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Top 10 Countries That Disappeared In The 20th Century

Top 10 Countries That Disappeared In The 20th Century | Geography Ed | Scoop.it
New nations seem to pop up with alarming regularity. At the start of the 20th century, there were only a few dozen independent sovereign states on the planet; today, there are nearly 200!

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Kevin Cournoyer's comment, May 1, 2013 12:54 AM
I found this article really interesting for a few different reasons. As a history major, the article provided a lot of information that I thought was interesting and of which I was unaware. It’s important to understand the reasons for the breakup and/or formation of countries when studying history. Part of understanding that is recognizing and analyzing the geographic implications of these changes.
Perhaps most importantly, the disappearance of countries would certainly have severe economic repercussions. The complete absence of an economy that had been around for decades, or the emergence of several new economies all at once would have serious effects on the interaction between neighboring countries and the global economy. Cultural unity and tension also plays a large role in the disappearance of countries. Examining patterns of cultural dissimilarity and hostility explains the breakup of these countries and makes for nations that possess a great deal of cultural homogeneity and a palette of cultural diversity in a small geographic area.
Al Picozzi's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:38 AM

Amazing to see many of the countries and empires that are no longer around.  Also with the dissoution of many of the empires it lead's to many of the issues that were are dealiing with today.  Splitting the Austro-Hugaraian Empire after WWI along ethnic lines didn't really work and helped to lead to WWII.  The Germans in the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia fro example.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sudetendeutsche_gebiete.svg

 for the area of German population.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 27, 5:01 PM

10 countries that have become nonexistent in the 20th century include Tibet, East Germany and Yugoslavia. These countries have died off because of ethic, religious and cultural falls that were quickly taken over by bigger and more powerful countries.

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Place-based Geography Videos

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Professor Seth Dixon shares over 50 of his favorite geography videos in this online map http://bit.ly/KDY6C2


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Utah Geographical Alliance's curator insight, July 28, 2:42 AM

Incredible teaching resource from Seth Dixon.  Map with videos to use for teaching about locations on the map. I don't know any teacher who wouldn't love this!  Thank you Seth!!! Please check out the resources he provides at his ScoopIt Page - Geography Education, his Facebook Page- The Church of Geography, on Twitter at @Geoevangelize, and @SethDixon.  His up to date information and resources make teaching Geography so much more fun and easy!

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Incredible teaching resource from Seth Dixon.  Map with videos to use for teaching about locations on the map. I don't know any teacher who wouldn't love this!  Thank you Seth!!! Please check out the resources he provides at his ScoopIt Page - Geography Education, his Facebook Page- The Church of Geography, on Twitter at @Geoevangelize, and @SethDixon.  His up to date information and resources make teaching Geography so much more fun and easy!

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 5, 11:39 PM

This link is great. So many insightful videos. The one that we saw in class on the nuances of what makes up the UK was very interesting and fun to watch. The UK is a good example on how different geographies exist within the same "borders". In the UK there are many cultures, ethnicities, and politics that work together to make up a nation of nations. The historical scope of the British empire has led to many people around the world having shared connections through their shared past.

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Oldest and Youngest Populations

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"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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APHG-U2

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Unit 2

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Libya in agreement with Egypt, Chad and Sudan on sharing underground water

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Tripoli, 20 September 2013: Libya, Egypt, Chad and Sudan have signed a UN-backed agreement  on the shared use of a massive underground aquifer system straddling the four countries known as the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System.

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, October 15, 2013 5:33 AM

CD - The nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, including studies drawn from Australia and West Asia and/or North Africa.

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Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes

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"For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 30, 3:58 PM

This is a fascinating article that can be a great case study to share with students to allow them to analyze the factors that can improve infant mortality rates.  In Finland the government provided oversight to improve infant mortality rates, pre-natal care and promote good parenting in a way that has had tangible results.  


Tags: Finland, medical, population,demographic transition model, unit 2 population.

