Team may be forced to miss training after equpiment goes missing in transit
Elizabeth Bitgood's insight:
This article highlights the smallness and largeness of the world. While we can quickly travel from the Caribbean to Russia, it is not without problems. Also, the fact that the Jamaican’s will be participating in the bobsleigh event again is exciting. Best of luck to them!
Emissions of gas and ash indicate an increase in activity at Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano in January 2010.
A new vent opened this month on Turriabla, the easternmost of Costa Rica's active volacanoes. This false-color, near-infrared satellite image would be an effective teaching tool to discuss the importantce of geospatial technologies to monitor the Earth's surface.
This map of Cuba, National Geographic's first map of Cuba in over 100 years, has an incredible backstory.
While touring the National Geographic headquarters, the cartographer Juan Valdés (pictured here with me) told me the story of his early days living in Cuba before Castro, Pictured is one of his 36 meticulous drafts produced to create this cartographic masterpiece of his home country. To hear it in his own words, embedded in this link is a 18 minute video of his talk at National Geographic on Cuba and the production of the map. The last 7 minutes are especially helpful for mapping students to see all the decisions and stages involved in creating a professional reference map.
Tags: cartography, mapping, National Geographic, Latin America, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
Explore the travels and exploits of five real pirates of the Caribbean. Click through the tabs to track the adventures of each pirate overlaid on Spanish ports and pirate strongholds in the area. Zoom into the map to see additional detail.
Via Seth Dixon
Elizabeth Bitgood's insight:
I liked this site; it gives a good interactive map of the area showing the paths that the pirates took. It could be a good teaching tool for a classroom learning about the era of the Caribbean pirates and also teaching kids the geography of the area in a way that would be fun for them.
This article was interesting as it shows that the problems faced in the United States due to immigration are not unique. The friction between old and new immigration seems to be universal. How different counties handle and adapt to the changing demographics of their people is challenging and shows the character of the population. I was unaware of the makeup of Belize’s population or that they were an English speaking country. This article told me a lot about the people of this country.
Why don't most Americans, including many historians, know about the highly advanced ancient civilization that existed in the 'Heartland' of North American ne...
Elizabeth Bitgood's insight:
This is an interesting presentation conserving the human geography of North America and what has been lost over the years because the natives were not viewed as civilized when the artifacts were discovered. It is rather sad that this chapter of North American history has not only been forgotten but suppressed by the people who’s agenda was to take land from the native Americans.
Mark Colozzi of Ocean State Follies translates Rhode Islandese. I recorded most of Charlie Hall's Ocean State Follies performance at Rhode Island College (Oc...
This provides a humorous look at a regionally distinct accent and way of speaking from the city I live in, Cranston, RI. This might be tough to follow for some non-Rhode Islanders since many local places, stores and institutions referenced as deeply local.
(As a side note, this version was performed on my college campus and I'm actually in the background of the video since I was running the book sale as a fundraiser for the Shinn Study Abroad Committee. At the 2:30 mark, I'm the guy in the green shirt behind the Cranston sign)
This funny video highlights how phonetically different words are in different dialects. This is focused on the sound of the Rhode Island accent and it was interesting to see how the words were spelled when written phonetically.
TED Talks What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.
This is a visually stunning portrayal of Canadian landscapes. He shows incredibly gorgeous photographs of the ecosystems of the boreal forest, indigenous cultural landscapes and natural scenery. This is unfortunately the backdrop for the impacts of industrial extraction of oil from the tar sands of the Athabasca in Canada. Collectively, this makes for a jarring justaposition of environmental landscapes.
This presentation is very moving on the emotional side of the plight of Canada’s natural resources. When it comes to oil production no matter where it is it will be dirty, messy and fraught with problems that impact the environment. The idea that everyone wants oil but they don’t want to mess up their own country to get it is an interesting problem. Frankly the more developed countries like Canada are more likely to mine the resources responsibly then a country that has little or no environmental protections. This speaker gives a very impassioned presentation but he offers no alternatives to oil. Getting oil from a country that has environmental protection laws is cleaner and better then getting it from a country that cares nothing for the environment; it is less accountable and more environmentally damaging to get it from somewhere else. Pipelines are cleaner ways of moving oil as they seldom leak and don’t crash and spill. The debate over oil and environmental responsibility will continue until a viable source of clean energy is created.
ONEONTA, Ala. -- Potato farmer Keith Smith saw most of his immigrant workers leave after Alabama's tough immigration law took effect, so he hired Americans.
