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This image is an excellent visualization to use when teaching about density, public transportation and urban planning.
Questions to Ponder: How is this a persuasive image? Do you argee with the argument that the planning office is making? Are there something important factors that this image ignores?
Tags: transportation, urban, planning, density, sustainability, unit 7 cities.
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If you define a "car" as "a separate enclosed vehicle for every passenger or party", then the geometric fact about all cars, self-driving or not, miniaturized or not, is that they take vastly more space per passenger than effective public transit. This will not be a problem in low-density suburbs, but cities, by definition, are places with relatively little space per person. Self-driving cars will certainly improve the efficiency with which cars use space, so they will shift the calculus somewhat. But the bottom line will still be that if you want two crash-safe metal walls between every two strangers going down the same street, you will need a lot more space than if those two people can sit next to each other on civilized public transit.
You will also need vastly more metal and equipment, which means that the self-driving-car-replaces-transit fantasy involves massive industrial production with severe consequences for energy security and greenhouse-gas emissions.
As for the idea that somehow these cars will replace buses but not rail, this may be true around the margins.
What are the benefits for each? Drawbacks? You decide!
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Some great ideas here for actually finding quality materials to match goegraphy activities. Some of them may not be compatible with iPad but there seems to be a great range of online material that is!
Nice tool for connecting with people from other places.
A woman in Miami Shores is suing after her town insisted she remove vegetables from her garden.
This podcast highlights the political governance issues surrounding urban agriculture.
Not just Florida. Condos do not like use of landscape for gardening.
In this map, all Zip codes with more than 500 people are ranked from 0 to 99 based on household income and education. The 'Super Zips' rank 95 or higher. The map at the top shows the highest concentration of the nation’s 650 Super Zips. The typical household income in a Super Zip is $120,272, and 68 percent of adults hold college degrees. That compares with $53,962 and 27 percent in the other zips mapped. Washington D.C. shows a powerful bifurcation: One-third of Zip codes in the D.C. area are considered ‘Super Zips’ for wealth and education and large swaths of the metropolitan area are considered food deserts.
This weekend I had the privilege of flying essentially from Boston to Washington DC at night and was mesmerized by the vast urban expanse beneath me. It was the greatest concentration of wealth in the United States as well as the some of the most blighted regions of the country. What explains the spatial patterns of highly concentrated wealth and poverty in the biggest cities? Are cities a causal factor in wealth and poverty creation? What does this zip code data tell us? What accounts for the spatial patterns in your region?
Tags: Washington DC, urban, unit 7 cities, housing, economic, poverty, place, socioeconomic, neighborhood.
Bo's-wash extreme wealth and poverty mapped.
Amazingly clear and detailed "view" of where wealth is concentrated. Drilling into zip codes shows remarkable details without being overwhelming. This is simultaneously revealing and mesmerizing. As I looked at it, I couldn't help wondering how and why it is that the people living in the vast "dark" regions of the South and the Great Plains insist on voting against their own economic self-interests by voting for representatives who insist on the lie of trickle-down economics and persistent austerity as the strategy for prosperity.
See where the wealth and poverty are in America using this great map.
Turkish hazelnuts, Malaysian palm oil, Nigerian cocoa, Brazilian sugar, French vanilla...
Some 250,000 tons of Nutella are now sold across 75 countries around the world every year, according to the OECD. Nutella is a perfect example of what globalization has meant for popular foodstuffs: Not only is it sold everywhere, but its ingredients are sourced from all over the place too.
Perfect example of modern globalization. Part of Nutella is made on evey continent but Antartica. This would be impossible 100 years ago or without the invention of shipping containers. This Nutella phenomhas taken the world by stop and its all because of globalization.
I really love this article as an example of globalization because I recently talked about this at work with a couple of my friends when we read the packaging on Nutella. Every ingredient comes from a different corner of the world and is packaged using materials from different areas but they all meet in one place and make a very scrumptious hazelnut spread that is enjoyed by people in 75 countries.
Interesting map that could be integrated in Geography units - shows various countries and uses a key, but additionally opens up an even different discussion about commerce.
The unsung hero of the global economy: the shipping container.
NPR's Planet Money has produced an 8-part series following the commodity chain of the T-Shirt. This series explores cotton production, textile mills, sweatshops, outsourcing and in this podcast, the transportation infrastructure that moves goods globally. This podcast touches on the same topic as one of my favorite TED talks, how containerization enabled globalization.
