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What Could Disappear?

What Could Disappear? | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
Coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded in three levels of higher seas.

 

This interactive feature is designed to answer a simple, yet profound set of questions.  What areas (in over 20 cities around the U.S.) would be under water if the ocean levels rose 5 feet?  12 feet?  25 feet?  The following set of maps show "coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded without engineered protection." 


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iPhone 5 Travels 20,096 Miles Before Ending Up in Your Hands [INFOGRAPHIC]

iPhone 5 Travels 20,096 Miles Before Ending Up in Your Hands [INFOGRAPHIC] | Geography for All! | Scoop.it

A fantasitic infographic  to show kids how things are made and what is required to get something made. Opens the door to discussion on the transportation issue of technology and outsourcing.

Then there is the discussion of jobs, equal pay, ... it is endless!

 

"From its inception to this final shipment, this infographic tracks the journey the iPhone 5 makes around the world to get produced."

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Welcome To Geography!

"Lets start off the new school year in style! This is a re-imagining of an older resource designed to introduce the subject to new students in a highly visual manner.  Feel free to use & share it."


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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 11:59 PM

Introducción a la Geografía.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:29 PM

APHG-Intro

Sally Egan's curator insight, November 3, 6:10 PM

This is a great introduction to the subject of Geography. Covering both the content, Fieldwork and investigation and teh tools and skills of the subject.

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Yes, Yellowstone's Roads Just Melted. No, There's No Reason to Panic

Yes, Yellowstone's Roads Just Melted. No, There's No Reason to Panic | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
"Last week, a major tourist thruway in Yellowstone National Park had to be shut down because the road melted. The road’s Wicked Witch of the West impression was caused by high temperatures in both the air and under the ground. Yellowstone sits atop a volcanic hotspot, and that heat helped cause the asphalt to soften and oil to well up onto the surface."
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Nicaragua unveils major canal route

Nicaragua unveils major canal route | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
"The Nicaraguan government and the company behind plans to build a canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean have settled on a route."
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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, September 24, 8:58 PM

This is an immense idea being proposed to the Nicaraguan people. Yes this would make them a large player in the world economic stage

,however are there more cons than pros in this plan? Currently the only direct route from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea is the Panama Canal. A route that has largely under United States control. This route is profitable for both the U.S.(investor) and Panamanian (investee ) economies. The country of Nicaragua has been approached by investors to create their own passageway. Despite the fact that it may seem all positive the Nicaraguan people should consider all of the consequences. Lake Nicaragua is the countries main source of water. Having said this,do these citizens really want mega cargo ships wading through their drinking water? What type of wild life will be destroyed in the making of this passage way? Large amounts of natural resources may suffer, more than may have been effected with the creation of the canal to the south.All consequences should be considered before a decision is made. Money sadly should not be the only thing considered.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, September 29, 12:00 PM

I can only imagine the worry, and possible feuding, that this project is going to cause the people of Nicaragua. The project could offer jobs and will definitely bring much needed money into the country, which is struggling more than many of the countries in the region, but it is hard to weigh that against environmental destruction. Lake Nicaragua is seriously at risk. Between the introduction of possible invasive species to the pollution of drinking water and fishing grounds, I am worried that the money made by opening a canal will have to be used to save the drinking water. 

John Nieuwendyk's curator insight, October 6, 3:14 PM

The Nacaraguan government plans to build a canal from Punta Gorda to Brito in hopes of moving Nicaraguans out of poverty and creating a more efficent trade route. This trade route will rival the Panama canel and illustrates China's and Nicaragua's hopes of improving their international trade.

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Learning Activity: Label Mapping

Learning Activity: Label Mapping | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
Here's a simple way to bring home world-class lessons in the
global economy. (A fun way to help teach your kids geography: http://t.co/d491HYy0Tx)
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Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone: What's the Difference?

Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone: What's the Difference? | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon.
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Let the exploitation begin: Ecuador issues drilling permits for untouched corner of the Amazon

Let the exploitation begin: Ecuador issues drilling permits for untouched corner of the Amazon | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
"The world has failed us," President Rafael Correa said of his abandoned conservation effort
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EnviroAtlas

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EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following:

A multi-scaled Interactive Map with broad scale data for the lower 48 states and fine scale data for selected communitiesThe Eco-Health Relationship Browser, which shows the linkages between ecosystems, the services they provide, and human healthEcosystem services information, GIS and analysis tools, and written resources
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steve smith's curator insight, May 23, 3:59 PM

This looks great, will be having a play with this soon !

