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Crop Diversification in Malawi

Crop Diversification in Malawi | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The tiny black-eyed pea is about to wage battle in Malawi.  The small country in southeast Africa is the site of a project to help with food security, nutrition and income.  Western University researchers are among those who will work with 30,000 farmers to help diversify crops into protein-rich legumes, such as the black-eyed pea, a popular type of cow pea in Malawi."


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Tags: food, agriculture, Africa, Malawi, unit 5 agriculture.

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Seth Dixon's comment, March 15, 2013 8:44 PM
A good friend of mine is currently working for USAID in Malawi. This is what he had to say: I think crop diversification is really important here in Malawi. Most farmers have a heavy reliance on maize,which results in reduced hunger but there continues to be persistent malnutrition among children as their diets consist of mostly maize.Almost everyone here grows maize, you might be a school teacher or a health worker, but you are also most likely growing maize as well. Farmers are very risk averse here, so introducing a new crop takes time, finding the few willing to experiment and then using them to show their neighbors of the benefits. Other organizations are working on crop diversification here in Malawi, the US government, Catholic Relief Services, and other international development partners. Although not spelled out in the article, the majority of farmers are actually women, and agricultural production is typically for household subsistence with minimal cash cropping. As crop diversification increases, cash crops will provide more resources for families to pay for education and health for their families, but probably more importantly families will start diversifying their nutritional intake beyond maize. In a country where 42% of under 5 children are stunted, this will be a positive development. My wife was just out in the South of the country with CRS and was seeing some of the work that they are doing towards crop diversification as a result of USAID funding. She was really impressed to see how different vulnerable groups have been targeted by similar programs. She was able to see changes in rural villages in very insecure food zones. She saw how those lead farmers, willing to adopt new techniques or diversify crops, plant cash crops, etc, are reaping the benefits. Their neighbors are seeing it in action and are now adopting the techniques. It is not an immediate adoption, you have to give it time. These people are very risk averse, when set backs aren't just an inconvenience, but translate into starvation, it is understandable why it takes time. It also makes it more impressive when you find those willing to take the risks and try to set aside some land for a new crop. I am sure my agricultural colleagues would have more sophisticated answers but just some of my personal thoughts/observations."

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

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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, 2:31 PM

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

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

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

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Visualizing Urban Change

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"60 years has made a big difference in the urban form of American cities. The most rapid change occurred during the mid-century urban renewal period that cleared large tracts of urban land for new highways, parking, and public facilities or housing projects. Fine-grained networks of streets and buildings on small lots were replaced with superblocks and megastructures. While the period did make way for impressive new projects in many cities, many of the scars are still unhealed.  We put together these sliders to show how cities have changed over half a century. In this post, we look at Midwestern cities such as [pictured above] Cincinnati, Ohio."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, Today, 11:33 AM

It's ironic that I feel more accustomed to exploring Cincinnati, OH on foot than I do Providence, RI.  Although I drive in downtown Providence regularly, I seldom have a reason to walk and explore it.  In my yearly visits to Cincinnati to score the AP Human Geography exams, I'm outside my hometown and away from my typical routine. That helps me feel more like a flâneur, to stroll the streets and explore the urban landscape.  This set of 7 before and after images shows Midwestern cities (Cincinnati, Detroit, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Columbus) lets you digitally analyze the last 70 years of urban morphology.  Click here for a gallery 7 of cities in Texas and Oklahoma


Questions to Ponder: What are the biggest changes you see for the 1950 to today?  How are the land uses difference?  Has the density changed?  Do any of urban models help us understand these cities?


Tags: urban, planning, industry, economichistorical, geospatial, urban models, APHG.

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Who Owns The North Pole?

"Though uninhabited and full of melting ice caps, the Arctic is surprisingly an appealing piece of real estate. Many countries have already claimed parts of the region. So who technically owns the North Pole? And why do these nations want it so bad?"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 5, 4:20 PM

Denmark is now being more assertive in their claimsWhy is this happening now?  As climate change threatens polar ice caps, some see the receding ice as an economic and political opportunity.  Canada, Russia, Denmark (Greenland) and the U.S. are all seeking to expand their maritime claims in the Arctic.  When trapped under ice, extracting resources is cost prohibitive, but the melting sea ice will make the Arctic's resources all the more valuable (including the expanded shipping lanes).  Even a global disaster like climate change can make countries behave like jackals, ready to feast on a dead carcass.  For more, read this National Geographic blogpost.  


TagsArctic, economic, environment, political, resources, water, sovereignty, coastal, environment depend, territoriality, unit 4 politicalclimate change, political ecology.

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How America will look in 2060, in 7 graphs

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The Census Bureau recently released its 2014 population projections, gaming out the next 45 years of population growth and changes in the United States.
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Russia in crisis: Analysis of a meltdown

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The collapse of the ruble could bring the country to its knees, and even touch off a global financial crisis
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Why Does Earth Have Deserts?


