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Geography in the News: Eurasia’s Boundaries

Geography in the News: Eurasia’s Boundaries | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM THE GEOGRAPHICAL DIVISIONS OF EUROPE AND ASIA Europe and Asia, while often considered two separate continents, both lie on the same landmass or tectonic plate, the Eurasian...
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This is one of those boundaries between cultures that have changed throughout time. This article helps to understand why the separation between Europe and Asia has been difficult for students to understand.

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shawn Giblin's curator insight, July 15, 2013 9:42 AM

very interesting to think that Turkey is a transcontinental country, as well to find out that asia and europe are actually connected.

Ryan Amado's curator insight, December 11, 2013 3:14 AM

Here we can see that the continental boundary between Russia and the rest of Europe has historically been solely based on national borders. However, a large majority of Russia's population and major cities are in the western part of the country, which is closer to Europe than most Asian countries.  Because of this, Europe and Asia gained an imaginary cultural border. It only makes sense that part of Russia began to be considered a European region even though it physically is a part of Asia.  It is better to talk about the entire land mass of Eurasia rather than two split continents when talking about Russia's borders.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 3, 11:06 AM

I find this discussion very interesting.  How we define the boarders of the continents may not seem important but they do hold much in the way of historical and cultural meanings.  Is Europe separate from Asia or is it one super-continent?  The answer to that has many implications politically and culturally as well as historically.

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Protests 'no Turkish Spring' says PM

Protests 'no Turkish Spring' says PM | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan again condemns the anti-government protests in Turkey, saying they do not constitute a Turkish Spring.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 6, 2013 7:48 PM

Many young citizens are accusing the Turkish government of becoming increasingly authoritarian and have taken to the streets as they fear that their secular society will follow more traditional Islamic values (just last week, the sale of alcohol was outlawed).  Over 1,700 have been arrested in 67 cities in these protests in the last few days.


Tags: conflict, political, Turkey.

Sarah Baker's comment, June 7, 2013 1:36 AM
That's no a good news. !
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News Watch

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National Geographic News Blog
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For a GITN on the ecology of the grizzly bear, read this post on David Braun's NatGeo Newswatch blog.

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Geography in the News: Keystone Pipeline and Canadian Tar Sands

Geography in the News: Keystone Pipeline and Canadian Tar Sands | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com KEYSTONE PIPELINE AND CANADIAN TAR SANDS CONTROVERSY Supporters and protesters continue to lobby both the White House and U.S.
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This is a Geography in the News dealing with the background of the Keystone pipeline proposal and Canadian tar sands.

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Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 18, 2013 8:28 PM

One thing I bet most people did not know is that we get most of our foregin oil from Canada ans not an OPEC country at all.  This source really can help the US, but it does have drawbacks.  Expensive to refine, dangerous to ship in the proposed pipeline as it can corrode the pide easily.  Again seems a cost benefit analysis needs to be done, especailly with the US have large oil reserves in shale oil.  Is that source of oil cheaper to produce thereby growing domestic oil production??  Or is it cheaper to import the oil because of other considerations, like labor and environmental regulations?

Paige Therien's curator insight, February 22, 4:01 PM

This controversial pipeline project would allow the transportation of crude oil from Alberta, Canada's Athabasca Oil Sands to the United State's Gulf Cost.  This proves to be a difficult feat.  Extracting oil from this source is very difficult since it is also mixed with clay and sand, making it very dirty.  Transportation of this dirty substance through the pipeline would be equally as hard and risky since there is a risk that the oil could corrode the pipe.  This poses severe environmental and safety risks.  This pipeline passes through an international border and seven U.S. states which play huge roles in feeding the country.  A pipeline passing through this area could easily pollute the Mississippi River Basin, which is the main water source for the people and the crops located in the central area of the country.  There have also been cases where corroded pipelines have allowed widespread fires to occur, which is a possibility here.  Extracting oil from this source would allow North America to be self-reliant, however, there are many drawbacks to creating such a huge pipeline which originates in such dirty oil sources.

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Geography in the News: Guantanamo

Geography in the News: Guantanamo | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com Guantanamo’s Troubles The U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was selected by President George W.
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This is a review of the historical geography of the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, updated with the ongoing hunger strikes by about 100 of the 166 prisoners and the associated political issues.

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Chechnya: 200 years of background in four minutes


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This is a marvelous four-minute piece on the North Caucasus region's storied geography and history.

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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 18, 3:13 PM

Chechnya is an area of terror, death and conflict. The best way to understand a country such as Chechnya is to look into their background. This YouTube clip shows a brief summary of Chechnya's background and why things have gotten so bad.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, February 19, 6:15 PM

It appears Russia and Chechnya have a violent past. Chechnya, although small in size, wants to be a country. As a result, some people of Chechnya perform acts of terror to show they are serious about becoming a country. Even today tensions between the two areas remain high.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 3, 9:33 AM

This video gives a good background to understand Chechnya.  The dislocation and genocide that the people had to suffer under Soviet Russia certainly has led to the violence in the region.  We are not separate from our pasts and if anything this video explains where that violence and hatred comes from.  It doesn't excuse the violence but it does explain it.

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Geography in the News: The Caucasus’ Storied Cultural Geography

Geography in the News: The Caucasus’ Storied Cultural Geography | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com CHECHNYA AND THE CAUCASUS REGION Among the world’s longest-lived hotspots is the Caucasus region, rivaling only the Balkans as a volatile kettle of violent and...
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Posted a few minutes after the Boston Marathon bomber was taken into custody.

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Didjuno? It’s Sugar Time in New England

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Didjuno? Sugar maples are tapped in New England and this will hopefully be a better year for the maple syrup industry after declining years for maple syrup.
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Sugar sap is running in New England and Quebec after a colder winter with lots of snow.

