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"Where liberty is, there is my country." - Benjamin Franklin
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Earth's Cosmic Context

"Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian.  Read the research paper here."

Via Seth Dixon
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 9, 2:30 PM

Spatial thinking and geographic exploration is constantly seeking to understand place in context to other places.  More often than not, that is done without every venturing beyond this planet, but in many respects, space is the greatest of contexts on the grandest of scales for us to understand ourselves.  I first saw this video embedded in an NPR article and it filled me with wonder to think about the immensities of space and that the Earth is such a small little corner of the universe. 

Tags: space, scale, perspective



The world is becoming more and more interconnected. Globalization changes how people consume, work and live almost everywhere on the world. Today, many economic, political, cultural or ecological relationships are not explainable from a national perspective. At the same time, a controversial debate about the consequences of globalization has begun.


Questions to ponder: What are the driving forces behind globalization? What areas are most impacted by globalization?  How does globalization benefit some, and adversely impact others? Why?


Tags: Globalization, economic, industry, NGOs, political, scale, unit 6 industry.

Via Seth Dixon, Julie Nguyen, Mike Busarello's Digital Textbooks
Joshua Choiniere's comment, September 7, 2012 1:57 PM
After viewing this video the whole notion of globalization has two apperances. The first apperance is the good side in which it helps lower costs for exporting goods and making telophone calls. The reason why this is benefcial is that lower costs for these goods then allows everyone to take part in the buisness aspect of exportation and the personal use\buisness applications that long distance travel as well as phone calls can make on the social, economic world. Lastly with globalization new developing countries are able to expand and help take there respected countries into a better more profitable age. However the second apperance is the negative side of globalization that everything is shipped over from one country to another. Such as jobs that come from the United States but now are over seas in places like China or South Korea. Now they make goods that we buy and need which solidifies there economy, while we create less and buy more which puts us into a dependant alliance with China. Besides our poltical\social impact that globalization causes for us we have to also consider how this effects countries from Africa as well as because with nothing for them to export they must import everything but is too costly since they have nothing or no one to invest money into companies in Africa. The end result is that China become the econmic power house as long as we contine to buy while places such as the African continent suffer due to lack of investment. Overall I find Globalization to be a good thing because it allows for interaction and connections with everyone\place from the world and the main drawback to it is some people still suffer because of a simple thing such as cost and connections.

Joshua Choiniere, Geography 400
Elizabeth Allen's comment, September 8, 2012 7:08 PM
Globalization as a whole has a positive impact on the economy, politics, and society. As with most advantageous systems there are downfalls. While so much of the world is moving forward with being interconnected, other countries will become more challenged- such as sub-saharan Africa. Hopefully in time globalization will become more equal and all countries/continents will grow through globalization.
Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, May 3, 2013 11:39 AM

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