Tags: transportation, industry, economic, globalization, technology, podcast.
loved this series - a must see and must listen.
Shipping containers has helped mordern globalization in many ways. The amount of trade we do with other countries allows for a cheaper process. The amount of items we can trade now because of containerization is way more than we did with trucks.
"For city dwellers, it may seem like the world is packed full with people. But not everywhere is so densely populated; in fact, many places in the world are seemingly void of life.There are over 7 billion people on the planet, a massive number that paints an image of human life sprawling densely over the planet...humans are unevenly distributed across the planet, leaving some areas that are densely populated and others that are largely void of life."
This is a great interactive map that show the tremendous variability in human settlement patterns around the globe. Why are some places so densely settled when others are so empty? What geographic factors account for these patterns? Is the world overcrowded? What concepts need to be consider besided population density to answer that question?
Tags: density, GIS, ESRI, cartography, mapping.
the reason with over 7 billion people on the world many parts of the world looks empty is because people migrate towards places were there is access to food, water, jobs, cheaper
Great map!! it really makes you realize that dont always give off the correct percecption. For example in this article it talks about density of major citys such a NYC and how 69000 people live per squar mile through out the city. Most of these people have a decent quality of life which has little to do with the desnity of the area they live in kenyas capital and the living condiotions are extremly poor because of the density.
This interactive map not only shows population density, but it also shows a clear image of the impact humans have on geography, and how geography impacts settlement.
"In India, China and many other parts of the world today, girls are killed, aborted and abandoned simply because they are girls. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of this so-called 'gendercide' or femicide."
Part of me hates to bring up this issue since it is so disturbing, but silence itself is a part of the problem. Just know that I don't bring this up lightly and I wouldn't share this with students of all ages. Read more on in the this topic in the accompanying article here. The filmmaker has explained why he was motivated to produce this, but not everyone thinks the message of the full documentary is fair and balanced.
Questions to Ponder (with a heavy heart): what cultural, political and demographic factors create the conditions where a situation like this can occur? What should and can be done?
Tags: gender, development, India, China,
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This article is emotionally moving that exposes the reality of two million girls who are killed and abandoned in India and China. There are religious, social reasons for this that include population control in some societies and the value of more men in society which they believe contribute to less poverty and help societies, Once born parents are asked to kill their children, have an abortion, suffocate them with a clothe, even when their young four year old girls, to attempt to lower the amount of girls, among the poor, bigger sized family, and encourage the birth of more males. this is considered femicide. it must be stopped.
This video nearly brought me to tears, especially since I have two daughters and I could never imagine life without them. I can't even begin to understand why or how they could do this to innocent little babies that are harmless all because they are girls.
Some countries are getting old. Others are staying young — and getting much bigger.
These time-lapse demographic charts help to visualize the impacts of the demographic transition principles on a society. In the GIFs of the United States and Japan for example, you can clearly see the baby boomer generation and the 'greying' processes respectively.
Tags: population, demographic transition model, declining population, population, demographics, models.
fascinating to see what's happening
Over time you can see some countries population increase, decrease, and stay about the same over the years. As more countries develop population increases in these areas. Some data showed Nigerias population to increase along with the United States. It also showed Japans to stay about the same or even decline.
A cool look at the DTM and population pyramids
I found this image on social media from a great geography teacher (link to his site--looking for APHG group activities? Try this). This picture taken at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Memphis, TN shows an intrguing linguistic combination that I had never imagined before. This is referred to as cultural syncretism, where two or more cultures or cultural traits combine together to make something new. Globalization and migration are making more cultural combinations than we've ever seen before in this human mosaic we call home.
Tags: language, culture, the South, APHG, religion, landscape.
According to cultural geography professor, Seth Dixon, this photo shows an intrguing linguistic combination referred to as "cultural syncretism," where two or more cultures or cultural traits combine to make something new. Globalization and migration are making more cultural combinations than we've ever seen before on our small blue dot of a planet.
"A floating vessel that is longer than the Empire State Building is high has taken to the water for the first time. Despite appearances, Prelude cannot strictly be described as a ship as it needs to be towed to its destination rather than travelling under its own power."
