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

What’s your local HDI (human development index)? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: 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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Tracey Sarvis's curator insight, November 9, 2014 8:20 AM

Development and HDI

 

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.

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Edelin Espino's curator insight, September 10, 2014 2:31 PM

This is a really cool game! You should play it.

Allison Henley's curator insight, September 10, 2014 2:35 PM

Very addicting even though I'm not that great at it!! haha

Matleena Laakso's curator insight, October 5, 2014 4:55 AM

Tämä on hauska, muutaman kerran on tullut "pelattua".

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It wasn’t just the Armenians: The other 20th century massacres we ignore

It wasn’t just the Armenians: The other 20th century massacres we ignore | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Last week marked the 100th anniversary of the killings of more than a million Armenians during the dying days of the Ottoman Empire. Despite considerable opposition from the Turkish government, the anniversary is bringing renewed attention to an often overlooked historical issue, with President Obama in particular facing criticism for not using the word 'genocide' to describe the killings. The 20th century was bloody and violent, and while some horrors are at least relatively well-known – the Holocaust or the genocides in Rwanda and Cambodia, for example – others have become mere footnotes in history."

 

Tags:  genocide, political, conflict, war, refugees, empire, colonialism, historical.


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1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says

1 In 4 Americans Thinks The Sun Goes Around The Earth, Survey Says | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Twenty-six percent in a survey of 2,200 people conducted in 2012 answered that the Sun revolves around the Earth, and fewer than half correctly answered a question about human origins.
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"60 Minutes" follows migrants fighting to survive

"60 Minutes" follows migrants fighting to survive | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Eight hundred people may have drowned in a Mediterranean migrant tragedy. Some of the migrants were refugees from Syria's brutal civil war, but most were fleeing the harsh dictatorship in the North African country of Eritrea.
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100 years later: Photographer tracks the Armenian diaspora

100 years later: Photographer tracks the Armenian diaspora | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Photographer known for iconic Obama photo tries to bridge past and present in a project close to her heart
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The Next 10 Countries: The World's Most Likely New Nations

The Next 10 Countries: The World's Most Likely New Nations | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
As stable as our world may seem, country borders shift and change. These are the regions most likely to become new nations.

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16 Fascinating African Tribal Traditions - AFKInsider

16 Fascinating African Tribal Traditions - AFKInsider | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Some African tribal traditions are a mystery and fascination for most of the modern world. Here are 16 fascinating African tribal traditions.

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"How far would you have to travel to reach the Earth’s core? And what would you see along the way? Use this BBC interactive to dig into the truth. (BBC).  Download the National Geographic Education high-resolution illustration of Earth’s interior."


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New Sections of the Great Wall of China Discovered

New Sections of the Great Wall of China Discovered | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have discovered ruins of the Great Wall along the border of northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region and Gansu province, dispelling a common belief that there were no sections of the wall in this area.

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Balikatan - Standing shoulder-to-wary-shoulder in the South China Sea

Balikatan - Standing shoulder-to-wary-shoulder in the South China Sea | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

To take just one example, new analysis of satellite images of Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly archipelago shows that the feature, all but two rocks of which used to be submerged at high tide, is now three times bigger than the largest natural island in the Spratlys. It boasts 80 buildings and three cement plants. The port is being improved, with five new piers and several barges, including a crane barge. Construction of a 3,110 metre (1.9 miles) airstrip is estimated to be one-third complete. All of this seems to flout the spirit and probably the letter of an agreement China reached in 2002 with the ten-member Association of South-East Asian Nations (which includes Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam) “to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes” in the South China Sea.


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The world’s most (and least) obese countries

The world’s most (and least) obese countries | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"A massive chart ranks the world's most overweight countries"

-Source: Martinez R. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity visualization.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 22, 12:51 PM

"Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati, small island nations in the Pacific, top the list, with roughly four out of five of their citizens being overweight or obese. They are followed by a slew of Middle Eastern countries – Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. Mexico, Turkey, Chile and Iceland also rank above the U.S. The U.S. comes in 27th with 66.3 percent of its population being obese or overweight.

