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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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Mumbai: The minimum city

Mumbai: The minimum city | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Mumbai has perhaps the most extreme statistics of any metropolis. Its land mass is small, stuck like a crooked blade into the Arabian Sea. It has poor transport links, so people who work in the city live near it. That in turn means it has the highest population density of any big city. But it is also low-rise. Panama City has a taller skyline."

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State of the future: challenge one; sustainable development and climate change

State of the future: challenge one;  sustainable development and climate change | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

The Millennium Project identifies 15 global challenges facing humanity. They include sustainable development and climate change, democratisation, bridging the rich-poor gap, improving women’s status and tackling transnational organised crime.

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Tourism Australia targets China

Tourism Australia targets China | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Tourism Australia has the launched the next phase of its global advertising campaign in China. The updated "There's Nothing Like Australia" campaign video is being rolled out in 25 countries in 17 languages.

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The Great Barrier Reef at a crossroads

The Great Barrier Reef at a crossroads | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Last Friday the World Heritage Centre and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) released a report on the state of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest World Heritage Property…...
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Mabo given life in claim over half the state

Mabo given life in claim over half the state | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

MORE than half of NSW is under native title claim since two applications covering some of the state's richest mining and farming lands passed tough hurdles to become registered.

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Google World Wonders Project

Google World Wonders Project | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

The Google World Wonders Project is a platform that brings World Heritage Sites of the modern and ancient world online.

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UNESCO report scathing of Great Barrier Reef management

UNESCO report scathing of Great Barrier Reef management | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Climb every mountain: visualising the world's 50 most prominent peaks

Climb every mountain: visualising the world's 50 most prominent peaks | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Data scientist Robert Mundigi has created a multi-faceted visualisation of the world's 50 most prominent peaks.
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Troubled waters: too many fishers in the sea

Troubled waters: too many fishers in the sea | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

A ''bold stroke'' involving a huge restructure was needed to address the problems faced by the NSW fisheries, which cover more than 2100 kilometres of coastline, inland waters, rivers, estuaries and open sea.

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Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
These web pages provide a plain language summary of Australian Indigenous health. They include facts about common health problems and risk factors among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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Field Test: On Everest - Hang Out With Us - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Field Test: On Everest - Hang Out With Us - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
This Friday at 10 a.m. you can join a real-time conversation with members of our Everest expedition team.
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If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere

If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
If All of Earth's Water was put into Single Sphere, from the USGS Water Science School...

 

"This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth's water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant."

 

The sphere does not include the potential water that some scientists believe may be trapped in the mantle (and thus not accessible on the surface).  For more about water that is not on or near the surface, see: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/03/0307_0307_waterworld.html


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Gary Robertson's comment, May 7, 2012 9:36 PM
Water is also tied up in hydrated minerals in the rocks of the earth's crust. While not "free" it is still significant and is occasionally freed through subduction and volcanic activity. Furthermore, the earth's mantle may contain even more water than the rest combined! So, maybe the Single Sphere should be larger by more than the cube root of 2, or about 1,083 miles in diameter. See mantle water data at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2002/03/0307_0307_waterworld.html
Seth Dixon's comment, May 7, 2012 11:08 PM
Thanks Green Uncle Mary! I mean Mean Uncle Gary!
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Bangladesh: Facing the Challenge

Global warming does not impact all areas equally, and in the future the less environmentally resilient countries will be at increasingly at risk.  Bangladesh, as a flat area prone to flooding, is especially vulnerable to anthropogenic climate change.  However, Bangladesh has implemented many changes in the cultural ecology to make sure that they are using the land differently to strengthen their environmental resilience.     


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Crissy Borton's curator insight, December 11, 2012 10:08 PM

When I think of innovation Bangladesh is not a place I think of. Yet they are coming up with innovative ways to deal with the global climate change. It is sad they are so effected by something they did not cause. 

Stacey Jackson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:29 PM

It was inspiring to see people in Bangladesh use ingenuity to adapt to climate change. Considering the nation's vulnerability to the effect of climate change, the introduction of solar panels, rain water harvesting and other techniques is essential. Maybe if other countries had the same sense of urgency, we would be making greater progress in terms of reversing climate change.

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Galapágos menaced by tourist invasion

Galapágos menaced by tourist invasion | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Tourism will wreck the wonders of the Galápagos – where animal and plant life is being wiped out by the arrival of aggressive new species – unless action is taken soon, writes Carole Cadwalladr.

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Western Australia's catastrophic forest collapse

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Recent, unprecedented, climate-driven forest collapses in Western Australia show us that ecosystem change can be sudden, dramatic and catastrophic.
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Going greenbusters: environmental savings rejuvenate community

Going greenbusters: environmental savings rejuvenate community | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
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UNESCO's Great Barrier Reef report: experts respond

UNESCO's Great Barrier Reef report: experts respond | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A damning UNESCO report has criticised management of the Great Barrier Reef and warned that the area could be downgraded to a world heritage site “in danger” unless Australia makes major changes to its…...
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BUILDING BIG

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BUILDING BIG: A PBS miniseries on megastructures, hosted by David Macaulay. This website has useful information on bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels. Also has interactive activities for students.

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Can China's urbanisation save the world?

Can China's urbanisation save the world? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Last year marked a milestone in China’s several-thousand-year history: for the first time, more people lived in cities and towns than in the countryside.The country’s 690 million urban dwellers now account…...
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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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Everest's fatal traffic jam: 150 climbers scramble for top

Everest's fatal traffic jam: 150 climbers scramble for top | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Climbers have reported seeing another body on Mount Everest, raising the death toll to four for one of the worst days ever on the world's highest mountain.... They were part of what was a "traffic jam" by Everest standards - an estimated 150 climbers who rushed to use a brief window of good weather to try to reach the top on Friday and Saturday.

 

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More Than Half of World’s Population Now Lives in Cities

The latest edition of the publication Demographia World Urban Areas shows that the migration of rural people to urban areas continues, with 26 of those areas now considered “megacities.”...
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YouTube Videos Near Me

YouTube Videos Near Me | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
YouTube Videos Near Me is a Google Maps, YouTube and Google Feeds mashup that will help you discover YouTube videos captured at any location on our planet...
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Checking Population Growth By Educating Girls

Checking Population Growth By Educating Girls | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
In Sub Saharan Africa, keeping girls in school through high school increases the benefits for girls, their families, and their communities.
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