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Time-Space Compression

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In this age of fast travel and instant digital communications, we tend to forget that not so long ago, distances were subjectively very different.

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geofoodgraz's curator insight, December 15, 2012 4:35 AM
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"This series of maps shows the great leaps and bounds that were made during the 19th century in transportation technology in the United States.  This impacted population settlement, economic interactions and functionally made the great distances seem smaller.  This is what many call the time-space compression; the friction of distance is diminished as communication and transportation technologies improve.  

 

Questions to Ponder: When someone says they live "10 minutes away," what does that say about how we think about distance, transportation infrastructure and time?  How is geography still relevant in a world where distance appears to becoming less of a factor?  "

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, November 1, 2014 7:54 PM

With the development of modern equipment useful in maneuvering around the world, the time it took those living in the 1800's has been reduced to getting anywhere around the world with time spanning from 30- 24hrs. This of course has been made possible due to the development of roads, better boating constructions and air travel.

Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 10, 2014 8:12 PM

Since 1800 the rate of travel has increased exponentially through the years. From the very beginning of travel, it would take close to a week just to get from the east coast to the middle of the United States. Through the use of railroads we have overcome the "time" factor and essentially eliminated it from playing a role in the way we travel. Today's advances in transportation has made seeing others much easier and most importantly it has developed a connected world that allows for transport of goods and services possible to such an extent that as citizens of the United states we are able to access almost anything we need from a day to day basis. A technology like this will continue to expand and grow to make the life of people that much easier.

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Megacities Reflect Growing Urbanization Trend

Read the Transcript: http://to.pbs.org/b6sR86 The capital of the South Asian country Bangladesh, Dhaka, has a population that is booming. However, it stands ...

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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 8:50 PM

To be a megacity like this, you have to conform to urbanization. There is no possible way to have such a populated and crowed city with farmlands around. This is a place of business yet residential areas, it also is where the marketplaces are and where kids go to school. Megacities need to be a part of an urban society in order for them to stay afloat.

Bec Seeto's curator insight, October 30, 2014 6:07 PM

This is a great introduction to the demographic explosion of the slums within megacities.  This is applicable to many themes within geography.   

Sarah Cannon's curator insight, December 14, 2015 10:20 AM

I can't image or even relate to the experience of living in a place like this. With rivers polluted right outside your house. And those rivers are what people bathe in and wash their clothes. I can't imagine not being able to access clean drinking water or lacking food. The people in Dhaka endure so much their whole lives, a good percentage of them will always live in poverty.

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What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea

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China has been feverishly piling sand onto reefs in the South China Sea for the past year, creating seven new islets in the region. It is straining geopolitical tensions that were already taut.
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Excellent for the Political Unit and UNCLOS' territorial wates
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Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English

Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
'Hello cockie' is one of the most commonly heard phrases feral birds are teaching in the wild, along with a host of expletives.
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Culture and relocation diffusion. Thanks Lisa Benton Short. 
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The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic

The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The last few flu pandemics since 1918 have had death tolls of a million or more. Experts say it's a matter of time until another strain hits.
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A Map of the World's Population Rendered As Mountains and Valleys

A Map of the World's Population Rendered As Mountains and Valleys | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
What if people were mapped like mountains?
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Interesting look at the world population. It reinforces that populations are found near coasts or water. Good for Unit 1 & 2.
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How did Zimbabwe get so poor?

President Mugabe's economic mismanagement of Zimbabwe has brought the country poverty and malnutrition. After 36 years in charge, he's looking to extend his rule by 5 more years.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 22, 8:40 PM

Poverty at the national level is usually not a function of limited resources, but more often it is a sign of weak institutions.  This is but one example of how governmental mismanagement can put a country's developmental progress back decades.

 

Tags: Africa, Zimbabwe, development, economic, political.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 9, 11:56 AM
unit 4 and  unit 6,  democratization?
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unit 4 and unit 6 #democratization?
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How will be the world in 2020?

