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"A fisherman's cottage is described by real estate agents as a 'property not to be missed' but it is also just yards away from two nuclear power stations."
A photograph (or landscape, map, etc.) is not an innocent reflection of reality. They can be carefully crafted to tell a story which might reflect the bigger picture and your ideological framework--but it just as easily might obscure some important contexts and truths. I use these images at the beginning of the semester to discuss the bias inherent in our own perspectives as I try to infuse my classroom with a variety of lenses with which to view different regions (images found here).
Tags: images, landscape, perspective, regions.
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Perception is everything!
This house is 100% misleading. The paper advertised the first picture, which from the looks of it isn't so bad. Then when you get the reverse picture and see the nuclear power plants behind it, its a whole new scene! Whoever is trying to sell this house- good luck to you. Who wants to live next to something that could literally kill god knows what? Not me.
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.
View interactive before and after images showing the devastation Typhoon Haiyan has caused in Tacloban City, Philippines.
While the casualty counts may have been lowered, that does not lessen the devastation.
A wonderful tool to introduce or use on the topic of typhoons and/or disasters.
The damage that nature can do is absolutely appalling. I can't imagine living through such a terrifying storm that turns the ocean and winds into something equivalent to a nuclear bomb that flattened an entire city.
A geographer and a biologist at Salem State University team up to curate a new exhibition, featuring confounding views from both satellites and microscopes
When I teach why scale is an important concept in geography, I say that depending on the situation a scientist might need a microscope or a telescope to properly understand a phenomenon. Most images give us enough context clues to help us determine the scale of the image, but this set of 15 images does not. So is it micro or macro?
Tags: scale, perspective.
Gives a whole new meaning to the sense of scale.
Try your eyes at this!
"Charles Marville photographed Paris' transition from medieval hodgepodge to modern metropolis. Marville made more than 425 photographs of the narrow streets and crumbling buildings of premodern Paris, including this view from the top of Rue Champlain in 1877-1878."
This NPR podcast adds some great insight into Charles Marville's 19th century photography currently on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. The urban transformations designed by Haussmann made Paris the global capital of modernity and the many cities around the world copied the principles of Haussmannization. A photographic glimpse into Paris before and during these changes that brought about social upheaval is a marvelous tool for an historical geographic analysis of urbanization.
Tags: urban, historical, Paris, place, France, podcast, images.
"When viewed from above, a runoff of sand and silt creates the impression of an ‘underwater waterfall’, just off the coast of the island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean."
For another gorgeous gallery, see this list of river confluences.
The view from above is gorgeous! Nature's beauty at its finest. And to think that African slaves had escaped to go live at the mountain on this island, it's amazing. Although I wonder what resources did they have to make it there especially since the island is quite a distance from Africa?! Makes you wonder :)
this look pretty nice i would like to go see it in person
By looking at this picture you automatically think its a waterfall within the water. This image is actually just showing the mix of sand and silt deposits mixing together. The light to dark colors is what makes it look like a waterfall.
Over half of Australia lies above the Tropic of Capricorn, but it is home to only five percent of the population. It is a frontier land with little infrastructure, populated by cattle barons, crocodile hunters and aboriginal tribes.
Australia's Northern Territory(NT) is region that is climatically inhospitable to large human settlements and is the least population region of the lightly population country. Uluru (Ayer's Rock) is the Northern Territory's iconic landscape, and the territory is home to approximately 212,000 people according to the 2011 Australian census. Most of the economic activity centers on resources extraction (mining); aboriginal groups control 1/5th of the NT which many hope to discourage. This photo gallery provides a excellent glimpse into these remote places. See also this list of the best places to visit in Australia.
Remoteness and liveability
This is a huge chunks of Australia but only a little amount of people live there.
New territory in Australia!❤️❤️
On July 18, 2013, a fierce wildfire threatened Palm Springs, California.
In a dry climate where urban expansion gets closer to dry brush, wild fires become a major summer hazard.
Tags: remote sensing, images, environment, land use, disasters, biogeography.
I think this shows that the weather has entered into a world of extremes of very hot or very cold, wet or dry and not to much of regular seasonal changes of the past typical patterns.
It shows that with general warmer ocean temps, has lead to this new type of weather patterns resulting from global warming.
"I'm used to rivers that know what they're doing."
Even though Chris Hadfield's time on the space station is over, his twitter stream can still be a great source of images displaying the physical and human landscapes (and if you needed any more evidence that he's the coolest astronaut ever, watch his parting video singing David Bowie's Space Oddity).
