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It's pretty widely known that Americans are becoming increasingly more obese...but there is a geographic context to this phenomenon. These maps help students explore these factors.
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This is a fabulous map---but is the statement true?
I present this map (hi-res) without any context to my students and ask the question: is this statement true? How can we ascertain the truthfulness of this claim? What fact would we need to gather? This exercise sharpens their critical thinking skills and harnesses the assorted bits of regional information that they already have, and helps them evaluate the statement.
The answers to these questions can be found here.
Tags: density, social media, East Asia, South Asia.
It's quite amazing!
What to Expect When No One's Expecting: America's Coming Demographic Disaster [Jonathan V. Last] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Look around you and think for a minute: Is America too crowded?
I have yet to read this book, but the title alone says that it could be an intriguing supplemental text for a unit on population (or an 'opposing viewpoint' to consider). For those that have read the book, please comment below.
Tags: USA, declining population, population, demographics, models.
I really wasn't sure where to put this scoop. There may be a time when the GMOs affect our fertility as many think GMOs are affecting herds fed GMOs. The physical environment might affect this as well. The social and economic challenges may impact fertility and plain selfishness and putting industrial needs over human needs could affect it as well. It looks like an interesting book so I thought I would make note of it.
Almost everywhere on the world, international migration is a hot topic. Most of the time the debate about migration is fierce and charged with prejudices and...
This is a good introduction to basic concepts of migration; the video is especially noteworthy because it is rich in vocabulary terms (explaining them and using global examples) necessary to teach a population geography unit.
Tags: migration, population, statistics, unit 2 population.
Really nice video that discusses international migration with really good visuals to illustrate the concepts and data.
The topic, "Australia as a nation" in the new Australian curriculum:history provides the opportunity for Year 5/6 students to learn about the significance of migration in Australia. This video explores the big ideas about migration.
Although some of the video is more relevant for secondary students, parts of it could be used in the primary classroom. It provides good background information about the topic and includes graphs and statistics through which primary teachers can address numeracy outcomes.
This is a good video focusing on international migration. It highlights important factors and issues surrounding migration and the common misconceptions that go along with it.
Stratfor examines Japan's primary geographic challenge of sustaining its large population with little arable land and few natural resources. For more analysi...
Part of knowing Japan's expansionist history has to do with understanding the geographic setting of the islands.
Tags: Japan, population, historical.
Try the Population Bracketology game from @uscensusbureau! Weekly data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau compares populations for US states and metro areas.
Get into the spirit of March Madness by challenging your knowledge on the sizes of Metropolitan Statistic Areas and state population (just think electoral college). I got a 56 on my first stab (59 for the states)...what did you get?
Although I've never been very good at brackets, I have a better shot with this one! Neat way to engage students with population data!
Try bracketology for geography while you're waiting for games to start! :)
"Just 200 years ago, there were only 1 billion people on the planet, and over the next 150 years, that number grew to 3 billion. But in the past 50 years, the global population has more than doubled, and the UN projects that it could possibly grow to 15 billion by the year 2100. As the international organization points out, this increasing rate of change brings with it enormous challenges."
This is a compilation of 42 photos that highlight ideas of population growth, urbanization and sustainability. Pictured above is the favela Joaquim de Queiros, a hillside neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro.
Tags: population, images, unit 2 population.
"The nation's fertility rate has slipped below replacement levels partly because of the recession and a decline in immigration. That's raising concern about the nation's future."
During this recent recession, fertility rates in the United States have dropped with many speculating that the financial investment in child-rearing caused this shift. The big question is this: will birth rates bounce back when the economy fully recovers or is the United States population going to follow the example of Western Europe? What would the impact be for both of these scenarios?
Tags: USA, declining population, population, demographics, models, unit 2 population.
"A visualization of migration flows"
This is a great way to visualize global migration patterns. Where are people migrating to Brazil coming from? What countries are Brazilians migrating to? Here are the answers to these types of questions for every country.
Tags: migration, population, statistics, visualization, unit 2 population.
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New demographic study in California reveals nation’s changing face. Plus how Pacific Islanders changed high school football in Utah and why a Somali Bantu band from Vermont is in demand around the country.
