economist is more explicitly geographic in its analysis of the situation and how the discipline(s) of geography/cartography shape the political situation; maps are NOT just a reflection of reality on the ground.  To paraphrase the cartographer Andy Shears, there is a lot of teaching applications and discussion material in these articles. 


Questions to Ponder: Why have different cartography for different audiences?  Why does this small cartographic decision matter? How can maps be used to lie/stretch the truth?  How to governments derive political legitimacy from maps?   Why is Google the cartographic gatekeeper?


Tags: google, Ukraine, mapping, borders, political.

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 6:10 AM

How does politics affect map-making? 

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 8, 9:36 AM

unit 4

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Welcome To Geography!

"Lets start off the new school year in style! This is a re-imagining of an older resource designed to introduce the subject to new students in a highly visual manner.  Feel free to use & share it."


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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 8:59 PM

Introducción a la Geografía.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 12:29 PM

APHG-Intro

Sally Egan's curator insight, August 31, 3:32 PM

This is a great introduction to a Geography course, covering both the content and the fieldwork and investigation, tools and skills.

 

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Teaching Geography in the 21st Century: Online Course - YouTube

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Artful, Aerial Views of Humanity's Impact

Artful, Aerial Views of Humanity's Impact | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
Using aerial photographs that render imperiled landscapes almost abstract, Edward Burtynsky explores the consequences of human activity bearing down on the earth’s resources.

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Diane Johnson's curator insight, August 11, 5:12 AM

These images may be very useful for teaching the DCI's under the Human Impact topic.

Alexandra Piggott's curator insight, August 11, 3:48 PM

Is this evidence of homgeniziation of landscapes?

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 11, 5:11 PM

People change landscapes. This is a great resource available as an iPad App also Called Burtynsky Water. 

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15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All

15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
The region as it never was, could have been, and sort of is 
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Sustaining Seven Billion People

Sustaining Seven Billion People | Geographical Education | Scoop.it

"With seven billion people now living on Earth, the ever growing demand is putting unprecedented pressure on global resources—especially forests, water, and food. How can Earth’s resources be managed best to support so many people? One key is tracking the sum of what is available, and perhaps nothing is better suited to that task than satellites."

 


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 6, 9:09 AM

Such studies of the agriculture around the world are essential. The way we are doing agriculture to support seven billion people now, peaking at 9-10 billion in another 60 years, it is clear that we are putting severe strains on the environment.  But we have grown lazy, and we are doing it all wrong.

 

We CAN drastically reduce the amount of meat we consume, and thus quickly reduce the amount of arable land we need.  We CAN grow plants in ways that actually sequester more carbon and improve the soil it over time rather than erode and degrade.  And we CAN in fact grow all the food we need in the space we live in, thus enabling us to recycle all the water used as well, which is mostly just lost in evaporation. 

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, July 13, 2:52 AM

Vital debate for the future

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 4:44 PM

APHG-U2

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Lies Your World Map Told You: 5 Ways You're Being Misled

Lies Your World Map Told You: 5 Ways You're Being Misled | Geographical Education | Scoop.it

"Unfortunately, most world political maps aren't telling you the whole story. The idea that the earth's land is cleanly divvied up into nation-states - one country for each of the world's peoples - is more an imaginative ideal than a reality. Read on to learn about five ways your map is lying to you about borders, territories, and even the roster of the world's countries."


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Sally Egan's curator insight, June 23, 3:32 PM

Amazing stories on the World's changing Geopolitical status. Current stories about disputed borders, unrecognised territories and  newly declared nations.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 29, 6:41 PM

Nunca é "Toda a Verdade" ... 

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 4:49 PM

APHG-U1

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GEFS Online - Free Flight Simulator

Free, online, multiplayer flight simulator based on Google Earth.
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Teachers TV: Why I Love Geography - Resources - TES

Teachers TV: Why I Love Geography - Resources - TES | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
Alistair Cochrane meets people with a passion for geography
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Nederlandse Antillen komen uit Stille Oceaan - YouTube

Voor meer informatie, kijk op http://www.uu.nl/faculty/geosciences/NL/Actueel/Pages/Nederlandse-Antillen-komen-uit-Stille-Oceaan.aspx
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Are We Really Ready for a World Without Borders? The EU Case

Are We Really Ready for a World Without Borders? The EU Case | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
Just like any geographical entity, borders have several dimensions. They can be symbolic, cultural, religious, political, economical, blurred or sharp, imaginary or tangible. Of course, most contem...
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Geography Strikes Back

Geography Strikes Back | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
To understand today's global conflicts, forget economics and technology and take a hard look at a map, writes Robert D. Kaplan.
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Have a look at the video! If you haven't  already done so, it's a  2012 publication...

Kaplan's book "The Revenge of Geography" also available in Dutch: "De wraak van de geografie".

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The Racial Dot Map: One Dot Per Person for the Entire U.S.

The Racial Dot Map: One Dot Per Person for the Entire U.S. | Geographical Education | Scoop.it

308.745.538 punten, zoveel inwoners als er in de VS zijn. Elke punt zegt iets over de etniciteit van de persoon: white, Afro-american, Asian en Hispanic...

Pas op een lokaal niveau wordt het zicht op de spreiding beter: ruimtelijke segregatie in de grote steden. Zoom maar eens in op Minneapolis- Saint Paul.