Geography is all about the interconnected of themes and places. This issue in Alabama is displaying these interconnections quite vividly. Economics, immigration, culture, politics and agriculture are intensely intertwined in this issue.
This is another article that highlights the skill deficit in this country. People seem to be afraid of doing hard work and would rather do nothing then work hard to learn this skill. If it were a choice between no job and this type of job people would take the jobs but the third choice of unemployment payments makes people who might do these jobs decide not to. As long as they are paid more to not work then work, they will not do the jobs that need workers. The farmer made a good point that a skilled picker can make $200-$300 a day but an unskilled worker doing the job makes only $24 a day. The work ethic of this country needs to be changed, young people today do not want to work hard or put in the effort. When farmers can no longer get workers how long will it be before there is a food problem as well as a worker problem in this country. It is possible to make a good living doing these types of jobs but not as long as people feel the work is beneath them or they are unwilling to do the hard manual labor required to do the job well.
This article highlights the biggest problem in the American job market today, the skill gap. People have been told for years that the only way to a good job is to go to college. This is not always true and this article highlights this. There are skilled trades out there but no one skilled to do them. This problem needs to be addressed so that the unemployed work force can be trained to do these types of jobs. Young people today seem to feel that the only way is a college degree but this article highlights the other paths to work which are through skilled trade labor. People complain that nothing is made here but there are reasons for that and when companies try to bring industry back to America they encounter the skill gap.
"While Germans tend to talk about privacy and how the internet takes away our freedom, chief Almir of the Surui tribe in Brazil came up with an idea when he first came in contact with Google Earth. He saw it as a great tool to visualize the devastation of the rainforest. With the help of Google providing the knowledge and equipment he started the project and provided an unfiltered perspective never seen before. This is a growing project on a growing problem that should matter to all of us. It’s never a service or product itself that matters; it’s what you do with it. Check the video and see for yourself."
Globalization inherently brings serendipitous juxtapositions. In this clip we see the merger of geospatial technologies to protect indigenous cultures and their cultural ecology.
This video shows a positive side of globalization. The use of first world technology in the third world to stop illegal foresting is a great example of the positive effects of globalization. When people talk about globalization it is usually in negative terms, the damage it does to the environment and cultures. Globalization can be a force for good but it has just as often been a force of destruction and dislocation. Globalization in itself is a neutral force it is the way it is used that created a positive or negative impact. Globalization has been occurring since the 1500 when European traders began trading with the Arab and the Asian regions. The swapping of languages and cultural ideas has been going on for as long. Today the speed of globalization is what many people are worried about. In the past it was slower and more controlled, today with instant communications the changes are rapid and chaotic. This can be scary and disturbing. The way people in developing countries deal with these changes are not that much different form how the developed world dealt with the same or similar changes 100 years ago. The world today is watching and so the developing countries are more visible in their industrialization and labor problems then the developed countries were when they went through the same processes. The end result of Globalization is anyone’s guess but there is no denying that it has changed the world we live in.
Spanish building company Sacyr denies that work on the expansion of the Panama Canal has been halted, but confirms a breakdown in negotiations.
Elizabeth Bitgood's insight:
This is an important story because the Panama Canal is one of the world’s most important shipping lanes. Without it, the length of time it takes for larger ships to go around South America would increase substantially and effect the coast of goods being shipped. Hopefully this dispute will be resolved soon.
In Mexico and Latin America, old migratory patterns are changing as migrants move to a wider range of cities and countries, creating regional challenges and opportunities.
Diffusion and patterns of migration are by their nature, going to be fluctuating. Whether and why people stay or go, has profound impacts on the human geographic landscape of a variety of regions. With less Latin American migrants coming to the United States and the Maquiladora zone of Northern Mexico, this has allowed southern Mexico and other countries to reap the benefits of maintaining portions of their most educated and entrepreneurial population.
This article points out how when the pattern of immigration shifts it creates new challenges for the country of immigration, even if it is internal migration as opposed to external migration. The path and flow of people moving from place to place can change the shape and nature of a country.
Millions of American citizens on the island have spoken. Now, Washington must act.
After the Nov. 6th referendum, the question of Puerto Rico's political status vis-a-vis the United States for the future is actually murkier than it was before. The Puerto Rican voters have spoken, but the meanings of the plebiscite results are still being debated.
