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If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean

If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean | HMHS History | Scoop.it
The map above shows the countries that are due east and west from points along the coasts of North and South America. Many small island nations are (perhaps unfairly) excluded for ease of reading. Many thanks to Eric Odenheimer for sharing the map with Know More.
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Story Map Tour - Place Based Geography Videos

Story Map Tour - Place Based Geography Videos | HMHS History | Scoop.it
This story map was created with the Esri Map Tour application in ArcGIS Online.
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iScore5 APHG


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 26, 9:00 AM

iScore5, the app for AP Human Geography is now available in the Apple Store for $4.99. With five levels of questions at increasing difficulty, bonus and double bonus rounds and a study mode with extensive vocabulary, APHG students and teachers alike will find this a great test prep resource and a fun and engaging way to help students earn that 5 (open disclosure--I was a part of the team that developed content for the app, but am NOT receiving any money for promoting it.  I'm sharing it because I'm excited about this new resource).  


Tags: APHG, teacher training, edtech.

Christopher L. Story's curator insight, March 27, 9:59 AM

just an option

Dustin Fowler's curator insight, March 27, 10:16 AM

For 5 bucks?  Might be worth looking into.  Especially if you have a class set of iPads. 

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Unkind Architecture: Designing Against the Homeless

Unkind Architecture: Designing Against the Homeless | HMHS History | Scoop.it

"Defensive architecture is revealing on a number of levels, because it is not the product of accident or thoughtlessness, but a thought process. It is a sort of unkindness that is considered, designed, approved, funded and made real with the explicit motive to exclude and harass. It reveals how corporate hygiene has overridden human considerations…"


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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, Today, 7:49 AM

Ugly city, gray city

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, Today, 9:56 AM

Muchas veces los profesionales son enfrentados a proyectos cuyas exigencias lindan con los principios humanitarios más elementales. Depende de nosotros el actuar como "mercenarios" o hacer de nuestro ejercicio profesional una manifestación fiel de nuestros principio y valores.

Coco Angus's curator insight, Today, 4:50 PM

Concept of inclusion and exclusion through physical barriers. 

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Roam the World in (Almost) Real Time

Roam the World in (Almost) Real Time | HMHS History | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking Mapbox project ushers in a new era for online cartography.

 

On Google Earth, the seasons rarely change. Most anywhere a digital traveler goes, the sky is cloudless and the grass is green. No snow on the ground in Iowa. No fire in Valparaiso. It's a big gap between the world as it is and as it's mapped.

Launched Thursday,a landmark project from Mapbox has changed the summertime paradigm for online cartography. Landsat-live reveals the planet's surface in real time and in stunning resolution, fed by a constant stream of public-domain imagery from NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite.


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YEC Geo's curator insight, March 23, 11:59 AM

This sounds really cool.

 

UPDATE:  I've had a chance to look at this. 

 

Cool things:  great images.

 

Not so cool:  It's not a substitute for Google Earth.   You can only pan out or in to a limited degree, so to go from Texas to Timbuctoo, for example, would take a lot of clicking and dragging.  Best way to get to a place is to type it in the search box.  No 3-D view also. And if there are a lot of clouds when the image was taken, they'll obscure the landscape.

 

That being said, if you want to see large-scale, recent images of a particular place, it's a good site. 

Seth Forman's curator insight, March 23, 4:34 PM

Summary: This interesting article talks a lot about modern technologies effect on the popularity of geography. This article talks about how programs like Google Earth have caused a general interest to arise about physical geography.

 

Insight: This article is significant to unit 1 because it shows how GIS can be so influential to not only geographers but to the rest of society.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 12:16 PM

unit 1

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign deal to end Nile dispute

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan sign deal to end Nile dispute | HMHS History | Scoop.it
Three African leaders sign an initial deal to end a long-running dispute over the sharing of Nile waters and the building of Africa's biggest hydroelectric dam.

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Bob Beaven's curator insight, March 26, 2:40 PM

The Nile is a very touch subject for the countries involved in the deal, because they all believe that they have a right to it.  Historically, Egypt was associated most with the river, and the Ancient Egyptians even had many myths surrounding the river as the giver of life.  However, Sudan and Ethiopia are looking towards the river as something that can generate hydroelectric power which would be beneficial to these countries.  The reason why Egypt worries is because it believes that if too much of the river is diverted or blocked then it will not get enough water to sustain the country.  Keep in mind, Egypt is called the "Gem of the Nile".  I do believe that the treaty that was signed is a step in the right direction however, all the countries should be able to share the Nile and use it.  I would oppose the policy if it became detrimental to the survival of Egypt however.  The main factor of the project that keeps it from being destructive is that the river will only be slightly diverted (and  it is a tributary in question the Blue Nile).  Yet, like we have learned in class rivers are very touchy subjects for many nations, not just African ones.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, March 28, 3:20 PM

