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A Barrier to Peace

A Barrier to Peace | Marissa's Geog400 |

"Why would they want to pull down these walls?” asks William Boyd mildly as he offers me a cup of tea in his home at Cluan Place, a predominantly Loyalist area of east Belfast.


These walls, orginally installed in the late 60s to protect Belfast residents during "the Troubles."  Today, some argue that these walls are now barriers to the peace process as they continue defacto segregation.  Walls, as barriers to diffusion, stifle communication, cooperation and interaction.  Still, these walls are symbols of communal identity and icons in the cultural landscape.  For more academic work on this, see Peter Shirlow's Belfast: Segregation, Violence and the City.


Questions to Consider: How would a wall through an already culturally and politically divided city impact both sides of the wall?  Today, are the walls beneficial to peace in Northern Ireland?       


Tags: Ireland, states, borders, political. 

Via Seth Dixon, Meagan Harpin
Marissa Roy's insight:

The barrier in Belfast, Ireland is an impressive one. It has been there since the 1960s and having it there has become a security for the residence on both sides. Neither side wants it taken down, however, they have extremely different political/religious views. It seems strange to me that these people would prefer living in prison-like conditions just because that is the way it has been for so long. So long as the physical walls stay up, so will the cultural walls between these people.

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, September 28, 2013 7:38 PM

The walls in Belfast Ireland were put in the 60's to protect the residents and today many people argue they need to come down. My grandmother just returned from a trip to Ireland and Belfast was one of the areas they went. She said it was very sad, Christians had to walk on one side of the street and Protestans on the other in one area and the tour bus driver was being voice monitered by the police the whole time. There is so much seperation in Befast because of that wall and more people dont want it taken down then want it down for anything to be done. 

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, March 17, 2014 8:13 AM

This article is about large walls which were constructed fifty years ago to separate a part Belfast, Northern Ireland to protect citizens from conflicts between loyalists and separatists. Q wall separating people could temporarily protect people from violent conflict, but it would undoubtedly ensure continued conflict and intensify the feeling of "Us vs. Them." Though the people interviewed from both sides of the wall in the article like the wall since it gives them a feeling of security, the wall is likely damaging to a peace process in Northern Ireland.

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Australian school upgrades campus infrastructure for mobile learning | FutureGov

Australian school upgrades campus infrastructure for mobile learning | FutureGov | Marissa's Geog400 |

Melbourne’s Ruyton Girls’ School, with 750 Kindergarten to Year 12 students, has deployed a new IT network to better support its new mobile and online learning initiatives.


In the past, educational content was stored on local drives of the school’s devices. Today, teachers and students access online course materials from Australia’s Academic and Research Network, adding strain on the school’s 1 Gigabit Ethernet link network.


Students are creating, consuming and sharing more media-rich voice and video content. The school also plans to allow students to bring their own devices, to support its move to eBooks.


IT Manager Chris Karopoulos knew that they had to upgrade the school’s network to support the changing learning needs and new mobile and online learning initiatives. His team also wanted greater transparency into networked devices to avoid supporting unknown devices.


The school needed a network with high bandwidth, reliability and resilience to support an average of 1,000 devices per day.


A key area of focus was the network core, which depended on a single switch that was identified as a bottleneck and a potential single point of failure.


To address this issue and increase bandwidth across the network, the school deployed Brocade ICX 6610 Switches at the network core. The switches are linked together using four full-duplex 40 Gbps stacking ports that provide 320 Gbps of backplane bandwidth with full redundancy.


This approach eliminates inter-switch bottlenecks while delivering wire-speed, non-blocking performance across all 1 GbE and 10 GbE switch ports.


New switches installed around the School ensured consistent user experience across the campus, including the gymnasium and swimming pool building.


In addition, the new switching infrastructure supports device-agnostic user authentication across the network and virtual private LANs that provide secure access to sensitive information assets.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Marissa Roy's insight:

It is so important for schools to have technology in their classes. It is essential to be relevant in most job markets and universities often assume you have basic training on most computer skills. It is especially important that this is getting girls more involved in IT as there is still a serious lack of female co-workers in the field. Knowledge is power and teaching students how to properly and responsibly use the technology gives them an amazing tool.

