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Geography in the News: Ethiopia’s Dam Projects

Geography in the News: Ethiopia’s Dam Projects | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM ETHIOPIA’S CAPTURE OF THE BLUE NILE In addition to Egypt’s latest political turmoil, its government is extremely worried about Ethiopia’s newest dam on the headwaters of the Blue...
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This article explains the geography involved in the latest news from East Africa over the vital water of the Blue Nile.

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Geography in the News: Fire Ants, Surviving and Thriving

Geography in the News: Fire Ants, Surviving and Thriving | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Fire Ants: Surviving and Thriving Summer is in full swing and an invasive pest is making life miserable for residents, visitors and native and domestic animals across the southern United States. Fire ants have an incredible ability to survive and geographically expand their territories…
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Fire ants are a scourge, but they survive and thrive by some surprising techniques.

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Geography in the News: Geocaching

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Geocaching: Geography in the Hunt A new kind of hunter is lurking in our woods and parks, in our parking lots and shopping malls. This hunter is called a geocacher and is usually part of a team (most likely his or her own family)…
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Geocaching is catching on. Geographic fun!

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Geography in the News: Natural Gas

Geography in the News: Natural Gas | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Rise of Natural Gas Approximately 87 percent of the world’s primary energy production comes from fossil fuels. Oil comprises 37 percent of the total, coal 27 percent and natural gas 23 percent. Recently, natural gas has been in the news as new technology…
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At present, the United States is fourth in estimated shale gas reserves, with China having the largest estimated shale gas reserves. But in overall proven natural gas estimates (conventional reserves), Russia is head and shoulders above all others.

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Geography in the News: Geographic Calibrations

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Comprehending Distance and Area Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the…
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Comparisons of size, distance and area are important geographic analytic techniques.

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Geography in the News: Polder Salvation

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Polder Salvation The effects of global warming and accompanying sea level rise are threatening many of the world’s lowland areas. Although most such lands do not have the resources to protect themselves, the polder regions of the Netherlands are examples of such efforts. Historically,…
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Polders are used to keep the sea at bay in lowland coastal areas. Nobody is more adept at building and maintaining polders than the Dutch, but even they are learning some new tricks. Nonetheless, the maintenance of polders is a continuous battle against a rising ocean and larger storm surges and more flooding from increasing storms.

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Geography in the News: Polio Returns with Tenacity

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Polio’s Tenacity a Constant Battle Just as the eradication of the crippling polio disease seemed within reach, it is advancing again and new questions are rising. Ignorance of science and medicine by the general public, migration from war-torn regions and possibly a new strain…
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Polio remains a scourge in parts of Africa and South and Southwest Asia. The discovery of a new polio-related virus in California reminds us of the history and geography of attempts to eradicate the poliovirus from the earth.

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Geography in the News: Tragic Deaths of Amphibians

Geography in the News: Tragic Deaths of Amphibians | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Dying Frogs, Salamanders, and Other Amphibians A deadly fungus is attacking Earth’s amphibian species. Unfortunately, the disease seems to be winning and its price may be the extinction of frogs, toads and salamanders. The disease, called chytridiomycosis, or chytrid for short, has been decimating…
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Worldwide, scientists are watching the demise of amphibians by a fungus called chytrid. Hundreds of amphibian species are doomed by this disease, whose geographic spread or spatial diffusion seems impossible to halt.

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Geography in the News: Majestic Denali

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Denali National Park and Preserve, A North American Treasure In the fall of 2009, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Burns, whose film topics range from the Civil War to jazz music…
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This GITN article discusses the physical and cultural geography of Denali National Park and Preserve.

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Landmines litter much of the world's poorest countries. This is an overview of the threats and attempted solutions.

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Geography in the News: Amazing Crater Lake

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Crater Lake: An Awesome Volcanic Wonder Crater Lake is a beautiful caldera lake found in South-central Oregon State, USA. It has a stunning deep blue color and brilliant water clarity and forms the main feature in Crater Lake National Park. The lake is one…
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For those potential vacationers planning a Western road trip for the summer 2014, Crater Lake must be on any list of interesting sites. Here is a slightly updated version of a GITN article of the overview of the Cascades and the caldera-filled Crater Lake.

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Geography in the News: Curaçao, Newly Independent Micro-State

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Curaçao: The Western Hemisphere’s Newly Independent Micro-State Curaçao became an independent country Oct. 10, 2010, making it one of the world’s 195 recognized countries. In a change of constitutional status that dissolved the Dutch Antilles, Curaçao (pronounced “cure a sow”) is now an autonomous…
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Geography in the News: Avalanche Warnings!

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Avalanche! Watch Out! “Avalanche!” is one of the most feared warnings in the world’s alpine regions.
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The U.S. Mountain West has many regions of avalanche prone terrain. Just recently an avalanche just east of Seattle buried a group of hikers, one of whom is still missing. This GITN article, posted on National Geographic's NewsWatch blog describes the physics and geography of avalanches.

