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What’s your local HDI (human development index)?

What’s your local HDI (human development index)? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"A recently-released online tool enables Californians to see where they stand on a “human development index” – a composite measure of health, knowledge and standard of living developed by the American Human Development Project of the Social Sciences..." 

This is cool.  Instead of aggregating the data at the country level and comparing countries, we can see differences in local levels of human development.  Students see patterns of socio-economics and development vividly, and in an intensely local way tailored to their regional frame of reference.   


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China Photo of the Day: A Giant Bank Made Entirely From Ice

China Photo of the Day: A Giant Bank Made Entirely From Ice | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Sheng Li/ReutersEverything is bigger in China. This ice castle—or, ice bank fortress—is perhaps the most spectacular entrant in the 30th annual International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin.
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The 10 Poorest Countries in the World - Top Ten

The 10 Poorest Countries in the World - Top Ten | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full?

Europe's African Refugee Crisis: Is the Boat Really Full? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

“ Since Italy began rescuing Africans from the Mediterranean after the last major tragedy in October, the number of refugees coming to Europe has risen dramatically. Fears of economic immigrants could become a top issue in Europe's spring election.”


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36 maps that will make you see the world in completely new ways

36 maps that will make you see the world in completely new ways | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Holy shit, Russia. We need to start carpet-bombing Moscow with nicotine patches.


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This is Taliban country

This is Taliban country | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Fault Lines reports from a Taliban stronghold just an hour outside Kabul, where armed fighters openly patrol streets.

 

A Taliban stronghold in the Charkh District, just an hour outside Kabul, has become a microcosm of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Though only an hour from Kabul, armed Taliban patrol the streets openly and have built a parallel administration in Charkh, including Islamic law courts and girls schools.


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Factory City: EUPA . - YouTube

They live there. They eat there. Their children attend school there. But most of all, they work there. They are the 17,000 employees of EUPA, a "Factory City...

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Russia urges caution in east Ukraine

Russia urges caution in east Ukraine | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The new administration in Kiev is struggling for credibility in the east of the country and several towns and cities were effectively taken over by pro-Russian groups over the weekend."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 14, 8:26 AM

The official U.S. State Department's analysis of the data that concludes that Russia is behind the pro-Russian uprising can be seen here.

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Photo Series Documents What People Around the World Eat in a Day - Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design

Photo Series Documents What People Around the World Eat in a Day - Beautiful/Decay Artist & Design | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio (who is also his wife) spent three years traveling to 30 countries to document what different people eat over the course of a single day. The resulting photographs are compiled into a book, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.

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Fantasy Geopolitics : A Serious Game to make student love geopolotics | #SeriousGame #Geopolitics

The social learning game that follows countries and world leaders as they compete for news headlines.

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Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures?

Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The light that a city emits is like its glowing fingerprint. From the orderly grid of Manhattan, to the sprawling, snaking streets of Milan, to the bright contrast of Kuwait’s ring-roads, each city leaves its own pattern of tiny glowing dots. See if you can ID these cities based on the way they shine."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 12, 9:59 PM

This short quiz of 16 cities combines several analytic components of geography that you won't see in more standard map quizzes for regional geography;  this draws on some similar skills similar to the map quiz that was based on identifying the city based on Starbucks locations.  Some recognition of local spatial patterns from previous map analysis can make this quiz easier but there are still some cities that you haven't ever looked at from space before.  Things to consider as you attempt this quiz:  Which of the four possible selections can you rule out out?  What enabled you to eliminate those selections (e.g.-coastal, scale, size, grid pattern, transportation systems, density, etc.)?  What does to layout of the city tell us about the planning and historical origins of the city?  Is there one urban model that best helps us explain the configuration of this city?     


Tags: urbanmodels, planning, density, urbanism, unit 7 citiestrivia.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 14, 11:00 AM

Geography education

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The world's FIRST net-zero energy skyscraper rises in Indonesia

The world's FIRST net-zero energy skyscraper rises in Indonesia | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Pertamina Energy Tower's curved façade is precisely calibrated for Jakarta's proximity to the equator to mitigate solar heat gain year-round.

 

The world's first net-zero energy skyscraper soon will grace the center of Jakarta, Indonesia — the Pertamina Energy Tower. When it's finished in 2019, it will be 99 stories high and serve as the headquarters of the national energy company. In addition to the 20,000 people who will work there, it will be the centerpiece of a campus that has a mosque, a sports center and a 2,000-seat auditorium for the performing arts.

Shaped like a funnel, the top of the tower opens at the top, capturing wind and sucking it inside to run a series of vertical wind turbines that provide 25 percent of the building's electricity.

The building is designed to be a symbol of Indonesia's commitment to sustainable development. Find more details at the link.


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Catherine Devin's curator insight, April 11, 7:00 AM

Au centre de Jakarta, ce bâtiment sera le symbole de l'engagement de l'Indonésie pour le développement durable.

Programme ambitieux dans le design comme dans les technologies.

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Geocache?!