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didjuno? monarch butterflies struggling this year

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Didjuno? Near the end of February each year, scientists studying monarch butterflies at their overwintering sites in Central Mexico witness signs that the butterfly colonies were “breaking up.” This separation of tens of thousands of butterflies...
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DIDJUNO? CLIMBING THE HIGHEST PEAKS

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner Didjuno? May is the month that high elevation climbers focus on Mt. Everest and other high mountains of the Himalaya.
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This is the time of the year when mountain climbers in the Northern Hemisphere begin preparing. Fourteen of the world's highest mountains are in the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges of Southern Asia.

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didjuno? breadfruit holds promise for tropical hunger

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Didjuno? Although obesity is in the news in the West, starvation and malnutrition are prevalent in many parts of the world. Scientists continue to search for new food sources. One of the most promising foods gaining interest is breadfruit.
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Geography in the News: The Great White Shark’s Habitats

Geography in the News: The Great White Shark’s Habitats | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
Many secretly fear the presence of one of the fastest and most dangerous fish in the ocean—the great white shark—the largest predatory fish in the world.
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This abbreviated GITN article is posted on the National Geographic's NewsWatch blog, with a map showing the great white shark's know habitat and featuring the Ocearch Shark Monitoring effort.

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DIDJUNO? ABOUT THE RACES TO THE POLE?

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com Didjuno? A little more than 100 years ago, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole.
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Geography in the News: Death on Greenland

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com CONSEQUENCES OF GREENLAND’S ERRATIC WEATHER              A recent BBC (May 1, 2013) article reported the death of the leader of a team attempting to hike across...
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The recent death on Greenland of a man attempting to trek across the high glacier demonstrates the true dangers on one of the world's two largest glaciers.

 

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Geography in the News: Australia’s Dingos

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com DINGOES OFFICIALLY BLAMED IN 1980’s INFANT DEATH A doubly tragic story unfolded in Australia in 1980 that’s still making international news 33 years later.
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This is a tragic story dealing with Australia's dingos. Living with wild animals whether dingos, bears, lions or wharf rats can have tragic consequences under the right circumstances.

 

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Geography in the News: Pike’s Peak

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com COLORADO’S MOST FAMOUS MOUNTAIN The state of Colorado and relatives of Zebulon Montgomery Pike celebrated the 200th anniversary in 2006 of the historic expedition...
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Pike's Peak remains one of the "must see" landscape features in the West.

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Geography in the News: Auschwitz Remembered

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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com Auschwitz Remembered As Ultra-Nationalists Target Minorities Once more, ultra-nationalist parties are becoming more involved in Europe’s politics.
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This article provides an analysis of the geography and history of Nazi's death camps.

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Six Famous Geographers - GIS Lounge

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Famous Geographers from the past. I fully agree with five of the six. What do you think?

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Geography in the News: Hot Chocolate

Geography in the News: Hot Chocolate | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com LOVING HOT CHOCOLATE A new type of chocolate came on the market around 2010.
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A Geography of the origin, production and consumption of this decadent confection, chocolate, iis included in this GITN article, rewritten and posted on David Braun's National Geographic NewsWatch blog.

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Alissa Charalambous's comment, August 21, 2013 2:41 PM
Wow I had no idea that hot chocolate could be so beneficial! Who knew that it could slow the aging process and prevent wrinkles! Not to mention, it also hydrates your skin! I always drink hot chocolate in the winter, but now that I know it has some positive factors, I will definitely be drinking more when it starts to get cold again!
Mary Coates's comment, August 29, 2013 2:45 PM
I had heard before that "chocolate was good for you." I think they meant to say "cocoa was good for your skin." I'm pretty sure M&M's aren't as "good for you" as fruit, but they definitely have thier benefits an it's a good excuse to be able to eat tons of chocolate! I'm glad I got that cleared up as to IF chocolate was good for me.
miranda's comment, September 8, 2013 1:31 PM
I loved reading this article. It was very intriguing because I always read about chocolate being bad for your skin and just awful for your overall health but this article showed it is good for keeping your skin young and not old and wrinkly. I also found out that coco is not the official name for the chocolate bean it is actually called a cacao bean. It is called coco because it was easier to spell. Now since I have learned all this I think chocolate should be eaten once a day! -Miranda Delaney
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Geography in the News

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To make Geography relevant to students throughout the world.
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Posted just as the Boston Marathon was captured!

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This is an article about the Golan Heights and the DMZ that separates it from Syria, posted on the National Geographic's NewsWatch blog.

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Iconic Route 66

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Diduno? Route 66 is a hot topic as summer approaches. Up until the early1920s, roads throughout rural America were mostly dirt and gravel, usually poorly surfaced, not well marked and inadequately maintained.
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This is an abbreviated version of a GITN article written and posted in 2011 about Route 66.

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Geography in the News: Iditarod, The Race of Arctic Champions

Geography in the News: Iditarod, The Race of Arctic Champions | Geography in the News | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com THE PULL OF THE IDITAROD, 2013 One of the world’s most grueling races, Alaska’s Iditarod Dog Sled Race, began today, March 3rd.
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The race watched around the world!

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DIDJUNO? WHAT WAS SHAKESPEARE’S GEOGRAPHY?

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Shakespeare's Geography: Summertime brings dozens of Shakespeare festivals to cities and towns around the United States. During the festivals, actors perform both Shakespeare’s most famous plays and some of his more obscure work.
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This post provides a historical geographic view of Shakespearean England and Shakespeare's professional life:

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/02/09/geography-in-the-news-shakespeares-geography/

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DIDJUNO? AQUAMARINE VS DIAMONDS AT THE SMITHSONIAN

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Didjuno: A new gem at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is upstaging what is likely the world’s most popular gem exhibit—the Hope Diamond.
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