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Nine Nations of North America, 30 Years Later

Nine Nations of North America, 30 Years Later | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A map based on culture and values does not reflect the perversely drawn state and national boundaries. By Joel Garreau.
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From www.nytimes.com - December 6, 6:19 AM "Back in the ’70s, almost a hundred reporters around the country – Washington Post bureau chiefs, rovers, freelancers and me, their desk-bound editor – were trying to get our arms around how North America worked, really. Not how it should work. But how it did work. Forget those nice neat rectangles in the middle of the U.S. Let’s be real: The mountains of western Colorado are totally alien from the wheat fields of eastern Colorado. And Miami is part not of Florida, but its own watery Caribbean realm. And what a terrible idea is 'California.' It behaves as if it covers three warring civilizations. The result was my 1981 book, 'The Nine Nations of North America.' The reader reaction was astonishing. This map – drawn to anticipate the news – revealed something much deeper. It turned out to be a map of culture and values, which have nothing to do with our perversely drawn state and national boundaries."

Reflect:: How would you divide up North America? Would it look different from this map? Why?  What reasons do you have for making these different regional groupings? What are the main criteria for what constitutes a region? Have the criteria for a region changed over time?
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What's In Your Food? Guess the Additive or Other Ingredient

What's In Your Food? Guess the Additive or Other Ingredient | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Companies have developed myriad ingredients and additives to change the flavor, color and consistency of what we eat—most of which are little understood by consumers. Each pair below contains at least one item in common. Can you tell which it is?
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Awakening the World to the Power of Geography | ArcNews

Awakening the World to the Power of Geography | ArcNews | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Examples from the Plenary Session at the 2015 Esri User Conference demonstrate how web GIS is expanding the application of GIS across organizations, resulting in better geographic understanding and more awareness of the world's interconnectedness.
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Obama administration drafting antibiotic-resistant bacteria plan

Obama administration drafting antibiotic-resistant bacteria plan | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The Obama administration is about to release a long-awaited plan to fight the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria – but scientists and lawmakers are already dismissing it as too weak to make enough progress against one of the most urgent public health risks.The plan, which leaked Thursday ahead of its scheduled release on Friday, outlines...
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Green Roofs Get Lift as France Makes Them Chic

Green Roofs Get Lift as France Makes Them Chic | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Roofs bedecked in plants gain popularity as a way to reduce a building's energy use and stormwater runoff.
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Which States Are in the South?

Which States Are in the South? | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, we published the results of a SurveyMonkey Audience poll about which states people think compose the Midwest. The answer is, essentially, that nobody seems to know -- not even self-avow...
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Herwig Photo » Soviet Bus Stops

Herwig Photo » Soviet Bus Stops | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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How toilet paper explains the world

How toilet paper explains the world | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A country's most popular hygiene product has a lot to do with its demographics.
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Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'?

Is Tyson Foods' Chicken Empire A 'Meat Racket'? | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A new book argues that Tyson's system treats farmers like "modern-day sharecroppers." Author Christopher Leonard looks at Tyson's inner workings and the not-so-independent farmers who raise the birds.
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Iowa Corn sTalk: 6 Things Chipotle Doesn’t Want You To Know

Iowa Corn sTalk: 6 Things Chipotle Doesn’t Want You To Know | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
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Why American Eggs Would Be Illegal In A British Supermarket, And Vice Versa

Why American Eggs Would Be Illegal In A British Supermarket, And Vice Versa | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The USDA mandates that all Grade A eggs be washed and sanitized. The EU requires that all Class A eggs are not washed or cleaned in any way. Here's why this distinction exists.
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Cocoa-nomics explained: Unwrapping the chocolate industry

Cocoa-nomics explained: Unwrapping the cocoa industry
Cocoa-nomics: Why chocolate really doesn't grow on trees
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Mapping Every Disputed Territory in the World

Mapping Every Disputed Territory in the World | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Palestine.  Crimea.  Kashmir.  The Islamic State.Some of the biggest geopolitical events in the world are centered around disputed territories, land whose sovereignty is claimed by more than one nation / occupying power.At the other extreme, some territorial disputes involve land that would seem entirely worthless. The U.K., Iceland, and Denmark all assert ownership of Rockall Island, an 8,000 square […]
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Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic]

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? [Infographic] | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A heatmap of war over water
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Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
With Lake Powell, the Colorado River reservoir, at historic lows, kayakers have new channels to explore. But alarm about drought in the West is rising.
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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found downwind from feedlots

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found downwind from feedlots | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A study slated for publication next month indicates DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cattle feedlots is airborne.
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Where the World's Young People Live

Where the World's Young People Live | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Mapping which countries have the most and least youthful populations
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World Bank Group

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worldbank.org - The World Bank Group offers loans, advice, and an array of customized resources to more than 100 developing countries and countries in transition
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Black death was not spread by rat fleas, say researchers

Black death was not spread by rat fleas, say researchers | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Evidence from skulls in east London shows plague had to have been airborne to spread so quickly
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For This Man, Corn Is More Than a Grain—It's Living History

For This Man, Corn Is More Than a Grain—It's Living History | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Amado Ramírez Leyva buys maize from small farms for his restaurant in Oaxaca.
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Waffle Tacos, Pretzel Buns And Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches: It's What's On The Outside That Counts For Fast Food

Waffle Tacos, Pretzel Buns And Pop Tart Ice Cream Sandwiches: It's What's On The Outside That Counts For Fast Food | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco In November 2012, the industry publication, BurgerBusiness.com predicted that 2013 would be the Year of the Bun. Turns out, it was right on the money. But it's not just the burger-oriented fast food brands that are innovating like crazy with what's on the outside of their products, an [...]
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Americans – why do you keep refrigerating your eggs?

Americans – why do you keep refrigerating your eggs? | McG's AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The U.S. is one of the only countries on Earth that keeps chicken eggs in cold storage. But why?
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