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The Growth of Megacities

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"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 inhabitants lived in urban environments.

 

The world’s largest cities, particularly in developing countries, are growing at phenomenal rates. As a growing landless class is attracted by urban opportunities, meager as they might be, these cities’ populations are ballooning to incredible numbers.

 

A May 2010 Christian Science Monitor article on “megacities” predicted that by 2050, almost 70 percent of the world’s estimated 10 billion people—more than the number of people living today—will reside in urban areas. The social, economic and environmental problems associated with a predominantly urbanized population are considerably different from those of the mostly rural world population of the past."


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"The world’s largest cities, particularly in developing countries, are growing at phenomenal rates. As a growing landless class is attracted by urban opportunities, meager as they might be, these cities’ populations are ballooning to incredible numbers."

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Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 2014 10:23 PM

Unit VII

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The majority of megacities are in the developing world, with the exception of places like New York and Tokyo, best showing how the face of the world is changing. Developing countries are on their paths to becoming major powers, such as Calkutta for example. As an enlarging city, more and more citizens are flocking to the abundance of jobs in the city which thus increases India's development as a result of the growing city and thus leads to a cycle of growth as demand for more jobs increases as the city grows. Megacities are thus a symbol of the developing world and can be used in human geography as symbols of development. 

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'super-aged' nations

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The world is aging at a rapid rate and by 2030 there will be 34 nations where more than 20% of the population is over 65. This has broad implications for economic growth and immigration trends.

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Very interesting post about the ageing world population.

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How Lasers and 3-D Maps Can Help the US Prepare for Climate Change - National Journal

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How Lasers and 3-D Maps Can Help the US Prepare for Climate Change
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I love this satellite image  - it reminds me of Taranaki!

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The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising

The world's megacities that are sinking 10 times faster than water levels are rising | Geokult | Scoop.it
Scientists have issued a new warning to the world’s coastal megacities that the threat from subsiding land is a more immediate problem than rising sea levels caused by global warming.

 

A new paper from the Deltares Research Institute in the Netherlands published in April identified regions of the globe where the ground level is falling 10 times faster than water levels are rising - with human activity often to blame.

In Jakarta, Indonesia’s largest city, the population has grown from around half a million in the 1930s to just under 10 million today, with heavily populated areas dropping by as much as six and a half feet as groundwater is pumped up from the Earth to drink.

The same practice led to Tokyo’s ground level falling by two meters before new restrictions were introduced, and in Venice, this sort of extraction has only compounded the effects of natural subsidence caused by long-term geological processes.

 

Tags: coastal, climate change, urban, megacities, water, environment, urban ecology.


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 2, 2014 12:32 AM

Perception!

Matt Evan Dobbie's curator insight, August 2, 2014 6:55 PM

Huge problem when combined with sea level rise

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APHG-U7

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The white tourist’s burden

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"Growing Western demand for altruistic vacations is feeding the white-savior industrial complex.  Volunteerism presents an escape, a rare encounter with an authenticity sorely missed, hardship palpably and physically felt – for a small price."


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I have heard from people working long term with schools and orphanages the short term volunteer culture causes more harm than good.Seth Dixon sums this article up:

As stated in this article, "Under this program, well-to-do tourists sign up to build schools, clean and restore riverbanks, ring birds and act as caregivers to AIDS orphans for a few weeks. This led to the creation of a profitable industry catering to volunteer tourists. The orphans’ conditions are effectively transformed into a boutique package in which 'saving' them yields profits from tourists. The foreigners’ ability to pay for the privilege of volunteering crowds out local workers."  For a satirical look at this type of tourism, the Onion absolutely delivers.  

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 23, 2014 6:02 PM

As stated in this article, "Under this program, well-to-do tourists sign up to build schools, clean and restore riverbanks, ring birds and act as caregivers to AIDS orphans for a few weeks. This led to the creation of a profitable industry catering to volunteer tourists. The orphans’ conditions are effectively transformed into a boutique package in which 'saving' them yields profits from tourists. The foreigners’ ability to pay for the privilege of volunteering crowds out local workers."  For a satirical look at this type of tourism, the Onion absolutely delivers.  

Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 29, 2014 2:22 PM

Why not take advantage of "I feel guilty because Im doing exponentially better than them?" or the less politically correct term - "white guilt." Arguably this can be seen as the "those that have" feeling guilty and thinking that by volunteering for a few weeks will make them feel better about their rampant consumerism. As the article points out though, this is not a problem solver. You can build homes for people but without giving them a foundation(and education) in how to take "proper" care of themselves, as well as the proper infrastructure to support them, they will continue to beg, or be unable to find work(if there is any) that will give them the security they need to support the house given to them, or take care of any well water that has been established, etc, etc. Unfortunately, many of the volunteers who pay to volunteer do not want to fix the bigger picture but instead want to get a small taste of it so that they can talk about it over cocktails or use their Kodak moment for a new Facebook default.