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GM to stop making cars in Australia

GM to stop making cars in Australia | Marissa's Geog400 |
Holden, a subsidiary of General Motors, says it will stop making cars in Australia by the end of 2017, with almost 2,900 jobs to go.
Marissa Roy's insight:

The closing of both Holden (GM) and Ford has left thousands of automotive workers in Australia without jobs. The only car manufactorer left is Toyota and they are "highly likely" to move out as well, leaving even more unemployed. Overall, the reason is because it is too high to produce there and there is a small domestic market for those types of vehicles. It is an unfortunate circumstance for the workers, and will have definite impacts on the economy.

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Lurking in the Deep

Lurking in the Deep | Marissa's Geog400 |
Divers on Australia's Great Barrier Reef recently snapped rare pictures of a wobbegong, or carpet shark, swallowing a bamboo shark whole.


The diversity of life on this planet and the ecosystems which such creatures live in is something that continually leaves me in awe at the wonders of the natural world.

Via Seth Dixon
Marissa Roy's insight:

Divers witnessed a Carpet Shark eating a bamboo shark whole! This was in the Great Barrier Reef which is home to so many diverse sea creatures. It is interesting that a shark would eat another shark, even if they were not the same type of shark.

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, September 1, 2014 10:38 AM

This article reminds me of another video i've seen recently of a grouper fish swallowing a 4-foot black tip shark whole. A fisherman caught that on camera while trying to reel in the shark. Time and time again I'm reminded that not everything in nature is as it seems and that the unexpected should be expected. 

This makes me want to buy some scuba gear and take some diving classes, I ought to conquer my fear of sharks by safely observing them with a research team! 

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 15, 2014 4:36 PM

Amazing photos, there are so many different kinds of life that exists in the Ocean. As the Great Barrier Reef falls victim to climate change and pollution, the number of species at risk is almost calculable. 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 16, 2014 1:26 PM

Australia's marine life is amazing, being able to hide by blending in to their environment is a testament to the waters that Australia has. The diverse wildlife of Australia waters is shown to be an adaptive bunch and begs the question: How many more animals are out there that we do not know of?

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Journalists targeted in the Philippines

Journalists targeted in the Philippines | Marissa's Geog400 |
Mindanao broadcaster Rogelio Butalib shot dead, marking the third fatal attack against a journalist in two weeks.

Via Ramy Jabbar رامي
Marissa Roy's insight:

It is interesting that the Phillipines have a long history of aggression toward journalists. Perhaps the journalist make them feel threatened or judged, or maybe the journalist are thought of as "bad people" out making money on their misfortune. Either way, the recent shooting of four journalists after the Typhoon shows that there is not a lack of aggression yet.

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Burma's raw Gold returns in pure form from China

Raw gold from Burma continued to flow out to China only to reenter the country to cost more than global prices, according to Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association.


YANGON(BullionStreet): Raw gold from Burma continued to flow out to China only to reenter the country to cost more than global prices, according to Myanmar Gold Entrepreneurs Association.


Association said global gold price fell by $30 last week but local prices didn't fall by 10,000 kyat but only by 5,000 kyat after the markets were flooded with Chinese gold. ...

Via Hal
Marissa Roy's insight:

An influx of gold certainly affectst the economy. However, it Southeast Asia the prices have not fallen much, though legal purchases have been slow. On the other hand, the black market is selling lots of gold right now, and it will be interesting to see if this changes as prices become deflated.

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Philippines floods: the aftermath

Philippines floods: the aftermath | Marissa's Geog400 |
The torrential rains that caused widespread flooding in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, have left the city reeling...


This is a grim, but captivating photo gallery showing how people adapt to environmental disasters.  Human settlements are vulnerable to disasters based on their environmental situations but people still display an amazingly capacity to be resilient in the face of danger.  "The torrential rains that caused widespread flooding in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, have left the city reeling. Thousands of people remain in evacuation shelters, and those who stayed in their homes during the deluge face a major clean-up operation." 

Via Seth Dixon
Marissa Roy's insight:

Pictures truly are worth a thousand words. Seeing the disaster occur in someone home, or seeing how a locasl business has lost so much due to the disaster is powerful. It is one thing to read an article and it is another to see precious photos ruined by the disaster.

