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Regional NFL Fan Bases

Regional NFL Fan Bases | Geography Education |

Any cartographic fine-tuning of borders that you would suggest?  What truths does this map obscure?

Tags: regions, sport, mapping.

Matt Mallinson's comment, October 10, 2012 10:17 AM
As a huge football fan, this map is very interesting to me. It shows how different populations are in different parts of the country due to where fans are located.
Nick Flanagan's curator insight, December 12, 2012 8:28 PM

I like how this map shows regionaly were most fans of a certain team are.  However one thing it fails to take into account are fans of a certain team that live in another region.  Like I live in Rhode Isalnd so based on the map i would be a Patriots fan, however I am  49ers fan, and I know i am not the only fan of a team not living in that teams region. 

Heather Ramsey's curator insight, January 25, 2013 7:49 PM

An excellent visual representation of functional regions.

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Dark Days: When the Colts Left Baltimore

A look back on the 27th Anniversary of the the NFL Colts dark flight from Baltimore in the middle of the night.


BM: When the Colts left they took the heart of Balitmore and left the fans in utter disbelief. Robert Irsay had no intention of staying whether he got his new staidum for the Colts or not, he wanted out and had been looking since 1976. The city of Baltimore was not going to budge on the construction of a new pubically funded stadium simply because it was too expensive and the citry didn't have the money. All that remained in Baltimore was an empty Memorial Stadium, which wasn't perfect but was in really decent shape and the Orioles. 


SD: Why are sports teams treated so differently from other businesses?  How are teams linked to place in such intimate ways?  What is the economic impact of a sports team on the city and how could relocation damage that city?  See this topic for more on the cultural and economic impacts of sports teams on cities.

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Ms. Harrington's comment, August 8, 2012 9:09 AM
I never knew about this particular team, but I can see how a sports franchise abandoning a city has a devastating effect. It seems like there was a deliberate attempt to "sneak"out.
Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, August 8, 2012 9:16 AM
Quite a blow to the entire city of Baltimore, you can see from the older footage as well as the new how badly this effected this city. A huge impact on the people, seemingly crushing spirits across the city.
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Countries Participating in the 2012 Olympic Games in London

Countries Participating in the 2012 Olympic Games in London | Geography Education |
Discover the number of countries participating in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Find out which countries are not participating in the Olympic Games and learn which non-countries are participating as well.


204 countries are participating in the Olympics?  There aren't even 204 countries in the world!  This article looks at the political geography of international recognition.   One interesting case not discussed in the article is that of Taiwan.  Taiwan is participating, but marched under a non-Taiwanese flag under the name Chinese Taipei because the IOC wanted the mainland Chinese to return to the games. Also, South Sudan, Kosovo and the Vatican are not participating (although pondering them competing, especially the Vatican, is something that deeply amuses me).  Another intriguing thought: how many of the participants were former British colonies?   There are more classroom resources based on the Olympics from the GA.

Emily Larsson's comment, August 26, 2013 9:08 PM
I love the Olympics! Its amazing how almost all of the countries in the world can come together for an event and forget about the conflicts they have back at home.
Jason Charles Wright's curator insight, April 27, 11:51 AM
Countries are participating in the Olympics, but are not even a country. These countries are not even under the proper flag like Taiwan and South Sudan and Kosovo and the Vatican. 
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Why Hosting the Olympics Is Bad for Cities

Why Hosting the Olympics Is Bad for Cities | Geography Education |
Don't count on gaining much from your moment in the sporting sun.


Cities love the advantages of having the Olympics in town; the cultural prestige, the international publicity and the recognition as a globally significant city.  The tourism and economic impact is the rationale for so many expensive infrastructure projects, yet research indicates that economic boost during the Olympics is not always the boon that it is made out to be. 

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The Joe Paterno Statue on Penn State campus

The Joe Paterno Statue on Penn State campus | Geography Education |
I never imagined that this picture would be awkward or evoke such ambivalent feelings within me.  This picture was taken while I was working on my Ph.D. in geography at the Pennsylvania State Unive...