Het voorbeeld bij dit artikel is New York waar heel mooi Chinatown te zien is en Harlem rondom West 125th street. 
(overgenomen van Community Aardrijkskunde) 

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What Does Earth Look Like?


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 27, 9:37 AM

Unit 1

MsPerry's curator insight, September 1, 6:51 AM

APHG-Unit 1

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 6:18 AM

Mapping and Satellite Imagery

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Playing For Change Day 2014

Playing For Change Day 2014 | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.
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10 Free GIS Data Sources: Best Global Raster and Vector Datasets - GIS Geography

10 Free GIS Data Sources: Best Global Raster and Vector Datasets - GIS Geography | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
Turbo-charge your search for free GIS data with this list of 10 free, downloadable global GIS datasets from highly reputable sources - vector and raster.
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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World | Geographical Education | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.

"How do you think the world (starting with our perceptions) could change if the map looked differently? What if Australia was on top and the hemispheres switched? By changing how we look at a map we truly can begin to explore and change our assumptions about the world we live in."

 

Geography doesn’t just teach us about the Earth; it provides ways for thinking about the Earth that shapes how we see the world.  Maps do the same; they represent a version of reality and that influences how we think about places. 

 

Tags: mapping, perspective.


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CHS AP Human Geography's curator insight, August 14, 2:30 PM

Use as small cards that students can sort in small groups?  Post as gallery walk?  Skill builder to identify areas of distortion (shape, area, distance, etc)?  

YEC Geo's curator insight, August 15, 7:03 AM

I love maps, but it's easy to forget that reproducing a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface involves many trade-offs.  This article highlights those trade-offs.

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 6:28 AM

Would you perception of the world change if you saw it upside down?

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

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Sharrock's curator insight, August 5, 5:30 AM
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Titles like the one for this article, 40 maps that explain the Middle East, are becoming increasingly common for internet articles.  They helps us feel that we can explain all of the world's complexities and make sense of highly dynamic situations.  While we can all agree that maps are great analytical tools that can be very persuasive, sometimes we can pretend that they are the end all, be all for any situation.  Maps can also be used to show how something that we thought was simple can be much complex and nuanced than we had previously imagined, as demonstrated by this article, 15 Maps that Don't Explain the Middle East at All.  Both perspectives have their place (and both articles are quite insightful). Not connected to the Middle East, but East Asia, this article entitled Lies, Damned Lies and Maps continues the discussion of maps, truth and perception.  

 

Tags: MiddleEast, conflict, political, borders, colonialism, devolution,historical, mapping

Linda Denty's curator insight, August 5, 3:42 PM

As Seth Dixson says, maps only tell a part of a story, but this may assist as part of an overall understanding of the history of the area.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, August 5, 5:10 PM

Some of the histories in maps is helpful in realising the complexities of the issues.

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African borders

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"About the history of the creation of Africa borders and debates about African borders."


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Darleana McHenry's curator insight, June 26, 4:33 AM

I thought that this was interesting and decided to share it.

 

Beatrice Sarni's curator insight, July 7, 12:36 AM

always an interesting discussion...

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 4:50 PM

APHG-U4

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Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt?

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? | Geographical Education | Scoop.it

As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. They found that countries often begin disputes belligerently but ultimately reach peaceful agreements. Says Aaron Wolf, the geographer who leads the project, “For me the really interesting part is how even Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, are able to resolve their differences and find a solution.”


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Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, June 19, 6:44 AM

El bien más preciado.  El recurso agotable más subvalorado del planeta. 

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 20, 11:50 AM

Questões políticas... 

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, June 21, 8:01 AM

Add water to geography education curriculum? You better believe it. The crisis of the 21st century is and will be water.  

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Real-Time Lightning Map :: LightningMaps.org

Real-Time Lightning Map :: LightningMaps.org | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
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Awesome People - GEOPORTer

Awesome People - GEOPORTer | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
Geoporter would not be where we are without the great support of incredible people around the world. We want to say: We are Amazed! Inspired! Grateful! Your generosity and support to is awesome!
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Seeing Landmarks From Far Away Might Shatter Your Perception Of Them

Seeing Landmarks From Far Away Might Shatter Your Perception Of Them | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
Wow. I guess it's true when they say not everything is as it appears...

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 21, 8:34 AM

I think it's awesome to see the past mixed with the present, and realizing how our imagination adds to the "mystery" of places.  However, seeing things in context truly changes perception - how could this be brought to your students?  Fascinating.  

Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, March 28, 8:43 AM

LA PERCEPCIÓN A TRAVÉS DE LA DISTANCIA

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2:33 PM

By looking at these images it is apparent that heir is a clear distincition between how one may view the monument from upclose andd then when you take asep back you can really appreciate it by seeing others appreciate it as well. As an observer you can also identify the different persepectives by looking at it in a different light by either taking a step back or viewing it from a different vanage point. Knowing the history of the monument also helps with a background story in order for better appreciation of the monument and the History that goes along with it.

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Why Leaders Should Learn Geography

Why Leaders Should Learn Geography | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
Kirk Goldsberry mentioned in "The Importance of Spatial Thinking" that "Harvard eradicated its Geography Department in the 1940's, and many universities followed suit". Indeed, not only has geograp...
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Uitslag gemeenteraadsverkiezingen 2014 op de kaart

Uitslag gemeenteraadsverkiezingen 2014 op de kaart | Geographical Education | Scoop.it
Uitslag gemeenteraadsverkiezingen 2014 op de kaart
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