Trisha Klancar's comment, August 20, 2012 9:23 AM
Thankyou for this link.
Josue Maroquin's comment, August 12, 2013 9:57 PM
its sad to see how the harsh climate in the Philippines affecting the people living there
Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:57 PM

Flooding causes serious damage both emotionally and physically. People lose everything when floods happen. Their homes, cars and lives literally get lost in the water. Tragedy like this happens more often than we think. Being prepared for when something like this strikes is the key.

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NKorean Detainees Raped, Forced To Dig Own Graves

NKorean Detainees Raped, Forced To Dig Own Graves | Marissa's Geog400 |
Satellite images of one of North Korea's largest political prison camps suggests its inmate population is expanding, Amnesty International said Thursday in a report detailing rape and torture in the North's notorious gulag.The report by the...
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Places such as the US are urging places such as China to stop supporting North Korea. According to satelitte images and the tales of an old guard, the prison has awful conditions. Prisoners are beaten, raped, starved and killed. They are in impossible living conditions.

Courtney Burns's curator insight, December 8, 2013 2:13 PM

This Satellite image shows us that North Korean prison camps have expanded, but it still doesn't tell the whole story. People within these camps are being brutally killed and forced to dig their own graves beforehand. Women are being raped and killed so that no one will find out. Even though people in North Korea may say it's a secret, people know what is really going on. The U.S has urged China to stop supporting North Korea since the discovery of the prison camp expansion. Amnesty has demanded that North Korea close its prison camps immediately. However I don't believe much progress has been made. It really is amazing to me that things like this are still occuring in the world. North Korea is torturing, raping, and killing its own people. For what reason? It is amazing the difference in culture there compared to such places as the U.S. Women especially are still seen as inferior to men around the world. It is scary to think that that may never change in some places in the world. 

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Over 27 and unmarried? In China, you’re an old maid

Over 27 and unmarried? In China, you’re an old maid | Marissa's Geog400 |
January and February are sweet times for most Chinese — they enjoy family reunions during the spring festival, which this year fell on January 23, and they celebrate Valentine’s Day, which is well-liked in China.


Gender roles in cultural norms change from country to country.  What also needs to be understood is how the demographic situation of a given country influences these patterns. 

Via Seth Dixon, Meagan Harpin
Marissa Roy's insight:

It is interesting to see this as in American culture, marrying in your 20s is not a necessity anymore, it's almost unexpected. With so many men to choose from, these girls have time to find a man. The culture is going to shift as these ladies get married later in life.

Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, October 21, 2013 1:05 PM

This article is interesting as it discusses one example of how gender roles and cultural norms differ from country to country.  Chinese women who are around 30 years old and single are referred to as "leftover girls".  Similar to a growing trend in the United States, Chinese women are focusing on their careers and their own goals and waiting to marry until they find the right person and have their own lives in order.  However, in the United States, this way of life for women is more socially acceptable whereas in China, it is not as acceptable for these "leftover girls".

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 14, 2014 9:13 PM

Being 27 years old and unmarried in China considers you to be an old maid? I had to do a double take when I saw this. In the United States, 27 years old is around the average age a couple decides to get married. In China, Valentine's day is a really well liked holiday. Therefore, you would think that there would be excessive amounts of marriages, especially around this time. However, we know about the one child policy put into place at China. I can imagine that this might play a role because of the gender imbalances. As horrible as this sounds, in China, they call the women who are thirty and single "leftovers". During the season of the Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day, the "leftovers" just get questioned about their relationship status or go to matchmaking parties. However, the "leftovers" are said to have three good things; good career, good education and good looks. This is interesting because if they had all these good qualities, why would they still be single at 30 years old? As the article continues, we talk about true love and believe it or not, some "leftovers" still believe in true love and that they may experience that one day.

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, December 15, 2014 4:14 PM

The fact that success relatively young women are seen as leftovers in China is a completely foreign idea to me.  n the United States we are seeing that more and more women are marrying later in life after they have received an education, higher education and have been established in a career.  Emily Liang is an extremely successful women who should be proud of her accomplishments, yet has to declare herself as "divorced" in order for men to think something isn't "wrong" with her.  It is extremely obvious that the role and view of women in China is significantly distorted. 