Three countries (Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan) finally agreed upon Nile river distribution, ending the ongoing dispute. The building of the dam will  bring many jobs and opportunites to the residents of Ethoiopia. It will  benefit all residents who live near by the Nile river area. The construction of the hydroelectric dam in Ethiopia will benefit its regions. However,  regions upstream, like Egypt, are more concerned about the changes in the river pattern, environmental effects, and pollution due to the construction of the dam. Many people who live and are dependet on the river will have to look for opportunites somewhere else and there is predicted to be a massive migration of highly populated communities. Even when all three countries agreed upon the dam project, the Egyptian govertment wants to ensure that this will &not cause any harm to downstream countries& which is still their biggest concern of the future. 

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 29, 4:43 PM

  Glad to see that these countries could come to an agreement on a very large issue.  The Nile is the lifeline for this part of the world and nobody takes its importance lightly or for granted.  This is the type of thing that could put countries at war with one another, so its refreshing to see countries in this part of the world working together to try to improve their livliehoods rather than kill each other over resources.

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America's romance with sprawl may be over

America's romance with sprawl may be over | HMHS History | Scoop.it
Three years after the recession officially ended, Census county population estimates show Americans are staying put or moving to cities.
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A Photo Essay on School Sprawl

A Photo Essay on School Sprawl | HMHS History | Scoop.it

"Schools used to be the heart of a neighborhood or community. Children and not a few teachers could walk to class, or to the playground or ball field on the weekend. This was relatively easy to do, because the schools were placed within, not separated from, their neighborhoods. They were human-scaled and their architecture was not just utilitarian, but signaled their importance in the community. Now it has become hard to tell one from a Walmart or Target."

 

What better way to demonstrate the concepts of urban sprawl, automobile-dependent city planning and economies of scale than by analyzing the very geographic context of our schools themselves?  This is a very nicely arranged photo essay that most could spark conversation and would foster some discussion on how best to plan neighborhoods and spatially arrange the city.   

 

Tags: transportation, planning, sprawl, education, scale. 


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The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: Crash Course World History #9

The Mongols Shirt is available for pre-order now! http://dft.ba/mongols The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: In which John Green teaches you about the so-called ...

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Wait For It...The Mongols!: Crash Course World History #17 - YouTube

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Urban issues: Transportation and Density

Urban issues: Transportation and Density | HMHS History | Scoop.it
A map that has been making the rounds on the internet demonstrates how you can fit 7 major U.S. cities plus New York's most famous borough within Los Angeles city limits.

 

So Los Angeles is big, but, LA's spatial extent is in part due to it's history with transportation (ripped out the streetcars to let the automobile and freeway take over).  How do density and transportation affect cities? 


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America's suburban future

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"If you think American cities are sprawling now, just wait until 2025. In that time, the U.S. population will grow by 18 percent but the amount of developed land will increase 57 percent. Up to 9.2 percent of the lower 48 could be urbanized by then. And while that number includes cities and the infrastructure to support them—roads, rail, power lines, and so on—that number does not include land impacted by farming, logging, mining, or mineral extraction."


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mderder's comment, February 19, 2012 5:16 PM
The US has already fallen behind most other first world nations in public transportation. The reliance on the automobile, which enabled the growth of our suburbs, needs to be slowly phased out, and major rail lines need to be laid to serve as the backbone for our future urban/suburban transportation network. Rail is FAR cheaper than cars. Cars, in a sensible future, will be thought of as transport for short trips. Hopefully we will be mainly electric with those 50 years from now as well. It is good for the environment and good for our pocketbook. Classic win/win.
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Every Men's Basketball Team in the NCAA Tournament, Mapped

Every Men's Basketball Team in the NCAA Tournament, Mapped | HMHS History | Scoop.it
From sea to shining sea

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 18, 8:20 AM

A friend of mine asked, "why is the University of Utah (in Salt Lake City) shown as south of BYU (in Provo)?"  The easy answer would be to same that the map was messed up, because UC Irvine is shown as south of San Diego State, which also clearly isn't true.  The question leads to a bigger question about mapping: how precise does your map data need to be?  This is best answer I could give: the cartographer or the mapping algorithm was looking for the "best fit" that guaranteed the icons would not overlap, but would still be "close enough." Otherwise Duke or North Carolina would block the other out on the map, so they push the icon to a non-competing space. This type of mapping is used when precision isn't that high of a priority. That, or they just screwed up. I'm guessing the shape of the Ute icon (feather dipping down and to the west) is why it was placed there even if it make no geographical sense.