As a geographer, much on my career has centered on researching monuments in public spaces and their cultural meanings.  As a Penn State graduate, I felt that it was time for me to write a post about my thoughts on the future of the JoePa statue.  Please let me know what you think in the comment section below.   

Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 15, 2012 1:13 PM
It seems that wrong always overshadows good, but people choose to remember what they want. I would hope that the statue and what it stands for is still given the proper respect and not to invoke emotions and memories of the lower side.
Don Brown Jr's comment, September 3, 2012 10:57 PM
In more than one way a statue can represent the themes or image of the surrounding area serving as an emotional funnel point. Throughout history statues and monuments such as the Colossus of Rhodes have served as a reminder to all who gaze at them of what the idea and values of the surrounding area are. In the case of Penn State the football legacy, the reputation of the school, the surrounding community and state as well as personal pride were all intertwined into this statue of Joe Paterno. Indeed statues carry a significant share of the culture, history and emotional attachments individuals have to a particular landscape and when you remove that image you risk creating a void in the area and peoples conception of it. Presently, the image Penn State will need to fill this vacuum remains to be discovered.
Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 11:09 PM

The significance of Joe Paterno at Penn State was huge. At one point Joe Paterno was the heart beat of the Penn State football team and to fans. This statue meant a lot to Penn State fans and all college football fans all over. Until a sex scandal broke out that involved Joe Paterno although he did not commit any sexual acts people started to think differently about him and the program he was running. A statue that symbolized greatness at one time now is only looked at as a terrible crime.

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Cultural Norms: Swimming after breast removal

Cultural Norms: Swimming after breast removal | Geography Education |
Rick Reilly tells the story of a woman's efforts to swim topless after a double mastectomy.


We have deeply ingrained social norms about what is and is not acceptable within public spaces.  Certain cases come along that show that these norms often treat the world as though it is black and white without varying shades of gray.  In this case, a woman who has had both of her breasts completely removed after breast cancer, discovered that conventional swimsuits physically pained her and she wanted to swim topless in a public pool.  Controversy predictably ensued.  What do you think?  Big deal?  Non-issue?  Acceptable in public or not?  Why? 

JKingston's curator insight, October 6, 2013 5:49 PM

Most relevant Additonal concepts - gender, technology


Relevant Year 12  Topics

Continuity & Change

Continuity & Change Syllabus continuity and change 1 - modernisation 2 - sustainability 3 - tradition 4 - beliefs and values 5 - empowerment 6 - westernisation 7 - cooperation and conflict Contemporary Context The following points are to be integrated across the study of Social and Cultural Continuity and Change: 8 - use examples drawn from contemporary society 9 - examine the impact of technologies, including communication technologies, on continuity and change 10 - apply a social theory to a selected country and assess its ability to explain both continuity and change 11 - assess the role and value of social and cultural research in the examination of contemporary societies and cultures. Students develop knowledge and understanding of research methods by examining: 12 - the features of primary and secondary research 13 - the nature and characteristics of quantitative and qualitative research 14 - the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of the following research methods: 15 - case study 16 - focus group 17 - observation 18 - personal reflection 19 - secondary research 20 - content analysis 21 -interview 22 - participant observation 23 - questionnaire 24 -statistical analysis. The nature of social and cultural continuity and change Students develop knowledge and understanding of social and cultural continuity and change by examining: 25 - the nature of continuity and change: 26 - change is a complex process 27 - 'evolutionary’ change 28 - ‘transformative’ change 29 - resistance to change 30 - the influence that continuity and change have on the development of society at the micro, meso and macro levels 31 - the impact of modernisation and westernisation on social and cultural continuity and change 32 - theories of social change as attempts to explain change, and resistance to change, within societies and cultures in relation to: 33 - structural changes within society 34 - the processes and agents of social change 35 - the directions of change 36 - key features of each of the following theories: 37 - conflict 38 - evolutionary 38 - functionalist 39 - interactionist. Students will study in detail a country in order to: 40 - determine the nature of traditional society and culture 41 - analyse the nature of power and authority 42 - examine the impact of continuity and change upon the lives of individuals and groups in the micro, meso and macro levels of society. Students will explore BOTH continuity AND change in the selected country through a detailed study of ONE of the following aspects: 43 - beliefs, values and lifestyles 44 - education 45 - family life and population changes 46 - gender roles and the status of men and women 47 - the legal system and political processes. In relation to the selected country, students will examine: 48 - Is all change necessarily progress? 49 - Which groups benefit from change? Which do not? 50 - How has access to technologies impacted on the rate and direction of change? Choose ONE social theory from the list below and apply it to the selected country: 51 - conflict 52 - evolutionary 53 - functionalist 54 - interactionist. 55 -Assess the appropriateness of this social theory in explaining continuity and change for the selected country. The near future (5 to 10 years) Students are to: 56 - determine current trends and suggest probable future directions for the aspect of the country studied in the focus study 57 - evaluate the impact and implications for the aspect of the country studied of: 58 - likely changes 59 - probable continuities 60 - predict the importance of technologies to the country studied.