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For Chinese Women, Marriage Depends On Right 'Bride Price'

For Chinese Women, Marriage Depends On Right 'Bride Price' | Marissa's Geog400 |

"China's one-child only policy and historic preference for boys has led to a surplus of marriageable Chinese men. Young women are holding out for better apartments, cars and the like from potential spouses...30 to 48 percent of the real estate appreciation in 35 major Chinese cities is directly linked to a man's need to acquire wealth — in the form of property — to attract a wife."


Tags: gender, folk culture, China, podcast, culture, population.

Via Seth Dixon
Marissa Roy's insight:

This article makes an argument for having a girl rather than a boy in China. With all of the males, brides are in high demand. Their demands for gifts are also high, as they can be picky with so many grooms looking for husbands. Parents of boys must pay for the apartment for the couple as a wedding gift and this puts a heavy financial strain on the family, especially when there are multiple boys.

Irvin Sierra's curator insight, November 6, 2014 10:56 PM

This will be consider folk culture because of how the tradition is is practiced in china and not all over the world. This is part of what we are talking about in class because of folk culture and how certain religion or traditions are practiced. In this tradition, basically marriage  is dealt by making a deal on the day of the wedding at the brides house. The man stands outside yelling through the door while the women inside and parents are yelling for him to come through with the money that he will pay for his wife. Along with money they must be given a house or apartment to live, a car, and money.  

Jennifer Lopez's curator insight, December 4, 2014 10:33 AM

In a way this is overpowering and amazing. The fact that a man has t bribe or get enough money to marry this women is incredible and in a sence unthinkable. A great learning tool here was knowing the amount of men estimated won't essdentally be able to marry a women for  the simple fact that there won't be any of them left for them to marry a women. Surely surprising.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 11, 2014 8:16 PM

I feel as though marriage can be complicated in China due to the one child policy. The amount of males outweigh the females. Therefore, there will not be as many marriages because there are not enough females to go around. Grooms have to put out so much for their brides. For example, in this article, her groom is unable to even get in the room to see her unless he puts up a chunk of money first. This is a typical ordeal for Chinese weddings. People describe it as a negotiation process. He must do whatever is told of him before seeking her hand in marriage. The "bride price" is when the groom gives the brides family a fair amount of money. A typical amount for an ordinary family to give is around $10,000. This is so much to get married and on top of all this, gender roles are typically unbalanced. In order to get married in China, you best make sure your a man ready to fulfill every request of your bride.

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Pakistan province awaits new environment laws - SciDev.Net South Asia

Pakistan province awaits new environment laws - SciDev.Net South Asia | Marissa's Geog400 |
Pakistan's Khyber Pakthunkhwa province lacks mechanisms to deal with rising environmental pollution.
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The amount of pollution is causing many people living in the area to have respiratory problems and they are at higher risk of HIV/AIDS. This is because of the waste that is being put everywhere. Although the EPA has slapped people with fines in an attempt to clean up the area its making little impact.

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South Asian creators using the medium for social and gender justice | The Forbidden Planet International Blog

South Asian creators using the medium for social and gender justice | The Forbidden Planet International Blog | Marissa's Geog400 |

This is pretty interesting video from World Comics Network – a growing network of mostly female creators who are utilising the comics medium and comics workshops to empower women and address social issues pertaining to gender in their part of the world, and also build on those strips to use them for other social commentary and discussion (such as creating comics addressing widespread issues of official corruption). Always great to see people making their own comics and using the medium for something with positive social influences. As the video shows most of the women here are creating work in Pakistan, but they also pick up on some unusual uses of comics in India (and if the medium helps any cross border co-operation between those two countries that can surely only be a good thing) and goes on to talk about how they would like to create a network across Asia of comics creators using the medium to highlight social concerns and develop comics journalism. Interesting stuff and more power to them:


Via Ladies Making Comics
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Really great video. Women in South Asia are using comics and the internet to get their message out. Whether it be for gender equality or to inform the world of events that have occured in places such as Pakistan and India, there message is being heard by internet users around the globe. What an interesting use of technology and creativity to advocate for human rights!

Catherine Shabo's curator insight, April 15, 2013 9:14 PM

I think things like this are great. It really shows how a group of people, in this case females, can get their tepoint across in a way that is firm but not violent. I would like to see them create this network to advertise the social concerns in South Asia. History does repeat itself and it seems every part of the world has had/or is having the struggle to gain more women independence and acknoldgement. Something as simple as these comics and journalism could start a feminist movement.