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NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive

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What an amazing resource - I could lose hours creating maps with this tool.

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dilaycock's curator insight, April 26, 2014 6:33 AM

This is a great resource. Allows teachers and students to build maps using a wide range of layers. Maps can be saved, shared or printed.

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Seven More Dirty Little Secrets of the Travel Industry - Huffington Post

Seven More Dirty Little Secrets of the Travel Industry - Huffington Post | Geokult | Scoop.it
Seven More Dirty Little Secrets of the Travel Industry Huffington Post The travel industry seems transparent these days—real people will give you the scoop on your hotel on TripAdvisor, you can compare fares yourself with flight-search websites,...
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Ever noticed when you are comparing prices on airfares that as you look around the web, the cost goes up - here are some clues about why...

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We Are Happy From...

We Are Happy From... | Geokult | Scoop.it
As a token of gratitude to Pharrell Williams , Clément Durou & Pierre Dupaquier for their worldwide contagious happiness...

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This is just gorgeous - click on any pin on the map and see how people are being happy all over the world :-)

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Social Media Marketing - 10 Inspiring Infographics

Social Media Marketing - 10 Inspiring Infographics | Geokult | Scoop.it
In 2011 social media marketing continued to make its impact. Google+ was launched (with an investment of over $500 million in development costs), Twitter became embedded in the new Apple iPhone 4s and Blogging didn't die.
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Some cool infographics about social media marketing.

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7 Tips for Creating Awesome Infographics - Entrepreneur

7 Tips for Creating Awesome Infographics - Entrepreneur | Geokult | Scoop.it
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7 Tips for Creating Awesome Infographics
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When pulling your data together for an infographic, you must focus on a topic that is engaging to your target audience.
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Some good hints for creating engaging infographics that enhance our reach.

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Istanbul Is The Most Popular Travel Destination - Business Insider

Istanbul Is The Most Popular Travel Destination - Business Insider | Geokult | Scoop.it
Istanbul was just ranked the most popular travel destination in the world by TripAdvisor — here's why.
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Nice article about one of my favourite cities - cok guzel!

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Arya’s Journey : Game of Thrones map

Arya’s Journey : Game of Thrones map | Geokult | Scoop.it
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Couldn't resist sharing this one - mapping Arya's journey #gameofthones

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The universal Underground map: How city Tube maps would look if they were all ... - Daily Mail

The universal Underground map: How city Tube maps would look if they were all ... - Daily Mail | Geokult | Scoop.it
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Paris-based Jug Cerovic has come up with standardised symbols and a geographically accurate map for 12 key cities around the world, from London, Paris and New York to Beijing, Moscow and Tokyo.

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10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics - Edudemic

10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics - Edudemic | Geokult | Scoop.it
People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That's been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics?

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Some great tools to help create your own infographics

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Amy Burns's curator insight, April 10, 2014 2:10 PM

Nice list of tools to use to create your own infographics.

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FIELD, a new on-line, peer-reviewed journal devoted to socially engaged art practice, is pleased to solicit critical essays for its inaugural issue.

FIELD, a new on-line, peer-reviewed journal devoted to socially engaged art practice, is pleased to solicit critical essays for its inaugural issue. | Geokult | Scoop.it

Call for Papers: Deadline Oct 15, 2014 FIELD, a new on-line, peer-reviewed journal devoted to socially engaged art practice, is pleased to solicit critical essays for its inaugural issue. Socially ...


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World War II Led to a Revolution in Cartography

World War II Led to a Revolution in Cartography | Geokult | Scoop.it

"More Americans came into contact with maps during World War II than in any previous moment in American history. From the elaborate and innovative inserts in the National Geographic to the schematic and tactical pictures in newspapers, maps were everywhere. On September 1, 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland, and by the end of the day a map of Europe could not be bought anywhere in the United States. In fact, Rand McNally reported selling more maps and atlases of the European theaters in the first two weeks of September than in all the years since the armistice of 1918. Two years later, the attack on Pearl Harbor again sparked a demand for maps."


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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 25, 2014 10:04 AM

Global interaction and maps. WWII. 

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APHG-U1

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, October 14, 2014 2:06 PM

Whenever there is war, Americans want maps.  They want to know about where conflict is, how far away from home it is, and why people are being sent to the places they are being sent.  With the new map ideas in World War II from Harrison maps were made to better display distance and direction to people.  He used different projections in areas.  He also drew maps from different places, for example what does Japan look like when you are in Siberia.  Transforming flat maps back to having some sort of global shape was exactly what we needed to get away from the old outdated unreliable style of maps.