Belief systems

Topic Specific Concepts 1 - values 2 - beliefs 3 - symbols 4 - customs 5 - worldview 6 - ritual 7 - philosophy 8 - secularisation 9 -institutional power Contemporary Context The following points are to be integrated across the study of Belief Systems and Ideologies: 10 - use examples drawn from contemporary society 11 -assess the impact of technologies, including communication technologies, on the belief system or ideology 12 - examine a contemporary issue in a belief system or ideology using the research method of interview. The nature of belief systems and ideologies Students develop an understanding of the nature of belief systems and ideologies by examining: 13 - the similarities and differences between belief systems and ideologies 14 - the nature and role of shared values and understanding within belief systems and ideologies and how this creates meaning, purpose and an identity for individuals and groups 15 - how belief systems and ideologies express values and beliefs and ways of perceiving the world at the micro, meso and macro levels 16 - the nature and role of hierarchy and internal power structures within belief systems and ideologies 17 - the process of secularisation in the development and extent of belief systems and ideologies within Australia. Focus study Students are to develop knowledge and understanding of either one belief system OR one ideology that demonstrates a set of values and beliefs and a relationship to the wider society and culture by examining: 18 -the philosophy of the belief system or ideology: 19 - the relationship between its historical development and its underlying principles 20 - the beliefs and values expressed and the impact on personal and collective identity 21 - the nature and extent of adherents in the world today 22 - traditions and culture in the belief system or ideology: 23 - important places, texts and unique language and their significance 24 - the role of symbols, rituals and customs 25 - the importance of myths and stories 26 -how the belief system or ideology defines gender and gender roles 27 - the internal structure in the belief system or ideology: 28 - the role of important people and power structures 29 - the role and impact of dissent 30 - the nature and impact of change and resistance to change 31- the impact of technologies and globalisation on continuity and change 32 - the relationship of the belief system or ideology to wider society: 33 - acceptance and rejection of the philosophy at the micro, meso and macro levels 34 - the relationship of the belief system or ideology to ethical issues in society 35 the relationship of the belief system or ideology to peace and conflict in the world. The near future ( 5 to 10 yrs) Students are to determine current trends and suggest probable future directions for the belief system or ideology 36 - evaluate the impact and implications for the belief system or ideology of: 37 - likely changes 38 - probable continuities 39 - predict the importance of the belief system or ideology to society in the near future.

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Saudi women allowed into Olympics

Saudi women allowed into Olympics | Geography Education |

"Saudi Arabia is to allow its women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time ever, a statement by the country's London embassy says."  In what is viewed as sensitive 'baby steps' towards inclusion for women in activities most in the West take for granted, females will be competing for the Saudi Olympic team in London, something that has been forbidden until very recently.  Allowing their participation also alleviates pressure from the entire team being disqualified due to gender discrimination.  (Apparently they can ride horses - will driving automobiles be far behind?) 