Rebecca Renck's curator insight, July 30, 10:52 AM

The gratitude of the Finnish people is to be admired.  Here is a people that instead of accepting a gift from the government as an entitlement see it as a gift with all the excitement and appreciation that a new baby brings with it.  It makes my heart smile to think of how these boxes available to everyone, rich and poor, are received.  This is also a direct look at how family life and babies are being received with love.... lucky babies!

Gillian Campbell's curator insight, July 31, 6:04 AM

It's certainly an interesting one.....

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Google Maps Smarty Pins

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Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.

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flea palmer's curator insight, July 7, 10:33 AM

This is really good fun - I got gold (14/15) not sure how many miles though!

Tom Franta's curator insight, July 10, 9:54 AM

An interesting way to get anyone interacting with Google Maps...

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APHG-MAPS

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Visualizing Time and Space

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sriddle geo's curator insight, July 24, 9:04 AM

Once again the educator in me is at work.  My little girl is asking me all the time , "If it's day here is it night on the other side of the world?"  Now I can show her.

Cory Erlandson's curator insight, July 24, 9:48 AM

Great spatial representation of time and time zones, which is a weirdly fascinating topic for my students.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 7:00 PM

APHG-U1

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Solar FREAKIN' Roadways! - YouTube


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Solar FREAKIN' Roadways!  #solarpower #solarenergy

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1. Population Growth & Distribution

1. Population Growth & Distribution | Geography Ed | Scoop.it
Objective: To study population change over the last 150 years and to identify future trends.  You may use this worksheet . Starter: Each student must make a prediction on the following population...
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Start-of-the-Year Videos

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EAT MOVE LEARNI absolutely love this three-part video collection.  They are playful clips that leads students to have more questions than answers about different places. The spirit of exploration a...
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Playful clips that leads students to have more questions than answers about different places. The spirit of exploration and experimentation is at the heart of this global traveler’s montage of delightful dishes. Watching this encourages viewers to open their minds to new ideas, cultures and places.
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How wildlife tourism and zoos can protect animals in the wild

How wildlife tourism and zoos can protect animals in the wild | Geography Ed | Scoop.it
Big Ritchie looks up from his pile of bananas, unperturbed by the flock of tourists taking his photo. Sprawled around him, mother orangutans* and their fluffy orange babies groom affectionately, chase…

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Mapping Population Density

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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? 


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Joe Andrade's curator insight, August 5, 2013 10:21 PM

Interseting way to visualy map population density.

Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 28, 7:28 PM

It's a creative and vial way to map population density. 

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Thomas Malthus and Population Growth

Learn more: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=r1ywppAJ1xs Thomas Malthus's views on population. Malthusian limits.

 

This is a succinct (but not perfect) summary of Malthusian ideas on population.  What do you think of his ideas?  Any specific parts of his theory that you agree with?  Do you disagree with some of his ideas?  What did history have to say about it?  

 

Tags: Demographics, population, models, APHG,  unit 2 population. 


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Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 28, 7:12 PM

This video very well explains the malthusian theory and how it is associated with population

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 17, 7:56 PM

Unit 2

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9 Billion? A Whirlwind Trip Through Population Trends

The world has never seen anything like the population explosion of the past century. The United Nations projects that the global population will top 9 billio...

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:12 PM

Population trends

Kyle Kampe's curator insight, May 27, 10:27 PM

In AP Human Geo., this relates to the concept of population growth rates because it uses UN information about population and population trends to predict beyond the present and make suggestions on what to do about it.

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Squatters on the Skyline

"Facing a mounting housing shortage, squatters have transformed an abandoned skyscraper in downtown Caracas into a makeshift home for more than 2,500 people."


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James Hobson's curator insight, September 30, 9:27 AM

(South America topic 8)

I was honestly amazed at what I saw in this video. First, I was surprised that such a 'prime' piece of realty would remain unused. Even though the corporation which was to use it went bankrupt, one would think that another company would make use of at least part of the existing structure. 

