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Geographers Making a Difference

"Geography is a broad and diverse field, but one thing geographers have in common is using a geographic perspective to have an impact on the world. In this video, a few talk about the many ways that geography helps them to make a difference." 

 

This video is a great demonstration of the diverse and practical applications of geography.  This is a great answer to the oft-asked question, "but what does a geographer DO?"

 

Tags: geography, video, geo-inspiration, AAG, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.


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I. This video not only answers why geographers are important, but also what important things do they do. This video is a demonstration about the diverse and practical applications of geography, also explaining the various effects of geography. For example, geography can effect logistics, marketing, sales and government affairs. 

 

II. Although APHUG has immensely elevated my knowledge of geographers roles, this video told me things that geographers do that i was not aware of. For example, geographers doing research on coastal communities with the sea rise due to arctic melting and climate change. Geographers study the environment as well as the human-environment interaction, contrary to common belief that geographers only study land formations and urban patterns. 

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Who Controls The Internet? A State-by-State Look

Who Controls The Internet? A State-by-State Look | Geography News Network | Scoop.it
At WebpageFX, we monitor about 1,500 different Google Analytics profiles across a large number of different industries.
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California storms: Dramatic maps show impact of heavy rains - Los Angeles Times

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Below are some maps that show the impact of the storms, which are the strongest in Southern California in two years.
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Ukraine in Maps

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A series of maps that help explain the crisis in Ukraine. (What's happening in Ukraine, explained in four maps http://t.co/p1JA73r4hE)
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Understanding the politics of Chinese smog

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China's smog problem is an environmental disaster and public health crisis with the potential to become a huge political problem, writes the BBC's Jo Floto.

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Europe gas level high as prices rise

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Gas and oil prices have risen amid fears the Ukraine crisis could have a damaging effect on one of Europe's main energy supply routes.  But analysts say high European gas stocks will limit the turbulence.


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The impacts of events in the Crimea are already being felt in Western Europe.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 5, 2014 4:24 PM

There is a distinct fact that Gas travels into the Ukraine from Russia and Belarus and leaves for Europe. Where as the gas fields are towards the east and they dont venture toward Belarus but more towards Russia and Hungry and Crimea.Gas and oil prices have risen so that it can be distrubuted and taken care of that way where as the transportation costs money. Fears about the Ukraine crisis could have a huge effect on one of Europe's main energy supply routes. But the command will even out the chaos.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 2, 2014 5:50 PM

Gas prices are rising all over the world. The demand for gas is incredibly high as well since most people are driving their own vehicles to work and such. Cutting transportation down to traveling together and on public systems would help immensely with the gas rising problems.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:21 PM

Russia provides about a quarter of Europe's gas, half of it through Ukraine. Gas and oil prices have risen amid fears the Ukraine crisis could have a damaging effect on one of Europe's main energy supply routes. But analysts say high European gas stocks will limit the turbulence. Gas futures climbed by up to 10% in early trading, while the benchmark price for oil rose by more than 2%. Traders are worried about the stability of supplies from Russia, which provides a quarter of Europe's natural gas, half of it through Ukraine. However, a relatively mild winter has reduced demand for heating fuel, with storage levels at the main gas hubs about 20% greater than last year. In Germany, Europe's biggest gas consumer and Russia's largest customer, stocks are at more than 60% of capacity, capable of satisfying 60 days of demand.

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Maps of the Week: Frigid

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This map of the week shows the all-time lowest temperature by state. Alaska has recorded temperatures as low as  -80 degrees Fahrenheit. What's the lowest temperature that you've ever experienced?
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Geography in the News: Amazing Crater Lake - National Geographic

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Crater Lake is a beautiful caldera lake found in South-central Oregon State, USA.
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Geography of Europe

The continents of Europe and Asia are divided by the Ural Mountains. The majority of Europe's other borders are formed by bodies of water.
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Geography Of Africa

uThis edition of Mr. Zoller's Social Studies Podcasts provides an introduction to African geography.

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SmartGlobe Infinity Teaches Geography Interactively - Techlicious (blog)

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SmartGlobe Infinity Even in the age of Google Earth, physical globes remain a great way for kids to learn about geography and earth science.
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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World - GIS Lounge

Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World - GIS Lounge | Geography News Network | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.  

 

At some point in all of our lives our perception of the world began to change- our knowledge of the world, from school or personal travel experience, began to grow in our minds a map of the world which started to encompass more than just our hometowns and the surrounding suburbs. Soon this mental map started to include nearby states or territories, other countries, and slowly but surely a global mental map was created in each of our minds, unique and personal to every one of us.


