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Geography in the News: Majestic Denali

Geography in the News: Majestic Denali | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
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

Geography in the News: Amazing Crater Lake | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
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

Geography in the News: Curaçao, Newly Independent Micro-State | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
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!

Geography in the News: Avalanche Warnings! | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
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

Geography in the News: Amelia Earhart's Legacy | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
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: Polar Bears

Geography in the News: Polar Bears | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Polar Bears on the Run The world’s polar bears are becoming more and more threatened, not from predation, as they have no natural predators except humans, but from global warming.
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The polar bears' decline is important evidence of the impacts of global warming and the news can be compared to the "canary in the coal mine" scenario. This GITN article provides some of the implications.

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Geography in the News: Wolf Controversies

Geography in the News: Wolf Controversies | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Who’s Crying, “Wolf?” Wolves remain one of the American West’s most controversial species.
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For the background to current controveries about the wolf, see this GITN post on National Geographic's NewsWatch blog, David Braun, Senior Editor.

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Geography in the News: New Madrid Earthquake

Geography in the News: New Madrid Earthquake | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
Earthquake dangers from the New Madrid fault. With the recent earthquakes in Haiti, New Zealand and Japan, Americans may wonder if or when such a disaster will might happen closer to home.
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The New Madrid fault poses a considerable risk to residents living on the soft deltaic sediments near the Mississippi River in West Tennessee and Eastern Arkansas. This GITN is about past earthquakes in the region and the potential for more.

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Geography in the News: Bluefin Tuna Decline

Geography in the News: Bluefin Tuna Decline | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Bluefin Tuna in Decline The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), an international agreement between governments, dealt a serious blow to the Atlantic...
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Ocean fish stocks are experiencing widespread over-fishing worldwide. The Bluefin tuna is a classic case.

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Geography in the News: Asian Carp

Geography in the News: Asian Carp | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Invasive Asian Carp An aggressive invasive species—the Asian carp—is threatening the Great Lakes.
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The Asian carp is an invasive species that could spell disaster for the famous Great Lakes fishery and the evidence is that its arrival may be imminent.

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Geography in the News: America’s Hiking Trails

Geography in the News: America’s Hiking Trails | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Three National Scenic Hiking Trails In the fall of each year, many long-distance hikers are finishing up their hikes for the year as winter approaches, while others are making...
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Long-distance hiking is the subject of this GITN, dealing with the AT, PCT, and CDT, the three best known National Scenic Trails.

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Geography in the News: Mardi Gras 2014

Geography in the News: Mardi Gras 2014 | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Carnival Season Just Six Months Away Rio de Janeiro hosts one of the largest carnival celebrations in the world.
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Mardi Gras 2014 season is less than six months away and people all over the Western World are making plans already to attend. This aricle provides a brief geography of carnivals and how they originated and spread.

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Geography in the News: Bali, Past Trouble in Paradise

Geography in the News: Bali, Past Trouble in Paradise | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
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

Geography in the News: Ukraine’s Crisis | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
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

Geography in the News: The Growth of Megacities | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
  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

Geography in the News: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Remembered | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
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

Geography in the News: Saving the Noble Chestnut | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
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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Geography in the News: Malaria

Geography in the News: Malaria | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM  Malaria: The Geography of a Debilitating Disease Malaria has been a longtime scourge upon many countries of the world. Malaria was wiped out in the  U.S.
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This is the GITN story of malaria's ecology and geography.

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Geography in the News: Coal Ash Problems

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Coal Ash Problems from Coal-fired Power Plants In December 2008, an environmental disaster unfolded in Kingston, Tenn., when a TVA-owned earthen dike meant to contain wet coal...
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This GITN is an overview of problems with coal ash storage from coal-fired power plants, providing just one recent example in the news in North Carolina. News media have called particular attention to these storage facilities since one of TVA's lagoons broke near Kingston, Tennessee, in 2008.

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Geography in the News: Bananas, the Top Fruit

Geography in the News: Bananas, the Top Fruit | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Banana Story An interesting book published in 2012 detailed the life of  Samuel “Sam the Banana Man” Zemurray.
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The banana story is one of the most interesting ones involving international trade and intrigue.

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Geography in the News: The Black Plague

Geography in the News: The Black Plague | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
Black Plague Gravesites Uncovered Excavations in the spring of 2013 for London’s Crossrail, a large railway project under constructions in the city, uncovered a series of graves from the 14th century thought to be people who died of the Black plague.
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The Black plague devastated Europe in the 1300s, as fleas borne by rats, brought the plague by trading ships from East and South Asia to the teeming coastal port cities. The result was that perhaps 20 million died in a relatively short time and in such vast numbers there was little time to bury them. This is a geography of the plague, brought up to date with a map for 2013.

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Geography in the News: Roma Problems

Geography in the News: Roma Problems | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Europe’s Roma In late July 2010, French President Nicolas Sarkozy expelled thousands of Roma people from France.
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This article involves the geography and history of the Roma and their migrations across Europe and beyond.

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Geography in the News: International Shipping Chokepoints

Geography in the News: International Shipping Chokepoints | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Navigational Chokepoints Egypt’s stability and security remain uncertain.
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While ship piracy remains an issue, most recently in the Gulf of Guinea where two American citizens were kidnapped from an oil supply platform, the world's oil transit chokepoints present a huge threat to world transportation geography by volitile international politics as in Egypt.

 

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Geography in the News: Oil Spills

Geography in the News: Oil Spills | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM World’s Largest Oil Spills The world has followed news of from British Petroleum’s (BP) Deepwater Horizon’s blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico since the oil rig exploded...
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This GITN article compares the oil spills since 1910 and provides some comparative data about the geography of all major oil spills. Also see more than 40 URLs for GITN articles posted on the National Geographic's NewsWatch website by perusing the Geography in the News Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/GeographyintheNews

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