This is a floating testament that economies of scale will continue to push the limits. Today, the largest of the massive cargo ships are simply too big to get through the Panama Canal and have to travel down around the tip of South America. This is one reason why Nicaragua is planning to construct a canal to rival Panama's (Maps 101 readers can read more about the geographic implications of Nicaragua's plans in this article co-authored by myself and Julie Dixon or you can sign up for a free trial subscription to see what Maps 101 has to offer).
Tags: transportation, Nicaragua, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.
This is a crazy and a testament to how we keep trying to move more and more material and conduct more and more operations across our world ocean.
The Worlds biggest ship to be launched soon by Shell is an amazing feat, created by human ingenuity. It is incredible that it is longer than the Empire state building. it is difficult to imagine how an object so long even moves by itself. Nicaragua is attempting to make a canal Bigger than Panamas to support a ship thate size of the prelude that will operate off the coast of Australia for the next 25 years. The fact that it needs to be towed to its destination makes one question if its really a ship or not. Regardless Shell will share the cost of the Oil vessell once its finished being built
Wow, this is interesting! I can't believe its that long! I wonder how long it took them to build it? Also, where is it going? Also, why would they need it to be so big? Why can't they just use a smaller ship and make more trips? But overall this is very cool.
Fury, anarchy, martyrdom: Why the youth of Brazil are (forever) protesting, and how their anger may consume the World Cup.
Protests in public spaces are colliding with the Brazil's World Cup/Olympic dreams. The government wants to show the world the best that the country has to offer and protestors are using this moment to highlight the social ills in their country and some of the collateral damages of these major sporting events. This may not seem like a sports issue per se, but one of social unrest that happens to be more highly publicized because of the coming international sporting events to Brazil. Many see the money that went to constructing massive stadiums as money that bypassed those that needed it most and the poor neighborhoods (favelas) that were demolished to make way for an 'ideal city' that the world would see. The world's eye is on Brazil and both sides know it.
it is great to know that young people in countries like Brazil are standing up and being heard though it costs some their lives to protest social ills. it is interesting how sporting events like the World Cup or usually tied to government and poltics. A country wants to show the world the best that their country has, but these young people are letting the world know that the poor are being overlooked, and what the opulance of big cities and beautiful stadiums does not reflect how poor people are being overlooked. I support these demonstraters and it is important that young people everywhere gain the courage to protest for Just causes
These protests, though partially caused by events going on currently, could not have come at a worse time. If this civil unrest continues into the days of the 2014 World Cup, there could be darker days for Brazil lying ahead. Adding millions of tourists to the mix is certainly not going to help the problem. If this problem is not fixed, it will have big implications for the 2016 summer olympics that are set to happen in Rio. All the preparation that has gone into preparing for these events will all be for naught if the events are plagued by civil unrest and protests.
(Sidebar I used this article while gathering information for my research paper). Even though this is happening in Brazil i would like to beleive that this is exaclty what the United States founding fathers would of wanted us to do if our goverment was blatanly mistreating us like the politicians in Brazil. The youth of brazil realized what a moumentus occasion this was and didnt waste their chance to show the world their problems which forced the hand of the politicians into a political reform. Great example of how can make a difference if you have enough followers.
With five satellites scanning the globe, DigitalGlobe has collected impressive imagery of planet Earth this year. Check out their top 20 images here.
The Earth itself is the great source of inspiration for art. Enjoy the gallery.
Tags: images, art, landscape.
Incredible images of Mother Earth. It is all of our responsibility to look past our short term existence here to ensure that she flourishes for millenia for our future generations.
The views of Earth from Space are fascinating. Mountains, deserts, volcanoes, islands all seen from above. My favorite is the city of Aleppo. What is yours?
I had the shapefiles with the various neighborhoods of Providence and the good folks at "Click that 'Hood" were gracious enough to upload it and make a local quiz based on the the 25 neighborhoods of Providence (as defined by the city government officials). In addition to city neighborhood quizzes, they also have quizzes for regions such as Africa, South America and Europe. This is a crowd-sourced database, so if you have the right data, you can help them to create more online quizzes.
"Two days of street battles between rival factions in South Sudan's army left parts of the capital in ruins and prompted fears of a bloodbath in the world's youngest country.
UN officials in New York said they had received reports from local sources indicating that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded. More than 16,000 people were seeking refuge at UN facilities. What began on Sunday night as an alleged coup attempt now threatens to widen deep ethnic divisions in a country awash with weapons and still recovering from a devastating war that led to its secession from the north in 2011."
