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Gorgeous deserts

Gorgeous deserts | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
View these stunning images of some of the world's driest and most mysterious landscapes.Photo editing by Connie Ricca
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Tuareg nomads should have autonomy, says French minister

Tuareg nomads should have autonomy, says French minister | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
PARIS: Tuaregs in Mali's northern regions should have some autonomy, the French Defence Minister has suggested, while insisting France didn't want to ''dictate'' the nation's constitutional settlement.
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Old Ways Disappearing In The New Mongolia

With desertification, drought and a booming mining industry, Mongolians are leaving the traditional life of herding. Herdsman Bat-Erdene Badam says he will be the last in his family to tend livestock. 

 

How is globalization changing the traditional pastoral society of Mongolia?  As China's industrial production was ballooned, their need for mineral resources has need towards more mining jobs in Mongolia.  For more information and pictures on this topic, see: http://www.npr.org/series/152995168/mongolia-booms


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Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia

Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly more precious than oil by tapping hidden reserves of water in the Syrian Desert.

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Nathan Chasse's curator insight, April 1, 8:53 AM

These images show the growth of farmland in Saudi Arabia. With little to no rainfall annually, these fields are irrigated by mining for water deep in underground aquifers. This investment into agriculture by Saudi Arabia, an oil rich country which can buy the food it needs, suggests that the nation is concerned with the production of the food it buys or the sustainability of its oil wealth. Problematic, though, would be the long-term agricultural plans as the method being used for acquiring irrigation water is only sustainable for 50 years.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 2, 5:30 PM

Saudi Arabia may have an abundance of oil, however, they do not have an abundance of water and fertile soil. Saudi Arabia could import plenty of food with the profits they receive from oil production. It appears they are attempting to be more self-sufficient and trying to invest in agriculture, with the hopes of growing their own food and other crops. This country will not have oil forever, and it appears they are planning for the future.  

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 9:56 AM

In any society, survival trumps economy.  In this case water and oil are the respective area of focus in Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia has been tapping into aquifers under the Arabian desert in order to grow food.  This is a move of independence;  as the NAFTA agreement may allow the Americas to be energy-independent, Saudi Arabia needs a backup plan to become  a little more independent itself as their oil money decreases.  However, this water source is limited and is ecologically very unsound since the desert climate is not good for water and plants.

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Singing Sand Dunes Explained

Singing Sand Dunes Explained | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Marco Polo and others have wondered over the centuries—why makes sand dunes sing? A new study offers a clue.
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Deserts

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From the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at Marietta College. Includes information on climate, vegetation, animal life, and threats.

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