This news article of 'odds and ends' has some interesting geographic content. Having lived in Utah for many years, I can attest to the fact that the "Polynesian Pipeline" for Utah schools is incredibly important and represents a chain migration that has culturally shifted both the 'host' and 'migrant' population. The 'haka' is now institutionized as a part of Intermountain West football culture.
Also in this article:
--Hispanics to outnumber whites in California by 2014
--Somali Bantu band from Burlington, VT in demand across the country
Tags: migration, culture, diffusion, religion.
Pictured above is a still image of an interactive digital globe with population density data with colored bar graphs to symbolize the data. This is a great open-source platform for geographic data visualization. There are not many data layers currently, but possibly there will be more in the future (best viewed in Google Chrome).
Tags: population, demographics, unit 2 population, visualization, mapping.
"Pictured above is a still image of an interactive digital globe with population density data with colored bar graphs to symbolize the data. This is a great open-source platform for geographic data visualization. There are not many data layers currently, but possibly there will be more in the future (best viewed in Google Chrome)."
A look at how the notion of family is evolving in this country.
The traditional family is declining in social prominence in many developed societies (this is hardly a phenomenon unique to Canada) as fewer young people are choosing to marry and have children. How does this impact individuals, families, communities and countries?
Tags: Canada, declining population, population, demographics, unit 2 population.
This interactive dot distribution map of the United States 2010 census data has many great applications. The conversation can focus on the symbology of the map (for example, this could lead to a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of dot distribution maps) or notice how certain physical landforms are visible for either their high or low population density. One of the advantages of this map is that it uses census data at the block level. This means that the user can visualize distinct scale-dependent patterns. Sharp divisions (e.g.-urban vs. rural) might have less of a distinct edge as you zoom in.
UPDATE: This map now includes Canadian census data as well as the United States.
Tags: cartography, technology, mapping, visualization, population, density.
It is interesting in this map that you can see the growing megalopolis on the eastern coast, as well as the blending of rural and urban locations.
This map is very useful in examining the distribution of people and geography in North America. It's easy to see that our once rural based country is completely dominated by cities, most of which are near the coast. It's fun to play around with as you can see where mountain ranges are as well as other topographic changes just by the concentrations of people, or lack there of.
There will soon be 7 billion people on the planet. Find out why you shouldn’t panic—at least, not yet.
This whole year, National Geographic has been producing materials on the impacts of a growing global population (including this popular and powerful video). Now that the year has (almost) concluded, all of these resources are archived in here. These resources are designed to answers some of our Earth's most critical questions: Are there too many people on the planet? What influences women to have fewer children? How will we cope with our changing climate? Are we in 'the Age of Man?' Can we feed the 7 billion of us? Are cities the cure for our growing pains? What happens when our oceans become acidic? Is there enough for everyone?
Tags: population, National Geographic, sustainability, density.
"In April, the Associated Press decided the word 'illegal' should only be used to describe actions, not people. It's one of several major news outlets that have been reconsidering how to refer to people who are in this country illegally."
There is power in the words we choose, especially for those those that are in the media that influence the way we frame any topic. If a reporter in a news article, for example, were to describe a group as freedom fighters instead of insurgent rebels it impacts our perception of the news. See also this gallery of images on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Tags: migration, ethnicity, race, population, podcast.
"China's one-child only policy and historic preference for boys has led to a surplus of marriageable Chinese men. Young women are holding out for better apartments, cars and the like from potential spouses...30 to 48 percent of the real estate appreciation in 35 major Chinese cities is directly linked to a man's need to acquire wealth — in the form of property — to attract a wife."
Tags: gender, folk culture, China, podcast, culture, population.
The Chinese government says its so-called "one-child policy" has succeeded in reining in its population. But more than three decades after the policy's imple...
This short video is an excellent summary of some of the societal consequences of China's one-child policy in a culture that prefers male offspring.
Tags: gender, China, population.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Need to watch this HUGGERS!
"women hold up half the skye" I like that haha. Anyways, the gender imbalance in china is rediculas. Hopefully be trying to forsce the women are equal thought this will in a generation or so fix itself. This way, there will also be less abortions per family.
"Every year, as a result of prenatal sex selection, 1.5 million girls around the world are missing at birth. How do we know these girls are missing if they were never born? Under normal circumstances, about 102 to 107 male babies are born for every 100 female babies born. This is called the sex ratio at birth, or SRB."