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, May 24, 3:38 PM

Enviro Atlas. Mapa Interactivo.

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, May 25, 9:21 PM

Unbelievable, tremendous resource. I wish I had this one growing up. It is a US gov site (EPA), and is for US geography. I'm betting you can search around for similar sites for other locales around the world. Great demo. Demo runs on Adobe Captivate. The demo took a little bit of time to load on a wired connection through a high speed fiber optic connection. Or skip the demo and play around with the maps. Site not all that fast. Still, it's worth waiting for if you want the data.

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This Is What Inequality Looks Like In Mexico

This Is What Inequality Looks Like In Mexico | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
Mexico has an inequality problem. The uneven distribution of wealth is perhaps best illustrated by a series of images captured by photographer Oscar Ruíz in Mexico City. Produced by ad firm Publicis, the campaign seeks to to highlight the huge...
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Graphic: This whale can dive deeper than any other mammal (including humans)

Graphic: This whale can dive deeper than any other mammal (including humans) | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
A Cuvier’s beaked whale dove down nearly 1.9 miles (2,992 meters) and spent two hours and 17 minutes underwater before resurfacing.
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Free Technology for Teachers: GE Teach Version 5 - A Good Resource for Teaching With Google Earth

Free Technology for Teachers: GE Teach Version 5 - A Good Resource for Teaching With Google Earth | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
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The disappearing Amazon rainforest

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The Globe and Mail offers the most authoritative news in Canada, featuring national and international news
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Where China and Kazakhstan Meet

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"While people often say that borders aren’t visible from space, the line between Kazakhstan and China could not be more clear in this satellite image. Acquired by the Landsat 8 satellite on September 9, 2013, the image shows northwestern China around the city of Qoqek and far eastern Kazakhstan near Lake Balqash.

The border between the two countries is defined by land-use policies. In China, land use is intense. Only 11.62 percent of China’s land is arable. Pressed by a need to produce food for 1.3 billion people, China farms just about any land that can be sustained for agriculture. Fields are dark green in contrast to the surrounding arid landscape, a sign that the agriculture is irrigated. As of 2006, about 65 percent of China’s fresh water was used for agriculture, irrigating 629,000 square kilometers (243,000 square miles) of farmland, an area slightly smaller than the state of Texas.

The story is quite different in Kazakhstan. Here, large industrial-sized farms dominate, an artifact of Soviet-era agriculture. While agriculture is an important sector in the Kazakh economy, eastern Kazakhstan is a minor growing area. Only 0.03 percent of Kazakhstan’s land is devoted to permanent agriculture, with 20,660 square kilometers being irrigated. The land along the Chinese border is minimally used, though rectangular shapes show that farming does occur in the region. Much of the agriculture in this region is rain-fed, so the fields are tan much like the surrounding natural landscape."

 

Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, food, agriculture, agricultural land change.


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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, September 18, 5:26 AM

what a difference a govt makes!

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, November 24, 2:38 PM

This photo shows what happens when a government is dedicated to developing agricultural industry. With a population so large it is critical that they capitalize on all their irritable land and there for that is why the border is so drastically different. In China they need the land to be used when it is possible.  

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 14, 2:11 PM

The border between Kazakhstan and China holds stark contrasts. The Kazakh side is barren desert, with almost no agricultural or transportation system development. On the other side, agricultural plots are squished right up to the border, and an urban center sits right off of the border. When a country has a population of over a billion people, it needs to produce food for those people. China uses almost all of the land it can to grow food, and it has shelled out money in order to make desolate landscapes with little agricultural potential into productive areas. Kazakhstan has a relatively small population with little economic development, so it does not need to utilize and manipulate marginal lands in order to continue growth. 

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What’s the Difference Between a Lake and a Pond?

What’s the Difference Between a Lake and a Pond? | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
“ You’re taking a summer stroll along a nice trail when you come across a body of water. “That’s a beautiful lake,” you think to yourself. Or ... wait. Is that a beautiful pond? What's the difference between the two, anyway?”
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Loss of ponds, wetlands exacerbated Manitoba flooding: report

Loss of ponds, wetlands exacerbated Manitoba flooding: report | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
Authors suggest that had the same amount of rain fallen in the 1950s, Assiniboine River would have only reached half its peak level
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Au départ, on l'a pris pour un fou. Maintenant, on le traite de génie. Découvrez Boyan Slat.