How will be the world in 2020? The vision of Telefónica I+D from some points of view, demographic and technological
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This is futuristic. The way things continue to change, we can predict, but not be certain of what the future will hold.
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Famine declared in South Sudan, with 100,000 people facing starvation

Famine declared in South Sudan, with 100,000 people facing starvation | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The crisis is “man-made,” with civil war destroying the nation’s agriculture, officials say.
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Zealandia – pieces finally falling together for continent we didn't know we had

Zealandia – pieces finally falling together for continent we didn't know we had | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The landmass – about two-thirds the size of Australia – of which 94% is under water, is a step closer to being recognised, scientists say
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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, March 1, 8:37 AM
What will the impact be if Zealandia is recognized as another continent?
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Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here

Israel Proves the Desalination Era Is Here | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
One of the driest countries on Earth now makes more freshwater than it needs

 

Driven by necessity, Israel is learning to squeeze more out of a drop of water than any country on Earth; researchers have pioneered new techniques in drip irrigation, water treatment and desalination. “The Middle East is drying up,” says Osnat Gillor, a professor at the Zuckerberg Institute who studies the use of recycled wastewater on crops. “The only country that isn’t suffering acute water stress is Israel.” That water stress has been a major factor in the turmoil tearing apart the Middle East, but Bar-Zeev believes that Israel’s solutions can help its parched neighbors, too — and in the process, bring together old enemies in common cause.

 

Tags: drought, water, environment, Israel, technology, Middle East.


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Susan Grice's curator insight, February 4, 8:51 AM
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Ivan Ius's curator insight, February 5, 5:03 PM
Geographic Concepts: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective
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Why are the Baltic states so rattled?

This week, soldiers from Germany and Belgium are settling into a new posting in Lithuania as part of the latest NATO troop deployment. Will their hosts—and the region—feel more secure as a result of their presence?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 30, 4:58 PM

This video from the Economist shows how shifting political situations in one country can create some powerful ripples elsewhere.  It also shows how fluid geopolitical alliances can either embolden a waxing power, or create anxiety among states that might be waning in regional influence.  Supranational allegiances can weigh heavily on smaller states. 

 

Tags: Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, supranationalism, political.    

Alexander peters's curator insight, February 14, 9:18 AM
My opinion is that vlad is a bad guy
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Ship to shore: tracking the maritime motorways

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"It is estimated that 97 per cent of all trade – the things we buy in shops – will have been transported in containers by ships at sea. The container vessel, stacked high with uniformly-sized metal boxes, has become a symbol of our globalized world. This is a world of imports and exports, a world where moving things across huge distances keeps the price of daily commodities low as items are manufactured in one place, then packaged in another, before arriving on the shores where they will eventually be sold. In recent geographical literature, attention has turned to the world at sea – a space traditionally overlooked. Geography means ‘Earth-writing’ and geographers have taken the origins of the term very seriously. They have written primarily about the Earth: the ground, the soil, the land. The sea is something ‘out there’ – seemingly disconnected from our everyday lives. However, an appreciation of the world as made from flows and connections has enabled geography to recognize that the sea is essential to our landed life." http://wp.me/p2Ij6x-5DS

 

Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.


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Ivan Ius's curator insight, February 19, 3:38 PM
Geographic Concepts: Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships
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U.S. Rep. Al Lawson says Winn Dixie closures creating food deserts

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson says Winn Dixie closures creating food deserts | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—In a post on the congressman's Facebook page, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson claims the many Winn Dixie stores closing throughout the state are creating food deserts in his district.
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Local example of food desert in Tallahasee. agriculture unit
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McMansions Are Killing L.A.'s Urban Forest

McMansions Are Killing L.A.'s Urban Forest | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The compact suburban bungalows of the 1950s were actually pretty tree-friendly by comparison.
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Urban and cultural units
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Where the Lights Are Brighter Than Four Years Ago—And Where They're Darker

Where the Lights Are Brighter Than Four Years Ago—And Where They're Darker | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In four short years, urbanization, economics, and war have changed a satellite’s view of the Earth at night.
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After Economic Crisis, Low Birthrates Challenge Southern Europe

After Economic Crisis, Low Birthrates Challenge Southern Europe | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A hot spot for childlessness is rising in Greece and neighboring countries, heralding weaker growth and productivity, and creating fiscal problems.
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Population Unit & Economic Unit - lower birth rates because of uncertainty leading to decline inn economic growth.
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You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A new survey shows widespread misconceptions and unfounded confidence about learning.
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Theories change. Test yourself and help your students learn more
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World of Change: Sprawling Shanghai : Feature Articles

World of Change: Sprawling Shanghai : Feature Articles | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
If you could go back in time to the 1980s, you would find a city that is drastically different than today’s Shanghai.
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Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis

Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

"A host of environmental factors are threatening to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 17, 7:19 PM

Urban ecology, environmental justice, gendered inequities, primate city politics, the struggle of growing megacities…it’s all here in this fantastic piece of investigative reporting.  The article highlights the ecological problems that Mexico City faces (high-altitude exacerbates air pollution, interior drainage worsens water pollution, limited aquifers that are overworked lead to subsidence, importing water outside of the basin requires enormous amounts of energy, etc.).  just because the article doesn't use the word 'geography' doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly geographic. All of these problems are at the heart of human-environmental nexus of 21st century urbanization. 

