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Azerbaijan Is Rich. Now It Wants to Be Famous.

Azerbaijan Is Rich. Now It Wants to Be Famous. | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Oil-rich, velvet-rope-poor Azerbaijan, a country about the size of South Carolina on the Caspian Sea, would very much like to be the world’s next party capital.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:30 PM

Azerbaijan has limited cultural prestige and international recognition, but it has great quantities of oil, and they are parlaying that wealth into an important geopolitical position in Central Asia.  It appears that Baku has ambitions to become the next Dubai.


Tags: Azerbaijan, political, development, Central Asia, unit 4 political.


Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 2, 2013 9:30 AM

Azerbaijan is tiny about the size of South Carolina, home to 9.2 million people, it produces nothing the world wants and has no major unviversities. So why is it such a big deal? It has Oil. Back in 2006 they began pumping oil from the caspian sea and with the help of BP they now pump one million barrels of oil daily. If the proposed pipeline running from turkey to Austria is built it could bring in billions of dollars a year. Azerbijan is overwhelmingly Muslim and buys advanced weapons systems from Israel in exchange for oil, they are a new member of the UN and sided with the US against Russia on the issue of Syria. Azerbaijan is making a rise in the world all thanks to their oil goldmine  

Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 20, 2013 10:43 AM

Much like Dubai they are using their oil wealth to build a city on the ocean.  Also they share a border with Iran, which makes the US even more interested in the area.  They also as of late have supported the US against Russia in the Syria conflict.  This small, but oil rich and strategically located country is getting involved in geo-politics and want to make sure people know its on the map.  Long a part of the USSR it is establishing itself as a country in the world and on its way to make its own idenity.  They are also looking to lay a gas pipeline that will just increase their standing in the economy of the area and the world.  They still have thier issues, Russia could flex its muscle in the area and there is the the ongoing conflict with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.  Going to be an interesting time in this part of the world.

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Animated Earth

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A fascinating 3D globe which shows air currents and lots of other data. View in real time or review past data. A must use site for geographers.
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Michail Darley's curator insight, August 27, 5:28 PM

I haven't tried this, but it looked interesting. So Here it is...

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Fragile States Index

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"Weak and failing states pose a challenge to the international community. In today’s world, with its highly globalized economy, information systems and interlaced security, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.  The Fragile States Index (FSI), produced by The Fund for Peace, is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 27, 12:31 PM

How can political stability and security be measured?  What constitutes effective governance?  The Fragile States Index (formerly known as the Failed States Index) is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.  There are  12 social, economic, and political/military categories that are a part of the overall rankings and various indicators are parts of the metrics that are a part of this index are:

SOCIAL

•Demographic Pressures 

•Refugees/IDPs

•Group Grievance

•Human Flight and Brain Drain

ECONOMIC

•Uneven Economic Development

•Poverty and Economic Decline

POLITICAL/MILITARY

•State Legitimacy

•Human Rights and Rule of Law

•Public Services

•Security Apparatus

•Factionalized Elites

•External Intervention


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 27, 9:57 PM

How can political stability and security be measured? The Fragile States Index is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.

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What Does Earth Look Like?


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Greg Russak's curator insight, August 26, 9:56 AM

Fellow map lovers will LOVE this!!!

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, August 27, 7:24 AM

Des cartes pour comprendre le monde.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 27, 9:37 AM

Unit 1

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Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery

Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Drag your cursor (on a computer) or swipe your finger (on a phone or tablet) across each photo below. The 2005 Hurricane Katrina photo will dissolve into a picture from the identical vantage point nine years later. CANAL STREET...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 26, 7:16 AM

This is a well-curated gallery of before and after images. 

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On World Population Day, Unpacking 9.6 Billion by 2050

On World Population Day, Unpacking 9.6 Billion by 2050 | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The United Nations predicts the human population will hit 9.6 billion by 2050. How do demographers devise that figure?

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2014 Fall Opening Social

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On September 13th, RIGEA will host a morning social that will double as an incredible professional development activity. Bridgewater State University is home to a rare 25 foot tall inflatable globe that will be on display at this RIGEA event. This globe, EarthView, also offers the singular opportunity to view the surface of the Earth from the inside. Dr. Vernon Domingo, a geography professor from Bridgewater State University, will offer guided demonstrations of EarthView and present a keynote address entitled “Integrating Geography and History.”  Dr. Seth Dixon will present on the challenges of teaching geography.


When: September 13th, 9 a.m.
Where: Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom (see map)
What: Opening Social with EarthView
Professional Development talks: “Integrating Geography and History” and “Teaching Geography in the 21st century”
Dining: Light continental breakfast; pizza for lunch
WHO: Anyone who would like to attend that RSVPs.
RSVP: Please email your RSVP to rigea@ric.edu with the subject line “1 RSVP for EarthView”

 


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Missionary Maps of Africa (1908) - the BIG Map Blog

Missionary Maps of Africa (1908) - the BIG Map Blog | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Two maps of Africa prepared for missionaries. Interesting material. 1908.