This incredible image clearly demonstrates the fluvial processes that have creating and this and will continue to reshape this landscape. Meander scars, oxbow lakes, channel cutoffs, floodplains and point bars are all here in this gorgeous teaching image.
Tags: physical, fluvial, geomorphology, erosion, landscape.
Lol... the first words that went through my head were h--- (heck) yeah. David Bowie... sung by an astronaut... okay, back to Geography. I thought that the rivers reminded me of something I thought of during the talk in class about lava rock being changed into other kinds of rocks over time, and cycling around. I thought on a larger scale, about this universe, and I have read before that people are studying different areas of space-time fabrics, trying to find origins of the Universe, and answers to other existential questions. I suppose that if one could trace patterns of rivers, and if one could trace patterns of rocks, to find where they came from, and why/how they came where they came, then by examining the (assumedly tattered and marked) fabrics of space and time, people would be able to determine origins of everything from the beginning of what existed before all universes, and also the origins of life forms. I enjoyed the movie Prometheus, which was directed by Sir Ridley Scott, and I had to say that I thought that the messages found on rocks in caves, as a catalyst that lead the cast to go visit an alien world that had something to do with human origins, could be very literally taken. If there are clues in rocks, why wouldn't there be other clues, possibly in celluar components of life forms, or space and time? Applying the idea of studying rocks and rivers and other physical geographical pursuits to the idea of applying it on a gigantic scale greatly appeals to me. I believe that humans will find some answers that way, but I hadn't directly realized just that until we mentioned some stuff about physical geography, and glacial forces carrying and spreading out rocks, and deposits and erosion. After all, the Milky Way has origins, so why believe that we came from the Milky Way, rather than beyond?
"Many of us have heard the stories of how our parents or grandparents had to walk miles in the snow to get to school. Perhaps some of these tales were a tad embellished, but we got the point. A lot of American kids have the luxury of being driven in a warm car or bus to a good school nearby. This is not the case for the children in this gallery.
The photos you are about to see are snapshots of the treacherous trips kids around the world take each day to get an education. Considering there are currently 61 million children worldwide who are not receiving an education—the majority of which are girls—these walks are seen as being well worth the risk.
In the above photo, students in Indonesia hold tight while crossing a collapsed bridge to get to school in Banten village on January 19, 2012. Flooding from the Ciberang river broke a pillar supporting the suspension bridge, which was built in 2001."
It is sad what so many children must endure and go through in order to get an education. I wonder if these bridges and structures have been fixed. 61 million children not receiving an education is 61 million too many.
unit 6 economic development
"Aerial photo tour across countries and continents with a French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand"
I love Yann Arthus-Bertrand's photography; so many of them are geography lessons in and of themselves as he captures compelling images of the cultural landscape. This particular gallery shows 32 stunning images including this one above showing urban agriculture in Geneva, Switzerland.
"Worldwide, there are 800 million amateur farmers in built-up areas. In estates in south eastern Asia and some towns in central and South America, many people depend on this activity for survival. It’s the same story in Europe; in Berlin there are more than 80,000 urban farmers, and in Russia more than 72% of all urban homes till their own patch of land, balcony or even roof. Urban agriculture is on the [rise] and there could be twice as many people enjoying it within twenty years."
Tags: agriculture, food, landscape, images, urban, unit 5 agriculture, unit 7 cities.
I think that urban farming goes to show how people adapt to their environment regarding agricultural practices. People are breaking the bondage of the stereotypical idea that you can"t farm in the city. However, in this article, we see that citizens are conforming to their environment to make the best agricultural use of land. -Scout
"A glimpse inside the life of students from Senegal to Vietnam and China."
In the United States, we are constantly trying to improve education so that we can help students succeed in the global community. Our education system is often compared to those in other countries to see how American education "measures up." However, there are many differences between schools around the world.
BONUS: After looking at the pictures, compare American education and education in other countries. Write a paragraph explaining the similarities and differences that you INFER from the pictures and captions.
Little bit different to my school:)
What does this do to your ethnocentric beliefs?
"Satellites acquire images in black and white, so how is it possible to create the beautiful color images that we see on television, in magazines, and on the internet? Computers provide us with the answer. Images created using different bands (or wavelengths) have different contrast (light and dark areas). Computers make it possible to assign 'false color' to these black and white images. The three primary colors of light are red, green, and blue. Computer screens can display an image in three different bands at a time, by using a different primary color for each band. When we combine these three images we get a 'false color image.' Find tutorials and links to free compositing programs here."
Tags: remote sensing, images, geospatial, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
"Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammed, who was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 570 AD. His birthday is marked in way ways is different Muslim countries."
