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TeachUNICEF

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TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of free global education resources. Resources cover grades PK-12, are interdisciplinary (social studies, science, math, English/language arts, foreign/world languages), and align with standards.

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dilaycock's curator insight, June 5, 6:17 AM

"TeachUNICEF is a portfolio of global education teacher resources designed and collected by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Education Department for teachers, afterschool instructors, and parents. The units, lesson plans, stories, videos and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to poverty and water and sanitation."

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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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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.

Matt Davidson's curator insight, October 23, 7:54 PM

Great site - showing locational context is important for not just Geography but every subject. How can we understand the complexities of topics like conflict or urban economies or agricultural histories.... without understanding locations and maps?

Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 3, 12:02 PM

It was nice to see where everything was happening. I hope it gets updated to more current events. I wish we had something like this when we were looking at the invasion of Kuwait.

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Population growth far outpaces food supply in conflict-ravaged Sahel

Population growth far outpaces food supply in conflict-ravaged Sahel | Geography Ed | Scoop.it

"The Sahel’s ability to produce food is not keeping pace with its growing population, and global warming will only exacerbate the imbalance, according to a new study.  Among the 22 countries making up the arid region in northern Africa, the population grew to 471 million in 2010 from 367 million in 2000, a jump of nearly 30%. As the population grew rapidly, the production of crops remained essentially unchanged.  Using satellite images to calculate annual crop production in the conflict-ridden Sahel belt, south of the Sahara desert, the researchers then compared output with population growth and food and fuel consumption."

 

Tags: Africa, Sahel, population, environment, water, ecology, environment depend, weather and climate, sustainability, agriculture, food production.


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Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 16, 11:09 PM

This article discuses the increasing problem within Africa's Sahel, the increasing lack of food. The real cause of this is the fact the area is under constant strain both from nature as well as human conflict. As wars and conflicts continue more and more refugees are driven from their homes. This means less working on farms as well as more hungry people occupying this dry region. Unfortunately the way to solve this crises is to end the fighting which is not only incredibly difficult but bordering on impossible.

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 10:57 AM

Several factors are posing a threat to life in the Sahel. The growing population is outpacing their food sources, and political instability and environmental change are adding to the tension. This region is home to not only the poorest nations but to some of the fastest growing populations in the world. While the situation in the region is certainly a problem, it shows that it will likely only get worse over time as the population continues to grow and food gets more scarce.

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 18, 11:46 AM

With the world population growing at a rapid rate, what will the food supply of some of these under developed countries look like when the expected population rate to hit 1 billion by 2050? In the Sahel, how are people going to use a desert like environment to produce crops that will feed its growing population? Its seems as if their problem is growing a rate faster than they can resolve.Will food plants be the new thing in their future?

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Megacities Interactives

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"By 2025, the developing world, as we understand it now, will be home to 29 megacities. We explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of these 'cities on steroids', and take a look at the challenges and opportunities megacities present for the tens of millions living in Lagos, Mexico City and Dhaka."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 27, 8:53 AM

Through this BBC interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents).  These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents.   Also, this Smithsonian Magazine interactive (also on the rise of Megacities), argues that dealing with megacities is one of the traits of the Anthropocene. 


Download the BBC data as a CSV file to be able to import this into a customizable ArcGIS online map.  This will help you to create an analytical storymap (but I still enjoy a good narrative storymap).  


Tags: urban, megacitiesESRI, anthropocene, CSV.

Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, October 27, 3:40 PM

and wuhan inside

Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, October 31, 11:48 AM

This article asks and answered the question of how and when we will reach a time and place where we live will be limited (as we weigh down the world)? -UNIT 1

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The Science of Earthquakes

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From fault types to the Ring of Fire to hydraulic fracking, the Earthquakes infographic by Weather Underground helps us understand the complexities of what shakes the ground.


Tags: disasters, geomorphology, physical, infographic.


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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 29, 11:03 AM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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adicionar a sua visão ...

Mr. Twining's curator insight, November 25, 3:58 PM

Infographic for teaching about the science behind earthquakes.

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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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MsPerry's curator insight, September 21, 3:16 PM

APHG-U2

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Unit 2

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 11:05 AM

The extremely young median age seen across Africa hints at the problems found throughout the continent. This demographic factor suggests that there are other political, economic, and cultural problems that are influencing these young ages. It shows that most people do not live long lives, and even the older countries on the continent are younger than most other places. The only other place with low ages are the Middle East and Central Asia, and even their populations are several years older than the African continent.

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

Libya in agreement with Egypt, Chad and Sudan on sharing underground water | Geography Ed | Scoop.it
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

Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes | Geography Ed | Scoop.it

"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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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.....

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, December 15, 8:56 AM

Some traditions are work keeping! The fact that the country of Finland gave these mother's boxes for having kids is amazing. They gave them a baby shower without actually having to do any of the work. I also love that fact that birth rates went up since they introduced this box. I wish America would have done something like for it's mothers, It would be cool to see one of these boxes

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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...

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 7:42 PM

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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Green technology's curator insight, May 26, 10:08 AM

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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If Roads Were Like Bike Lanes

If Roads Were Like Bike Lanes | Geography Ed | Scoop.it
For those brief moments that you happen to be in a bike lane, biking in the city is wonderful. But it always seems that bike lanes end before they even begin, just like a summer romance or a slice ...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 10, 9:14 AM

It's just a joke, but good comedy has a nugget of truth that shines a light on the inconsistencies of the human experience.  This really highlights the priorities given to various modes of transportation as we allocate public space for them. 