Michael Amberg's curator insight, March 22, 1:56 PM

This map can show how a different spot is more popular in some area than others. In this map, you can see how basketball is more of a NorthEastern/central sport.

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The shocking differences in basic body language around the world

The shocking differences in basic body language around the world | HMHS History | Scoop.it
The body speaks volumes. But what it says depends on the culture you're in.

 

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 12:17 PM

unit 3

Norka McAlister's curator insight, March 25, 9:14 PM

People say that actions speak louder than words. However, as far as body language is concerned, actions can possess different meanings in other parts of the world. As a result, some things are better expressed through annunciation than action. It is interesting to consider the many ways body language is interpreted in different countries.  For example, for business purposes, people need to be well versed in the culture of the country and their current business practices. Otherwise, there could be harmful consequences in regards to the economy. In some countries, body language means different things in different regions. This is why it is important for people to be conscious about the culture and appropriate etiquette in different countries.

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, Today, 6:43 AM

Thanks, non verbal comunication is always interesting.

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Road from Europe to U.S.? Russia proposes superhighway

Road from Europe to U.S.? Russia proposes superhighway | HMHS History | Scoop.it
London to New York City by car? It could happen if the head of Russian Railways has his way.

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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, March 28, 10:31 AM

Capital investments need ever larger projects to keep pace with the exponential curve of debt-creation to put money in circulation. As always, the funneling of the earnings will not be spread among the drivers ...

Norka McAlister's curator insight, March 28, 3:18 PM

This proposed plan seems to be very attractive, but the cost to complete this project will be enormous and the question is who will be financially responsible for this project?. On the other hand,  the superhighway would bring many opportunities in terms of business to different countries, and also to a many local communities. We are talking about how this project would open a variety of trade in tourist, transportation, and local business at different points of the superhighway. However, one downfall would be the borders, in that it will provide more opportunities for terrorism and other illicit activites. To be able to accomplish and put together this project, every country needs to agree on making easy policies between borders such as tariff, taxes, and inforce security, etc. Each country would have to work together to do their part under the agreeement. However, Russia is firm in what they want and could cause tension if their demands are not fulfilled. 

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 29, 8:04 AM

Really? A twelve thousand mile roadway built through some of the roughest terrain known to man, through some of the least populated areas in the world, linking areas that have no development or tourist attractions? What a great idea....

The cost of this road would be in the trillions and who is going to fund this? What economic benefits will be derived from this undertaking? I don't know about you, but my dream trip would be to drive through Alaska for about 12 hours so I could see snowbanks, and then, wait for it, drive about nine thousand miles through more snowbanks, to reach Moscow, a viable attraction. Sounds legit to me! I have an incredibly original idea on how to accomplish this differently; fly there!

Think about what the average person would have to do to embark on this trip; passport, visas, an incredible amount of money to pay for the gas, an incredible amount of time to do this. A 12k trip @ 60 mph is on the order of 200 hours of driving, without stopping. Eight hours a day of driving gets you just this side of a month's worth of time.

Use your airline points, fly to Moscow, drink some Absolut, have a bowl of Borscht soup and spend some rubles on tourist attractions. Leave the driving to the Formula One organization.

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Viva Gentrification!

Viva Gentrification! | HMHS History | Scoop.it

"In Highland Park, as in other Latino barrios of Los Angeles, gentrification has produced an undeniable but little appreciated side effect: the end of decades of de facto racial segregation. It's possible to imagine a future in which 'the hood' passes into memory.  Racial integration is on the upswing.  For all the fortitude and pride you'll find in Latino barrios, no one wants to live in a racially segregated community or attend a racially segregated school."  

 

Tags: neighborhood, gentrification, urban, place, culture, economic, California, Los Angeles.

 


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The Daily Show–Spot the Africa

Between rampant racial inequality and Ebola outbreaks, South African comedian Trevor Noah admits he hesitated to visit a country as underdeveloped as America.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 30, 10:03 AM

Since social media is buzzing with the news that Trevor Noah is replacing Jon Stewart as the host of the Daily Show, I wanted to show a geographically themed clip from one of Trevor's previous correspondence pieces on the show.  This clip was filmed during the height of the Ebola hysteria and Ferguson protests; the main topic is misconceptions in the United States about Africa.  His life itself is a portal into mixed South African geographies.


Tags: Ebola, Africa, regions, perspective.