This is a great photo gallery, but I wanted to make a special note of this image. The caption for this picture says, "Egyptians watch as Muslims march on the street to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed in Cairo, Jan 13, 2014." Is this a representative group of Egyptians? What demographic group would we expect to see in the second story balcony? What does the architecture tell us about the cultural norms of the society?
Muslims rejoice, celebrate and honor Mohammed around the world on his birthday. These photos not only represent the celebrations of Mohammed but mark his lasting legacy and influence as an Islamic Prophet.
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?
"If an urban population demands the freshest vegetables, they should be produced within a 24-hour field-to-table delivery zone. What, therefore, should be the highest and best use of agricultural land between Taiwan's two largest cities, Taipei and Kaoshiung, only 200 miles apart? The Lord of the Rings, a.k.a., Johan Heinrich Von Thünen, has the answer." 
This image and analysis comes from the blog "Geographically Yours" by Don Zeigler. He's a well-traveled cultural geographer and has been collecting great teaching images over his career and is now sharing them on this site. These pictures are great discussion starters and bell ringers to start the day.
Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education, APHG, images.
This image communicates the importance of agriculture and marketplace relativity. in an area where transportation is minimal and people happen to be more more poorer then need to supply needed resources in a timely manner is very important. Farmers and resource providers need to be close enough geographically. This image shows an outside clothing and food market were people get to shop around and choose in a convientent ways there most needed items. The umbrella suggests rain as the child and other shoppers are being covered. This outdoor market doesnt necessarily suggest poverty but a wide range of population given a convenient location to buy goods quikcly and efficiently. The market may be located in a urban downtown area or also a village central area. Regardless the location, and goods provided shows the valuable commodities need to be provided in a manner, freshest possible for delivery.
It is said that locally grown food can have more nutritional value than organic if the latter comes from thousands of miles away. If you had to choose, which would you rather have, locally grown or organic?
From grains to grapes to cabbage and many other crops the harvest season has been in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere.
So few of my students have actual experience working on a farm and being part of the food producing process. This gallery of 38 photos around the world is a great visual to reinforce how important the harvest is for sustaining life on this planet. The picture above shows the a Hmong hill tribe woman harvesting a rice terrace field at Mu Cang Chai district, northern Vietnamese province of Yen Bai. The World Bank on Oct. 7 lowered its 2013 growth forecast for East Asian developing countries to 7.1 percent and warned that a prolonged US fiscal crisis could be damaging to the region.
Tags: agriculture, food production, landscape, images.
Nothing like agriculture to put a dose of "reality check" into urban/suburban students' lives.
An image our Grad 11 students can at least have some empthy with....
Well see as how my page is called World Photography, i figurd this would be a good article/gallery to put up. Along with so georgous photos one can really see the imporance of farming on a culture and farming world wide. The gallery of photos is increadible, and with a caption to match each photo you are able to see geographilycly and cultulary where certan foods and plants are produced. This makes me feel that cultures are all some what connected, the tobbco from your cigretts comes from mexico, and the nice wine that you drink when your out to dinner is from a vineyard in germany. Its a small idea but food is very cultualy influncing
Join me and National Geographic's Great Nature Project in exploring the great nature all around us!
Join National Geographic in celebrating the great nature all around us! Go outside and snap a photo of plants and animals you find. Upload photos with #GreatNature. Add #animal to animal photos. View photos from around the world at greatnatureproject.org.
Tags: biogeography, National Geographic. images.
I am requesting you do this and send me a copy of your pictures as well!
Something for that class set of cameras!
BOULDER, Colo. -- National Guard helicopters were able to survey parts of Highway 34 along the Big Thompson River Saturday. Here are some images of the destruction along the roadway.
This photo gallery would be stunningly gorgeous if it weren't horrifically terrifying. When the landscape changes this dramatically in a short time span, watch out. See another photo gallery here, but this gallery from the Boston Globe, shows a more humanistic side of the story.
Tags: physical, environment, water, disasters, geomorphology, erosion, images.
CD 4: The human causes and effects of landscape degradation
By looking at these pictures you can see that the water just completely ruined this road. The road sunk in and collapsed as well. Will this road ever be safe to drive on again if it gets fixed?
"FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public. We hope to bring new life to these images by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world for years and many of the images are missing their original date or location."
How have I not found National Geographic FOUND until now? The curators post approximately 2 pictures a day that generally have never been published before; the result is an archive that is a wonderfully eclectic treasure trove. There are simply too many great teaching images to share them individually. Pictured above is the Sutherland Falls which thunders down a 1,904-foot drop from Lake Quill in New Zealand (January 1972, Photo by James L. Amos). I consider National Geographic FOUND as a must see and will include it in my list of best scoops (filed under the tag zbestofzbest).
