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▶ Slums of India [BBC Documentary] - YouTube

BBC Documentary 2012 - The Magical Forest Secrets of Our Living Planet showcases the incredible ecosystems that make life on Earth possible. Using beautifull...
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GMO Food — It's Worse Than We Thought - Dr. Russell Blaylock - YouTube

GMO Food — It's Worse Than We Thought - Dr. Russell Blaylock - YouTube | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
GMO Food — It's Worse Than We Thought Over the last decade, as genetically modified, or GMO, foods have increasingly taken over our food supply, we've been l...

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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 8, 2014 8:22 AM
What are they still not telling us?
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The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia brings culinary events and classes, martial arts demonstrations, live music, workshops, film screenings, dance performances and more; all of which promote Japanese culture. 楽しむ (enjoy) and 幸せな桜 (happy Cherry Blossoms)

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Treathyl Fox's curator insight, April 3, 2014 10:37 AM

 

What makes the United States, my country, a wonderful place? It's the rainbow! The diversity of people who are here. The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is an example. They didn't even wait until May which is the month when Asian-American heritage is honored. Hey! I got no problem with that! The event is held in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. 2014 dates are April 2-13. All things celebrating Japanese culture. They have karoake, origami, Japanese food, kimono dressing, etc. This sounds like an enlightening fun experience! I'll wear the kimono but not those shoes! I am way too clumsy and would probably fall on my face! :)

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Resilient FLOATING school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village

Resilient FLOATING school provides reliable education in flood-prone African village | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Built with recycled and local materials, this floating school is a prototype that could be built in other flood-prone areas.

Designed by NLÉ, a firm founded by Nigerian-born architect Kunlé Adeyemi, the Makoko Floating School is a prototype that could be applied to other areas in Africa that face infrastructural and social challenges due to climate change.

More at the link.

 

 


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Christian Allié's curator insight, April 4, 2014 11:07 AM

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..  [Makoko Floating School] is a movable 'building' or 'watercraft' currently located in the aquatic community of Makoko in the lagoon heart of Africa's second most populous city - Lagos, Nigeria. It is a floating structure that adapts to the tidal changes and varying water levels, making it invulnerable to flooding and storm surges. It is designed to use renewable energy, to recycle organic waste and to harvest rainwater.

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The designers envision whole communities built in this clever fashion, which can float with on the rising waters of a natural disaster. Check out our other post on flood-resistant, floating bamboo homes, and see more over at Dezeen and NLÉ.

CORRECTION: The floating platform is made of "16 wooden modules, each containing 16 [recycled empty plastic barrels]." We apologize for the error.

Related on TreeHugger.com:Affordable bamboo house that floats when it floods, revisitedThis geodesic houseboat cost less than $2,000 to buildAutark Home: A Self-Sufficient, Floating Passivhaus Houseboat
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Suspected NKorean drones crude, reflect new threat

Suspected NKorean drones crude, reflect new threat | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North were crude and decidedly low-tech — equipped with cameras available on the Internet for hundreds of dollars — but underscore a potential new threat that must be taken seriously.

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A Ranking of the Most Sprawling U.S. Metro Areas, and Why You Should Care

A Ranking of the Most Sprawling U.S. Metro Areas, and Why You Should Care | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Sprawl correlates with higher rates of obesity, traffic fatalities, ozone pollution, and lack of social capital.

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NYPL releases 20.000 historical maps as public domain | OpenGLAM

NYPL releases 20.000 historical maps as public domain | OpenGLAM | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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6 of the World's Most Worrisome Disputed Territories

6 of the World's Most Worrisome Disputed Territories | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Territorial disputes are nothing new, but political analysts warn of a rise in tensions because of Russia's bold move into Crimea.


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9 Of The World's Most Inventive Tiny Buildings

9 Of The World's Most Inventive Tiny Buildings | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

In architecture, bigger isn't always better. See some of the world's coolest small buildings, from a hit on sleds to a walk-in fireplace...


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Annie Longeot's curator insight, March 28, 2014 10:19 AM

Des constructions qui s'adaptent en beauté à l'étroitesse de leur environnement. Inspirant.

Lola Ripollés's curator insight, April 2, 2014 2:40 AM

Me gusta mucho la de José Cardilhe.

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Geocaching : How To Use Technology To Get Into Nature @coolcatteacher

Geocaching is a new outdoor sport that combines technology and nature. Learn how geocaching works, the kinds of geocaches hidden and who maintains them.

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diane gusa's curator insight, April 2, 2014 10:46 AM

geocaching.com but there are more including earthcache.org (promoting earth science education), terracaching.com(with challenging caches) and GPSgames.org (a gaming site with GPS games like Geodashing, GeoGolf and even GeoPoker.)


What is a Geo cache?

People geocache for many different reasons: to get into nature, to live a healthier lifestyle, or just for fun. As a beautiful area with lots of natural resources, geocaching is a fantastic way to encourage people to come to our community and to get our own children and families out into nature.