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Diane Johnson's curator insight, December 16, 8:08 AM

Nicely aligned to MS Earth science 

Catherine Buckman's curator insight, December 16, 2:22 PM

Interesting short video  explaining Hadley Cells and why the earth rain forests on Equator and deserts above and below. 

Gordon de Snoo's curator insight, December 16, 7:05 PM

Good explaination

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The United Bike Lanes of America

The United Bike Lanes of America | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
What do America's bike paths look like from coast coast and how do bike lanes in cities stack up?

 

Tags: transportation, planning.


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Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 13, 1:50 PM

With the rise in gas emissions, everyone is trying to make a stride towards reducing this effect and cleaning up our society. One way in particular is using a bike to get to work. Although it may not seem like something we are used to, it is definitely something we should start getting used to. Looking at this map of the bike lanes in america we see a large amount of the west coast and east coast dedicated towards pushing the issue so that bikes become more prevalent. In theory using bikes will not only reduce emission but it makes for a healthier human body by exerting physical activity instead of sitting back and cruising your way to work. To my knowledge if we try for pushing the issue with more bikes then we are also helping our environment 

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The Data-Driven Farm

"Mr. Tom is as much a chief technology officer as he is a farmer. Where his great-great-grandfather hitched a mule, 'we’ve got sensors on the combine, GPS data from satellites, cellular modems on self-driving tractors, apps for irrigation on iPhones,' he said.

The demise of the small family farm has been a long time coming. But for farmers like Mr. Tom, technology offers a lifeline, a way to navigate the boom-and-bust cycles of making a living from the land. It is also helping them grow to compete with giant agribusinesses."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 3, 4:42 PM

The New York Times article associated with the video above offers a great glimpse into the inner works of how agribusiness technologies have transformed the American family farm.  


Tags: agriculture, food production, agribusiness, unit 5 agriculture.

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‘The Vatican Museums 3D’ Takes Technology-Enabled Tour to Rome

‘The Vatican Museums 3D’ Takes Technology-Enabled Tour to Rome | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Documentary Shows Moviegoers Sacred Art Like It Has Never Been Seen Before

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For the Love of Maps

For the Love of Maps | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
I have a confession to make; I’m a map geek. Even as a kid watching Raiders of the Lost Ark, I was fascinated by the map they used to segue between scenes to show Indiana Jones’ travels.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 10, 2:44 PM

I hope you enjoy this article; I enjoyed writing it.  I write about my map geekiness (does that surprise anyone out there?), share my place-based videos StoryMap with over 60 of my favorite classroom videos, and why teaching kids to appreciate the value of maps is important.  All of my future articles for National Geographic Education will be archived here at this link


Tags: National Geographicmapping, edtech.

Adriene Mannas's curator insight, December 12, 11:05 AM

Unit 1!

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The surprising math of cities and corporations

"Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities — that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 4, 2:44 PM

While corporations rise and fall, it is quite rare for a city to entirely fail as an economic system.  Huge cities have some negative consequences, but the networks that operate in the city function more efficiently on economies of scale in a way that offsets the negatives.  Increasing a city's population will continue to improve the economies of scale (larger cities have higher wages per capita, more creative employment per capita, etc.).  However, this growth requires major technological innovations to sustain long-term growth.  

 

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Van Brienen Networks Ed van den Berg's curator insight, December 14, 3:17 PM

Not surprisingly the DNA of cities is a follow-up of human DNA and understanding this will explain and predict how the body of a city will develop!

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Mexico Has Brutally Choked Off The Flow Of Undocumented Immigrants Into The U.S.

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"Once a pit stop on the long, dangerous trail north to the U.S. border, Tenosique has become ground zero for a remarkably successful push to cut off the flow of undocumented immigrants into the United States."

 

Grupo Beta [in Mexico] was established to provide food and medical assistance to migrants moving through the country to the United States. With facilities across the country along migratory routes, migrants have long become accustomed to seeking out the organization for help.

But since July, activists said that Grupo Beta workers in Tabasco and other border states have begun turning migrants into law enforcement. Several migrants in Tabasco said they had been targeted by law enforcement officials minutes after seeking out mobile Grupo Beta units providing food and water near the border.  The plan had an almost immediate impact.


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The Lost Boys, part one - YouTube

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15 Overlay Maps That Will Change The Way You See The World - Business Insider

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The way we think about the world is wrong.
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Denmark Is The Latest Country To Claim The North Pole As Its Own

Denmark Is The Latest Country To Claim The North Pole As Its Own | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Although you might think that the North Pole is nothing but a barren wilderness populated only by polar bears and Santa, a surprisingly large number of countries are getting surprisingly bitchy about who owns it — mostly because of the oil...
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What are the odds you’ll wake up to a White Christmas?