Rj Ocampo's comment, August 26, 2012 6:14 PM
I believe its amazing to see women from Saudi Arabia to compete in the Olympics. It gives them a chance to take a huge role in their society and may increase their chances of getting more rights in the future.
Audrey Williamson's comment, August 27, 2012 7:51 PM
i think it is great that Saudi Arabia is now letting women compete in the Olympics, it is a small step, but hopefully in the future it will be a gateway to much more freedom for the women.
Haley Wayland's comment, September 3, 2012 12:35 AM
I think it is amazing that Saudi Arabia allowed women to compete in the Olympics. It may just be a small step, but it may open a huge range of opportunities for the Saudi Arabia women. Hopefully, as time progresses, they will be able to have as much freedom as women here, in the United States, do.
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London 2012: Where's the lasting economic legacy?

London 2012: Where's the lasting economic legacy? | Geography Education |
More than 75,000 firms that have helped to deliver London's Olympic Games are fighting a 12-year gagging order preventing them from talking about the work they have done, it emerged last night.


London has undergone important urban projects that have transformed the numerous parts of the city.  These massive investments are now being questioned as some observers are skeptical as to whether or not their will be an adequate return on investment. 

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Olympics: people in numbers

Olympics: people in numbers | Geography Education |
BBC News takes a look at who makes up the cast of thousands behind the sporting event of the year.


The Olympics are a massive undertaking with both local and international impacts. 

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The Ethiopian town that's home to the world's greatest runners

The Ethiopian town that's home to the world's greatest runners | Geography Education |
What do Kenenisa Bekele, Tirunesh Dibaba, Derartu Tulu and Fatuma Roba have in common, apart from being Olympic gold medallists?


What is it about this place that has produced so many world- class runners?   This is a great profile of the "Town of Runners."

Seth Dixon's comment, April 12, 2012 10:53 PM
And I was feeling proud of my 7.8 mile run today.
Matt Mallinson's comment, November 5, 2012 2:50 PM
It's amazing to me that some of the world's fastest runners come from such a poor place and a very misunderstood place. Good for them.
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What Geography Can Teach Us About Basketball

What Geography Can Teach Us About Basketball | Geography Education |
Maps That Show NBA Players Where to Shoot...


What is considered a good play or a bad play in most sports is situational and depends on context.  One of the many contexts in basketball that determines that constitutes 'a good shoot' is where you are on the court in relation to the hoop.  In essence, this is a spatial factor, and spatial analysis is critical to informing sports strategy and a geography professor did just that in this study.  In this month of March, mentioning sports in a geographic context might help students see how spatial analysis matters is a wide range of subjects.

CoreyMabray's curator insight, January 13, 2014 8:24 AM

What seems like a good shot to you might not technically described as a good shot. Where you are in comparison to the basket will determine whether it is a good shot or not. whether or not you are squared up facing the basket when you shoot is a factor on how consistent your shot will be.

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Brazil's disappearing favelas

Brazil's disappearing favelas | Geography Education |

Infrastructure demanded by the sporting world's most powerful corporate interests render families homeless in Brazil.

Erica Tommarello's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:52 PM

FIFA 2014 is being hosted in Brazil. This article details the completely flawed and inhumane plan that Brazil has to get ready for the madness of FIFA. They seem to be too caught up in artificial aesthetic and have lost focus on development, while displacing thousands of poor Brazilians on the way.

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 20, 2014 12:04 PM

With the world cup and summer Olympics being hosted in Brazil, the government are forcing people out of favelas to improve their image for tourists. What is frustrating about this is that bringing in a large sporting event like the Olympics and world cup actually looses money for the hosting country. So in their haste they are damaging the country twice over. First the government of Brazil is creating thousands of displaced and poor citizens, and on top of that they are spending valuable resources on preparing for a sporting event that will not turn a profit. What will happen after 2016, when you have a massive population of desperate homeless people migrating back to the favelas.

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Taming the City of God

Taming the City of God | Geography Education |
Years of hatred and mistrust are thawing in some of Rio's most violent slums.