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10 All-American Foods That Foreigners Can't Stand

10 All-American Foods That Foreigners Can't Stand | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Red velvet cake does not sit well with many foreigners. They dislike it because it is packed with chemicals and food coloring. Many think that is tastes bland and that the only flavor coming through is the artificial coloring taste. They would much prefer a true chocolate or vanilla cake.

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, April 3, 2014 10:19 AM

Culture determines what food that you eat.  American foods are a blend of different cultures as well as convenience products.  The convenience foods are full of different chemicals and perservatives that alter the flavor of foods. 

Even for foods that we think would taste the same like chocolate there is a large difference in taste.  I agree that some of the things like grits or biscuits and gravy would seem odd if you hadn't grown up with them.  Red Velvet Cake (the only part I like about it is the Cream Cheese Icing) has a chemcial taste as does the cheese products, such as cheese in a can.

However just as foreigners don't like some American foods some foreign foods taste equally strange to Americans, even things that seem that they would taste the same such as soft drinks in other countries. 

However Peanut Butter and Jelly is wonderful (it is difficult to find peanut butter in many countries) but I agree that European chocolate is much tastier.

Mr. David Burton's comment, April 5, 2014 7:55 PM
But I oh so love everything on this list ... pfff :-)
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 28, 2014 10:45 AM

unit 3 & Unit 5

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Population Bracketology

Try the Population Bracketology game from @uscensusbureau! Weekly data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau compares populations for US states and metro areas. http://go.usa.gov/2nFR

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Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls (Rolling Acres & Randall Park)

Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls (Rolling Acres & Randall Park) | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
An inside look at nine abandoned malls. There is nothing creepier and more fascinating.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, April 2, 2014 6:21 PM

It's sad that I am intimately familiar with two of the malls.  I remember when Rolling Acres in Akron, Ohio opened its doors.  When Randall Park Mall opened, at the time it was the largest mall in America.  I worked as a store manager at Things Remembered (Cole National Corporation) right at the top of the elevators (in the picture) in the late 70s--returning as a District Manager for a number of stores. For Things Remembered, it was their first real store (prior to Randall they only had kiosks). The store was one of the top performers in the country--if not the top performer---out of hundreds of stores. However, we had increasing issues with theft.  Nevertheless, it was likely the Targets and Walmart Stores, easier, cheaper, one-stop shopping that were the real culprits of the decline of many malls.   There were many folks that questioned this massive project right from the start--and the decline came swiftly.  RIP Randall Park...you're on the chopping block and will be an industrial park soon.

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How I built a windmill

How I built a windmill | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.

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Even McDonald's Has Left Crimea

Even McDonald's Has Left Crimea | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

McDonald's announced earlier today that it has closed its three Crimea restaurants, calling it "strictly a business decision which has nothing to do with politics." According to an Associated Press report, the company said it's evaluating...


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Visualizing 200 Years of Urban Sprawl in Paris, São Paulo, and L.A.

Visualizing 200 Years of Urban Sprawl in Paris, São Paulo, and L.A. | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
New animations show centuries of expansion in three global cities.

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steve smith's curator insight, April 4, 2014 3:01 PM

Great for schol geo this year 

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Chile Earthquake Registers 8.2 on the Richter Scale - I4U News

Chile Earthquake Registers 8.2 on the Richter Scale - I4U News | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Chile is a country that is hit by the majority of earthquakes in the world. The reason for that is the Ring of Fire in the ambit of which it lies. This volcanic circle off the Pacific Coast is further augmented by the Nazca fault lines thereby making the area vulnerable to geological disturbances.
Read more at http://www.i4u.com/2014/04/69029/chile-earthquake-registers-82-richter-scale#2fvvevIW8v2AgX1l.99


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Do Italians like Sweden's Italian restaurants? - The Local

Do Italians like Sweden's Italian restaurants? - The Local | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Swedes throng the Italian joints all the time, but what about the natives? There are 1,882 restaurants in Stockholm serving Italian food, but the Italian expats (Do Italians like Sweden's Italian restaurants?

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If the Earth Stood Still

If the Earth Stood Still | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The following is not a futuristic scenario. It is not science fiction. It is a demonstration of the results of an extremely unlikely, yet intellectually fascinating query: What would happen if the earth stopped spinning?  ArcGIS was used to perform complex raster analysis and volumetric computations and generate maps that visualize these results.


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Tracey M Benson's curator insight, April 4, 2014 4:49 PM

What a fascinating question, answered as a visualisation: What would happen if the earth stopped spinning? ArcGIS was used to perform complex raster analysis and volumetric computations and generate maps that visualise the results.

Christian Allié's curator insight, April 5, 2014 4:40 AM

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Most scientists agree that the solar day (related to the speed of rotation) is continuously getting longer. This minimal increase of the day length is due mainly to the oceanic tidal friction. When the estimated rate of the slowdown was projected back to past geologic eons, it showed that the length of a day was several hours shorter than today.