Tags: perspective, National Geographic. images, zbestofzbest.
I think that is a manigficient photo i can't believe that these phoos nev been published and also missing their original location.
These pictures are awesome. It would be nice to know the locations of some of the pictures to compare them to images now.
this is amazing!
"In the end of 2012 I travelled to USA to experience something new. And it was something I didn't expect: emptiness and density. 'Merge' is the last part of a project series 'Empty, Dense, Merge' which explores two opposite feelings through the photos of places located in USA. In this project two opposite places are merged into one: New York City, where, it seems like everyone wants to live there, and Grand Canyon / Death Valley, which are unlivable."
This is geographically inspired art at it's finest. It goes beyond making beautiul jewelry with maps or showing majestic vistas of natural landscapes; the artistic concept that motivated the photographer was geographic in nature. Population density is highly clustered leaving great spaces of open, empty, unpopulated land and some major cities that are jam-packed with human activity and settlements. Merging both of these concepts into the same image produced this series of 6 images (as seen in this Atlantic Cities article).
Tags: art, density, NYC, landscape.
Great photo combining the U.S.'s great spaces with its metropolisis'.
"Stunning gallery of 15 images depicting agricultural landscapes. Shown above are cut flower fields in Carlsbad, California circa 1989."
"Aerial photographer Alex MacLean estimates he has spent about 6,000 hours in the sky photographing American farms. His unique perspective depicts the dramatically changing agricultural landscape in the U.S., something he has been drawn to since he started flying nearly 40 years ago. 'I’ve been photographing agricultural lands since I started flying, in the early 1970s,' he says. 'I was drawn to the aesthetics of farmland, in part because of its natural response to environmental conditions, climates, soils and topography…A lot of what I photograph is through discovery of seeing crops, seeing patterns.'
Tags: agriculture, landscape, images.
These are really beautiful and interesting, but I wish photos could also reveal what substances are used on the land: fertilizers, pest killers, etc. I will go to his site and see if he addresses that.
When photography of farmland becomes an art form..!
"David Guttenfelder, chief Asia photographer for the Associated Press wire service, sent these photos from North Korea straight to his Instagram account (in real time), a significant feat in a country where access is strictly controlled and where very few have Internet access."
On a side note, last week I posted about the joint South Korean/North Korea Industrial complex, essentially saying that as long as that remains open, this war talk from North Korea is all bravado. Well, that industrial complex is now shut down.
Tags: North Korea.
"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.
Population growth seems to be a trend that we see happening now as sharply increasing, but it is supposed to level out. I doubt that this will happen. Realistically, there are correllations between colonizations of other countries and population growths. We are at a time when people are signing up to start colonies on Mars, and inevitably, other worlds. Compared to the tiny confines of Earth, the large universe waits for us with open arms and trillions (potentially even infinite times) the quantities of living space. Perhaps the leap in population comes at a time when we will be colonizing other worlds. If Earth in the now can hold 7 billion people, and it is expected to level out under double that, that means another Earth-sized plane would be able to hold the same number as Earth, assuming all needs can be met (food, water, etc). Earth is becoming one of the homeworlds of one of the dreaded species seen in movies, like Aliens, that spreads like an infection. The multiplying on the homeworld has been seen as abundant, but speculation of the future is even more scary. I would guess that DNA modification would take place in the relatively near future to protect colonists from the wrath of raw space and mishaps that may befall them on the colonies, as well as eliminate a few of the needs of humans- oxygen, food, water- to make the available living space more suitable for them. Look at it like a bucket of rainwater filling up in the rain- at full capacity, there is no other option if the rain keeps falling; it begins to overflow. My speculation is based on where there is available land for colonizing, and it seems that we humans might move to nearby, and eventually, more distant worlds, instead of trying to overpopulate Earth.
This should definitely be a major concern for the human planet becasue if people are multiplying that quickly and staying alive longer than the futre could be facing some serious problems. For example; the food supply could run low, shelter could definitely become scarce, diease could become a high risk becuase there are so many people that are close which means they could be sharing a number of things.
I can´t stop smiling from a photo I stumbled upon on the facebook page of Nomaden (a Norwegian travel store) – I just love it! I tried to find the source of the photo, but no luck. I found it sprea...
I think this is my new litmus test for potential friends. If this picture from Mongolia doesn't bring a smile to your face, I just don't think that we can be friends. If anyone can find the original source (or a hi-res version), I'd love to hear about it.