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Geography in the News: Amelia Earhart's Legacy

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Amelia Earhart’s Legacy The movie “Amelia,” detailing the life of Amelia Earhart, debuted in the fall of 2009 to mixed reviews.
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This GITN article is about the geography of Amelia Earhart and the intriguing story behind the crash of her plane of a deserted island in the South Pacific.

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Geography in the News: The Uncoupling of Iraq

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Uncoupling Iraq As the 2005 Iraqi election approached following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, ethnic and sectarian hostilities increased dramatically. Now, more than 10 years after the invasion and with the departure of American and allied troops, Iraq appears to be uncoupling. Iraq watchers have…
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The cultural divisions of Iraq help explain the current civil war.

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Geography in the News: Hernando De Soto’s Famous Battle

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM De Soto’s Famous Battle Site at Mabila, Still Lost After 474 Years It’s amazing that the site of one of the largest battles between Native Americans and Europeans in the history of North America is still lost to antiquity. Researchers from numerous disciplines have…
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The search continues for the site of one of the largest battles between Native Americans and Spanish in the history of North America.

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Geography in the News: Declining Panda Habitat

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Lost Panda Habitat Two days after the devastating earthquake hit China in mid-May, 2008, officials were able to confirm that all of China’s estimated 239 giant pandas in captivity were alive and well. Unfortunately, the fate of the 1,590 pandas living in the wild…
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Over the centuries, native panda habitat in China has been lost to agriculture, logging, mining and intense human activities that encroached upon their territories. This GITN article explains the pandas' dilemma and declining habitat.

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Geography in the News: Nigeria’s Boko Haram Terrorists

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Nigeria’s Boko Haram A storm has been brewing in Nigeria for several years. In 2011, Christmas Day attacks on Christian churches and a bomb blast to an Islamic school a few days later, foretold a series of brutal attacks that have captured the world’s…
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Nigeria's Terrorists, the Boko Haram, are now trying to convert the kidnapped schoolgirls to Islam, according to the terrorist leader.

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Geography in the News: Ebola Terror

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By Neal Lineback, Baker Perry and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Ebola Virus Spreads to West Africa Dangerous viral hemorrhagic diseases, particularly including the deadly Ebola, are emerging as threats to humans around the world. The deadly disease Ebola has been the focus of intense news coverage since the publication of the book,…
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This Geography in the News article provides background on hemorrhagic diseases, with particular emphasis on the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Geography in the News: Chernobyl’s Legacy

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Chernobyl’s legacy endures Chernobyl is a place known around the world. The meltdown at the Chernobyl power plant in 1986 made front-page news and, until Japan’s Fukushima disaster of 2011, was considered the world’s worst nuclear accident. With North Korea’s recent threats of nuclear…
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The Chernobyl nuclear accident continues to be news almost 30 years later.

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Geography in the News: The Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Gulf’s Growing Dead Zone With rising demand over the past decade for the corn-based fuel additive ethanol, American farmers have grown more corn than at any time since World War II. Unfortunately, the nitrogen fertilizer being applied to cornfields is contributing to a…
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The Gulf's dead zone continues. From summer to summer, it may change size somewhat, but it is massive, generally covering an area the size of Connecticut.

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Geography in the News: Bali, Past Trouble in Paradise

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Bali: Past Trouble in Paradise In August 2009, an elite Indonesian police squad killed a man believed to be the most wanted Islamic terrorist in Southeast Asia. Noordin Mohammad Top, a Malaysian born militant, was linked to bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the 2002…
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This is a geographic perspective on the island of Bali with reference to past terrorist activities that influenced tourism. Things are much quieter now and the tourism industry appears to have rebounded.

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Geography in the News: Ukraine’s Crisis

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Ukraine’s Russian Crisis In January 2009, the United States signed a pact with Ukraine to establish a U.S. diplomatic office in Simferopol, the capital of the Ukrainian republic of Crimea. The move clearly concerned Moscow. Russia exerts substantial power in Ukraine. The Crimean peninsula…
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The Russian "bear" is at Ukraine's door. Here's the geographic background.

 

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Geography in the News: The Growth of Megacities

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  By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner,  Geography in the NewsTM Megacities’ Expansive Growth For the first time in human history, more of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in cities than in rural areas. That is an incredible demographic and geographic shift since 1950 when only 30 percent of the world’s 2.5 billion…
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The growth of the largest worldwide cities is absolutely phenomenal. What are the limits of growth?

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Geography in the News: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Remembered

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Geography of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Scholars continue to examine the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade between Africa and the New World, one of the world’s most dynamic, yet tragic, forced intercontinental migrations. Reviews of a recently book published in the New York…
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This is a revised GITN discussing the geography of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and a new book describing the incidents and personalities involved in a slave revolt on the high seas and a tragic ending.

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Geography in the News: Saving the Noble Chestnut

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Noble Chestnut’s Hopeful Return A favorite holiday song lyric composed by Torme and Wells in 1946, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”  (“The Christmas Song”) hearkens to...
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Hopefully, scientists are able to bring back the noble American chestnut tree. This GITN posted on the NGS NewsWatch blog provides a brief background to the chestnut's past glory and present efforts to obtain a blight-free variety.

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