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Google launches campaign to help women get online : India, News - India Today

Google launches campaign to help women get online : India, News - India Today | Marissa's Geog400 |
Google India has launched 'Helping women get online' in order to address the gap among women Internet users. In a country with over 200 million Internet users, it is hard to imagine that only one third of India's online users are women.

Via Charles Tiayon
Marissa Roy's insight:

Education is a powerful tool in any society. If women are able to gain easier access to the internet and learn how to use the tools the internet can provide it will certainly improve their lives. It is amazing that there is such a gap in that only one third of India's internet users are women, and I feel that this will be  a step in the right direction to getting women more interested.

Charles Tiayon's curator insight, December 2, 2013 12:00 PM

Google India has launched 'Helping women get online' in order to address the gap among women Internet users. In a country with over 200 million Internet users, it is hard to imagine that only one third of India's online users are women.

Seeking to get 50 million women, across the country, online by the end of 2014, the initiative will concentrate on providing easy Internet access, spreading general awareness about the advantages of Internet usage and instructing on how the Internet can help advance the women's lives and work.

"Lack of easy access to Internet, lack of knowledge on how to use the Internet and its relevance in their daily lives are the biggest barriers for women to get online. Helping women get online (HWGO) is an initiative that aims to overcome these barriers and empower women," said Rajan Anandan, MD and VP, sales and operations, Google India.

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Natural resources and economic development

Natural resources and economic development | Marissa's Geog400 |
When will Sierra Leoneans be able to benefit from their own natural resources, instead of being cursed by them?


Sierra Leone is a country that has been 'blessed' with excellent natural resources, and remains in political chaos with one of the lowest HDI scores.  For a national economy, having abundant natural resources does not guarantee economic prosperity.  This is baffling to many that don't see the political and geographic context that shapes various economic sectors.  This is good a way to demonstrate that context.       

Via Seth Dixon, Meagan Harpin
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Thousands of Sierra Leoneans are fleeing the country in search of a better life. Corporations see the country as a land of opportunity, because of the rich resources. Diamonds put the country into a civil war. Now, wood is threatening to do the same thing. Natural resources can be more precious than anything else to some people. They are seen as worth fighting for.

Irini Kassidis's curator insight, August 25, 2013 5:46 AM

This article is discussing the issue of natural resources that is having a negative effect on Sierra Leone. Several years ago, business people were going there for the diamonds but now they are going there for the timber. The country's forest are at risk of being completely wiped out.

it is very sad the situation that Sierra Leone are facing in regards to their natural resources. 

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 6, 2013 8:01 PM

Even though thousands are fleeing the country in search of something better big buisness see the country as a land of opportunity, but to those that live there Sierra Leone’s natural resources have been a curse. A decade ago diamonds put the country into an 11 year civil war and it is about to happen again over a unique wood found deep in the forests. We tend to forget that the wars that tear countires apart arent always started by political issues but also by natural rescources.  

Sierra_Mcswagger's curator insight, January 12, 10:18 AM

This article it gives good insight on how much natural resources come into play when deciding a countries Human Development Index (HDI). Sierra Leone has a surplus amount of natural resources yet they still have one of the lowest HDI scores. The economy in Sierra Leone is definitely in bad shape. Because of the treacherous economy, the amount of natural resources is not very beneficial to their HDI.  


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80,000 bats driven out of Australian town with gunfire

80,000 bats driven out of Australian town with gunfire | Marissa's Geog400 |
A colony of 80,000 bats has been driven out of a town in Australia's north Queensland by the sounds of helicopters, gun blasts and horns

Via The QI Elves
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Although the bats were being disturbing to the Queensland, they will have to go somewhere! Disrupting that many bats will have consequences on another part of the globe.

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The Border That Stole 500 Birthdays

The Border That Stole 500 Birthdays | Marissa's Geog400 |
The story behind the the International Date Line.


Not too long ago (Jan. 2012), the arbitrary International Date Line (roughly opposite the Prime Meridian) was moved to better accommodate the regional networks and economic geography of the area straddling the line.  American Samoa, although politically aligned with the United States, was functionally more integrated on the Asian side of the Pacific Rim when it came to their trade partners and their tourism base.  Dynamic economic networks, political allegiances and cultural commonalities create a beautifully complex situation near this 'border.'    