  Perhaps the biggest surprise was how well constructed some of the squatter residences are: drywalls, separate rooms, doorways, fresh paint, plumbing & electricity (regardless of its legality), kitchens, security, and decorations. I really get the sense that these people have made this structure not only their residences, but their homes! Feel free to disagree, but I think allowing the squatters to remain (even if it is turning a blind eye, so to speak) is better  than forcing them out with nowhere else to go. One could even argue that given some added safety concerns (i.e. railings), the first-impression may rival some of the more eloquent higher-end dwellings in terms of the vie and sense of community.

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, September 30, 1:00 PM

This video amazes me! It shows the resourcefulness of people. If the government can't provide for them, then they will find a way to provide for themselves. It's a little scary though with no rails or safety features, but when it doubt squat it out!

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, October 7, 10:56 AM

I know this is wrong, they aren't paying taxes and they should be kicked out.  However these people are working together to make their little community successful.  These people have taken to abandoned buildings as a place to live.  Some people just can't get loans to get a house of their own.  The crime rate is low, everyone works together and people are using their skills to contribute.  The buildings were dangerously unsafe and they have put up railings to prevent people from falling as well as implementing security guards at the front of the building.  I think instead of the government kicking these people out they use these buildings to create something like section 8 housing for the lower income families that live here already.

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Moving Argentina’s Capital From Buenos Aires Could Make Things Worse

Moving Argentina’s Capital From Buenos Aires Could Make Things Worse | Geography Ed | Scoop.it

"Argentina should be careful in considering the implications of the idea of moving the capital [from Buenos Aires] to Santiago del Estero. While a dramatic move might be appealing as a fresh start, it could end up aggravating the challenges of governing the country. Capitals, like flags, are symbols, but their choice has very real consequences."


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APHG-U4

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Unit 4

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Moving the capital in Argentina away from Buenos Aires would have a lot of effects on the way things are done.  Worried about crime and other problems of having a capital in a big city the thought is to move to a more rural area.  With this there could be issues with the government itself.  Who would be paying attention to what is happening out in farmland when all the action is happening in the cities.  Also over time with a move this rural area of Argentina could become more populated over time with people moving themselves as well as their families here to take jobs in the government.

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The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising

The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising | Geography Ed | Scoop.it
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.


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 2, 12:32 AM

Perception!

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Huge problem when combined with sea level rise

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APHG-U7

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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

Welcome to 'Geography Education' | Geography Ed | Scoop.it

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.


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Matt Davidson's curator insight, August 27, 8:45 PM

Amazing resources about places and topics in Geography

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, September 10, 2:44 PM

This is the key to finding specific articles.

Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 28, 6:30 PM

Use updates to filter through and be collated in your most frequented tools.

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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index | Geography Ed | Scoop.it

"The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries. It complements traditional income-based poverty measures by capturing the severe deprivations that each person faces at the same time with respect to education, health and living standards."


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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, July 21, 11:21 PM

Making sense of poverty.

 

Gina Panighetti's curator insight, August 4, 4:54 PM

"Access"--North America Unit

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APHG-U2 & U6

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CrisisWatch: The Monthly Conflict Situation Report

CrisisWatch: The Monthly Conflict Situation Report | Geography Ed | Scoop.it
Mapping global conflict month by month.

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Giovanni Sonego's curator insight, June 19, 4:15 AM

Questa mappa interattiva vi permette, muovendovi sui singoli paesi, di leggere un aggiornamento sulle situazioni di conflitto in tutto il mondo. 


L' International Crisis Group è una organizzazione indipendente, non governativa e no-profit dedicata alla prevenzione e alla risoluzione dei conflitti. Hanno creato questa mappa interattiva per rendere più semplice e immediato l'aggiornamento sui principali conflitti nel mondo. 

Claudine Provencher's curator insight, June 19, 5:40 AM

This looks like an excellent tool for students of international relations.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 23, 12:26 PM

unit 4 --but really a great overall course resource!

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MAN

Animation created in Flash and After Effects looking at mans relationship with the natural world. Music: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg. facebook.com/SteveCuttsArt…
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Breathingearth - CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time

A visual real-time simulation that displays the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, birth rates, and death rates of every country in the world.
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What If?

