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Brilliant Maps

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The map above shows one of history's most astounding global shifts; the drop in fertility rate between 1970 and 2014.
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Mapping Migration in the United States

Mapping Migration in the United States | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
An interactive map showing nationwide migration patterns in the United States since 1900.
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You can see the influence of immigration both intra and international on states and where states tend to keep their own at home

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A Map of Every Device in the World That's Connected to the Internet

A Map of Every Device in the World That's Connected to the Internet | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Where is the internet? This map might explain it better than any statistics could ever hope to: The red hot spots show where the most devices that can access the internet are located.
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Human Development Index (HDI)

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"This map shows Human Development Index (HDI) for 169 countries in the World. The HDI is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education, and standard of living for countries worldwide. The HDI sets a minimum and a maximum for each dimension, called goalposts, and then shows where each country stands in relation to these goalposts, expressed as a value between 0 and 1, where greater is better. The Human Development Index (HDI) measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development: health, knowledge and standard of living."

 

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Caroline Ivy's curator insight, May 18, 2015 3:41 PM

This article discusses the Human Development Index (HDI), what it is, and how it is calculated. 

 

This chart displays that the top three spots on the HDI are occupied by Norway, Australia, and the Netherlands respectively, with the USA coming in fourth. As HDI is calculated by comparing aspects like literacy, standard of living, education, and life expectancy, why are two European countries and Australia in the top 3? Something to be looked at is the in-migration of each country. Immigrants arrival in large numbers in some countries can lower HDI if they are refugees or come from a country with a lower HDI, for they may be illiterate, have a low education, and therefore a low life expectancy. With in migration to the US tightly controlled but in constant motion, their HDI could be pulled down to 4th. As Norway and Australia and the Netherlands are not the main destination for refugees, their HDI could be higher.   

Cody Price's curator insight, May 27, 2015 5:49 AM

The HDI is the human development index which ranks countries in many different aspects. The higher the country the more developed and modern it is. The least amount of death and the longest lives are here. It is more stable the higher the country.

 

This relates to the topic in unit 6 of HDI. this map shows the basic HDIS of the world and the patterns formed by the HDI layout of the world. 

Anna Sasaki's curator insight, May 27, 2015 7:04 AM

This map shows the Human Development Index around the world. The HDI depends on a set list of variables, ranking them from 1st to last. Nations considered to be "Western" are more developed than nations in regions such as Africa and Asia, although all nations are slowly but steadily developing, improving their Human Development Index ranking.

The HDI shows development in nations, although leaving out Inequality factors. This map also allows us to see spatially what regions tend to be more developed as well as developing.

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8 Maps That Will Change the Way You Look at Africa

8 Maps That Will Change the Way You Look at Africa | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Expansion of population and investment on the continent represent both enormous opportunity and potential for crises and injustice.
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Africa, a geography lesson. It is a continent, not a country.  Larger than many expect and full of diversity.

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How Cultures Move Across Continents

How Cultures Move Across Continents | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.
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Interactive map of migration of the west

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MacGyver - How to use a map - YouTube

And we thought maps could only be used to find your way ;-) Tip: add &fmt=22 behind the URL for the correct frame rate!
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A good map will always get you where you want to go.

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Map: The largest company by revenue in every state

Map: The largest company by revenue in every state | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A look at some of the biggest economic drivers in each state.
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Another interesting map

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Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 2014 6:55 PM

Interesting map to consider! What do you think? Does anything surprise you? 

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This is how map projections warp your understanding of geography

This is how map projections warp your understanding of geography | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
How distorting are map projections? Here's what four commonly used systems of projection do to a human head.
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This gives perspective to how maps distort space

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A Praiseworthy Map of America's Heavenly Place Names

A Praiseworthy Map of America's Heavenly Place Names | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Urban areas show a noticeable trend toward god-revering place names.
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Stunning map charts every river in U.S.

Stunning map charts every river in U.S. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The U.S. is often thought of as a nation connected by roads—since the 1960s the Interstate Highway has defined American culture and led to untold economic prosperity. But a new map of the nation’s rivers tells a very different story.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, July 12, 2013 3:21 PM

Seriously, I could stare at this map all day.  It is REALLY cool.  I'm thinking of all kinds of discussion it could bring to the classroom!

John Blunnie's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:11 PM

Seeing this map really shows why almost all places in the U.S. have been inhabited before the industrial era.

Louis Culotta's comment, July 15, 2013 2:52 PM
this is a very cool way to get a good look at our nations river systems and how to best use them for productive and environmental safety of them.
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A State-by-State Map of Where U.S. Immigrants Came From

A State-by-State Map of Where U.S. Immigrants Came From | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The new Pew interactive covers 1850 to 2013.
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Great for migration unit

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HDI Map

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Mapping the Measure of America. Maps of US showing the Human Development Index by state

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What The World Would Look Like If Countries Were Scaled By Population

What The World Would Look Like If Countries Were Scaled By Population | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Redditor TeaDranks has created a super-interesting cartogram in which the size of each country is apportioned according to population. Suddenly, the largest countries in the world don't look so mighty — Russia and Canada, we're looking at you.
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Makes the US look less significant

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2 Simple Maps That Reveal How American Agriculture Actually Works

2 Simple Maps That Reveal How American Agriculture Actually Works | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
There really are two different Americas: the heartland, and the coasts....
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Looks like corn and soybeans have been supplanted by wheat. 

