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Metrocosm - Data Visualization, Maps, and Statistical Analysis

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Data Visualization, Maps, and Statistical Analysis
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Geography Strikes Back

Geography Strikes Back | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
To understand today's global conflicts, forget economics and technology and take a hard look at a map, writes Robert D. Kaplan.
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Geography is the key to so many issues of the day - culture, political  conflicts and cooperation, economics, etc. 

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Geography is the key to so many issues of the day - culture, political  conflicts and cooperation, economics, etc. 

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Geography is the key to so many issues of the day - culture, political  conflicts and cooperation, economics, etc. 

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32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World

32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Here are 32 maps will teach you something new about our diverse and interconnected planet.
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Adventures in mapping: 12 TED Talks

Adventures in mapping: 12 TED Talks | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Maps don’t just tell you which street to turn left on. See what we mean, below.
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Maps can tell you much more than direction. Love TED Talks

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10 awesome international borders

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Amazing images of international borders across the globe from Asia to America.
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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, March 15, 2015 2:25 PM

Unit 4 Political Geography

     The pictures show fascinating borders between countries that are all very different and unique. Examples of political boundaries are given in various places around the world.

      International borders are an important part of our world today, because they distinguish different state's territories. Territorial disputes are the cause of many conflicts throughout our world today. So it is important that borders are clearly defined and drawn.

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10 Territorial Disputes That Mean Your Maps Are Already Wrong

10 Territorial Disputes That Mean Your Maps Are Already Wrong | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
As it stands, there are well over 150 territorial disputes around the globe, some more urgent than others. Here are 10 you need to know about -- and that could redefine the world map.
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 The changing nature of maps.

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These maps show where the world’s youngest and oldest people live

These maps show where the world’s youngest and oldest people live | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Does this tell us where the next revolution will take place?
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There is quite a difference in the median age of the MDCs and the LDCs

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Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The full catalog of USGS topographic surveys is now all on one site and searchable by city.
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Looks like a great resource for the Urban unit.

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An Atlas of Poverty

An Atlas of Poverty | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
We think we know what poverty looks like. But how do we accurately account for it? How do we know where to look?
Poverty maps are one place to begin. Technological advances of the past decade—the increased capability to both collect and process improved data—make it possible to reveal the face of the poor in finer detail than ever before. By translating data into the visual accessibility of a map, we can locate poverty more precisely, understand its sources more comprehensively—and attack it more effectively. Such maps can even be used to monitor the results of anti-poverty efforts. Poverty maps can be part of a strong, new foundation for building and tailoring policies and programs, to reach those people that will benefit the most.
Via Seth Dixon
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This is very revealing

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solutions anyone......

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40 more maps that explain the world

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I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.
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Some excellent APHG & Historical maps: population, walls, economic standing, place names, etc.

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Using GeoGuessr in the Classroom

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In May 2013, GeoGuessr came online and quickly became a favorite quiz game of geo-enthusiasts.  Using 5 random locations in Google Street View.  The game player can search the area in Street View a...
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40 maps that explain food in America

40 maps that explain food in America | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

ExceThe future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure.

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Excellent current and historical maps for food and agricultural production. Great for the Ag Unit

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Last week Tonight - Lessons in geography - YouTube

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This is why we study Geography

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13 maps about America worth bringing up at dinner parties and/or first dates

Did you know that Texas' economy is the same size as Australia's? Now tell your date.
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You gotta love how maps can be a wealth of information (#1)

 

 

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Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 26, 2015 5:43 PM

The United States is a very interesting country. This article uses 13 unique maps that make a statement about America and its history, the way the individual states compare to one another, and comparing the US to the rest of the world, whether spatially, socially, economically, or demographically.

 

This article relates to the political organization of space through the political differences that are drawn clearly on comparing states GDPs, size or population to other countries or to each other. How the space is organized depends on these factors, yet is almost independent depending on the state.

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The Choro-Quiz: Encouraging inquiry through choropleth map quizzes | GIS Education Community

The Choro-Quiz: Encouraging inquiry through choropleth map quizzes | GIS Education Community | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The Choro-Quiz: Encouraging inquiry through choropleth map quizzes
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Great practice for using maps

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35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants

Take a tour through America's immigrant heritage — at its most and least welcoming
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National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888. It is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. Founded in 1915 as the Map Department of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Maps is responsible for illustrating the world around us through the art and science of mapm
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State Borders Were Drawn in the Distant Past. Is It Time to Reimagine Our Map?

State Borders Were Drawn in the Distant Past. Is It Time to Reimagine Our Map? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Every state has one governor and two senators, but, in almost every other way, each state’s human geography is different, often wildly so. New Jersey has 15 times more people than Wyoming, despite being one-tenth its size. You can divide the island of Manhattan in two and the top half...
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Boundaries, population distribution, representation, there are a lot of ways to look at these maps.

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15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All

15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The region as it never was, could have been, and sort of is 
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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
  If you're a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this c...
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Several of these are very telling

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Here are the 31 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around

Here are the 31 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Google may be standing up to government surveillance, but on Google Maps it shies away from conflict. The company displays the borders of 31 states differently than the other 162 members of the United Nations. Many of these countries have long had disputed borders or are currently facing military conflicts. Google Maps is customized in many ways to better serve...
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Boundary disputes are not just a thing of the past.

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If all the Ice melted: National Geographic's Interactive map on Rising Seas - Geoawesomeness

If all the Ice melted: National Geographic's Interactive map on Rising Seas - Geoawesomeness | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
If all the ice melted: Amazing interactive map by National Geographic on the future of the world when sea levels rise.
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Geospatial Revolution: Food Deserts | Health and Physical Education | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media

Geospatial Revolution: Food Deserts | Health and Physical Education | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Digital classroom resources for Grades 7-12. Food deserts refer to a lack of easy access to nutritious food. They exist all over America as an outcome of poverty.
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This short video on Food Deserts highlights the importance of maps in making a case for bringing full service markets to "food deserts"

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