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World will have 13 'super-aged' nations by 2020

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The world is aging rapidly and that's bad news for the global economy, according to a new report by Moody's Investor Service.

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Worst Hurricane

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"What's the worst Hurricane anyone in your town remembers?""


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 13, 7:57 AM

Click here to see a higher resolution version of this map (don't dismiss it as just a cartoon!).  


Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 24, 4:59 PM

Andrew  was bad, Katrina was most memorable

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A Nice Tall Glass of Camel's Milk

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Two years ago, a University of Southern California student named Walid Abdul-Wahab was visiting his native Saudi Arabia during the holy month of Ramadan when he noticed that everyone seemed to be drinking raw camel’s milk.
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Map - Routes to a better life - migration to Europe from Africa and the Middle East

Map - Routes to a better life - migration to Europe from Africa and the Middle East | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

The popularity of illegal migration routes into Europe changes over time. In recent years a crackdown on the Canary Island route has seen many people travel through Libya, where a lack of security has helped.


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Mathijs Booden's curator insight, August 15, 3:15 AM

The word "helped' here is used in a rather abstract sense.

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How America lost the Middle East

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The US can't solve the region's problems — and it should stop trying.

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Generational Divide on Israel and Palestine

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Young Americans are showing far less fervent support for Israel than older generations.

 

Many older Americans can still recall the Six-Day War in 1967 or the Yom Kippur War in 1973, during which Israel’s very existence seemed to be threatened by its Arab neighbors. 

 By contrast, “young Americans have grown up with Israel as an incredible superpower in the region, and with occupation and intifada,” said Ira Stup of J Street, the liberal-leaning pro-Israel lobby group. “Young Americans often have a vision of Israel vis-a-vis Palestine that is more in line with what is going on now.”

There is no mistaking the depth of the generational split. 

Late last month, Gallup asked Americans whether Israel’s recent actions against Hamas were justified or unjustified. Those who were 65 or older backed Israel by a wide margin: 55 percent to 31 percent. But those aged between 18 and 29, said by more than a two-to-one margin — 51 percent to 25 percent — that Israel’s actions were unjustified.


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MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 12:47 PM

APHG-Unit 3

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Epcot Taught Me to Love International Food

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I grew up at Disney World.
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Teaching Geography in the 21st Century: A New Online Course | GIS Education Community

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Teaching Geography in the 21st Century: A New Online Course

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PowerPoint Map of Canada with Provinces and Major Cities - PowerPoint Presentation Design Services for Consultants and Corporates

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Canada is the world’s second largest country by total land area and occupies most of northern North America. It extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the West and Northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada’s shares a border with the United States in the South and the Northwest and …

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The United Sweets of America

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What would America be without dessert? It would be puritanical. It would be boring. It would be healthier, probably.
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The Evolution of Diet

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Could eating like our ancestors make us healthier?

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, August 24, 8:37 AM

We need to feed a few billion more people by 2050.  What diet will make that happen?

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Russia Shuts Down McDonald's Franchises

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In a move that has been widely seen as retaliatory, the Russian government has kicked off a series of random checks at McDonald's around the country, and has already shut down four prime locations in Moscow.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, August 23, 5:51 AM
Putin using the Big Mac attack strategy.
Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 24, 4:57 PM

This was at one time the largest McDonalds.

 

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EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people

EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Pharmaceutical companies would need to compensate indigenous people for using their knowhow in creating new medicines

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Welcome To Geography!

"Let's start off the new school year in style! This is a re-imagining of an older resource designed to introduce the subject to new students in a highly visual manner.  Feel free to use & share it."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 22, 4:59 PM

Admit it...geographers have to sell geography.  This geography teacher has done a fabulous job of demonstrating what geography is in an engaging, relevant way to start the year off right


Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education.

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What Africa might have looked like today, had it never been colonised

What Africa might have looked like today, had it never been colonised | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
 

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Christopher L. Story's curator insight, August 17, 4:56 AM

in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1............

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Infographic “Global Second Languages”

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This is an intriguing infographic:

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Global Peace Index: World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

Global Peace Index: World peace? These are the only 11 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

With the crisis in Gaza, the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria and the international stand-off ongoing in Ukraine, it can sometimes feel like the whole world is at war.


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This Is Where Your Electricity Comes From

This Is Where Your Electricity Comes From | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Ever wondered where those electrons come from when you plug something into your wall? Well, the Wall Street Journal has a lovely map which shows the main sources of electricity in each of the U.S. states.
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