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This Graphic Of Africa's Actual Size Will Blow Your Mind

This Graphic Of Africa's Actual Size Will Blow Your Mind | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Africa is bigger than China, India, Europe, and the USA. COMBINED.
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Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, March 15, 2015 8:00 PM

Unit 1 Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives

      The visual shows a map of Africa proportionate to other countries in our world. It gives you a better perspective of the actual size of Africa by placing the US, China, India, and much of Europe inside of the Africa map.

      The most common map projection is the mercator map projection which distorts the poles and makes some land masses seem bigger than they actually are, such as Greenland. Most map projections have some flaws and the only accurate representation of the world is the globe.

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A Real-Time Map of Births and Deaths

A Real-Time Map of Births and Deaths | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
This simulation gives an eerily omniscient vantage on the world as it fills.
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Very interesting..

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China publishes new map

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China has published a new map of the entire country including the islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) in order to "better show" its territorial claim over the region.

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It seems that claims are often made to reinforce political claims. conflicting claims are difficult to resolve 

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Jason Schneider's curator insight, April 3, 2015 2:44 AM

Not only does China have a strong economic system and the high population in the world, but they also claim South China Sea. Also since they are wealthy, then they hire maritime security to make sure other areas such as the Philippines and Malaysia don't attempt to take over China's seas. Also, the Philippines attempts to battle China over oil and natural gases but they fail against China because China's more populated than the Philippines. The main point of this map is to show how much of the ocean and sea China claims and they claim about 18% of water out of their land population.

David Lizotte's curator insight, April 23, 2015 6:09 PM

This map exemplifies how different countries have differing impressions of land/territory that they own. China views itself as this image depicted above. They honestly believe it. As ridiculous as it sounds I do understand why. China owns this region of the world and will continue to do so. They are claiming land and even forming new land throughout the South China Sea. What is important about the creating of land mass is that China then controls 200 nautical miles around whatever they construct. There is nothing the neighboring countries in the region can do about it. China knows it is a dominant military power and intimidates other countries.

For example, the island of Taiwan is claimed by China as a province. China does not recognize the "Republic of China" (ROC) which governs Taiwan and used to govern mainland China prior to the Chinese Civil War. China has even threatened the island with military use if the people openly declare a massive independent movement. There is a lot more to this history, more than a scoop can provide for, however in a nutshell, Taiwan is China's and will continue to be so. 

In another region of China bordering India and Pakistan, which conveys the expansive territory China covers as a country and its various neighboring countries, China is yet claiming another piece of land. As if the dispute between India and Pakistan was not great enough the two countries also differ over territory just north of the Kashmir border region. China also believes this territory is theirs, now making the land up for grabs between the three nations. China may or may not have historical ties that link it to this piece of land. But in either case it certainly views this territory as an area of land that is open for taking, in that it could eventually claim the territory as a whole. What would Pakistan and India do? These two countries have enough going on. 

Alex Vielman's curator insight, December 15, 2015 5:55 AM

At first when looking at this map, it seems just about right knowing that China is a huge territorial country, but we also see that this map, when compared to an older map, is different. In this map, we can see that the islands on the West, China has claimer part of there territory. This is simply an analysis of how China seeks geopolitical power over these islands. The map shows China’s claim over the South China Sea by marking ten dash lines around the region just off the coasts of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines’ islands of Palawan and Luzon. These are all individual countries, that have there own culture, language, separate of that of China. The difference between this issue and perhaps that of Catalonia seeking independence over Spain, is that these countries like Malaysia and Brunei are already territorial countries. China is simply showing that they have the power to declare this map, even if its not true. 




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Demographic Atlas

Demographic Atlas | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
This atlas shows how the population is changing - growing in some parts of the country, while shrinking in others. The maps show the entire United States by county, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census and Esri. How do things look in your neighborhood?

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Place-based Geography Videos

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Professor Seth Dixon shares over 50 of his favorite geography videos in this online map http://bit.ly/KDY6C2


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Matt Davidson's curator insight, October 24, 2014 12:54 AM

Great site - showing locational context is important for not just Geography but every subject. How can we understand the complexities of topics like conflict or urban economies or agricultural histories.... without understanding locations and maps?

Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 3, 2014 5:02 PM

It was nice to see where everything was happening. I hope it gets updated to more current events. I wish we had something like this when we were looking at the invasion of Kuwait.

Caroline Ivy's curator insight, March 15, 2015 9:19 PM

Seth Dixon uses ArgGIS to juxtapose maps with the location a video is associated with. 

 

This idea has crossed my mind before. Now, a video can be contemplated with the spatial accuracy needed. This connects events to a place, and can help students more fully grasp the geospatial distribution of events. 

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MAP: The Best-Selling Car In Every State

MAP: The Best-Selling Car In Every State | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
We pulled the data to find the best-selling car in every state this year.
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This Awesome Interactive Map Will Make You Think Twice About Africa

This Awesome Interactive Map Will Make You Think Twice About Africa | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This graph is worth as many as you can take out of it.
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