What are the odds you’ll wake up to a White Christmas? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Idaho residents, keep those snow shovels at the ready. Minnesotans, Wisconsinites and Youppers —those who live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — should stock up on salt.
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Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map - Wired

Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map - Wired | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Autonomous cars will require maps that differ in several important ways from the maps we use today for turn-by-turn directions.

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Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site

Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A sign urging environmental action during a United Nations summit meeting on climate change was placed near a 1,000-year-old geoglyph that is a cultural treasure in Peru. Officials are outraged over the trespassing and the disturbance of the ancient grounds.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 13, 5:23 PM

Greenpeace is falling for some of the same social media fails as the selfie generation.  Peruvian authorities are angry that Greenpeace activists damaged a forbidden archeological site that is both a national symbol and sacred site.  UN climate talks are taking place in Peru right now, so this Greenpeace publicity stunt becomes all the more ironic.  The Peruvian government is accusing them of irrevocably damaging the environment at this site.  


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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 14, 10:34 AM

This is something that absolutely mortifies me. As the United Nations climate change summit met in Peru, Greenpeace thought to make a stance. Greenpeace decided to trespass onto some of Peru's most sacred, ancient, and mysterious grounds, the Nazca lines. These geoglyphs are thousands of years old, and no one is quite sure what they mean or why they were made. The lines have remained because of the dry, windless climate in the valley allowing for the dirt to remain undisturbed. Greenpeace, without permission, decided to set up fabric lettering in the soil next to one of the most iconic figures. Officials are outraged because not only was it trespassing, but the eco group may have irreversibly damaged the site. Greenpeace responded with a very "sorry not sorry" apology, and Peru is looking towards pressing charges. 


Many remain divided on their outlook on radical environmentalists such as Greenpeace. While they may be spouting good ideas in regards to helping the environment, at what point does it become eco-terrorism? In this instance, the lack of consideration that they have shown towards another country rivals that of the same actions that they themselves are aiming to stop. 

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The people with the reddest hair in the world

The people with the reddest hair in the world | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, November 17, 8:58 PM

Guess where they are??

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Product of Mexico - Harsh Harvest

"Farm exports to the U.S. from Mexico have tripled to $7.6 billion in the last decade, enriching agribusinesses, distributors and retailers.
American consumers get all the salsa, squash and melons they can eat at affordable prices. And top U.S. brands — Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Subway and Safeway, among many others — profit from produce they have come to depend on.These corporations say their Mexican suppliers have committed to decent treatment and living conditions for workers.  But a Los Angeles Times investigation found that for thousands of farm laborers south of the border, the export boom is a story of exploitation and extreme hardship."


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Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 13, 3:17 PM

Taking into account the export boom from the US to Mexico its easy to see there were loopholes that were taken to achieve this success. With an increase of almost 3 fold, it is safe to say that much of our product comes from Mexico but at what cost? Farmers and workers in Mexico get paid little to none for the hardships they have to go through just to put some food on the table for their family. Big corporations want to make as much profit as possible, even if that means taking away from those that already have nothing to give. This video exposes all the farmers that are at the crossroads of being forced to do their job and actually having a job

Todd Scalia's curator insight, December 14, 1:12 AM

we work the fields for our families. 

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, Today, 11:36 AM

It’s crazy to see how desperate some of these people are to get working and how much they do for such a little reward. These people are working longer and harder than probably all Americans and they are barely surviving. They work for survival. It’s hard for some of these people to stay healthy, especially in the harsh conditions and tight living spaces that these people have to deal with on an everyday basis. 

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This Animated Map Shows How European Languages Evolved

This Animated Map Shows How European Languages Evolved | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
VIDEO: It all started 8,000 years ago.

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Cultural Politics

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A state-by-state look at our cultural politics.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 5, 7:23 PM

While this doesn't say everything about the state of cultural politics in the United States, it does lay out some of the more ideologically charged debates in the new political landscape after the midterm electionsWhat does this Venn diagram say about the state of cultural politics in your state?   The Courts have aided the push for same sex marriages; will that also occur for marijuana legalization?


Tags: narcotics, sexuality, USA, electoral, political.

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Vote for your Favorite Image

Vote for your Favorite Image | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Please join us in voting for DigitalGlobe’s fourth annual Top Image contest. From the trillions of pixels captured by our satellites this year, we need your help to decide which image showcases DigitalGlobe’s unique ability to solve important problems from space. Just follow these three easy steps:
Step 1: To vote, simply go to DigitalGlobe’s Facebook page to see the Top Image 2014 album.
Step 2: Click through the images to learn about the different applications and industries we serve, and 'like' the images that you think best showcase the value of satellite imagery."


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Dhaka: fastest growing megacity in the world

A five-part, multimedia series on the coming dystopia that is urbanization.

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Luke Walker's curator insight, December 8, 7:59 PM

A five-part video and article series on megacities and Dhaka.