I agree with the author of this piece. Americas ignore Porto Rico and just pretend it isn’t there. As a Territory of the United States, it should be of more interest to us. Those hold over from out colonial past needs to be dealt with and the people of Puerto Rico need to be given a choice of statehood or some other option that will work for them. Puerto Rico has been a part of America for over a hundred years and it should not be kept in a a state of limbo.
Residents of hillside shanties above the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince protest against plans to clear their homes for a flood-protection project.
Even before the earthquake, Port-au-Prince was a city filled with slums. The earthquake exacerbated so many of the urban, economic and environmental issues. This eviction of the flood plains has class implications as the poor feel that they are being unfairly targeted in plans to improve the city.
It is hard to relate to this type of article in America. Unlike third world countries, we do not allow this type of building to occur, but perhaps mobile homes in tornado alley might be a comparison. The safety of the people in environmental disaster areas must be weighed against the ability of them to afford a home. How to strike this balance is important and political. Are their homes being unfairly targeted or are the better built homes simply safer and so they do not need to be moved? This article is important because it outlines the problems in Haiti and other third world countries that don’t have strict building codes and shanty towns spring up.
Below street level in Mexico City, archaeologists have found a jumble of bones dating to the 1480s.
In the 1970s, construction workers unearthed numerous archaeological finds as the subway was being constructed. The Mexican government decided to clear the several block of old colonial buildings to reveal the Templo Mayor, the ancient Aztec religious center. Not coincidentally, the Spaniards built their religious center in the same place. During the colonial era, the indigenous residents who spoke Spanish in Mexico City still referred to this portion of the city as la pirámide. Today more finds such as this one are continuing to help us piece together the past of this immensely rich, multi-layered place filled with symbolic value.
Tags: Mexico, LatinAmerica, historical, images, National Geographic, colonialism, place and culture.
This article talks about not only the recent archeological find but the relevance of it. Also included in this article are links to other relevant articles and a cool picture of the past superimposed over the modern day site.
This sight has links to maps of North America during different geological periods with a modern line map of North America superimposed over it so you can see how it has changed. I found this sight interesting; it gives you the idea of how different the surface of the world has been in the last 4.6 billion years.
This map is cool. It lets you compare the old map to the new map by moving a lens around the satellite map. It is a great interactive tool to compare old and new and allows the viewer to see how much the geography of the city has changed in the last 150 years or so.
New York has long been a city of immigrants, but linguists now consider it a laboratory for studying and preserving languages in rapid decline elsewhere in the world.
This is an excellent video for showing the diffusion of languages in the era of migration to major urban centers. It also shows the factors that lead to the decline of indigenous languages that are on the fringe of the global economy and the importance of language to cultural traditions. Here is the article related to the video available.
This article and video were very interesting. They point out how a city full of immigrants can help preserver a dying language. The work being done to learn about and preserve these obscure languages is great. The fact that in New York you will hear language spoken more there than in their home country is astounding to me and very interesting. This fact is key to preserving these language as they are from areas of the world were the technology level is much lower and less likely to be preserved. It is also interesting as it shows where people are coming from to live in NY. The city draws immigrants like a sponge draws in water and this adds to the cultural mosaic that is NY city.
This article was interesting because it showed how modern immigration patterns are not that dissimilar from historic patterns. People come to a new country and they settle in an area that has relatives or familiar people already living there. The formation of ethnic enclaves is the example. People are choosing to self-segregate when they immigrate to a new homeland because it is the familiar with in the strange. Perhaps once the new immigrants have acclimated to Canadian society they may move out of the enclave areas but they also may stay. It is an interesting example of how people cluster together with similar people when they move to a new country.
This video was entertaining and informative. I was aware of some of the information he related but was unaware of the “no touching” zone and I found it amusing. The saying that good fences make good neighbors is taken to an extreme here. The odd shape of boarders has always been interesting to me. Reasons why a boarder has a shape are always interesting and sometimes amusing.
"For Regional Geography, I ask that all my students take an online quizzes before coming to class because it is very difficult to intelligently discuss European issues if you don’t know the countries of Europe, where they are and what other countries are on their borders. Quizzes and knowing places doesn’t define geography, but if geography were English literature, knowing about places could be described as the alphabet–before you write a sonnet or critique an essay, you better know your ABC’s and basic grammar. Given that, I like the Lizard Point Geography quizzes, Sheppard Software quizzes and those from Click that ‘Hood; they are simple, straightforward and comprehensive."
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