Tags: transportation, planning.

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Eerie Landforms

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Utah's Fantasy Canyon features mudstone eroded into bizarre shapes. This one's called "Flying Witch". #Halloween

 

Tags: physical, geomorphology, erosion, landforms, Utah.


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Why Almost Nobody Lives In Most Of Canada

Why Almost Nobody Lives In Most Of Canada | Geography Ed | Scoop.it

"Canada: land-wise, it's one of the world's biggest countries, but population-wise, it's anything but.The map comes from the Government of Canada's 'Plant Hardiness Site,' which contains images showing 'Extreme Minimum Temperature Zones' throughout the Great White North."

 

Tags: Canada, map, North America, weather and climate.


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Emily Bian's curator insight, November 1, 8:47 PM

Most of Canada's population lives very close to the USA border. The further north you go in Canada, less people live there because it is too cold! That's why the places people live and visit in Canada are so crowded, is because it's very dense due to the fact that most people can't live in northern Canada. 

Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, November 7, 12:52 PM

Unit 2 Population

        The population density in Canada is very low and this is due to various factors, including the fact that most of Canada is inhabitable.   As the map displays there are many extremely cold zones/ regions in Canada which can't be lived in/ farmed in.

        Canada most likely has a very low arithmetic population density and a slightly higher physiological population density. Since most of the population is clustered at the bottom of the country this increases the physiological population density.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, November 22, 4:33 PM

While many believe that having or living in a large country would be most desirable, larger states often have to deal with varying limitations on land use. Canada may be huge, but majority of the land cannot sustain life. It is estimated that 75% of the Canadian population lives within one hundred miles of the US border. While Canada has an overall cold climate, the central and northern regions are unable to sustain vegetation. Historically, people have always been able to thrive where they can grow crops to survive. With a northern region part of the Arctic Circle, it is no wonder that Canadians try to live as south as possible. 

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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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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 12:01 PM

Slums in Brazil are swelling in number and size, and because of the battle for elbow room, squatters are taking to the skies. Abandoned buildings in Caracas have been turned into self-help housing by over two thousand people who otherwise would have no where to live. These skyline slums have actually developed a form of community and security forces, small corner stores, social groups, and a sense of neighborly love have developed in some of these buildings. 

 

The buildings themselves are not particularly safe and remain unfinished, but they provide a much better option than living in the alleyways of flood zones. With a global influx of urbanization, specifically those moving into slums, it would make sense for people, or even governments, to utilize otherwise abandoned structures for inexpensive housing for the people moving to the city who cannot afford housing. It would reduce crime, increase safety, and make use of something that otherwise be torn down. 

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 7:23 PM

Its amazing what people will do in order to make a home for themselves and their children. Here thousands of people have taken up residence in an abandoned skyscraper in Caracas. They have formed a while internal system to regulate and protect those living within the tower. This video shows the important concept of the economic possibilities a city can provided out weights the living space it it able to provide.

 

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 17, 1:50 AM

This video was taken in 2011 in Venezuela featuring squatters on the skyline. This is a 45-story office tower that was built in the early 1990's. It was described as a symbol for Venezuela's ambitions. Now, the building is known as the Tower Of David and has become a symbol of something else. More than 2500 squatters now live in this skyscraper, one of Latin America's tallest buildings. Keep in mind this has no air conditioning, no elevators, and no guard rails. People built things with their own hands to survive in the skyline. Most people often come to live here because they can not afford rent at an apartment. Also, the city suffers from a severe housing shortage. The government has not provided the squatters with any services, however, has not evicted them from the Tower of David. The government just lets them go inside without any restriction. For some people, they come to the Tower of David just to get off the streets. Mostly mothers with children so that their children are safe.

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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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Alec Castagno's curator insight, October 23, 11:15 AM

While several of Argentina's leaders believe moving the capital to the interior of the country, this article discusses how such a move could bring about more problems than solutions. While a capital in the interior could offer a nice buffer from the pressures of a major population center, the isolation could actually have a negative effect and lessen the government's effectiveness. It was interesting to read the examples of other isolated capitals that have poorer governance.

Edelin Espino's curator insight, October 27, 8:22 PM

I imagine moving a capital is not an easy thing and can bring problems to the country but I also think it would have positive effects. If for example the capital of Argentina move to another city then that city will grow and so will the country's progress. So moving a capital can be good but also bad.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 28, 11:41 PM

Argentina moving the capital from Buenos Aires to Santiago del Estero may seem like a good idea, given that some would say that the capital would be better off in an area that is not so populated such as Buenos Aires. Others say that moving the capital is not good because it could result in an ineffective government and more corrupt, so on paper more the capital to an area that looks like it would be geographically advantageous, would in fact have a detrimental effect on the country.

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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!

Matt Evan Dobbie's curator insight, August 2, 6:55 PM

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

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

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2:10 PM

Geography and current events

Olivier Tabary's curator insight, November 28, 12:06 PM

Many interesting tools to practice and to discover

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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

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"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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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?

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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.