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This compelling video depicts some of the challenges that the police in Rio de Janeiro face in trying to bring more effective governance into some of the more poverty-stricken, drug-riddled neighborhoods in the city.  This slums, known as favelas, are receiving increased attention as Rio is hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 30, 2014 9:08 AM

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The details pertaining to how Rio's police force has been regaining control in favelas surprised me, but in a positive way. For example, having officers work and volunteer with children is a great idea to stop the generation chain of fearing the police as the enemy. I believe the message that this communicates is that the police are human too, sharing many of the same aspirations as those who they serve. It's unfortunate that this ramping-up in force comes mainly because of the approaching Olympics, but at least it is still a step in the right direction.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 20, 2014 12:42 PM

This video shows the tense relationship between the favales and the government of Brazil. I can't help but notice how people in the favales are being treated as lesser citizens that are not part of the collective identity of Brazil. As these big sporting events draw near, the government is more concerned with hiding or eliminating the systemic inequalities that are occurring in the favales. If I lived in these areas I would find it hard not to see the government as an enemy.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 7, 2015 12:10 PM
I think that it is very good that tensions between the police and the citizens of the city are cooling down. Yes, there were many problems in the past, but that is the past, now there is just the present and future. With police being more active in the community responding to calls more frequently, or attending schools to show that not all of them are bad people. It is also good to know that an officer holds a martial arts program for the kids, something like that really gets people, especially the young to feel safe around them. Also, with schooling and environmental projects becoming much better, it seems as if the City of God is going in the correct path that it should.
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Not all Olympic champions stand on the podium

Not all Olympic champions stand on the podium | Geography Education |
Tahmina Kohistani’s Olympics lasted exactly 14 and 42/100ths of a second.


This is a great article that highlights the Olympic successes that are underreported.  Due to geographic circumstances, simply competing is a remarkable accomplishment.  The women participants from Afghanistan and Iran are highlighted in this article. 

lelapin's comment, August 11, 2012 1:27 PM
great article indeed. Thanks for turning the spotlight away from the podium, for a change.
Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:41 PM

The olympic games have become only about the podium winners in the media, if you dont win you dont matter. Tahmina Kohistani was the only female athlete from Afghanistan to compete in the games back in 2012. It is an amazing feat in itself that a female from Afghanistan even managed to get to the games never mind partacipate. She didnt win, she finished last, but it was her personal best time and the fastest she had ever run the 100 meter. But because she was not up on that podium none of that matter and many people did not even know she had run the race.  

Kendra King's curator insight, February 28, 2015 11:12 AM

The coverage of the Olympics after opening ceremonies is heavily centered on the medal count and I don’t actually see a problem with that. Reason being is that the story, that supposedly never got coverage, was something I remember commentators speaking about when the Afghanistan team walked out on stage during the opening ceremonies thereby showing how “politics and social culture” are intertwined. Her journey qualified her as a “champion” right away and people saw that. Secondly, when there is a ridiculous amount of events and people to cover, one needs to pick and choose. Since the point of the Olympics is to win, it isn’t surprising that the most coverage is given on the metal winners. There are stories outside of Kohistani’s in which someone who didn’t make it to podium was covered (i.e. winter Olympics regarding Ryan Bradly or Jonny Wier). Typically when that happens though, the person is from our own country. What I think is wrong with the coverage is the huge focus on just our country. While the Olympics is a time where patriotism surges as we root for our own team, it is a symptom of a large problem. Americans are too America-centric in general. Just looking at the normal daily news cover in the states is a clear indication of the issue and I think that is why some of the more analytic pieces that show “politics and social culture” are generally under reported

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Spatial Olympics

Spatial Olympics | Geography Education |

The "Spatial" Olympics is an interactive map that displays the running medal count for the 2012 London Games.  The above map shows a map of the Gold Medal count (as of today and with a limited spatial extent).  Enjoy the Games! 

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London vs. The City of London

London and the City of London are the same political and territorial entity right? Of course not. Why have something simple when we can have a rich archaic legacy with a fascinating (albeit convoluted) history. Here’s a great political geography lesson just in time for the Olympic Ceremonies.