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Lies Your World Map Told You: 5 Ways You're Being Misled

Lies Your World Map Told You: 5 Ways You're Being Misled | Geokult | Scoop.it

"Unfortunately, most world political maps aren't telling you the whole story. The idea that the earth's land is cleanly divvied up into nation-states - one country for each of the world's peoples - is more an imaginative ideal than a reality. Read on to learn about five ways your map is lying to you about borders, territories, and even the roster of the world's countries."


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Sally Egan's curator insight, June 23, 2014 6:32 PM

Amazing stories on the World's changing Geopolitical status. Current stories about disputed borders, unrecognised territories and  newly declared nations.

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Nunca é "Toda a Verdade" ... 

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APHG-U1

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Hats Off (But Dresses On) to Our Kurdish Feminist Brothers

Hats Off (But Dresses On) to Our Kurdish Feminist Brothers | Geokult | Scoop.it

"A remarkable and unusual sort of civil disobedience has been triggered in Marivan, a city in the Kurdistan Province of Iran. On April 15, an Iranian court in the city forced a male convict to wear traditional Kurdish women’s clothes in public, perceiving it as a humiliating punishment. Kurdish feminists of the Marivan Women’s Community protested against this misogynistic decision on the streets of Marivan in red traditional clothes, similar to the Kurdish bride robe that the convicts had to wear, and they were confronted by violent security forces.

Then, in solidarity with the women, Kurdish men took an extraordinary initiative by dressing as Kurdish women and posting their photos on social media."


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Kurdish men dressing in women's clothes to show solidarity: in one word - fabulous!

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What was Rumi talking about?

What was Rumi talking about? | Geokult | Scoop.it

"Sufi poetry has been largely misunderstood by modern pop culture. The misuse of Sufi poetry is symptomatic of modern culture's combination of materialism with self-spirituality. The theme that runs through the New Age movement is about experiencing the 'Self' because it is the way to experience the 'God' or 'Goddess' within. As noted by Peter Pels in his 1998 article 'Religion, Consumerism and the Modernity of the New Age', the New Age emphasis on self-spirituality is rooted in late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century occultism."


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Very interesting article about interpreting Sufi poetry

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 28, 2014 10:42 AM

unit 3

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As one cultural element crosses over into a new area and meshes with that native culture, especially in places where the people may not have anything better to do than take what they like about a certain thing and ignore the rest - at times ignoring what it is about completely, the original mutates into something similar but different. This can be seen in many Eastern philosophies as they integrate into American culture.

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'Nomadic Retirees' Sell Home to Travel the World - NBCNews.com

'Nomadic Retirees' Sell Home to Travel the World - NBCNews.com | Geokult | Scoop.it
'Nomadic Retirees' Sell Home to Travel the World
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Carefree travel has long been the province of backpackers, 20-somethings and other free spirits without mortgages, jobs and other worldly concerns.
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These guys are inspiring - nomadic retirees

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Crazy Cartography: Artists and Writers Conjure a Slew of Imaginative Maps

Crazy Cartography: Artists and Writers Conjure a Slew of Imaginative Maps | Geokult | Scoop.it
Maps of places you’ve never been, maps of paper routes, maps of desktops: artists and writers conjure directions for heretofore uncharted Xanadus. Maps are their own narratives of space.
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Interesting article about how artists and writers create their own cartographic narratives

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Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted » Fascinating Pics

Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted » Fascinating Pics | Geokult | Scoop.it
7 Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted.

See here: http://t.co/94p0hLd8eS

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Australia is lucky compared to other continents 

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Digital Cartography [48] | Visual Loop

Digital Cartography [48] | Visual Loop | Geokult | Scoop.it
New round up with 30 freshly released interactive maps (Digital Cartography [48] New round up with 30 freshly released interactive #maps http://t.co/gPl75IbL0j http://t.co/Dpe4EjK87u)...
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Can't wait to spend some time checking these maps out!

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Ten of the world's great train journeys: readers' travel tips | Travel ...

Ten of the world's great train journeys: readers' travel tips | Travel ... | Geokult | Scoop.it
Ten of the world's great train journeys: readers' travel tips. From scenic French trips to North America epics, Guardian readers share tips for train journeys that are out of this world • To add a tip for next week and be in with a ...
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More inspiration for travel adventures

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Creative Cartography: 15 Artists Transforming Maps | Urbanist

Creative Cartography: 15 Artists Transforming Maps | Urbanist | Geokult | Scoop.it
These 15 artists cut, sculpt and rearrange paper maps, create their own from unexpected materials like money or use them to illustrate interesting data.

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Beautiful artworks created from maps.

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Maps Reveal How Independent Coffee Shops Create Communities - io9

Maps Reveal How Independent Coffee Shops Create Communities - io9 | Geokult | Scoop.it
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These Maps Reveal How Independent Coffee Shops Create Communities.

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