Via Seth Dixon, Al Picozzi
Marissa Roy's insight:

My class examined this and we agree that it makes sense that American Samoa would want to be those they do business with like Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  ALthough American Samoa is a US territory, it definately does more business with the countries who are nearby and therefore they should be pushed to the other side of the dateline.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 5:57 PM

This article covers an example of a border being drawn for seemingly little reason. This International Date Line is drawn without a straight path swerving around nations. This has lead to some people living with in these bulges to in turn lose time itself. These arbitrary lines can have unseen effects upon people and nations. 

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 17, 2014 8:22 PM

I'm a bit confused at this article. Are the people who lost their birthdays a cause of a new border creation or a time zone?

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:18 PM

Makes you think about the political and economic influences on just about anything. What time or day it is is an important element to a global economy. Know when business deals can be made in an instance knowing what standards are most efficient can alter systems of dating. That is why instead of having a straight line the line is jutting out in spots. Usually we think of our time zones being dependent on where the sun in relation to our location but in this instance we see that it is merely a man made line that can be altered. 

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Pink Lakes

Pink Lakes | Marissa's Geog400 |
Photo by Jean Paul Ferrero/Ardea/Caters News (via Exposing the Truth   Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island in Western Australia. Middle island is the largest of the islands a...

Via Seth Dixon
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Lake Hillier in f Western Australia is one of the many you can find around the world. The pink color comes because of the high salinity composition. A particular algaes found in salt water then produce organic pigments with a reddish/pinkish coloration. It is mysterious and interesting, as we are not accustome to it.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 1, 2014 10:44 AM

The cause of the pink lake is still a mystery. Scientists believe the pink could be due to lack of nutrients or other substances. I think this is truly remarkable! Its beautiful to say the least. 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 11:44 PM

The pink lake, Lake Hillier,  located in Western Australia is stunning. The aerial view of the lake makes the lake seem unreal that is was is fascinating. What gives the lake its pink color is a mystery, but it may be from bacteria, but it shows how some places in the world are affected differently than others and it produces remarkable results.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, December 17, 2014 1:48 AM

Now this is bizarre.  A pink lake and no one is really sure as to why it is pink.  It is not on the top of my list of places to go swimming, that is for sure.  Although scientists don't seem too concerned about the safety of the lake for people but are curious as to what is causing the lake to be pink.  Thoughts on algea and bacteria levels or the amount of salt are included in the potential reasoning for the pink color.  Even on google earth you can see that the lake is in fact pink.  Even when scientists come to a conclusion as to what is causing the pink colored lake, as far as it isn't causing any environmental issues, I think that the lake should be left pink as a type of wonder of the world attraction for people to see.

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Laos 'considering national pipeline system'

Laos 'considering national pipeline system' | Marissa's Geog400 |
Laos People’s Democratic Republic, the only landlocked member of the 10-nation Asean bloc, is considering building a national oil pipeline system, according to the country’s Asian Council on Petroleum (Ascope) representative.

Via InfoBlaze
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As Laos is the only country landlocked in the Asean Bloc, they do not want to pay the high fees of importing oil that right now they have no choice but to do. If they were to build a national pipeline system, they would be able to get oil cheaper over time.

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Unusual ways to avoid Jakarta's traffic

Unusual ways to avoid Jakarta's traffic | Marissa's Geog400 |
Jakarta's traffic is legendary and locals have now become experts at finding ways to get around the jams, with some even making money out of them.


The population of Indonesia is heavily concentrated on the island of Java, and the capital city of Jakarta faces a tremendous strain on it's transportation network.  This video show that resourceful people will find inventive ways to make an unworkable situation manageable. 

Via Seth Dixon
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Due to the populations overgrowth, traffic is impossible. People can wait in traffic for hours entering or leaving the city. The government has put rules in place that there must be passangers in every vehicle and some are taking advantage of this by charging drivers to take them into the city so they avoid a fine. It is a very difficult situation and the government will need to get creative in order to correct this.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 1:12 PM

As urban population growth rises, transportation systems will be put under greater strain. Jakarta's transportation crisis is one of the worst in the world, and people sit in traffic for hours traveling to work or to do errands. Due to incompetencies in the system, people are finding different ways to make travel easier. Motorbike cabs as well as people standing on street corners offering to be passengers in order for cars to travel in the car-pool lanes are two ways people are getting around. These underground transportation services are illegal, but their extent cannot be contained by law enforcement. 


