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Mexico - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mexico (Listeni/ˈmɛksɨk/; Spanish: México; IPA: [ˈme.xi.ko] ( listen)), officially the United Mexican States[8][9] (Spanish: About this sound Estados Unidos Mexicanos ),[10][11] is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico.[12] Covering almost two million square kilometres (over 760,000 sq mi),[11] Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of over 113 million,[13] it is the eleventh most populous and the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world and the second most populous country in Latin America. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital city.

In pre-Columbian Mexico many cultures matured into advanced civilizations such as the Olmec, the Toltec, the Teotihuacan, the Zapotec, the Maya and the Aztec before first contact with Europeans. In 1521, Spain conquered and colonized the territory from its base in México-Tenochtitlan, which was administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain. This territory would eventually become Mexico following recognition of the colony's independence in 1821. The post-independence period was characterized by economic instability, the Mexican-American War and territorial cession to the United States, a civil war, two empires and a domestic dictatorship. The latter led to the Mexican Revolution in 1910, which culminated with the promulgation of the 1917 Constitution and the emergence of the country's current political system. Elections held in July 2000 marked the first time that an opposition party won the presidency from the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Since 2006 the country has been in the midst of a drug war which has caused 60,000 deaths.[14]

Mexico has one of the world's largest economies, and is considered both a regional power and middle power.[15][16][17][18] In addition, Mexico was the first Latin American member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD (since 1994), and considered an upper-middle income country by the World Bank.[19] Mexico is considered a newly industrialized country[20][21][22][23] and an emerging power.[24] It has the fourteenth largest nominal GDP and the eleventh largest GDP by purchasing power parity. The economy is strongly linked to those of its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners, especially the United States of America.[25][26] Mexico ranks sixth in the world and first in the Americas by number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 32,[27][28][29] and in 2010 was the tenth most visited country in the world with 22.5 million international arrivals per year.[30]

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What are the three major products in south America?

What are the three major products in south America? | May geo 152 | Scoop.it
There are several major products in South America - ranging from gold to cattle, coffee, rice, sugar (and so on).
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The Ten Most Important Events in the History of Latin America

The Ten Most Important Events in the History of Latin America | May geo 152 | Scoop.it
Latin America has always been shaped by events: wars, rebellions, invasions and more. Which have been the most important? My top ten are based on international and domestic impact. Page 2.
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6 of the world’s most ingenious wildlife overpasses [PICs]

6 of the world’s most ingenious wildlife overpasses [PICs] | May geo 152 | Scoop.it
Where you don't have to worry about a deer coming through your windshield.
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African Wildlife Foundation Welcomes Government of Tanzania's Evolving Position on Serengeti Road

African Wildlife Foundation Welcomes Government of Tanzania's Evolving Position on Serengeti Road | May geo 152 | Scoop.it
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Serengeti Highway Compromise Proposed by Famed Scientist

Serengeti Highway Compromise Proposed by Famed Scientist | May geo 152 | Scoop.it
Scientist Richard Leakey said the road could allow safe passage of wildlife.

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Marcus Clarke's curator insight, May 16, 2013 12:12 PM

It is this kind of out of the box thinking that we need to halt the inevitable destruction of wild places in pursuit of economic development.


We in the West largely failed to save our wildlife and critics argue it is unfair of us to ask nations to hold back to save pretty places and beautiful animals. By encouraging projects such as this we are supporting both development and wildlife.


The proviso is that we do not allow compromises in the design and implementation by making it a condition of raising the additional funds. A small tollover the next few decades would likely make a massive contribution to hte funding.

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Will Mali's poll bring unity and peace?

Will Mali's poll bring unity and peace? | May geo 152 | Scoop.it
Mali's race to presidential elections comes to a head on Sunday 28 July offering a double quandary for the West African nation recovering from a northern rebellion, a coup and foreign military intervention, writes the BBC's Alex Duval Smith.

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The Aral Sea Crisis

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By establishing a program to promote agriculture and especially that of cotton, Soviet government led by Khrouchtchev in the 1950s deliberately deprived the Aral Sea of its two main sources of water income, which almost immediately led to less water arriving to the sea. Not only was all this water being diverted into canals at the expense of the Aral Sea supply, but the majority of it was being soaked up by the desert and blatantly wasted (between 25% and 75% of it, depending on the time period). The water level in the Aral Sea started drastically decreasing from the 1960s onward. In normal conditions, the Aral Sea gets approximately one fifth of its water supply through rainfall, while the rest is delivered to it by the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers. Evaporation causes the water level to decrease by the same amount that flows into the Sea, making it sustainable as long as inflow is equal to evaporation on average. Therefore the diversion of rivers is at the origin of the imbalance that caused the sea to slowly desiccate over the last 4 decades.


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Jessica Martel's curator insight, April 29, 2013 1:17 PM

Tradgedy due to unatural disaster.