Au départ, on l'a pris pour un fou. Maintenant, on le traite de génie. Découvrez Boyan Slat. | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
Boyan Slat vient d'annoncer que son projet fou The Ocean Cleanup est viable. Découvrez comment un entonnoir géant peut nettoyer les océans du plastique.
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The Great Green Wall

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The Great Green Wall initiative uses an integrated approach to restore a diversity of ecosystems to the North African landscape.

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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 3:13 PM

Hopefully seeing the efforts of these African countries to better their ecosystem gives the rest of the world the kick it needs to help out countries that are suffering. The countries are the ones that are hit with the worst conditions for their land, causing it to dry up due to the extreme heat and limited rainfall, the overgrazing of animals feeding of the land and contributing to the lands degradation. This Project is moving ahead nicely, with the countries establishing sustainable farms that will help food production.

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 11:30 AM

By fixing the environmental factors threatening the region, these countries will see not just an improvement in their lands and biodiversity but across political and economic factors as well. It can increase crop yield which can in turn help offer stability to regions that are experiencing problems stemming from poverty in insufficient food sources. The project is promising because it is not a blanket plan across the entire region, but is tailored to fit the unique and different places found throughout the area.

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 18, 11:56 AM

I like the idea of these countries who face the same issues joining together to combat and find a solution for there problems with climate change, desertion, gentrification. I like the idea of the African continent joining arms in order to address the same issues there neighboring countries face. While Africa is always portrayed as a land ridden with war and strife with one another, this great image of all these nations uniting is a positive move towards a bright future for the continent. 

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The Ship-Breakers

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In Bangladesh men desperate for work perform one of the world’s most dangerous jobs.

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Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 20, 1:32 PM

I'm not even really sure what to say about this besides the fact that is very unfortunate.  Well off countries send their old cargo, tanker and other large ships to poorer countries to be broken down for a lot cheaper than it costs them to have it done in their home country.  Since safety doesn't take priority in countries such as Bangladesh the cost to have a ship pulled apart is a lot cheaper.  These people have an extremely dangerous job, the falling steel, the gas buildup causing fires and other general unsafe working conditions lead these workers to have the potential to die every day.  There job is basically to take apart a ship that was meant to be indestructible.  Doing this is extremely dangerous.  The problem seems to be that these people in Bangladesh need the jobs so bad that they can't so much worry about the possibility of death, as long as they get their check at the end of the week.  Not only are there unsafe working conditions for these workers but the toxic chemicals that are used in the construction of these vessels are getting into the environment and creating more problems for Bangladeshi's down the road. 

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 6:18 PM

Ship scrapping is a very symbolic business. Desperate countries pick at the leftovers of an incredibly lucrative globalized business, scavenging what money that they can from an industry that would otherwise have nothing to do with them. Bangladesh's ship scrapping business is incredibly dangerous and the workers make an incredibly small portion of the profits. Some of the poorest people in the country take part in ship-breaking and they risk catching on fire, falling, getting crushed, or suffering in the long run from the different pollutants involved with the industry. These large ships are unable to be processed in an efficient manner, which is another reason why the hard work is left to those that absolutely have no other option. 

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 5:17 PM

Little government oversight into working conditions in Bangladesh attracts many companies who use the country to perform dangerous jobs for a low price. The local workers are exposed to dangerous work environments for little pay, and safety concerns are ignored and downplayed to avoid attracting attention to the situation. This lack of concern for workers also led to the collapse of a garment factory last year.

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WATCH: Iceberg 6 times the size of Manhattan on the move in Antarctic

WATCH: Iceberg 6 times the size of Manhattan on the move in Antarctic | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
A large iceberg that broke off the Pine Island Glacier in early November is making its way to the Southern Ocean and scientists are keeping a close eye on it.
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5 Arguments That Will Convince You the Keystone XL Pipeline Is a Bad Idea

5 Arguments That Will Convince You the Keystone XL Pipeline Is a Bad Idea | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
The window is closing on your chance to tell Obama to oppose the controversial pipeline.
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NASA Sun-Earth Video Wins International Science Challenge

NASA Sun-Earth Video Wins International Science Challenge | Geography for All! | Scoop.it
"Dynamic Earth," a video created by staffers at NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio and their colleagues, took first prize in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.
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