Jakarta, as well as many other cities, are continuing to grow due to the global trend of people moving into urban areas. With more people than ever choosing to reside in cities instead of rural areas, new transportation systems will need to be developed in order to accommodate for growth.  

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 15, 2014 2:35 PM

The amount of traffic in Jakarta is staggering and the traffic itself has built up a business of making commuting to work easier. What is troubling is that the government hasn't made enough of an effort to fix the problem of traffic in its largest and most economically viable city. If Jakarta wants to keep growing the government has to step in and find a way to make getting to work realistic for Indonesians.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 9:38 PM

The traffic in Jakarta is insane, to be in a constant standstill on your way to work is unreal. The reporter in the video says that if the city of Jakarta continues on its current path, it could be "in a state of Paralysis" which for an entire city is not good. The traffic has, for some, become a way to make money, illegally but money nonetheless.

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A month later, Typhoon Haiyan death toll still rising in the Philippines

A month later, Typhoon Haiyan death toll still rising in the Philippines | Marissa's Geog400 |
One month after Typhoon Haiyan tore through six Philippine islands, the death toll stands at 5,924 and 1,779 people are still missing, according to government figures released Sunday.
Marissa Roy's insight:

A month later, the death toll is still rising sharply and there still over a thousand people reported missing. This disaster is so messy and there are still so many places to look, I would think that the death toll will unfortunately continue to rise. ALso, with the lack of resources and medical care that Phillipinos can access, I think that more may die from starvation, malnutrition or lack of sanitary conditions.

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Industrial geography and internal markets

China's reputation as a low-cost manufacturer hasn't translated into low-cost prices. Many goods, particularly luxury items, have higher price tags in China than abroad. One economist blames the transportation system and corruption.


Industrial geography in today's climate shows that China has clear economic advantages over most of the world to manufacture good cheaply.  Why would this not necessarily translate to cheap consumer goods for China's domestic market?  High taxes, steep internal shipping costs and a market flooded with knock-offs all contribute to this paradox. 

Via Seth Dixon, Meagan Harpin
Marissa Roy's insight:

Although the products we buy from China are cheap for us, it is not necessarily cheap for the ones making it. The tax on goods in China is very expensive. It is also because the government is plagued with corruption, and that is where the taxes come in. It is suprising that many cannot afford the goods they make.

Matt Mallinson's comment, November 19, 2012 11:08 AM
To be honest I always thought items were made cheap in China due to all the items I see with the "Made in China" tag. This was interesting to me and definitely gave me knowledge on the topic.
Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 9, 2013 1:29 PM

Almost everyone knows that products are cheaper to produce in China which is why so many of our products are manufactured there today. BUt one may think that would mean it was cheap for Chinese consumers to purshase as well right? Surprisingly no, it actually costs more for them. This is because the country has a high transportation fee and the government is corrupt, CHina also has a very high tax on their products. But because of the major price differences much of the Chinese population purchases their products while traveling overseas.   

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East Asian countries top global league tables for educational performance

East Asian countries top global league tables for educational performance | Marissa's Geog400 |
China's Shanghai region easily beats rest of world in maths, reading and science, according to OECD education rankings Asia's rising economic success has helped China's hi-tech corridor to take a clear lead in the latest OECD international...

Via Thomas Faltin
Marissa Roy's insight:

It is interesting to read how China compares with the rest of the world. The article attributes having a safe environment helps students learn and I bet that with China's one child policy, there are less children to educate and parent's can focus more attention on them.

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China to ease one-child policy, abolish labor camps, report says

China to ease one-child policy, abolish labor camps, report says | Marissa's Geog400 |
China announces it will relax its one-child policy and abolish labor camps, the state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

Via Seth Dixon
Marissa Roy's insight:

Relaxing the one child policy will have many social impacts. In the article a few couples remarked that they would prefer to have 2 children as one child can be bored all alone. I bet that the number of abortions will fall and the number of female girls will increase as well.

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:26 AM

Throughout many years China has always had strict laws on how many children families should have. They recently started to ease their laws to allow people to have more than one child. I could see why they had their laws be only one child because they have such a big population. I also disagree with it because families should be able to have as many children as they want. 

