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Stratocam: Google Earth Imagery

Stratocam: Google Earth Imagery | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
Explore and vote on the best Google Maps satellite imagery around the world.

 

Much like sites that you can rate items up or down, you can rate the best aerial photography via Google Earth screen shots.  There are some beautiful images and places to be discovered through this site.  The physical and human landscapes are both intermingled in this fantastic collection of images...be careful, it can be amazingly addictive.  Users can take there own screenshots to be included in the gallery, making this a user-based, participatory project.  For more from the producer of this site, see: http://paulrademacher.com


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Deep Freeze Spreads Across Europe

Deep Freeze Spreads Across Europe | Global education = global understanding | Scoop.it
The frigid weather that plagued Eastern Europe much of last week spread westward over the weekend, grounding flights, snarling traffic, and causing hundreds of deaths...

 

This picture alone is a fantastic teaching resource.  I can see a great lesson structured around analyzing the physical and human geographic context within these landscapes (there are 39 additional images in the gallery).  


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sdion's comment, February 9, 2012 3:01 PM
these images are really striking, especially the landscapes with the icy/snowy architecture, i heard in another class that Japan recently got hit with about ten feet of snow, makes me feel fortunate weve only gotten six inches so far this winter
Charles Matley's comment, February 10, 2012 6:06 PM
This is maddening. Global Warming is certainly not a myth, some of these places have never seen snow like this.
Nick Flanagan's curator insight, December 12, 2012 6:32 PM

It's crazy how the cold effected this region.  I mean some of these pictures didnt een look they were real, they looked like something you would see on a postcard.  I think it would be cool at first to be there and see these images first hand, but with how cold it looks there i would probably be over it in about 10 minutes. 

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Religious architecture of Islam

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Read Religious architecture of Islam for travel tips, advice, news and articles from all around the world by Lonely Planet...

 

This is an excellent article that can be used in a thematic class for analyzing religion, the human landscape, the urban environment and cultural iconography.  For a regional geography class, this show great images from Indonesia, Spain, Egypt, Syria and Israel/Palestine.  


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Isabelle Zahn's curator insight, January 2, 5:15 PM

This article applies to the unit of religion, symbolic lanscapes and sense of place, and finally enciornmental impact of cultural attitused and practices. In this article it shows pictures of different places in Islam. It also explains the religous aspect of each building. This article is very interesting because lots of people don't realize that these buildings are there for a specific reason and have hidden features that you may not realize if you are not from that place or have studied the culture of that place. This is relevant to the international community because every country has unique cultural traits in their landscapes that outsiders wouldn't recognize without prior knowlege. Some short term effects could be people simply looking at other countries and studying their culture. A long term effect could be people accepting other cultures and practicing aspects of that county.

Travis Winger's curator insight, January 7, 7:07 PM

This article talks about how the different religions of Islam have shaped different architectural buildings. The different religions has shaped the culture and cultural apperence of the Middle-East.

Cam E's curator insight, March 4, 8:14 AM

I particularly like this article as it demonstrates something which is lost among talk of Islam. I once was speaking to an Imam about how different sects of Islam could spring up when they only had one holy text which was unchanging. The Imam described to me that each culture attached their own ideas to Islam far in the past, to the point where the two become intertwined and indistinguishable from each other. This can account for the differences we see in architecture, but also the differences we can see in belief and practice of Islam.

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Harbin Internat'l Ice and Snow Festival 2012

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The annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival has been held since 1963, interrupted for a number of years during the Cultural Revolution until it was resumed in 1985. Harbin is the capital of Heilongjiang province, in northeastern China. 

 

Captured in this photoessay are grandiose, yet ephemeral landscapes.  Why construct these monumental landscapes?  Like the fleeting World Fair landscapes, how do they transform space and place? 


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elsa hunziker's comment, January 30, 2012 11:14 AM
Unbelievable!