I found these cartograms from an article in the Telegraph and was immediately impressed. The cartograms originated here and use data from the Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project as to create the int...
This series of cartograms shows some imbalanced populations (such as the pictured Australia) by highlighting countries that have established forward capitals. Question to ponder: Do forward capitals change the demographic regions of a country significantly enough to justify moving the capital?
It is interesting to see how over time and depending on geographic location the housing patterns change so drastically. Its fascinating to see how each community uses its land to cater to the needs of its occupants.
UNHCR has been attempting to count the world's refugees since it was created. If you want to find out which years resulted in the worst displacement, which were the biggest countries of origin and which were the biggest countries of asylum, use the interactive map.
According to the latest predictions on global warming Britain from the 2060s could begin to look rather like Madeira. In the first of a two-part investigation into the impact of climate change Tom Heap visits the island 350 miles from the coast of Morocco to find out how we might be living in the second half of the 21st century.
With a climate dominated by the Atlantic, a wet, mountainous north and a warm, dry, over-populated south Madeira already resembles Britain in miniature. The settlers who arrived from Portugal in the 15th century developed a complex farming system that found a niche for dozens of crops, from olives and oranges to wheat and sweet potatoes. Could British farmers prepare for a less predictable climate by studying the delicate agricultural arts of the Madeirans?
Global warming, if it continues as it is currently projected may be changing geography much sooner than some think. According to this report some experts believe that by 2060 England may resemble the Island of Madeira. Having been to this Island i know first hand the drastic change that entails. Some food for thought pertaining to sustaining our enviornment.
Go inside World War II and get new insight into the people, battles and events you thought you knew.
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These interactive maps show the events of the second world war in a new and interesting way. It allows users to see some of the geographic motives for the war, such as Germanys quest for "Lebensraum" or living space and Japans expansion into neighboring countries for materials such as oil. It demonstrates how studying geography and history go hand in hand, it is important to understand geographic principals to understand why history plays out the way it did.
The U.S. is often thought of as a nation connected by roads—since the 1960s the Interstate Highway has defined American culture and led to untold economic prosperity. But a new map of the nation’s rivers tells a very different story.
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It is good to finally see that the education system is realizing that math and reading, although vital to education, are not the only subjects students will need to know in order to be successful in the future. Subjects such as geography, social studies and history are equally important when it comes to competing in the global market yet they are often overlooked in current curriculum.
The Daily Rundown’s Chuck Todd takes a look at the National Geographic Bee and talks with host of the bee and of Jeopardy, Alex Trebek. Trebeck tells Todd that Americans are woefully ignorant when it comes to geography.
"Just 200 years ago, there were only 1 billion people on the planet, and over the next 150 years, that number grew to 3 billion. But in the past 50 years, the global population has more than doubled, and the UN projects that it could possibly grow to 15 billion by the year 2100. As the international organization points out, this increasing rate of change brings with it enormous challenges."
A wave of rooftop greenhouses and vertical farms captures the imagination of architects while offering an alternative to conventional cultivation methods.
Community-gardening advocates have sold urban farming as a sustainable local alternative to industrial-scale farming and as an educational platform for healthier living. And municipalities are buying in, adopting urban ag to transform vacant lots into productive civic assets.
In the last two or three years, however, entrepreneurial urban farmers have opened a new frontier with a different look and operating model than most community gardens. Their terrain is above the ground, not in it. Working with help from engineers, architects, and city halls, they have sown rooftops and the interiors of buildings worldwide. “There’s a lot of activity right now, and there is huge potential to do more of it,” says Gregory Kiss, principal at Brooklyn-based architecture firm Kiss + Cathcart.
Visit the article link for more on recent innovations in urban agriculture and vertical farming...
"Recent news stories discussed why geography is important to an informed and engaged society. To those of us in the geospatial profession, basic geography education is an essential foundation to encouraging young people to enter the workforce in surveying, photogrammetry, GIS and other disciplines in our field."
Tuition rates and geography. I'm playing around with some numbers to try to better understand what level of tuition is appropriate at Memorial University. There are lots of ways to approach the question.
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Interesting insight into one way geography can affect the way we live. According to this article even today it may still have a profound affect on our education.
Zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of spacetime and learn about everything in between.
Click "Start," and then use the slider across the bottom, or the wheel on your mouse, to zoom in -- and in and in and in... or out and out and out... It will take you from the very smallest features postulated by scientists (the strings in string theory) to the very largest (the observable universe). This really is a fabulous visual demonstration of scale at micro and macro levels. This is an excellent way to bring spatial thinking into the math curriculum as well.
Tags: Scale, perspective, space, spatial, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
Some interesting information for the fourth of July wekend. These infographics incorporate elements of history and geography, taking a look at people and places of the past and present. From the original thirteen colonies to all fifty states and the habits and traditions of different regions of the U.S.
The remarkable pictures show scenes from France today with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war superimposed on top.
In this fastinating set of images, Dutch artist and historian Jo Teeuwisse merges her passions literally by superimposing World War II photographs on to modern pictures of the where the photos were originally taken. This serves as a reminder that places are rich with history; to understand the geography of a place, one must also know it's history (and vice versa).
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This new app combines geography and history in order to create an interactive map of London. It is an interesting opertunity to be able to see the Blitz come to life, it allows people to understand what actually happened and the destruction that was brought on by the second wold war.
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