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Interactive: The 50 Largest Ports in the World

Interactive: The 50 Largest Ports in the World | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Investigate for yourself the mechanisms of global trade

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Useful for looking at Global networks and teh links of trade between cities of the world.

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Tony Hall's curator insight, May 9, 2013 1:26 AM

I think this is really interesting and a great way to illustrate to concept of patterns in geography. I'd love to see a similar list for 10, 20, 50 years ago. It woud be very cool to see the change over time.

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Links to materials to support my students in the topics of Ecosystems at risk, Urban Places and People and Economic Activity Tourism.
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Logging and Mudslides

Logging and Mudslides | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
In recent decades the state allowed logging — with restrictions — on the plateau above the Snohomish County hillside that collapsed in last weekend’s deadly mudslide.

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Intersting relevance to Ecosystems at Risk and human activities which impact on ecosystems.

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Geofreak's curator insight, April 3, 1:39 PM

Mijnbouw en aardverschuivingen, een goede combinatie ...... 

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, April 7, 11:48 AM

There are several reasons for mudslides--some are purely a result of physical geography and others are related to land use patterns.  This last week's mudslide in Washington state was a combination of the two and although this impacts one place (see on map), it is a good teaching moment to discuss the environmental impacts of land use patterns and resource extraction projects.  As seen in this interactive, the river was cutting at the base of the hill, while loggers were clear-cutting at the top of the mountain.  Trees help prevent erosion as the roots hold the soil in place--a critical piece to the puzzle in a very rainy climate.  With $1 million worth of timber on the slope, logging companies persisted despite objections from the Department of Natural Resources and some restrictions (but in hindsight, those restrictions clearly were not enough). 

 

View the impact in ArcGIS online: Before and After Swipe, LiDAR I and II, and Imagery.

 

Questions to Consider: Other than economic worth, what other ways are there to value and evaluate the environment?  How could this landscape have been protected and managed better or was this mudslide inevitable?   

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Working on an Inquiry of recent natural disasters with first grader.  

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Murray River's 'threatened' listing may be overturned after Government review

Murray River's 'threatened' listing may be overturned after Government review | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The listing of the Murray River as a threatened ecological community may be overturned, with Environment Minister Greg Hunt undertaking a review of the listing process.
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Management strategy for Murray River ecosystems is discussed.

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Ecosystems need diversity to survive

Ecosystems need diversity to survive | HSC Geography | Scoop.it

“ When native plants are removed from farmland, entire ecosystems are placed at risk, new research suggests.”


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Reasons for the protectionof ecosystems.

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Murray Darling Association National Conference heads to Goolwa

Murray Darling Association National Conference heads to Goolwa | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The MDA conference is in Goolwa from October 8 to October 11.
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Recent media relating to management of MUrray Darling Basin. Appropriate for HSC Ecosystem case study.

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The global city -- Saskia Sassen

The global city -- Saskia Sassen | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Saskia Sassen is the leading urban theorist of the global world. (Here are several prior posts that intersect with her work.) Her The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (1991) has shaped the conc...
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World cities. A great article outlying the growth of such world cities. 

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Fewer bikes, safer streets: Lagos counts blessings of Okada ban - Nigerian Tribune

Fewer bikes, safer streets: Lagos counts blessings of Okada ban - Nigerian Tribune | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Nigerian Tribune Fewer bikes, safer streets: Lagos counts blessings of Okada ban Nigerian Tribune OVER a year since the Lagos State Traffic Law was promulgated, there has been a 'marked reduction' in the rate of okada-related road accidents,...
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Mega cities - managing traffic challenge in Lagos. 

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10 Most Visited Cities In The World- 2013

10 Most Visited Cities In The World- 2013 | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Many of us like to explore new places and taste new foods and learn about their culture, but we never gave a thought before preferring a place to vis

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Tourism....info graphic on world top tourist cities.

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10 ways to build a sustainable future

10 ways to build a sustainable future | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Urban planners need to think more strategically about how cities are designed to promote development.
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Mega cities and the challenge of housing.

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New Tourism Australia campaign puts focus on foodies

New Tourism Australia campaign puts focus on foodies | HSC Geography | Scoop.it

"Tourism Australia is ramping up its marketing of the country as a destination for gourmet travellers in the next phase of its “There’s nothing like Australia” global marketing push."


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New trend in "food teourim". 

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Mickayla Graham's curator insight, March 27, 4:13 AM

People and econimic activity

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Population Growth and the Rise of Mega-Cities: Can Technology Help?

