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Landfill Harmonic


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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 26, 2014 8:19 PM

The people in this video live in the slums and cannot afford instruments so they have resorted to using recycled instruments made from garbage that was recovered from the landfill in the city. Seeing how the less fortunate make something beautiful out of something bad is amazing.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, November 13, 2014 5:20 PM

While many are quick to judge those living in poverty, it is important to realize the innovation and creativity that can arise from these conditions. The children in this video show that one does not need wealth to live a cultured life. When people do not have a lot, they learn to utilize the resources at hand, even if that means using garbage. To see people so happy while having so little (at least by our standards in the United States) puts into question the American consumerist culture. 

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 7:02 PM

This video shows that even thoughts living in absolute poverty are able to create beautiful things. While the instruments are clearly made from trash the music they produce is almost impossible to tell apart from expensive proper instruments. The ingenuity of these people is remarkable and really an incredible thing to watch.

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Photo of the Day-Iguazu Falls

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See a photo of Iguazu Falls in South America and download free wallpaper from National Geographic.

 

Beautiful image!  South America's equivalent to the Niagara Falls is a place that students should see.


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Cam E's curator insight, February 11, 2014 11:11 AM

I'm adding this to my list of places to go right away! I intend to visit most of the countries in the world in my lifetime, and this just happens to be on the border of two of them. It's a really cool sight even apart from its natural topography. It looks like the border is almost like a gap in the Earth itself. It reminds me a bit of how the Grand Canyon is a divide  close to the borders of Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.

 

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 11, 2014 12:11 PM

This image of Iguazu Falls in South America is just another visual example of how beautiful the world is!

James Hobson's curator insight, September 29, 2014 10:12 PM

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What a perfect photo for "National Geographic"! As is the case with many of its other cover or insert photos, it shows what many have seen before (or similar to it), includes a human element in some way, but is taken from an unusual angle or distance. As another example of the pattern I'm noticing, I took a random National Geographic off my bookshelf. The cover shows the Statue of Liberty (a well-known landmark), Manhattan skyscrapers (the human element), but as would be seen from underwater (the unusual perspective). It's something about seeing something familiar from an unfamiliar perspective that makes one stop and reimagine the scope of whatever it is they have experienced.

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Tunneling through Andes to speed global trade

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — South American engineers are trying to tackle one of the continent's greatest natural challenges: the towering Andes mountain chain that creates a costly physical barrier for...

 

At the NCGE conference, noted author Harm De Blij mentioned a daring project that would link Eastern South America with the Pacific as engineers were planning to tunnel under the Andes mountains.  Here is a link to an article on this intermodal transportation project that would lower the shipping costs from East Asia to the Southern Atlantic.  Government officials in both Argentina and Brazil have described the  project as a matter of "national interest."  

 

Tags: transportation, LatinAmerica, globalization, industry, economic, development, unit 6 industry.


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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 27, 2014 11:06 PM

Building a tunnel through the Andes is said to be a "$3.5 Billion private railway" but it would be worth it because it will cut down the time it takes to ship and would essentially save millions of dollars. The railway would unite two different countries and allow for trade to become easier and more accessible.

 

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 4, 2014 2:36 PM

A tunnel running under the Andes mountains could have major economic benefits for much of South America, but making shipping easier, more accessible, and cheaper. It could help Argentina and Brazil reach their opposite coasts, which could boost their economies tremendously. Brazil, a BRIC country, could especially benefit as the tunnel will help speed their development. The tunneling project is even more appealing as the current plan does not rely on government funding.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:53 PM

While on the outside this article seems to be highlighting the interest in trade and mobility many have in South America in fact it's showing the political maneuvering of China. The Chinese are looking for ways to get around using the American dominated Panama Canal. It will be interesting to see how China's presence continues to grow not only in South America but also in Africa and the Middle East.

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Belize: A Spanish Accent in an English-Speaking Country

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BELIZE has long been a country of immigrants. British timber-cutters imported African slaves in the 18th century, and in the 1840s Mexican Mayans fled a civil war.

 

Belize has a much higher Human Development Index ranking that its Central American neighbors such as Guatemala.  That fact alone makes Belize a likely destination for migrants.  Given that Belize was 'British Honduras' during colonial times, English is (still) the official language, but that is changing as increasingly Spanish-speaking immigrants are changing the cultural profile of Belize.        


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James Hobson's curator insight, September 25, 2014 10:12 AM

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I see many similarities between the experiences of Belize and the United States recently. First, there is the struggle for some to adapt to the growing use of the Spanish language. The article states that it is becoming harder and harder for monologists to find jobs, and from what I have seen and experienced the same can be said here. Also, both countries have used immigrants as 'political tools', such as Belize's supposed rapid acceptance of around 1,000 just before an election. This relates locally, at least in my opinion, to the supporters and opposition to Rhode Island's voter ID law, among other examples.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 28, 2014 6:23 PM

The migration to Belize and the restoration of the  Spanish language can be seen as a good thing for the identity of the country.  As a nation of migrants they are veering away from the British connotation of British Honduras

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, September 29, 2014 12:24 PM

Belize is in the midst of some important changes. Historically, Belize was settled by the British who imported slaves from Africa, thus providing Belize with a strong English speaking background. With more and more Salvadorians and Guatemalans seeking out Belize for work, the influx of Spanish speakers may impact the necessity to speak Spanish. While there is little hostility between ethnic groups, those native to Belize are finding it harder and harder to come by work, and many are getting pushed out of jobs because they are not fluent in Spanish.