Earlier in the semester we discussed how difficult it is to establish a new country in a region with political and economic instabilty. This is only further complicated by the presence of factional rivalries. It's a tragedy that these problems are being played out.
Tags: South Sudan, political, Africa, states.
A rare snow storm hit the Middle East last week, producing record snows and extreme conditions for Syrian refugees.
Jerusalem recorded 15-20 inched of snow, while Cairo received it's first snow in 112 years. Just because something is rare or unlikely doesn't mean that it can't happen.
Yes anything can happen, even snow in the Middle East.
Finds the exact point that lies halfway between two or more places. Find your personal center of gravity--the geographic average location for all of the places you have lived in.
This is a fun tool to make geographic analysis very personal. You can also weight the importance of the locations based on the number of years stayed at a location.
Very insightful tool when it comes to travelling or family reunions. i personally used this for a while to figure out a good place for me and my friends from chicago/trenton to met up and it brought me to the middle of penn. also this was pretty fun just to mess around with to see random midpoint locations between two places.
"Landsat has seen a lot in its day. In one spot of desert, where the Rio Grande marks the border between the United States and Mexico, the satellite program captured hundreds of images of fields turning green with the season, new developments expanding from El Paso, Texas, and clouds moving over the neighboring mountains."
Since I have family on both sides of this line, I've always be fascinated by the U.S.-Mexico border as a cultural, political and economic phenomenon. Ciudad Juárez/El Paso are examples of 'twin cities' that form along the border and in many ways are one metropolitan area that has been brought together by the interactions available at the border; at the same time this regions is highly divided by spatial governance policies. Click here to download high resolution images El Paso/Ciudad Juárez.
"This map illustrates the country's deep division – and why the protests might not be what you think. Ukraine has been wracked by protests for two-plus weeks over President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to reject a deal for closer integration with the European Union. Russian President Vladimir Putin had been pressuring Yanukovych to quit the EU deal and join with a Moscow-led trade union of former Soviet states instead. Will Ukraine's future be with Russia or with Europe?"
The country of Ukraine is both ethnically and linguistically divided and since the fall of the Soviet Union, the partisan politics have mirrored these divisions. The northwestern portion of the country is primarily ethnic Ukrainian and with the majority speaking Ukrainian. This section of the country that is hoping to strengthen economic and political ties with the EU and face Europe; those that aren't as bullish on the EU here at least want to explore other options so they aren't overpowered by Moscow's shadow. The southeastern portion of Ukraine primarily speaks Russian with sizeable ethnic Russian populations (although many ethnic Ukrainians speak Russian here); not surprisingly, this is the part of the country that would rather join in an economic union with Russia and other former Soviet Republics, or at least not turn their backs on Moscow.
Questions to Ponder: Why are language and ethnicity often tied to political orientation? Why might trading with all economic partners not be as viable an option?
Language and ethnicity are often tied to a political oriantation because maybe the people feel as if they can connect to someones ideas or beliefs because they are the same gender, race, or share the same cultural traditions. People like to be able to relate to others.
language and ethnicity make a big difference in a country like ukraine, ethncity usually brings along with it relgious and political ties. It would be easier for a country divided as ukraine to ramain autonomous and trade with Russia, and the EU. It would not hurt the country to stay that way. Right now citizens are tearing down russia related statues and are politcally divided not wanting to merge with Russia with their president. it is important to choose what is most viable for their citizens and country
Extreme weather increases salinity of water in coastal areas while excessive demand in Dhaka leaves dwindling supply
In what ways is access to safe drinking water both a physical geography and human geography issue? How do changes in one factor influence the others?
Tags: Bangladesh, water, development.
too much salt in water and little technology to desalinize can be an issue caused by poor resources and natural conditions. Another issue is industrializastion and how that can increase polution to local waters as little regulations increase there and globalization is a factor that has opened up many jobs in bangledesh.
Lack of water in bangledesh can change peoples' attitudes. Many may change their ways of living just so they can live with good water.
How can the globe evenly distribute surplus goods?
Facing religious discrimination in the Hindu-dominated job market, many are forced to assume fake identities.