Geocache?! | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
When Hasbro last week revealed the 16 finalists in its add-a-word-to-Scrabble contest, devotees of geocaching—the game in which people hunt for hidden treasures using GPS-enabled devices—noticed that geocache was among the contenders.
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Washington D.C. pretty in pink

Washington D.C. pretty in pink | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Washington's famed cherry blossom trees in full bloom
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Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong

Why Google Maps gets Africa wrong | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

“ From colonial cartographers to digital depictions, the continent is being sold short, says Think Africa Press”


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Explore the Galapagos Islands with Google Maps - YouTube


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The Science behind Google Earth

The Science behind Google Earth | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Google is using a new technology to automatically generate  3D buildings from 45-degree angle aerial photography made by overlapping passes of aircraft.  The aerial photos are combined to create 3D models."


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 15, 9:37 AM

unit one

Annenkov's curator insight, April 16, 12:46 AM

This technology of visualization I would name "3D landscape"

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Tecnología para generar imágenes en 3D con Google Earth

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Globalization and the Textile Industry

"On the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, little has changed in the global sweatshop economy. Workers are again trapped and burned to death behind locked exit gates."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 15, 2:57 PM

One of the first industries to be impacted by what is today called globalization was the textile industry and the successive waves of globalization continue to alter the geography of the textile industry.  This video shows how historical problems in the U.S. textile industry are seen today in countries such as Bangladesh, as does this interactive feature.  The following paragraph is from a Geography News Network podcast / article that Julie Dixon and I co-authored for Maps101 about the Bangladeshi garment industry:     


Many developing countries with the majority of their laborers working in agriculture welcome outsourced labor from the West. This is seen as a way to nurture industrialization, even if it is on the terms of trans-national corporations. Countless workers seek employment in textile factories simply because low pay is still an entry into the cash economy and it is one of the few jobs rural migrants can find when they first enter the big city. In such locations, Western labor, construction, and environmental standards are not priorities because the population’s basic needs haven’t been met, so the responsibility falls to the global companies—but their aim is to cut costs as much as possible to remain competitive.  From its emergence in textiles back in the late 1970’s, Bangladesh in 2013 made $19 billion in the export-oriented, ready-made garment industry, employing 4 million workers, most of whom are women. 


Listen to more of this Geography News Network podcast or read it here. 


Tags: Bangladesh, poverty, development, economic, globalization, industry, labor.

L.Long's curator insight, April 15, 6:53 PM

A good example of dominance and dependence

Kelly Collinsworth's curator insight, April 16, 8:42 AM

For Beth Manor

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The World's Largest Trees

"The world's second-largest known tree, the President, in Sequoia National Park is photographed by National Geographic magazine photographer Michael 'Nick' Nichols for the December 2012 issue."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 16, 12:28 PM

There is a beauty and magnificent in nature, both is the microscopic and delicate as well as the grand and powerful.  The biosphere's diversity is a great part of it's allure that keeps geographers exploring for to understand the mysteries on our planet.  The incredible image at the end of this project really is truly stunning.  


Tags: biogeography, environmentecology, California.

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Where the extreme poor live

Where the extreme poor live | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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The Pros and Cons of Gentrification - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com

The Pros and Cons of Gentrification - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Are there ways to curb the effects of gentrification?

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A crazy-looking map that always shows you where the nearest airport is

A crazy-looking map that always shows you where the nearest airport is | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Jason Davies created the Voronoi diagrams above to show the airport that is nearest to every point on the surface of the earth. Only large airports with scheduled services are depicted here.


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 13, 2:49 PM

You may have to navigate around this link to find what interest you. There may be a geography lesson here!  For example, here is a map of US airports:

 

 http://bl.ocks.org/mbostock/4360892

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A New World Order...

A New World Order... | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"People outside Independence Hall examining a new map of Europe before the end of WW1, in Philadelphia, October 1918" http://pic.twitter.com/pJIYeXJuj6 ;


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China’s new megalopolis would be bigger than Uruguay and more populous than Germany

China’s new megalopolis would be bigger than Uruguay and more populous than Germany | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
China might not be willing to relocate its capital city, but it can make it bigger. The country's top economic planner has reportedly drawn up a plan for a Beijing-centered "economic circle" (link in Chinese) that combines the municipalities of Beijing and Tianjin and parts of Hebei province into one huge megalopolis. Officials believe that integrating the three...

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27 Magical Photos That Prove Why Getting The Airplane Window Seat Is Absolutely Necessary.

27 Magical Photos That Prove Why Getting The Airplane Window Seat Is Absolutely Necessary. | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
I'm NEVER falling asleep on an airplane again!

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Beef prices spike to all-time high

Beef prices spike to all-time high | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Shoppers in Los Angeles are noticing a dramatic jump in the price of beef over the last few weeks. KCAL's Serene Branson reports.
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Sixty Languages at Risk of Extinction in Mexico—Can They Be Kept Alive? - National Geographic

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Sixty Languages at Risk of Extinction in Mexico—Can They Be Kept Alive?
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It's vital to save languages because they "are the primary conduit for human culture," says K.
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