Population Growth and the Rise of Mega-Cities: Can Technology Help? | HSC Geography | Scoop.it

Are you ready to share the planet with 7 billion people? Current projections estimate that this population milestone is only months away. Along with a rapidly growing world population, the wave of urban growth continues, causing cities to swell and new metropolitan centers to emerge. As of 2008, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lived in cities for the first time in history. In addition, a recent UN-Habitat report indicated that urbanization has become unstoppable and that by 2050, over 70 percent of the world will be in cities! It seems the world took Petula Clark’s song Downtown seriously.


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World's largest cities are morphing into overcrowded 'mega regions' defined by poverty and pollution, UN report warns

World's largest cities are morphing into overcrowded 'mega regions' defined by poverty and pollution, UN report warns | HSC Geography | Scoop.it

Are mega regions sustainable? Is the Western city model the best one to implement even if it is “greened”? Are we going to continue pushing the envelope with a complete disregard for any constraints or consideration of the consequences? Will this help force a collapse as outlined in Limits To Growth: The 30-Year Update: http://www.amazon.com/Limits-Growth-Donella-H-Meadows/dp/193149858X ? Or is there a new paradigm just around the corner? We may be standing at the precipice. Let's figure out the best way to survive the projected nine billion population by the year 2050.


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Infographic: What's Happening to Biodiversity?

Infographic: What's Happening to Biodiversity? | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
What's happening to biodiversity? We're losing it.

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A great series of infographics showing the decline in world biodiversity, the factors threatening biodiversity, why bodiversity is imoportant and hope for teh future. Compiled by World Bank it is useful for students in develoing knowledge and understanding of the importance of global biodiversity in topic Ecosystems at Risk.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:31 PM

This infographic, put out by the World Bank, looks at the state of biodiversity today. The sections include:

* Once a Species is Extinct, it is Lost Forever

* Threats to Biodiversity

* Why Biodiversity Matters

* Signs of Hope

Think about using this to help students learn and understand some of the issues related to biodiversity.

Amazon Rainforest Workshops's curator insight, January 28, 9:45 PM

Great infographic for your class discussion on biodiversity

Diane Johnson's curator insight, January 29, 8:17 PM

Biodiversity is the key to a healthy ecosystem. Since there have been at least 6 mass extinctions in Earth's history, we can learn the stress this puts on all parts of the system and how to try to ameliorate the damage.

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City's main rail corridor plan attracts global developers

City's main rail corridor plan attracts global developers | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The architecture firm behind the world's tallest building has signalled it wants to develop Sydney's main rail corridor, as the state government fields global interest in a project to remake the central business district's southern edge.

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Useful for studying Sydney.

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gina lockton's curator insight, August 27, 2013 5:55 AM

Sydney - Urban Case Study - good contemporary information

Sally Egan's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:15 AM

Case study of Sydney. 

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Changing Earth

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Over the years, ISS astronauts have had a rare opportunity to witness climate change on Earth from space.

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A short but fascinating illustration of the rapid changes to areas of teh Earth, observed by astronauts since 2000. Plays for 1 minute 30.  

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, March 30, 5:05 PM

Cambio climático de la tierra

Sally Egan's curator insight, March 30, 7:29 PM

A great illustation of the changes to the environment as a result of increasing technology and population. Plays for 1minute 30.

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, April 4, 7:46 AM
This is a great resource for some of our science classes. It is an interesting presentation of the changes that we are making over time.
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Wildlife Refuges Are A MAJOR Boon To The Economy

Wildlife Refuges Are A MAJOR Boon To The Economy | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bird watching, hunting or just picnicking. Whatever the reason, visits to the nation's 561 wildlife refuges are big business.

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insightful artile about the value of wildlife and the reasons for protecting ecosystems incuding the opportunity costs.

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Why don't trees grow above a particular altitude? › Ask an Expert (ABC Science)

Why don't trees grow above a particular altitude? › Ask an Expert (ABC Science) | HSC Geography | Scoop.it

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Great article explaining biophysical interactions that result in diverse global ecosystems.

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gina lockton's curator insight, September 18, 2013 7:29 PM

this is a really interesting article - relevant to the Biosphere

Sally Egan's curator insight, October 9, 2013 6:56 PM

This is a great article to explain biophysical interactions and the resulting diverse ecosystems of the World.

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Tourism campaign will focus on food and wine

Tourism campaign will focus on food and wine | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Australian cuisine might be hard to define, but tourism officials are banking on our multicultural offerings to increase traveller numbers.
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Tourism trends. 