How do local cultures create these demographic statistics? How do these demographic statistics impact local cultures?
Tags: gender, technology, folk culture, statistics, China, population.
MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank (AP) — The Samaritans, a rapidly dwindling sect dating to biblical times, have opened their insular community to brides imported from eastern Europe in a desperate quest to preserve their ancient culture.
Some folk cultures, such as the Samaritans, have historically intermarried and have been plagued by genetic diseases. Recently, they have turned to global solutions to their local demographic woes. "Five young women from Russia and Ukraine have moved to this hilltop village in recent years to marry local men, breathing new life into the community."
Tags: folk culture, gender, population, Russia, religion, culture, Middle East.
Of all the changes announced by the 2011 census, one of the most startling is the rapid change in the ethnic composition of London's population.
The fact the immigrants moving to the UK have flocked to London is not surprising (View a map of the census data). Immigration isn't the only component to this situation. White Britons are also leaving London in large number, prompting some to refer to this as "White Flight." Today, white Britons are no longer the majority population within London (but still the largest ethnic group). Some feel that this story has gone underreported and deserves more analysis. What elements of human geography should an observer of this situation use in their analysis?
Tags: ethnicity, London, migration, census, urban.
Gender imbalances in China have created a generation of men for whom finding love is no easy task
Cultural preferences for boys in China has led to a gender imbalance which has some unintended consequences, especially for the those seeking to have families with limited financial resources.
Tags: gender, China, population.
Every 12 years, the Kumbh Mela, a centuries-old Hindu pilgrimage, temporarily transforms an empty floodplain in India into one of the biggest cities in the world.
Hindu pilgrims from all over India flock to bathe where it the Yamuna Saraswati Rivers join with the Ganges River for a religious experience. This is a massive undertaking where the cultural practices create migratory patterns that reshape cities because of a sacred physical geography.
Before 1950s, not many lived in Indy suburbs. Then things changed: “@jalopnik: How the U.S. Interstate system was born jalo.ps/MWMBRGq”— Andy Baker (@AndyBakerIUPUI) January 29, 2013
Before 1950s, not many lived in Indy suburbs. Then things changed: “@jalopnik: How the U.S. Interstate system was born jalo.ps/MWMBRGq”
The highway system (and the widespread usage of air conditioning) in the later half of the 20th century dramatically changed the population settlement patterns of the United States and reshaping our cities.
Tags: transportation, urban, planning, density, unit 7 cities.
Very Interesting HUGGERS...we didn't always have highways to cruise on!
Taro Aso says he would refuse end-of-life care and would 'feel bad' knowing treatment was paid for by government
It's no secret that Japan's population is aging and can not replace itself. Since it is not a destination country for migrants, this is going to have serious economic ramifications as the percentage of the Japanese population over 60 is expected to rise above 40% over the course of this next generation. Given the harsh statements by the new Japanese finance minister, it's a huge political concern (although a difficult one mention in campaigns). Some have already questioned Japan's ability to survive this demographic implosion as adult diapers are now a bigger moneymaker in Japan than children's diapers.
Tags: Japan, declining population, economic, population, demographics, unit 2 population, East Asia.
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The inhabitants of a small Greek island live on average 10 years longer than the rest of western Europe. So what's the secret to long life in Ikaria?
As more countries have entered the later stages of the Demographic Transition, we expect people to live longer than ever. On this island and other "blue zones" they attribute their long life to a traditional diet and an unpolluted environment.
Tags: aging population, medical, population, demographics, unit 2 population, Greece, Europe.
“Nothing tells us more about the spread of humans across the Earth than city lights.”...
"For three weeks spread out over April and October of this year, the Suomi NPP satellite (jointly of NASA and NOAA) scanned all the Earth's land as it appeared at night. Scientists then mapped the satellite's data -- 2.5 terabytes of it -- over an earlier Blue Marble image, transforming that picture's daytime blues, browns, and greens into a nightime palette of blues, blacks, and gold."
This video is a great compliment to the classic Earth at Night composite image as well as the adjusted cartogram for population density.
Questions to Ponder: What do these lights "tell us" about human geography? What does the intensity of the lights indicate?