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Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 20, 5:44 PM

At some point in everyone's lives, people begin to question how the world is laid out. Large maps in primary school classrooms, students only look at shapes, but soon begin to realize that this is actually how the world is laid out. Maps allow people to get a spatial sense of where everything is, and reasons as to how this layout came to be. 

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Russia's Invasion of Crimea Is So Shocking Because it's a Return to a Now Rare Form of Warfare

Russia's Invasion of Crimea Is So Shocking Because it's a Return to a Now Rare Form of Warfare | Geography News Network | Scoop.it

It seems like one reason why Russia’s actions in Crimea appear so jarring and brazen is that it’s a form of warfare that was once common but rarely take place anymore. Russia may not formally annex Crimea – it seems more likely that the territory will declare independence under heavy Russian influence – but it has essentially invaded another country to lob off a piece of territory that was, despite longstanding nationalist sentiment, an undisputed part of Ukraine.

 

Historically speaking, conflicts in which one country sends troops into the territory to take over a disputed region are pretty common. But today, interstate war is relatively rare, and interstate wars over control of territory even rarer. For the most part, conflicts today usually take place between armed groups within states, and when one country does send troops into another – the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, for instance – it’s generally under the assumption that sooner or later they will pull out, leaving borders as they are.


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Albert Jordan's curator insight, March 6, 2014 3:07 PM

If Rust Cohle of HBO's fantastic hit show "True Detective" is to be believed, then life is a flat circle and we are doomed to repeat our lives over and over again. Hopefully, for the optimist in us, this is not true or we may be looking at a return to an old school version of warfare as this article points out. We have seen a departure from this type of warfare because the only sovereign power necessarily strong enough to do it has been the United States. However, the U.S. is not in a position it once was. While still an undeniable super power, it has found itself strained economically and resource wise. Its international image has been damaged by long, drawn out conflicts in Iraq & Afghanistan. Not only that but the U.S. is not really a territory hungry nation. While the country may or may not use diplomatic, economic, and/or other covert/overt means to sway other countries to side with them so they can consume their resources, it is not grabbing up territory; depending on how you view U.S. military base placement. Which, Russia is obviouslly concerned with in Crimea.

The problem, though, is that there is only a certain amount of territory to control on the planet. Either you have it already or your neighbor does and when you need access to strategic waterways, landways, or natural resources you either must take what you want or need. Aside from taking by force or coercion, Russia does not have many other means to acquire what it wants - which is slightly terrifying as they still wield significant military might and not to mention, a large stockpile of nuclear weapons. Luckily for Russia, its neighbors and former Soviet Bloc members are not much of a match for them and are easy conquests should the former USSR decide to go back to a Cold War era stand off with the U.S. and its allies. Much of the world is not willing to go to armed conflict with their neighbors for territory as it will attract the attention of the world powers. The only feasible way it may seem for strong enough nations to expand their global borders is for an all out map changing war to break out. Which, unfortunately, would be a return to an old school style of warfare. Life is a flat circle, indeed.

Kevin Barker's curator insight, March 8, 2014 8:59 AM

When was the last time a country was invaded with the intent of acquiring a large piece of land? 

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A divided Ukraine

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GNN Podcast: Polar Vortex Creates Record Chill in U.S.

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Discover the geographical perspective behind the illusive polar vortex and the cause of record cold temperatures that burdened a large portion of the United States during January. Listeners will al...
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Geographers Making a Difference

"Geography is a broad and diverse field, but one thing geographers have in common is using a geographic perspective to have an impact on the world. In this video, a few talk about the many ways that geography helps them to make a difference." 

 

This video is a great demonstration of the diverse and practical applications of geography.  This is a great answer to the oft-asked question, "but what does a geographer DO?"

 

Tags: geography, video, geo-inspiration, AAG, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.


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How can you make a difference with Geography? What does it mean to you?

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Kristen Trammell's curator insight, May 26, 6:22 PM

I. This video not only answers why geographers are important, but also what important things do they do. This video is a demonstration about the diverse and practical applications of geography, also explaining the various effects of geography. For example, geography can effect logistics, marketing, sales and government affairs. 

 

II. Although APHUG has immensely elevated my knowledge of geographers roles, this video told me things that geographers do that i was not aware of. For example, geographers doing research on coastal communities with the sea rise due to arctic melting and climate change. Geographers study the environment as well as the human-environment interaction, contrary to common belief that geographers only study land formations and urban patterns. 

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GEOGRAPHY FIELD TRIP TRAILER

27th january 2012 geography field trip trailer.
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Have you every produced a dramatic trailer for your field trips? "In a world......."

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