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A page dedicated to summarising & aggregating topical geographical content which features in the news
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Palestinian Village Tries to Protect Landmark

Palestinian Village Tries to Protect Landmark | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Conservation experts say ancient terraces and a Roman-era irrigation system in Battir, the West Bank, are threatened by Israel’s plans to build a section of its security barrier.

 

A site that many consider a cultural landscape worth international efforts to preserve it, are might be threatened by proposals to expand Israel's Barrier Wall.  Culture, politics, landscapes, borders...this topic is full of geographic themes worth having students investigate.  


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The Best Countries to Be a Woman -- and the Worst

The Best Countries to Be a Woman -- and the Worst | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Hint: India is last among the G20 and the United States didn't crack the top five in the latest survey to reflect poorly on the situation of American women.

 

A poll of 370 gender experts yielded some interesting results that reflect the local cultural, economic, political and developmental geographies.  Beyond using the lists of best and worst countries (since the rankings are still based on rather subjective criteria), students can come up with their most important factors in evaluating gender equity and evaluate the countries based on their own evaluations. 


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Jazz junctions - riding New York's A Train

Jazz junctions - riding New York's A Train | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
The Big Apple subway that inspired a song - exploring lives on the line that links Harlem with the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Travel to different worlds along the same line!

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Easter Island Mystery Solved? New Theory Says Giant Statues Rocked

Easter Island Mystery Solved? New Theory Says Giant Statues Rocked | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
How did ancient Polynesians move the stone giants? The answer may lie in the moai's pleasantly plump midsections.
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Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K.

Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K. | Geography In the News | Scoop.it
Genes and the environment both shape health and development. But their effects are not always equal. Researchers in the U.K. say they've mapped hotspots where nature has a stronger influence, and others where nurture dominates.

 

All people are a combination of their genes as well as the environment (a mix of 'nature' and 'nurture').  A recent study of over 5,000 twins throughout the UK saw regional concentrations where it appears that environmental factors had a greater than normal influence (centered around London).  I'm still scratching my head wondering what to make of this data, but this is a compelling project.     


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