The least overweight countries by this measure are Ethiopia and North Korea, with 6.1 percent and 4.4 percent of their population being overweight or obese, respectively."

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Who Owns Antarctica?


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Emma Boyle's curator insight, April 24, 9:04 AM

Shout out to Douglas.

Blake Joseph's curator insight, April 24, 3:48 PM

With Antarctica being the coldest, driest, and most isolated continent on earth, it is surprising that 51 different countries own pieces of land on it. As of now, the lands there can only be used strictly for scientific research, but I presume that treaty will not be in effect forever. Hidden resources yet to be discovered and future technology and is bound to give us some reason to permanently settle in this barren land someday. Discovering oil or minerals would be a good bet, as it was a leading factor in causing Dubai to form in the Arabian Desert, or the city of Perth in Western Australia. A healthy fishing industry could even help support future economies there. While weather has always been an important factor in human colonization, it does not make a place totally inhospitable. If economies can form in places like Barrow, Alaska and Longyearbyen, Norway, I don't see future  settlements in Antarctica as an impossibility.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 25, 5:20 PM

In reality, no one own Antarctica for now. However, it is governed under the Antarctica treaty of 1959.  There are a few reasons why no one has been claimed Antarctica, one being that is has extremely cold temperatures that drop to -122 °F. The continent also has a vast amount of thick ice that is 3 miles deep and covers its surface. In addition, it would be very costly to explore these regions and difficult to build infrastructure and transport food due to the cold temperatures and frozen seas. The Antarctica treaty of 1959 is an international agreement which states that no one cannot own the Antarctica. However, some countries have claimed some part of Antarctica. These designated areas are only to be used for scientific research purposes. Also, since an international agreement has been putted in place, Antarctica cannot be used for military purposes. The agreement also stresses freedom of scientific investigation but prohibits nuclear testing and waste disposal in Antarctica. This research has helped scientists discover new truths about global problems, climate change, and geology. 

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China's Xi Jinping agrees $46bn superhighway to Pakistan

China's Xi Jinping agrees $46bn superhighway to Pakistan | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
China's President Xi Jinping has signed a deal with Pakistan promising $46bn (£30.7bn) of investment.

 

China plans to inject some $46bn - almost three times the entire foreign direct investment Pakistan has received since 2008. Many say Mr Sharif's penchant for "thinking big" and China's increasing need to control maritime trade routes may well combine to pull off an economic miracle in Pakistan.

But there are questions over Pakistan's ability to absorb this investment given its chronic problems with militancy, separatism, political volatility and official corruption.

China is worried about violence from ethnic Uighurs in its mostly Muslim north-western Xinjiang region and fears hard-line separatists could team up with Uighur militants fighting alongside members of Pakistan's Taliban.


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An earthquake felt across South Asia

An earthquake felt across South Asia | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday morning destroyed parts of Kathmandu, trapped many people under rubble and killed more than 2,500 people. It was the worst to hit the country since a massive 1934 temblor killed more than 8,000."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 27, 9:14 AM

Even though we know that with the plate tectonic boundaries where these disasters are more likely to occur, it never fully is expected.  These before and after pictures are heart-rending and full the extent of the damage is hard to comprehend (explore in ArcGIS online or view the USGS data).  IRIS provides powerpoint slides for teachers to use this earthquake as a 'teachable moment.'

Geographer Jon Kedrowski has a blog about his mountaineering and expeditions. He is up on Everest now, and his blog has a description of the earthquake and the resulting avalanche. The pictures and descriptions are both sobering and fascinating.  If you want to help, you can donate money or your geospatial abilities (open-source mapping).

*This post was prepared in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Hann of the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education.


Tags: Nepal, disasters, physical, tectonics.

Sally Egan's curator insight, April 27, 8:48 PM

Fabulous images and great for study of this disaster.

Aysha Maria's curator insight, Today, 1:26 AM

Sad & ill-fated..!