Mrs. B's curator insight, March 30, 8:40 PM

SO GLAD He is going to be the new host of the Daily Show when Jon retires. Such a bright young man.

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Public Spaces Worth Caring About...

http://www.ted.com In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good....

 

Kunstler impassionedly argues that American architecture and urban planning are not creating public places that encourage interaction and communal engagement.  We should create more distinct places that foster a sense of place that is 'worth fighting for,' as opposed to suburbia which he sees as emblematic of these problems.  How should we design cities to create a strong sense of place?  What elements are necessary?  Warning: He uses some strong language.   


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Mary Burke's comment, April 15, 2013 12:24 PM
I appreciate what this guy is saying. I wish we could build places worth caring about. We need more people like Mr Kunstler. But I don't things are as bleak as he depicts. He picked some of the ugliest places there are. We do need a sense of place. Right now we get that in our homes. I think what Mr Kunstler is talking about is a community based sense of place that could be created just with the kind of buildings we make in the space. Maybe we could create a friendly atmosphere with well designed buildings. We need to start somewhere to make people not so afraid of each other.
Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:44 AM

Everyone in the world should care about places if it is small or not known but a place has it own character that some people enjoy while other do not want to know about. Every place has it significance that many people have not noticed because they are blinded to it. People should really have an open mind when it comes down to experiencing new places and learn about its history or anything that you did not know about it.

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Kids Who Get Driven Everywhere Don't Know Where They're Going

Kids Who Get Driven Everywhere Don't Know Where They're Going | HMHS History | Scoop.it
A new study suggests vehicular travel affects children's ability to navigate their neighborhood and connect to their community.

 

We learn about the places around us by exploring.  Literally our mental map is formed by making choices (in part through trial and error) and that process strengthens our spatial perception of the neighborhood.  Research is showing that kids with a 'windshield perspective' from being driven everywhere are not able to draw as accurate maps as children for who walk and bike their neighborhood.  The built environment and the transportation infrastructure in place play a role in developing spatial thinking skills for young minds. 

 

This is a compelling article with some important implications.  What are the ramifications for geographers?  City planners? Educators?  Families moving to a new neighborhood?   


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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:52 AM

We may not realize it but when we take our kids out on drives to run errands or if we move to a different area we are ruining their understanding of the area they live in. Children often have a hard time of figuring out where they are if they constantly in a car looking at new places. This can cause them to lack a sense of direction and maybe have trouble remembering streets or landmarks near their homes. 

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The Speed Burden [Costs of Sprawl]

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The need for speed devours huge chunks of American cities and leaves the edges of the expressways worthless. Busy streets, for almost all of human history, created the greatest real estate value because they delivered customers and clients to the businesses operating there. This in turn cultivated the highest tax revenues in town, both from higher property taxes and from elevated sales taxes. But you can't set up shop on the side of an expressway. How can cities afford to spend so much to create thoroughfares with no adjoining property value?

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Alex Lewis's curator insight, March 10, 10:23 AM

This article shows the difference between extremely urbanized areas and relatively urbanized areas. Florence and Atlanta are compared. Florence has narrow streets with sharp intersections, which causes cars to drive slowly. This is safer for pedestrians. In Atlanta, the roads are wider and curves are less sharp. The most this will do is help people in Atlanta get tp their jobs slightly faster. Miami and a seaside town are also compared. The interstate in Miami takes up most of the room and there is few real estate options. In the seaside town, options are not limited, around 80% available for use. The less urbanized places are more efficient. 

 

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Alexa Earl's curator insight, March 14, 10:48 AM

This blog really made me realize what an impact humans are to the environment. They compare different cities and talk about the impacts and it really showed me how humans have built up cities.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 21, 6:12 PM

A side by side comparison at first blush is striking but the devil is in the details. Florence, Italy is a city of only 368,000 while the Atlanta metro area is about 4.5 million. Agree that sprawl is ineffective real estate and efficiency wise, but fuel prices may be having a counter effect on the reduction of sprawl. It is much less expensive to commute given the price of oil at its current levels and the millennials will have a say in this urban sprawl contracting or expanding. Many do not own cars, relying on commuter systems within the city to get around. This in theory should drive down demand for fossil fuels, culminating in reduced prices for gasoline. If the infrastructure is already built, was is the cost to maintain it, given the static population of the large metro areas? Interesting to see how this plays out.

