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Mexico City: water torture on a grand and ludicrous scale

Mexico City: water torture on a grand and ludicrous scale | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
A grossly inefficient sewage system makes the city's tap water filthy and consigns millions to disease, will it ever improve?
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A very informative and interesting article on water in Mexico City - supply, quality and waste.  Great talking point for IB Geography (Water and Change).

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Luxury hotel creates 'Shanty Town' slum for superrich

Luxury hotel creates 'Shanty Town' slum for superrich | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
A South African lodge attempts to create the feel of poverty with burning trash cans, decrepit shacks and dirt paths. But there are also Wi-fi and under-floor heating.
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I'm looking forward to hearing what my IB students have to say about this.

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Is weather becoming more extreme?

Is weather becoming more extreme? | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
Extreme weather events have always been with us, and always will be. One can't point to a single severe storm, or even an entire harsh winter, as evidence of climate change. But a trend of weather intensity, and oddity, grows.
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World Population: Where it's thick and where it's thin

World Population: Where it's thick and where it's thin | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
The growing population of the world, now estimated to be over 7 billion, marks a global milestone and presents obvious challenges for the planet.  There are extremely densely populated cities and sparsely populated countries.  China is the most...
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Immigrant Influx Tests a Minneapolis Hospital

Immigrant Influx Tests a Minneapolis Hospital | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
About 20 percent of Hennepin County Medical Center’s patients were born in other countries, and interpreters are called on to help more than 130,000 times a year.
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Can We Save Venice?

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Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:42 PM

This detailed account of the problems faced by the people, and city, of Venice is a great account of the idea of Human Environment Interaction that is central to Human Geography. Human actions are causing the city to sink while more human actions are attempting to raise the city out of the water.

Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 28, 2013 3:24 PM

It is no surprise to anyone that one day the beautiful city of Venice will one day be completely submerged under water. However looking at this map makes it hopeful that the process may be slowed down or even stopped! Looking at the map the green boxes represent the parts of Venice that have been uplifted, while the red boxes represent the parts that are sinking. What was surprising was that there appeared to be more green boxes on the map than red. Most of the boxes, both green and red, are along the coastline. I would think since most of the damage is along the coast line it would be a little easier to try and uplift. Hopefully the green boxes can make up for the red boxes in order to keep Venice from continually sinking. With these advances who knows where we will be in even another twenty years. We may be able to continue to uplift Venice to prevent it from submerging under water. It appears that the city is making progress in this process from the data given in the map. 

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:53 AM

As we all know Venice is known for its lack of streets because the city is navigated by canals. This map shows where humans are actually causing the city to sink (in red) and where through restoration and consideration are helping the city stay afloat (Green). These little acts of restoration can become increasinly important in the future with growing population density. Lets hope that Venice doesnt get to populated though so the next generation dosent have to refer to it as the lost underwater city of venice.

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Can We Save Venice?

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Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:42 PM

This detailed account of the problems faced by the people, and city, of Venice is a great account of the idea of Human Environment Interaction that is central to Human Geography. Human actions are causing the city to sink while more human actions are attempting to raise the city out of the water.

Courtney Burns's curator insight, November 28, 2013 3:24 PM

It is no surprise to anyone that one day the beautiful city of Venice will one day be completely submerged under water. However looking at this map makes it hopeful that the process may be slowed down or even stopped! Looking at the map the green boxes represent the parts of Venice that have been uplifted, while the red boxes represent the parts that are sinking. What was surprising was that there appeared to be more green boxes on the map than red. Most of the boxes, both green and red, are along the coastline. I would think since most of the damage is along the coast line it would be a little easier to try and uplift. Hopefully the green boxes can make up for the red boxes in order to keep Venice from continually sinking. With these advances who knows where we will be in even another twenty years. We may be able to continue to uplift Venice to prevent it from submerging under water. It appears that the city is making progress in this process from the data given in the map. 

