Today, we want to show you another wonderful 3D illusion which is installed in front of the steps of Paris's city hall.
Geographically inspired public art that is also a massive optical illusion makes me happy on so many levels.
Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
Curated by Seth Dixon
The Measure of America is the first-ever human development report for a wealthy, developed nation.
The stated mission of the American Human Development Program is to provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and to stimulate fact-based dialogue about issues such as health, education and income. This is another treasure trove of maps, charts, graphs, raw data all begging to be used as to enhance a student project. This would be perfect to introduce after teaching about the Human Development Index.
TED Talks What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.
This is a visually stunning portrayal of Canadian landscapes. He shows incredibly gorgeous photographs of the ecosystems of the boreal forest, indigenous cultural landscapes and natural scenery. This is unfortunately the backdrop for the impacts of industrial extraction of oil from the tar sands of the Athabasca in Canada. Collectively, this makes for a jarring justaposition of environmental landscapes.
Explore educational and professional development resources for teachers and classrooms on Annenberg Media's learner.org. Companion to the Annenberg Media series Power of Place.
Maquiladoras, outsourcing, migration and regional differences within Mexico are main themes in this video. This is a resource of videos that many are very familiar with, but this is worth repeating for those not familiar with the Annenberg Media's "Power of Place" video series. With 26 videos (roughly 30 minutes each) that are regionally organized, this be a great resource for teachers.
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The idea in a nutshell is to map the dominant colors of Flickr photos located in places across the map. This poses some interesting cartographic decisions with are outlined in the link, but interesting patterns emerge (more blue on the coast and riverbanks, more green in large urban parks, etc.). Certainly, this is interesting foray in geovisualization and cartographic rendering.
For teaching geography classes: what would a map like this of your campus or local neighborhood look like? Could students make something similar? How would students' interpret the landscape and environment differently if you were more intently focused on color?
This msnbc video clip (from the UP w/Chris Hayes) looks at the struggles and challenges for the city of Detroit. Specifically, they address job creation and economic investment in the area as key ways to revitalize the economy in a deindustrializing context, as well as critique the governance situation that has lead to many of the problems that we currently see in Detroit.
A writer who has crossed many borders finds the one between Nogales, Ariz., and Mexico to be the oddest frontier of all.
Given that most of the articles concerning the border these days reflect on the policing of the border, the illegal flow of people, drugs or guns across the border, or the violence in the borderlands, this is refreshing change of pace. Paul Theroux focused on the cultural connections that form, not in spite of the border, but because of the border and the cultural vibrance of Nogales, Sonora.
Representatives from more than 40 governments gathered in London on Thursday to devise a new international approach to Somalia.
The problems of poverty, famine, terrorism, environmental degradation and piracy in Somalia all intersect with the key issue of governance on the Horn of Africa. Many in the international community are recognizing that these are not only local issues, but global problems that might require global cooperation to bring about effective local governance to the region.
This visualization of gas prices by county in the United States is timely as high gas prices are not only impacting pocketbooks, but are also becoming political taking points for presidential candidates and this issue may drive policy. This shows the regional variations in prices (so sorry to my California friends), but it is a great launching point for asking the questions: why are the prices for a certain commodity higher in one region than another? What factors lead to the spatial differences in the relative economic value in one region over another? Supply and demand works beautifully on a two-axis graph, but supply and demand happen somewhere, giving a simple chart added complexity since it's spatially contingent and we must make the assumption and caveat explicit.
"The World Bank eAtlas of Global Development maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries, letting you visualize and compare progress on the most important development challenges facing our world. Most indicators cover several decades, so you can see, for example, how 'life expectancy at birth' has improved from 1960 up through the latest year." This tool should greatly enhance student projects as they will add more data, and see bigger patterns. To go to the link visit: http://www.app.collinsindicate.com/worldbankatlas-global/en
One of the key things I reinforce in conversations about globalization is that the advantages are unevenly distributed and the negative externalities to the system are also unevenly distributed. This clever infographic highlights both rather effectively.
Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S.
This goes nicely with the carbon footprint data that was recently posted. Although that was data aggregated at the national level and this is on the 'world realms' level, many of the same patterns are visible without the same specificity.
Chinese authorities have tightened security around Tibet after a series of demonstrations by Tibetans demanding more religious and political freedoms.
How are China's renewed efforts to control Tibet and the Monks protests geopolitically intertwined? How does this impact the region?
This interactive map shows national estimates of the percentage of the population falling below the poverty line. That is a quite problematic situation to map, since the operational definitions of poverty vary considerably among countries. Also, there are some counties without data (Central Africa, North Korea, etc.) However, there is still considerable value to be gleaned from this map. What regional patterns do you notice? How will this map inform our understanding of migration patterns and political unrest?
This is a great graphic display of the economic products that the United States exports. What makes this interactive display all the more valuable is that that you can slide the timeline to see the shifts in the economic sectors within the United States from 1962-2009. How was the U.S. export economy changing on the global market? What sectors were growing? Which ones were shrinking? How do these economic changes impact the U.S. geography?
Geography and environmental science gain in popularity in the Advanced Placement program, while interest is waning in some languages.
Now is a critical time to continue the push for greater geo-literacy in the curriculum, to ensure that students have the foundations established for them to be successful in AP Human Geography before they reach it.
This is a link to the AAG preliminary program for the meeting this weekend. I'll be presenting Friday at 2:40pm in th Social Media, Research and Pedagogy session (in the Gramercy Suite B, Hilton NY, Second Floor). The title of my presentation is "The Social Media Classroom: Bringing Globalization to Geography Education." I hope to see some of you there.
Explore world stats using StatPlanet World Bank, the first prize winner of the World Bank's Apps for Development competition. It directly accesses and visualizes all of the World Bank's 3000+ indicators available through its Open Data initiative, on many different topics from Agriculture to Science & Technology. This is a great way to introduce students to thematic mapping and offers incredible freedom to explore what you find interesting. This is the type of resource that could be used for any unit.
Artist John Locke is converting obsolete Manhattan phone booths into mini libraries. Now if only people would stop stealing his entire book collection.
The pay phone has become an obsolete part of the urban infrastructure in the cell phone era, and the question of what to do with these has become a real issue. Leaving them in their current form is essentially conceding that the city is technologically outdated and some fear that is the wrong message to be visually transmitting in the landscape. As thousands of geographers are set to desend on New York City for the AAG conference, this is another example of appropriating public space for a communal project that deserves some firsthand investigation (I really want to see one!).
When you login to craigslist, it will funnel you to the closest local group. What would that a map of that process look like? I'm not a huge fan of the Central Place Theory (but it is in the curriculum), but maybe this map could help explain some of the ideas of the theory.
"Methane from a landfill will flow to a power plant, helping to keep the lights on in the city."
When Mexico City’s government shut down the giant Bordo Poniente landfill last December, officials announced that they had a full-blown plan for the site...the city aims to capture the methane gas produced by the landfill to fuel a power plant that could supply electricity to as many as 35,000 homes.