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How architectural innovations migrate across borders

"As the world's cities undergo explosive growth, inequality is intensifying. Wealthy neighborhoods and impoverished slums grow side by side, the gap between them widening. In this eye-opening talk, architect Teddy Cruz asks us to rethink urban development from the bottom up. Sharing lessons from the slums of Tijuana, Cruz explores the creative intelligence of the city's residents and offers a fresh perspective on what we can learn from places of scarcity."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 8, 2014 7:41 AM

As a geographer native to the San Diego region with family on both sides of the border, I found this TED talk very compelling personally, but also rich in geographic themes (city planning, diffusion, governance of space, socioeconomic differences in land use patterns, etc.).  Relations across the border are economic, cultural and political in nature, and the merger of those varied interests have led to an uneven history of both cooperation and separation.  San Diego and Tijuana have more to offer each other than economic markets--the ideas born out of distinct socioeconomic and political contexts can be just what is needed on the other side of the border.


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James Hobson's curator insight, September 23, 2014 11:47 AM

(Mexico topic 2)
I think that elaborating upon border tensions from an artistic viewpoint (or any outside viewpoint for that matter) was an excellent idea. This allows a wider scope of inter-related issues to be examined, which might otherwise not be if left to a purely 'internal' perspective.
I approve of Cruz's way of referring to the Mexican-American border issues as more of a humanitarian issue and less of a physical-border problem. Similarly, I was impressed by his view of immigration as being not just of people, but also of knowledge and culture.
Lastly, I agree with Cruz's belief that there is a lot San Diego can learn from Tijuana in terms of sustainabililty and waste mitigation. My favorite example was that of the used tires as retaining walls: a simple yet environmentally-friendly solution to bettering land use. Ideas such as this have the potential to reduce the rate of urban sprawl (and amounts of waste in the process). Many other examples from his lecture, including the stacking of houses and businesses, reinforce this point as well. In this way, immigration earns a more positive connotation and shows how "twin cities", despite their political differences, can still benefit each other.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 19, 2014 8:22 PM

A bottom up urbanization is a very descriptive phrase (top down bottom up). Citizens taking control of their environment.

As a person that is from southern California and a native of San Diego this TED talk was very informative. I often have never thought of many of the products that southern Californian's have used being sent over the boarder when they are through. I believe we are a country of consumers and the rate at which we discard "things" is alarming. All too many times people use the mentality of throwing away instead of repairing. In our society it is acceptable to be wasteful. I believe this is something that needs to end. Until the day comes that we do not go to Walmart to purchase something and throw it away a couple months later , it is good to know someone is at least getting some use from it .Taking charge of their environment ,bettering their situation.

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The Ecomonics of Westeros

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A video created by Business Insider takes a deep dive look into the economic situation in Westeros in time for Season 5
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‎2,000 Years of Chinese History! The Mandate of Heaven and Confucius: World History #7 - YouTube

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Population Growth in Metropolitan America Since 1980

Population Growth in Metropolitan America Since 1980 | HMHS History | Scoop.it
The twists and turns of metropolitan population growth are reviewed in William Frey’s examination of recently released Census Bureau data separating the bubble and bust years of the past decade.

 

Key urban demographic changes from 1980-2010:

--Metropolitan growth in both the Sun Belt and Snow Belt tapered in the 2000s, after accelerating in the 1990s.

--Growth slowed considerably during the latter part of the 2000s, especially in “bubble economy” metropolitan areas.

--Suburbs continued to grow more rapidly than cities in the 2000s, but growth rates for both types of places declined from their 1990s levels.

--Exurban and outer suburban counties experienced a population boom and bust in the 2000s.

--Hispanic dispersion to “new destination” metropolitan areas and suburbs dropped sharply in the late 2000s.


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Rayden Duncan's curator insight, October 2, 2013 11:38 AM

This relates to my topic in that it shows how the united states populaction moved into urban settings.  It show cities are generally showing an increases in population. poeple would move to cities to find jobs or shorter commute.

Aleasha Reed's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:16 PM

This is a map that shows the rate of change in the U.S., population wise. The most growth occured on the western and eastern coast's. There were a few places with a decreasing population.

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Vintage Video of NYC

"Oldest and most incredible footage of New York City ever, including where the WTC would be built. With added maps carefully researched to show where the camera was. 28 shots of classic footage circa 1905." http://tinyurl.com/ohsuobg


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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, March 21, 2:26 PM

"Material de archivo más antiguo y más increíble de la ciudad de Nueva York , incluyendo donde se construiría el World Trade Center. Con mapas añadidos investigado cuidadosamente para mostrar dónde estaba la cámara. 

Vincent Lahondère's curator insight, March 24, 4:04 PM

ajouter votre aperçu ...

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xkcd: Upside-Down Map

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 18, 12:30 PM

My brain now hurts. 


Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, March 18, 12:58 PM

I love the projections.. Fun to teach.