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:53 AM

As we all know Venice is known for its lack of streets because the city is navigated by canals. This map shows where humans are actually causing the city to sink (in red) and where through restoration and consideration are helping the city stay afloat (Green). These little acts of restoration can become increasinly important in the future with growing population density. Lets hope that Venice doesnt get to populated though so the next generation dosent have to refer to it as the lost underwater city of venice.

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Singapore to Give Citizens Priority for Job Openings

Singapore to Give Citizens Priority for Job Openings | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
A new policy requires job openings to be posted in the city-state before they are offered to overseas workers.
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It Takes a Smuggler to Satisfy KFC Cravings in Gaza | TIME.com

It Takes a Smuggler to Satisfy KFC Cravings in Gaza | TIME.com | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
The fried chicken isn't exactly fresh by the time it arrives. But for Palestinians craving a taste of the outside world, smuggled KFC is still finger lickin' good.

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iGCSE /IB Waterfalls & Erosion - GeogPodCast

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iGCSE Geography Coasts - Constructive v Destructive Waves - GeogPodCast

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DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population

DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
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Hans Rosling... As fascinating as ever.

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Urban Exploration

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"The French have a wonderful word—flâneur—for someone who seeks to explore and understand the nature of a city’s landscape, usually by taking spontaneous adventures amidst the ebb and flow of life going on around them. In this week’s theme we invite you to lose yourself reading about the flâneur-esque adventures of Maptia’s streetwise connoisseurs and explore a myriad of cities through their eyes."


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, December 1, 2013 11:04 AM

A wonderful site that currently explores 21 global cities.  If you've ever traveled to India (any major city within it), Mexico City, Rome, or any another travel destination where the human street population is somewhat off the charts, you'll enjoy these blog posts.  Meanwhile, I am thinking about entering a post of my own!  This is a perfect site to share with students prior to journal writing or school trips abroad. 

Helen Rowling's curator insight, December 1, 2013 8:18 PM

Gr8 immersion of stories of lives in other countries.

Tony Gough's curator insight, December 9, 2013 6:09 AM

Travel the world and read the short stories to learn more!

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World Population: 7 Billion

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On October 31, 2011, the United Nations is expected to announce a projected world population figure of 7 billion. This global milestone presents both an opportunity and a challenge for the planet.
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Chile has huge economic growth, enormous income disparity - Sackville Tribune Post

Chile has huge economic growth, enormous income disparity
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There is great geographic diversity as a result of these great distances from the Atacama Desert in the north to Patagonia in the South.
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Singapore Looks Below for More Room

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The city-state is looking at the possibility of an Underground Science City containing 40 interconnected caverns for data centers and research labs.
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42 Amazing Maps

The map, as an innovation, is extremely important. Simply constructing a useful representation of our world onto a piece of paper (or clay or vellum or whate...

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Jyri-Pekka Kukkonen's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:18 AM

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jon inge's curator insight, October 11, 2013 5:20 PM

if graphs are the language of economics , maps speak for geographers and they are also a great way to show econmic data

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 11, 2:13 PM

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The shipping container village: Families forced to live in desperate conditions for TEN YEARS due to lack of houses

The shipping container village: Families forced to live in desperate conditions for TEN YEARS due to lack of houses | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
Four families pay around £50 a month to lives in these old cargo containers on the outskirts of Shanghai.
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A great strating point for the impacts of rural-urban migration. 

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For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico

For Migrants, New Land of Opportunity Is Mexico | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
With Europe sputtering and China costly, the “stars are aligning” for Mexico as broad changes in the global economy create new dynamics of migration.
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We tend to think of migrants leaving Mexico for a better life.  This article looks at the increasing number of people moving to Mexico.

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Naming the people who die in the desert

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Good luck charms, coins and a few scraps of paper - forensic scientists trying to identify the bodies of illegal migrants have very little to go on
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This is a great entry point for introducing the Mexico-USA migration case study.  It provoked a lot of discussion.

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Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves'

Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves' | Miss Harrison Geography | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Abuse and exploitation of migrant workers preparing emirate for 2022
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A great article/video on migration to Qatar, which my IB students really reasponded to.

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iGCSE/IB Geography Middle Course of a River GeogPodCast

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