This is not that uncommon in India unfortunately. As the articles states, a government commission was appointed in 2005 to investigate the degree to which Muslims were disadvantaged in social, economic and educational terms. The commission concluded the socio-economic condition of most Muslims was as bad as that of the Dalits, who are at the bottom rung of the Hindu-caste hierarchy, also referred to as the "untouchables."
Tags: labor, industry, economic, poverty, India.
I wonder if India will ever adopt any anti-discrimination legislation that will protect Muslims from prejudice. The partition of India and Pakistan was largely for religious, then political reasons, but the lived reality does not translate to all Muslims in Pakistan and all Hindus in India.
Hiding their idenity to get a job or to even live. Much like many Jewish people did to survive in Hitler's Germany. They pretened to be Catholic, Protestant anything but Jewish. They did what they had to do to survive. The same is gong on in India, not on the scale of genocide, concentration camps, forced labor, etc., but it still is a form of opperession of a minority group in the largest "democracy" in the world. It dates back to the partitiion of India after British rule. Many Muslims were forced to migrated to what was then either West or East Pakistan, which is now Bangledesh. Not all left. There are about 127,000,000 Muslims in Indian manking it the second largest population of Muslims behind Indonesia, that is a sizeable minority even in a country of over 1 billion. The nation overall would benefit from equality in the job maket in that there probably many skilled workers in a basically untouched labor pool. The US has regulations against hiring practices based on one's religious belief, as well as age, gender, race etc., it is something that India might take an example from. I know the US isn't perfect on its labor relations in the past, but we have been doing a good job as of late...though there are still lingering issues that will be solved giving time. I tink its time for India to start becasue it will take a long time for things to change when they at least started.
"We're far less politically divided by geography than it may seem....Of course, it’s true that Americans aren’t of one mind on many political issues. But it is important that we not look at these maps and infer that we are so politically polarized by geography. In fact, most Americans live in places that are at least somewhat politically and ideologically diverse — even if that’s not reflected in how congressional district boundaries are drawn. In terms of the most important driver of political choices — partisanship — most of us live in a purple America, not a red or blue America."
Interesting map...but wondering if on closer scrutiny the urban areas tend to be more blue while the rural and more suburban areas redder.
America has always had more than one political view on how the country should be ran. Before looking at this map I always thought each state was very clear if they were a democrat or republican but the map shows a mix. If there is a mix then maybe they should try to create a new political group that combines both parties views and ideas to make the country an even better one.
I like this article because it shows that the preference of a political party doesn't divide america completely so that that some states are completely republican or completely democratic. Showing that america isn't as politically divided in certain areas means we can view other's views in those areas as a unique view.
The railroad industry is eager to be the go-to oil shipper, but some worry it's moving too fast.
Many hoping to stop environmental degradation of Canada's Tar Sands and the Dakotas "Kuwait on the Prairie" have opposed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. It's been decades since crude oil has been shipped by rail in the United States but fracking technologies have opened up areas without oil pipelines to become major producers. As demonstrated in this NPR podcast, the railroad industry has seized on this vacuum and since 2009 has been supplying the oil industry the means to get their product to the market.
Tags: transportation, industry, economic, energy, resources, environment, environment modify.
The idea of using trains instead of oil pipelines in the North Dakota regions is smart, over the idea of the time and energy it takes to transport oil through pipes. Big industry always causes parts of the enviornment to suffer but the lesser of the evils must be chosen. In the area of shipping oil on trains it is the sandy prarie like areas that can suffer physically. With oil business fracking has also been a big issue were rocks deep beneath the ground are broken up to release oil up to the surface. Yes this brings companies lots of money, but causes harm to homes, leaking oil, causing explosions and even earthquakes. This can be tricky especially when these kinds of companies are supported by the federal government
"Forward on climate?" This news is backwards and at least 40,000 people who attended "Forward on Climate" rallies throughout our nation in February 2013 will continue to question, protest peacefully, and convince others that we MUST reduce our dependence on oil no matter how it is transported!
As steel and rail built this county, oil and rail will rebuild it.
Part I, island biogeography in a World Regional context...click here to watch part II, why island biogeography matters in places that aren't on islands. All links archived at: http://geographyeducation.org/2013/12/06/island-biogeography/
Island biogeography operates on different principles than we see on the continents. Soem extraordinary creatures such as the komodo dragon and thylacine can be found in isolated places removed interactions with more generalist species. Alfred Russel Wallace made some extraordinary discoveries combining biology and spatial thinking.
