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Dawning of the Anthropocene age

Dawning of the Anthropocene age | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Earth is entering a new epoch and this time it's not ice ages or meteorites causing it: it's one humans have helped bring about.
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This is an interesting article. It's actually the second I've read in the last few days about the 'anthropocene'. I think it is a thing now. Something I do find hard to take though, is the notion that we must save the planet. We don't. The planet will outlast humanity by a long way. Nonetheless, what is discussed in the article is worthwhile in terms of prolonging humanity's existence. 

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Google holds a mirror up to the world

Google holds a mirror up to the world | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The team behind Google Maps won't stop until it has every last inch of the planet stored on its servers. Would we really be so lost without them?
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This is interesting. I am somewhat torn here. As a kid I imagined being able to see myself moving on a map and how cool that would be. When I was at university and studied GIS, I could imagine it even more clearly. And now that I can look at my phone and actually see a wee dot on screen moving along the road as the bus/taxi I'm on does, just blows my mind. However, as a teacher I am concerned about the "dumbening" of people, especially kids. People question whether getting kids to physically draw maps & diagrams is relevant these days. Yes, I say! A thousand times, yes! I think is really important that we (all of us not just kids) go analogue sometimes. To read an actual book (especially if it's an atlas!), write or draw something with a pen and/or pencil, use our own brains to do things rather than Google's. We need to exercise our brains in a variety of ways so that we can forge new pathways and strengthen our minds. I'd love to hear other people's thoughts on this. 

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Images of Earth From Above

Images of Earth From Above | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Yesterday was Earth Day, a time set aside to increase awareness of the natural environment and the impact of our collective actions
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Wow! Just wow! Some amazing images here. Great to use as starters, discussions about patterns, spatial distribution and any number of features - both natural & cultural.

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earth

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An animated map of global wind and weather. Visit the community at https://www.facebook.com/EarthWindMap
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People may have already seen this. If you haven't, quite simply, this is amazing. Whenever I show students they are transfixed by it. It is actually a thing of rare beauty.

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When Earth is Scarred Forever

When Earth is Scarred Forever | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Our planet is covered in pockmarks so deep that they can be seen from space. Some were caused by asteroid strikes, but most are the result of human meddling. Here are some of the most incredible examples of the scarred Earth.
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This is just amazing! And not in a good way. These are some deep, deep holes in the ground! A testament to the human desire for "stuff". Very sad actually.

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