What If? | Geography Ed | Scoop.it

This blogpost answers the (often unasked) question:  What would the world be like if the land masses were spread out the same way as now - only rotated by an angle of 90 degrees? While purely hypothetical, this is an exercise in applying real geographic thinking to different situations.  Anything that you would correct? 

 

Tags: weather climate, geography, GeographyEducation, unit 1 GeoPrinciples, physical. 


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Dania's comment, September 5, 2012 11:41 PM
well!!!
I'll tell you that it's why God created Mother Nature. maybe what we think is bad now in nature can be worse for the the Earth and human being... I think if the ground is moved 90 degree, many natural phenomena would happened in many regions of the Earth which would be harm to people, plants and animals that live in those regions. Plus, the population of poor nation would not be prepared for those climate changes.... many people would die or they have to move from those regions.
Jeff F's comment, September 6, 2012 12:50 AM
This looks like a map from the classic NES game Dragon Warrior II only flipped upside down. #nerd

Anyways, I think the most densely populated areas would be around the central ocean with New York and London being primate cities of their respected hemispheres.

Given that that the central ocean area is in an equatorial region, agriculture would likely not be very prosperous in these regions. Instead, I imagine New York becoming the center of an imperial superpower. Seeing as the most fertile regions of both South and North America are in temperate areas, agriculture would be a dominating industry.

The northern hemisphere on the other I hand I imagine would be largely undeveloped and rural. The "breadbaskets" of this hemispher are located much further inland from the central ocean.
Ian Roberts's comment, September 11, 2012 8:57 PM
First off I would like to say travel to Europe would be much easier and the Pacific Ocean grew even larger. One thing that really got me wondering was whether the world would be northern hemisphere centered or southern hemisphere centered. Currently, there are many more people in the northern hemisphere, so things like the summer olympics are held in our summer, their winter. BUt with the world turned ninety degrees, the population will be much more similar. The north will probably still have more people, but the south has America. It would be interesting to see how they would decide that conflict.
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#Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view #edtech20 #elearning

#Gapminder: Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view #edtech20 #elearning | Geography Ed | Scoop.it

Fighting the most devastating myths by building a fact-based world view that everyone understands.

Gapminder is a non-profit venture – a modern “museum” on the Internet – promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

Gapminder was founded in Stockholm by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling on February 25, 2005. Gapminder is registered as a Foundation at Stockholm County Administration Board (Länstyrelsen i Stockholm) with registration number (organisationsnummer) 802424-7721.

Gapminder does not award any grants. It is an operating foundation that provides sevices as defined by the board, sometimes as collaborative projects with universities, UN organisations, public agencies and non-governmental organisations.

The initial activity was to pursue the development of the Trendalyzer software. Trendalyzer sought to unveil the beauty of statistical time series by converting boring numbers into enjoyable, animated and interactive graphics. The current version of Trendalyzer is available since March 2006 as Gapminder World, a web-service displaying time series of development statistics for all countries.

In March 2007, Google acquired Trendalyzer from the Gapminder Foundation and the team of developers who formerly worked for Gapminder joined Google in California in April 2007. (History of Gapminder)

To fulfill our aim, we at Gapminder are currently working on:

Keeping our tools’ statistical content up-to-date and making time series freely available in Gapminder World and Gapminder Countries.
Producing videos, Flash presentations and PDF charts showing major global development trends with animated statistics in colorful graphics.
All with the intention of being a “fact tank” that promotes a fact based world view.


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DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population

DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population | Geography Ed | Scoop.it
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Don’t Panic – is a one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013.

The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder and the underlaying data-sources are listed here.
Hans’s — “All time favorite graph”, is an animating bubble chart which you can interact withonline here and download offline here.

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"Population Education"

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Population Education...

 

This site has resources tailored for elementary, middle and high school (and very adaptable and applicable for several college courses).  The site, the education wing of populationconnection.com, recently has updated their content with a new emphasis on what the world will be like at 7 billion.  Games, readings, videos, quizzes, etc. 


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Grammie's comment, September 13, 2011 2:03 PM
great,I couldn't agree more, G