Consequently, during the Devonian period (400 million years ago), the earth rotated about 40 more times during one revolution around the sun than it does now. Because the continents have drifted significantly since that time, it is difficult to make estimates of the land versus ocean outlines for that era. However, we can be certain that—with a faster spinning speed in the past—the equatorial bulge of oceanic water was much larger then than it is today. Similarly, the ellipsoidal flattening of the earth was also more significant.

The influence of the rate of the earth's rotation has a dominant effect on the geometry of the globe, in terms of the globe's overall shape as well as the outline of the global ocean. The earth's physical relief is only a secondary factor controlling the delineation of oceans. The slowdown of earth's rotation will continue for 4 billion years—as long as we can imagine. The slowdown infinitesimally—but steadily—changes the globe's geometry and makes it dynamic. The net result of these dynamic adjustments is that the earth is slowly becoming more and more like a sphere. However, it will take billions of years before the earth stops spinning, and the gravitational equipotential creates a mean sea level that is a perfect sphere.

 

About the Author

Witold Fraczek is a longtime employee of Esri who currently works in the Application Prototype Lab. He received his doctorate in the application of GIS in forestry from Agricultural University and master's degrees in hydrology from the University of Warsaw, Poland, and remote sensing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 9, 2014 10:25 PM

How interesting! The detailed GIS is fascinating and although an unlikely scenario, is great for discussion and deeper thought. You could discuss with students how the world would cope or what sort of device could start it spinning again...?

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▶ Countries inside Countries: Bizarre Borders


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Julie McCrackin's curator insight, April 4, 2014 8:35 AM

A video that shows all of the countries that are either within another country or who are singular/double bordered. Cool.

Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, May 18, 2014 2:52 PM

Talk about landlocked!  How would you form policy for a country that is completely surrounded by another country?

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 8:02 PM

APHG-U4

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20 Brilliant Ways You Can Slice Up Europe

20 Brilliant Ways You Can Slice Up Europe | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Europe is getting sliced up again, this time by Russia taking Ukraine.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 1, 2014 3:22 PM

I can't endorse all the representations listed here, but given the source I think we can take it with a grain (or a pinch) of salt.

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Ad of the Day: Nike launches 'Risk Everything' campaign ahead of the 2014 World Cup

Ad of the Day: Nike launches 'Risk Everything' campaign ahead of the 2014 World Cup | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"It's a World Cup year, which means only one thing for soccer's major international stars. They're about to feel an almost unbearable amount of hellish pressure ..."


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Tsunami alert after 8.2 Chile quake

Tsunami alert after 8.2 Chile quake | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Waves of up to 2.1m (6ft) have hit some areas in Chile, and there have been power cuts, fires and landslides. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated in affected areas, where a state of emergency has been declared. Chilean TV broadcast pictures of traffic jams as people tried to leave. Officials said the dead included people who were crushed by collapsing walls or died of heart attacks. Iquique Governor Gonzalo Prieto told local media that in addition to those killed, several people had been seriously injured. While the government said it had no reports of significant damage to coastal areas, a number of adobe homes were reported destroyed in Arica.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 2, 2014 9:34 AM

See some of footage of the when the quake actually hit here.

Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 10, 2014 1:32 PM

What happens in one place can affect another. The earthquake in this location could have sent a tsunami rippling towards another country in another part of the world. Not only are there environmental concerns but the results of ineffective infrastructure can be seen in traffic jams, adobe homes crumbling, or in walls collapsing on people.  As the article points out, there were also landslides which if they were in an area that was heavily logged, may have been avoided with more trees. With people leaving the center of the affected area - surrounding cities and towns may get overwhelmed by refugees, which will put strain on their resources.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, April 17, 2014 2:14 PM

Another example of how the most beautiful places to live can also be some of the most dangerous. Fortunately this happens often enough here that there is a warning system already established which saves lives.

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In Pictures: Crackdown in Brazil's favelas

In Pictures: Crackdown in Brazil's favelas | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The Brazilian government's 'pacification' initiative has led to drug busts and shootouts in Rio's favelas.


Just a few months before Rio de Janeiro welcomes visitors for the World Cup, and two years before it hosts the Olympics, security within the city remains a major issue.  The government currently promotes the policy of "pacification", where security forces engage in raids, drug busts, and even gunfights with suspected gang members. This pacification policy is supposed to pave the way for the development of long-neglected favelas in Rio, Brazil's second-biggest city and home to 11 million people.  However, many of the favelas remain in the hands of an army of drug dealers and criminals who are not willing to step down or be pacified.


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Fracking, Oil Shale Suck Water from Where its Most Needed

Fracking, Oil Shale Suck Water from Where its Most Needed | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Pesky people and their food will have to make way for progress. Guardian: America's oil and gas rush is depleting water supplies in the driest and most drought-prone areas of the country, from Texa...

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