Island biogeography is pertinent today since habitat fragmentation (from urbanization and argicultural land uses) has rendered 'islands' out of the wilderness that isn't being used by humanity. Some animals such as the cougar are locally extinct from their historic ranges (extirpation).
Tags: biogeography, environment, ecology, Australia, Oceania.
... Part I, island biogeography in a World Regional context..
....Part II, why island biogeography matters in places that aren't on islands.
I really could see the idea of island biogeography when looking at islands and the ocean and how they species could develop that way. Until I saw this video I do not think I could have made that cross over to continents. Now I do see it. If we build something across an open plain it will effect how species roam the area. I remeber seeing pictures of the Alaskan pipeline raised in certain area and could not until now figure out why. Now I know it was done, at least partly for, environmental reasons. So animals could still travel under it in order to move about. If not Alaska would have been cut in half and prevented the animals form moving across the pipeline. So as nature effected the developement of species with the rising and falling of ocean levels and islands, human effect the developmentof species with roads, farms and cities to name just a few.
I find the island biogeography to be really awesome because it's as if the small South Pacific islands are a completely separate world in terms of the creatures that live in the isolated environments. Growing up, the idea of the Komodo Dragon was terrifying and amazing because lizards are just supposed to be little, ugly reptiles and the existence of one large enough to eat us and named after the beasts in fairytales was fascinating. In Rhode Island, there isn't much in terms of exotic wildlife but even the species throughtout the rest of the U.S. don't completely compare to the rare creatures on the islands that have adapted to the conditions of living on small pieces of land.
The land bridge is something I don't recall ever hearing of before and the way that it influences the animals' evolution and expansion is fascinating. I think of it in terms of humans because when immigrants cross seas to go to different countries, they are forced to adapt and they're families evolve differently than they would have in their homeland. The land bridge provided similar challenges for the marsupials and reptiles that are/were located on the secluded islands.
Once again, I also find myself extremely annoyed with man's habit of killing off rare species for the selfish reasons of owning land and not being hunted by the animals whose land they've encroached upon.
"How many islands are in Rhode Island?"
I recently received this question and immediately thought that this is a great geographic question, but one that geographic tools can be used to find the answer. I downloaded all the Rhode Island toponymns (place names) listed by the United States Board on Geographic Names and filtered out all the listed Islands (108 is the answer!!). A spreadsheet of the data didn't help to visualize this data so I created this interactive map. Only 1 of the locations didn't have coordinates, some are scarcely more than rocks, and this is only according to the the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, but this is the most complete map of islands in the state of Rhode Island that I could produce. Additionally, here is an article about some sailors who sought to explore every island of the Narragansett Bay.
It is interesting that RI as a small state has alot of areas to discover with a map and a good drive. There are many islands near jamestown and Newport and also near Westerly that resemble the Jettey rock like formations that also have lighthouses. There is so much to see and discover for its natural beauty. I am still amazed at the areas yet to discover in Rhode island. There are about thirty islands in Rhode Island Aquidneck is the largest, Conanicut is the second largest and Prudence ranks third
This paper-puppet animation celebrates the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, who is co-credited with Charles Darwin for the theory of natural selection. Read the story here: http://nyti.ms/1fhBbGw
Some of the greatest discoveries in biology began as spatial discoveries. Alfred Russel Wallace made some amazing advances in biogeography and discovered the appropriately named Wallace Line.
Tags: biogeography, environment, ecology, historical.
A sweet animation of the wonderful Alfred Russel Wallace, the oft unaknowledged simualtaneous discoverer of evolutionary mechanisms.
"Muslims call it the Noble Sanctuary. Jews and Christians call it the Temple Mount."
What happens when various religious groups claim the same territory as their own?
Beautiful way to show this conflicted area.
This site means so much to the Abrahamic religions. Currently the the real estate is mostly contested by Muslims and Jews. There are so many strong feelings that war can break out any time because of The Temple mount. What is left is to wait and see what happens from a poltical statement or even a biblical prophecy stand point. Those who believe in God should beleive that one day true peace will exist in this contested area. Right now with Netanyahu and other leaders a battle is waging for true ownership of the land. As years progress treaties and ceasefires are always modified to soothe the tension that exists in these areas.