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Literature and Arts in the late 1970s in China - Asia Society

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Literature and Arts in the late 1970s in China
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Her primary research is Contemporary Chinese Art.

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Best Practices: Tips for Improving Your Online Courses in 2013 « Online Learning Update

"As the new year begins, it’s a great time to set new goals for improving our elearning courses. Are your courses lacking luster, engagement, interactivity, or collaboration? How can you take your online courses to the next level? In today’s post, I’m going to suggest some ideas for improving your courses in Moodle and Joule.

Use advanced grading methods. Start using advanced forums. Add videos to increase engagement…."

 

http://www.moodlerooms.com/resources/blog/best-practices-tips-improving-your-online-courses-2013


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Kathleen Gradel's curator insight, July 21, 2013 12:15 PM

Have you polished your course recently? Consider these recommendations anytime.

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Canadian identity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Canadian identity refers to the unique culture, characteristics and condition of being Canadian, as well as the many symbols and expressions that set Canada and Canadians apart from other peoples and cultures of the world.

Primary influences on the Canadian identity trace back to the arrival, beginning in the early seventeenth century, of French settlers to Acadia and the St. Lawrence River Valley, English settlers to Newfoundland, the British conquest of New France in 1759, and the ensuing dominance of French and British culture in the gradual development of both an imperial and a national identity.

Throughout the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, First Nations played a critical part in the development of European colonies in Canada, from their role in assisting exploration of the continent, the fur trade and inter-European power struggles to the creation of the Métis people. Carrying through the 20th century and to the present day, Canadian aboriginal art and culture continues to exert a marked influence on Canadian identity.

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Canada Census 2011: The cities leading Canada's population boom

Some cities and towns are growing faster than others. We look at which places and Canada are gaining the most people
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HISTORY OF NORTH AFRICA

HISTORY OF NORTH AFRICA | May geo 152 | Scoop.it
HISTORY OF NORTH AFRICA including Arab conquests, Muslim North Africa, The Fatimids, The Almoravids, The Almohads, The Barbary coast:, Egypt, Independence
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Mara Orders Herders Out of Serengeti Park in Tanzania| glObserver Global Economics

Mara Orders Herders Out of Serengeti Park in Tanzania| glObserver Global Economics | May geo 152 | Scoop.it
MARA Regional Authorities have ordered herders who set up temporary shelters within the northern fringes of the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA) to move out of the park within seven days.

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jfraley0032's curator insight, July 28, 2013 12:18 AM

Serengeti Park Issues

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The Great Land Grab: The Discovery of a New Aquifer in Namibia

The Great Land Grab: The Discovery of a New Aquifer in Namibia | May geo 152 | Scoop.it

The arid nation of Namibia has a newly discovered aquifer called Ohangwena II, that spans its northeast region, which flows under the boundary between Angola and Namibia. The country is considered one of the driest in Sub-Sahara Africa, as it is largely covered by the Namib Desert. This is especially significant because the nation faces further desertification in the face of climate change.


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Euro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The euro (sign: ; code: EUR) is the currency used by the Institutions of the European Union and is the official currency of the eurozone, which consists of 17 of the 28 member states of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain.[3][4] The currency is also used in a further five European countries and consequently used daily by some 332 million Europeans.[5] Additionally, more than 175 million people worldwide—including 150 million people in Africa—use currencies pegged to the euro.

The euro is the second largest reserve currency as well as the second most traded currency in the world after the United States dollar.[6][7] As of March 2013, with almost €920 billion in circulation, the euro has the highest combined value of banknotes and coins in circulation in the world, having surpassed the US dollar.[note 13] Based on International Monetary Fund estimates of 2008 GDP and purchasing power parity among the various currencies, the eurozone is the second largest economy in the world.[8]

The name euro was officially adopted on 16 December 1995.[9] The euro was introduced to world financial markets as an accounting currency on 1 January 1999, replacing the former European Currency Unit (ECU) at a ratio of 1:1 (US$1.1743). Euro coins and banknotes entered circulation on 1 January 2002.[10] While the euro dropped subsequently to US$0.8252 within two years (26 October 2000), it has traded above the US dollar since the end of 2002, peaking at US$1.6038 on 18 July 2008.[11] Since late 2009, the euro has been immersed in the European sovereign-debt crisis which has led to the creation of the European Financial Stability Facility as well as other reforms aimed at stabilising the currency. In July 2012, the euro fell below US$1.21 for the first time in two years, following concerns raised over Greek debt and Spain's troubled banking sector.[12]

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10 Tips to Better Productivity With Evernote | Business and Economics: E-Learning and Blended Learning

10 Tips to Better Productivity With Evernote | Business and Economics: E-Learning and Blended Learning | May geo 152 | Scoop.it

Evernote is a great tool for easy synchronization of notes across multiple devices and various platforms. It’s used extensively to save, edit and share notes among different devices and with multiple users.


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