Maddy Van Fossen's comment, September 3, 2012 2:28 PM
This video is short but gives lots of information. I found this video very interesting and I never knew there was a difference between the two cities. It's also very interesting that the two cities were formed at different times. Also, the way that Westminister grew around the city of london is cool, but the way the name Westminister changed to London is still confusing to me.
David Sanchez's comment, September 5, 2012 8:17 PM
I think that it's amazing that the City of London is still rich and powerful even after having been founded a few thousand years ago.
Valentia Pollard's comment, September 8, 2012 11:02 AM
I always thought that London was the same thing as the City of London. The only thing that they really have to do due with each other is the City of London is surrounded by London. Its cool that the City of London is still rich and powerful, they have their own flag, and even their own mayor. I think the City of London should be more important than it seems.
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Amazing animated infographic look at various world stats

Amazing animated infographic look at various world stats | Geography Education |
Amazing animated infographic look at various world statistics in Oceania vs. Europe vs. America vs. Africa vs. Asia, from population to homicides to number of billionaires – a fine example of how to...


The video doesn't have captions to denote which continent is which, otherwise this is an excellent data visualization of global and regional differences, using the theme of the Olympics as it's symbolic motif. 

Abby Budorick's comment, September 2, 2012 12:14 PM
This is such a cool idea. I love how they used olympic rings to represent the different continents. I just wished they would've put which rings represented which continents during the whole video because it was kind of confusing. Also, I don't think they should've combined the Americas because I think they are so different and the stats would probably be very different.
Bradford Baumstark's comment, September 2, 2012 5:44 PM
The idea hat they had for this video was very interesting but it was also very confusing because they didn't tell us which color was which continent. The concted words at the beginig confused me a bit too because I'm not sure where Oceania even is.
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How to air-condition outdoor spaces During the hot summer months, watching an outdoor sports match or concert can be tantamount to baking uncomfortably in the sun -- but it d...


The physical environment will be altered as the World Cup comes to Qatar in an attempt to raise their global economic profile and to present themselves as more culturally comsopolitan.  Except there is that desert conundrum of having soccer matches in the middle of the desert in the dead of summer.  This shows the technological efforts to redefine confortable weather conditions.   This is a good Ted talk that combines cultural, economic and physical geographic factors in the Middle East. 

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The Geography of Sports Training

The Geography of Sports Training | Geography Education |
Botswana sprinter Amantle Montsho trains in Senegal, thousands of miles from home, in hopes of capturing her country’s first Olympic medal.


While some countries routinely get dozens of medals at each Olympiad, other countries (like Botswana) have never received a medal.  World-class training facilities are not available everywhere, and youth participation is some sports in non-existant.  What are some other factors that contribute to this uneven global patterns of world-class athletics?

Zach Davis's comment, August 12, 2012 1:23 PM
The people of these countries have no money to be able to get the train they need and also the country there from cant afford state of the art equipment for these athletes to train
Jordan Simon's comment, August 17, 2012 12:25 PM
I think it is great for Montsho to be able to leave her home and train for an olympic medal in a place very far from home. It turned out that she became the world champion with the help former training in Senegal. Without the training in Senegal she would not have been able to compete and later win.
Shane Hohman's comment, September 3, 2012 11:13 PM
It is a great accomplishment of Montsho to leave her country and win the gold in London. It is sad that some countries do not have the money to provide training for their athletes, but when she left and trained in Senegal that is what helped her and she needed that the most to win the gold metal because she would not have received the same training in Botswana.
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Spatial Analysis of the NBA Finals

Spatial Analysis of the NBA Finals | Geography Education |
Navigate court maps and view analysis of every shot taken over the ’11-'12 season for the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.


Who said geography has nothing to do with sports?!?  While there are many cultural and economic impacts on sport preference and prevalence, let's discuss the geography of the hardwood and a spatial analysis of the shot selections between the two teams.  Clearly 'place matters' to many NBA players as their success on the court depends on finding their preferred spots within the flow of offense.     

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Which Regions Produce the Most NFL Players?

Which Regions Produce the Most NFL Players? | Geography Education |
Despite Friday Night Lights portrayals, there's a lot more geographic diversity in NFL prospects than you might think.


Happy NFL draft weekend!  As I'm sure you were asking yourself, I was thinking, "where do NFL players come from?" Are there strong spatial patterns of this distribution?  How do cultural forces impact the prevalence of a particular sport in a specific region?  It's not as skewed to the South a you might think. 