 

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When America Was Crazy About Rock Gardens

When America Was Crazy About Rock Gardens | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
During these times of drastic drought in the American West, maybe we should take a hint from the early 20th century — and plant rock gardens.
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Nepal earthquake: Hundreds die, many feared trapped

Nepal earthquake: Hundreds die, many feared trapped | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
At least 970 people have died as Nepal suffered its worst earthquake for more than 80 years, with deaths also reported in India, Tibet and Bangladesh.

 

Tags: Nepal, disasters, physical, tectonics.


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Hot! Gigantic Magma Reservoir Found Under Yellowstone National Park - NBCNews.com

Hot! Gigantic Magma Reservoir Found Under Yellowstone National Park - NBCNews.com | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Scientists have detected a gigantic reservoir of hot, partly molten rock deep beneath Yellowstone National Park. The newly discovered magma reservoir is big ...
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Map - European oil infrastructure

Map - European oil infrastructure | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Map of the oil infrastructure in Europe http://bit.ly/1y8cFCz #Oil #Energy #EnergyUnion pic.twitter.com/w7bGZ1k6WW


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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages."

 

Tags: language, culture, infographic.


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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, April 26, 8:02 PM

Some APHuG foreshadowing

Kaitlyn Evans's comment, April 27, 12:18 PM
If you were to look back 50 years ago, I'm sure that these statistics would be slightly different. It does not surprise me that English is still the most popular language and is spoken in more countries than any other language. I never realized how many people speak Chinese (1.39 billion speakers) in comparison to English (527 million). I think other languages will start to become more spoken than english in the years to come.
Scott Greer's comment, April 27, 5:07 PM
I live in China. The number of students taking English is huge. 3300 students at my middle school alone...
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Turks, Armenians and the two memories of April 24

Turks, Armenians and the two memories of April 24 | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Turks, Kurds and Armenians killed each other in the thousands, betraying their history of coexistence in Anatolia.

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Airport Codes

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Making sense of those three-letter airport codes.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 31, 1:41 PM

I often fly into CVG (Cincinnati) and wondered why those 3 letters are used as the airport code instead of CIN.  "Serving the greater Cincinnati metro area, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky's airport code comes from the nearby city of Covington."  So why is Chicago ORD and Washington D.C.'s airport IAD?  Airport codes has all the answers to these sorts of questions, but the great circle mapper can help you visualize how these transportation hubs are connected and make fun maps of all your travels.    


Tags: mobility, mapping, transportation.

Christopher L. Story's curator insight, April 26, 8:07 PM

Did you ever wonder.....

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Amazing Maps on Twitter

Amazing Maps on Twitter | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Human Migration out of East Africa pic.twitter.com/mlQGWtY0BT

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19 Bridges From Around The World That Will Take Your Breath Away.

19 Bridges From Around The World That Will Take Your Breath Away. | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Strolling across these bridges would definitely be a walk to remember and never forget.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 22, 11:06 PM

Gorgeous & Breathtaking....you'll want to paint these pictures. 

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What's the Yemen conflict really about?

What's the Yemen conflict really about? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Is the conflict due to geographical rivalry, sectarian divisions, disappointment after the 2011 revolution or is it part of a wider regional power play?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 22, 2:58 PM

Saudi Arabia has recently announced that they stop their 4 week long bombing campaign against a rebel group in Yemen.  Like many complex geopolitical conflict, it is hard for students to begin to understand what the fighting is really about, but this article is a solid introduction to the Yemen conflict


Tags: Yemen, political, conflict.

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, April 24, 12:42 PM

Something we should know about another insane conflict in which the United States became involved to worsen an already difficult situation

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Why does Africa have so many languages?

Why does Africa have so many languages? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Studies show the African continent contains the highest genetic diversity of any place in the world, but whether or not that correlates to the highest variation in language isn't as clear.

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40 maps that explain outer space

From the moon to the cosmos, this is the universe we live in.

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