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A tale of two cities: poor New Yorkers demand a slice of Manhattan's action - The Guardian

A tale of two cities: poor New Yorkers demand a slice of Manhattan's action - The Guardian | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
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A tale of two cities: poor New Yorkers demand a slice of Manhattan's action
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"A tale of two cities? Yeah, ain't that the truth! Take a look around you. This is Brownsville.
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New York as a global city and the two sides of life in such cities. 

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The 10 Most Livable Cities In The World

The 10 Most Livable Cities In The World | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The most livable cities in the world aren't very large or packed full of people. They're also almost entirely in Canada and Australia.
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Urban places and liveability of cities.

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Building megacities: could Africa lead the way?

Building megacities: could Africa lead the way? | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Ambitious city plans could transform the African continent but what will the new urban jungle look like? (RT @SheenaBratt1: Amazing Venus Project feature! Building megacities: could Africa lead the way?
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Mega cities and addressing challenges of them.

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SUSTAINABLE LAND

SUSTAINABLE LAND | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
A prairie is one of the most productive ecosystems in the world. All of the species working together is more productive than any monoculture. (#FWI fact -A prairie is one of the most productive ecosystems in the world.
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Ecosystems ar Risk topic....Opportunity costs and the value of ecosystems

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Let’s follow Aqaba’s lead on urbanization and disaster risk reduction | Jo Scheuer | UNDP

Let’s follow Aqaba’s lead on urbanization and disaster risk reduction | Jo Scheuer | UNDP | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
As the global population grows more urban, cities must be proactive to ensure resilience to natural hazards. (The world's #urban population is growing - how can mega-cities become disaster proof?
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Housing as a challenge for mega cities.

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How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live

How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The rapid increase in the number of cities home to more than 10 million people will bring huge challenges … and opportunities... 

 

It's not just that more people now live in cities than in the rural countryside (for the first time in human history).  It's not just that major cities are growing increasingly more important to the global economy.  The rise of the megacities (cities over 10 million inhabitants) is a startling new phenomenon that really is something we've only seen in the last 50 years or so with the expectation that the number of megacities will double in the next 10 to 20 years (currently there are 23).  This reorganization of population entails wholesale restructuring of the economic, environmental, cultural and political networks.  The urban challenges that we face today are only going to become increasingly important in the future.        

 


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Great info graphic on mega cities. 

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Al Picozzi's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:06 PM

More and more people are moving to the cities than ever before.  As a result I believe there are more megacities on the way.  However I think there is a limit to these cities.  How are they going to be powered?  How are the people going to be fed? Where will they work?  how will these cities impact the environment?  Where is all the fresh water going to come from?

Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 30, 2013 7:40 AM

 It's not just that more people now live in cities than in the rural countryside (for the first time in human history).  It's not just that major cities are growing increasingly more important to the global economy.  The rise of the megacities (cities over 10 million inhabitants) is a startling new phenomenon that really is something we've only seen in the last 50 years or so with the expectation that the number of megacities will double in the next 10 to 20 years (currently there are 23).  This reorganization of population entails wholesale restructuring of the economic, environmental, cultural and political networks.  The urban challenges that we face today are only going to become increasingly important in the future.       

Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:26 AM

It is a good thing that there is more megacities being created because you can see more people move in which will help the city function better economics wise. When it comes down to the population that is a different story because there is more people to worry and deal with. The increase of people could go both ways because it can be good but at the same time it can go bad because people will start arguing in which it can get physical which means city ratings going down.

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Your world of tomorrow: Self sufficient mega cities

Your world of tomorrow: Self sufficient mega cities | HSC Geography | Scoop.it

The cities of the world are facing
multiple challenges (space, health, jobs and a conflict with the nature amid threats of climate change and global warming). Will we be able to build self-sufficient mega cities?


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Picture quiz – do you know your world cities?

Picture quiz – do you know your world cities? | HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Some city skylines are so iconic they are instantly recognisable.

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Try this to see what you do know about the cities of the world and their iconic features.

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Mary Patrick Schoettinger's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:59 AM

I definately need to get out more! Good excuse for travel!

 

harish magan's comment, September 10, 2013 7:09 AM
It is very interesting to explore new cities and their sky views
Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:41 PM

After taking this quiz I realized I could not really identify most of these cities. I could tell some of them were European from the look of the buildings. I also thought a few more were cities in the United States but there was only Dallas. In my opinion these cities are even more spectacular than some of our major cities.