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Texas A&M Embarks For the SEC, Immediately Gets Lost

Texas A&M Embarks For the SEC, Immediately Gets Lost | Geography Education |
Texas A&M University is about to go on a journey, a journey that will take them far from home. They're about to enter the Deep South, unfamiliar territory for most Aggies. So in addition to...


Not the worst mistake here, because failing to include the two incoming states might have deliberate.  However, including North Carolina (without any SEC teams and firmly in the heart of ACC country) is a bit of a geographical gaffe. 

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What March Madness Can Teach Us About the Economic Geography of Sports

What March Madness Can Teach Us About the Economic Geography of Sports | Geography Education |
The Atlantic CitiesWhat March Madness Can Teach Us About the Economic Geography of SportsThe Atlantic CitiesWhat exactly can account for the dominance of small and medium sized metros generally and college towns in particular in the economic...


While it is clear that superstar athletes in the professional ranks are concentrated in the largest cities, college athletics still let's the 'Davids' compete with the 'Goliaths.'  Interestingly, the largest cities don't have the highest per capita concentration of athletes but many small college towns do.  Among the Top 25 cities with the highest concentration of athletes in the workforce (include scholarship athletes) we find South Bend, Indiana, home to Notre Dame; Auburn, Alabama, home to the university that bears its name; Ames, Iowa, home of Iowa State; Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech); Burlington, Vermont (University of Vermont); and Boulder, Colorado (University of Colorado).  

Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:47 AM

This article shows us the comparisons between  economic geography and sports. This article focuses on basketball and the March Madness Tournament. By seeing which teams when based on their conference (where the college is located in region) you can see why certain teams do so well and why athletes want to go to that college.

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Brazil Faces Obstacles in Preparations for Rio Olympics

Brazil Faces Obstacles in Preparations for Rio Olympics | Geography Education |
Ambitious development plans for the 2016 Summer Olympics, as well as the 2014 soccer World Cup, involve large-scale evictions from numerous slums, whose residents are refusing to leave.


The urban revitalization issues in Rio de Janiero are not new, but they will intensify in global importance (or at least coverage) as the time for the World Cup and Olympics approaches.  What are the aesthetics and economics behind revitalization?  What are the social issues that should be addressed?  

Cam E's curator insight, February 11, 2014 11:41 AM

With the Olympics comes countries trying to hide all their dirty secrets that they don't want the world to see. It's easy to say that money shouldn't be spent on creating a large stadium and instead to help the impoverished, but it should also be recognized that with the Olympics comes a huge boost in jobs and tourism for the country.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, February 17, 2014 10:33 AM

This article highlights the problem facing Brazil when the country needs to build new facilities to host the Olympics and World Cup.  The clash between the government and poor people who are squatting on land they do not own causes much stress and unrest.  How the country comes to resolve these issues are important for the people in the future.  The fact that people are being displaced is sad and perhaps not fair however, on the other hand, these people are squatters and built their homes on land they did not own and have no infrastructure which is also dangerous and a public safety issue.  The unrest over this issue will cause a pale over the games to be held in Brazil.

Kayla, Sean, and Max's curator insight, February 24, 2015 1:25 PM


The coming of the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympic Games requires the building of many stadiums for the games, as well as hotels, restaurants, stores, etc. for the tourist traveling to see the games. This not only is causing gentrification but is also causing mass eviction as the government is forcing people to leave the slums to make room for the new buildings.

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Enjoying Nature

This is a way of appreciating the natural wonders of the physical landscape in a slightly less academic fashion than typically posted here.  Enjoy!  

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, January 17, 5:31 PM

Introduce this topic using stunning photos or short video clips such as this. 

Have students recognise and distinguish between landforms and landscape - do not give them a definition. Work out out. 


Geoworld 7 NSW

Chapter 1: Distinctive landforms

1.1 Weird and wonderful landforms

1.2 Landforms: fun and deadly

1.3 Different chases and sizes 


Chapter 3 Landscapes: processes and values

3.1 Photographs: Landscape diversity