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A fantastic visual representation of the all things trading internationally. Want to know how much oil the US imports?
Who is selling Iran Uranium? When did China start their massive industrial growth? This portal provides all of that and more. Track trends over time, look at specific sectors of trade, see the links between countries.
Scientists have issued a new warning to the world’s coastal megacities that the threat from subsiding land is a more immediate problem than rising sea levels caused by global warming. A new paper from the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands published in April identified regions of the globe where the ground level is falling 10 times faster than water levels are rising - with human activity often to blame. In Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city, the population has grown from around half a million in the 1930s to just under 10 million today, with heavily populated areas dropping by as much as six and a half feet as groundwater is pumped up from the Earth to drink. The same practice led to Tokyo’s ground level falling by two meters before new restrictions were introduced, and in Venice, this sort of extraction has only compounded the effects of natural subsidence caused by long-term geological processes. Tags: coastal, climate change, urban, megacities, water, environment, urban ecology.
Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials. To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map. To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum). Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.
"Geography is a broad and diverse field, but one thing geographers have in common is using a geographic perspective to have an impact on the world. In this video, a few talk about the many ways that geography helps them to make a difference."
This video is a great demonstration of the diverse and practical applications of geography. This is a great answer to the oft-asked question, "but what does a geographer DO?"
Tags: geography, video, geo-inspiration, AAG, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
President Obama participated in this year's National Geographic Bee to to "celebrate the important role that geography plays in all our lives." During that event he made a statement that I think geographers should use more. Go to 0:45-1:10 in the video clip to hear this message or see the transcript below.
"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together."
Play and learn Geography With funny Free Online Games! Create your avatar and improve your geography Knowledge. Find the countries, find the states, locate cities of USA, of UK, Canada, Europe and many other countries.
The Geography of Wikipedia Articles Motherboard To help you zero in on what you're after, Mapping Wikipedia allows you to filter over 18 major geographic regions, and a range of article traits like density, language, date created, word count,...
Mr Inniss's insight:
Some fun filters to play around with and examine some ideas of globalisation
The Global Closet Calculator aggregates the contents of your closet by origin to generate a map showing your unique global footprint, and puts you in charge of the global journey your stuff takes to get to you.
As I've worked now with the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance, I've had the good fortune to interact with the folks at National Geographic. They are preparing for Geography Awareness Week (Nov 11-17th) with the theme "Declare your Interdependence!" This newly released interactive feature allows students of all ages to see the global interconnections in their lives. By analyzing the items in our closets (or any of the items that we consume), we can easily see that our own personal geographies create a web of global interconnectedness.
I will once again preach to the choir, but with the hope that this will arm you with resources to use in discussions with administrators and colleagues. This article by Walter McDougall (2003 by Orbis) is worth reviewing and is a good reading assignment to start the school year. The link is to a PDF version of the article.
"Geo-literacy is a new term for a long-standing idea consisting of three components: interactions, interconnections and implications. It is the ability to use geographic understanding and geographic reasoning to make far-reaching decisions. Whether we are making decisions about where to live or what precautions to take for natural hazards, we all make decisions that require geo-literacy throughout our lives. This video illustrates what geo-literacy means to individuals, and to our shared global community. Share it with your friends, family, and colleagues, to help spread the word."