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 2014 5:09 PM

The one-child policy has caused more problems than it has solved. China now has a larger male population than its female population and competition for brides is rampant. The labor camps were not actually training people in the way they wanted to, it was just an excuse to lock up people for petty crime and get free labor out of them. Hopefully, China will continue analyzing their social policies and making changes to better the country

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:32 PM

The one-child labor law is one that should be extinct now. China needs to up their standards of living and allow people their freedom of choice. Who cares if the living situations are crammed to begin with? People need to have their right to choose how many children they do or don't have.

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South Asia to become fastest waste producer by 2025

South Asia to become fastest waste producer by 2025 | Marissa's Geog400 |

South Asia is likely to become the fastest growing region of waste by 2025, according to a paper published in the Nature journal on Thursday.


The paper said that although the member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are the largest waste generators, producing around 1.75 million tonnes per day, East Asia today is the world’s fastest growing region of waste.


The authors of the study said that in the past century, as the world’s population has grown and become more urban and affluent, waste production has risen tenfold, and that by 2025 it will double again.


“Rubbish is being generated faster than other environmental pollutants, including greenhouse gases. Solid-waste management is one of the greatest costs to municipal budgets,” said Daniel Hoornweg, Perinaz Bhada-Tata and Chris Kennedy, in a commentary on Nature journal.

Via Olive Ventures, SustainOurEarth
Marissa Roy's insight:

This is a serious environmental issue, as 2025 is quickly approaching. It is unclear how they can approach this situation. The population is growing quickly, the area they have is small and the trash has no where to go. It will be interesting to see how they will manage the waste.

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India and Pakistan Reunited

"It’s rare that a video from a brand will spark any real emotion--but a new spot from Google India is so powerful, and so honest to the product, that it’s a testament not only to the deft touch of the ad team that put it together, but to the strength of Google’s current offering."--Forbes

Via Seth Dixon
Marissa Roy's insight:

I watched this short commercial with my geography class. While watching, you could almost forget that it was only a commercial. The commercial brings up that the internet can be a great tool in finding information. It also shows that the internet breaks down boundaries that had been impossible to get over physically.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 2:36 PM

This ad not only demonstrates how Google is allowing for people all over the world to come together, it is also an expertly devised commentary on a real life event that happened in this part of the world, and the emotional implications that it caused. The video shows how the grandchildren of two men were able to utilize Google in order to bring the two friends together after years apart. The two gentlemen were once good friends, but had not seen each other since the Pakistani-Indian conflict. The conflict tore families and friends apart, and remains today as a sensitive topic to those affected by the event. 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 7:33 PM

This video is a perfect example of ho, especially in this day and age, the world can be brought closer together. In the video, two childhood friends are reunited after years of being apart, due to the conflicts go on their country. This shows one of the positive of the technology we have access to today, being able to bring together old friends by using new ways is great. This video also goes to show that even though the world is an enormous place, it can be made smaller.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 2:38 AM

This video is reminiscent of the families separated during the Korean war recently being allowed to visit one another. While tensions still exist between India and Pakistan many have begun to come to peace with the concept their nations won't be unified under either's rule. Because of this cooling of tensions families and friends are now able to see each other again after years without seeing them. Of course this is a Google commercial so the sincerity is somewhat diminished because of it's origins.

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Burka Avenger

"Burka Avenger is a new Pakistani kids' show about a mild-mannered teacher who moonlights as a burka-clad superhero."

Via Seth Dixon
Marissa Roy's insight:

My geography class watched this. It is an interesting example of how different cultures can mesh together, such as the Burka Avenger and Wonder Woman. It is really interesting that the Burka Avenger is a school teacher by day, which shows how highly educators are thought of in the society.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, November 5, 2014 8:20 PM

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, November 5, 2014 8:25 PM

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, November 19, 2014 12:45 PM

There is something to be said about how film and the media can be used as an effective tool to touch on broad cultural ideals. On a related note, I will be attending a conference soon in Boston on social studies education and one of the seminars I will be going to is how to use SciFi movies in the classroom. Ideals like equality, fighting oppression and free speech are timeless and span many cultures, in Pakistan, the Burka Avenger is that area's media outlet to discuss key social topics to young people.