   

Tags: urban, megacities, water, environment, Mexico.

Danielle Yen's curator insight, March 3, 8:45 AM

Urban ecology, environmental justice, gendered inequities, primate city politics, the struggle of growing megacities…it’s all here in this fantastic piece of investigative reporting.  The article highlights the ecological problems that Mexico City faces (high-altitude exacerbates air pollution, interior drainage worsens water pollution, limited aquifers that are overworked lead to subsidence, importing water outside of the basin requires enormous amounts of energy, etc.).  just because the article doesn't use the word 'geography' doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly geographic. All of these problems are at the heart of human-environmental nexus of 21st century urbanization. 

   

Tags: urban, megacities, water, environment, Mexico.

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What will Earth look like if all its land ice melts? Here's your answer.

What will Earth look like if all its land ice melts? Here's your answer. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Climate change isn't pretty. Floods. Droughts. Trillions of dollars to pay for it all. And that's just the tip of the (increasingly smaller) iceberg.
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Creating RI's Off-Shore Wind Farm

Creating RI's Off-Shore Wind Farm | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Today, to the southeast of Block Island, there are five new structures rising from the ocean. These are the towers of the Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF), the first offshore wind energy installation in the United States. The turbines will generate 30 megawatts of energy; providing electricity to 17,000 households on Block Island and coastal Rhode Island (McCann, 2016), and replacing the diesel generators that previously powered New Shoreham. The turbines are on schedule to begin turning in November 2016 once commissioning is complete.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 21, 8:19 PM

One of the overriding, major take-home points of this ESRI StoryMap, is that a project of this scale, scope, and magnitude requires geographic data across many disciplines (to see the largest off-shore wind farm in the world, click here).

 

Tags: mapping, Rhode IslandESRIStoryMap, GISresources, water, coastalenergy, environment depend.

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What can I do with a Geography Degree?

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"While it is easy to understand getting excited about maps, different cultures and environments, and even being better citizens through geography, it is harder to see how geographic knowledge can lead to good jobs or meaningful careers. In recent years, people have discovered that large numbers of societal problems have geographic dimensions, and that education and training in geography provides essential skills and knowledge for real-world problem solving. As a result, geography has become a necessary ingredient in hundreds of different jobs. This assortment of careers helps demonstrate the wide array of employment opportunities that exist for graduates with education in the field of geography. Within this publication, careers are divided into a number of different employment categories, including:

​Geography EducationEnvironmental GeographyGeospatial TechnologiesLand Use Planning
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Sally Egan's curator insight, February 7, 7:48 PM
Great for introducing the vocational relevance of geography.
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Geographic Concepts: Geographic Perspective and Geographic Skills And Careers
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, February 27, 10:36 AM
what can i do with a degree in geography? ALOT!
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As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less of a Pipe Dream

As Climate Change Accelerates, Floating Cities Look Like Less of a Pipe Dream | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A costly plan to build floating islands shows how climate change is pushing the search for innovative solutions, but some critics ask who will ultimately benefit.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 3, 3:59 PM

As coastal communities are considering what the tangible impacts of climate change might be, things that were once considered science fiction could be a part of how people adapt to the modifications we've collectively made to our global environment that we depend on to sustain life.  

 

Tags: physicaltechnologysustainability, climate change, environment, resources, watercoastal, environment dependenvironment adapt, environment modify.

Ivan Ius's curator insight, February 14, 7:49 PM
Geographic Thinking Concepts: Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective.
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APHG Promo Video

This is video is a great tool to drum up interest in an AP Human Geography course produced by David Burton.  See more promotional videos/start-of-the-year clips at http://wp.me/P2dv5Z-1ec


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 23, 3:33 PM

This is just one of my favorite "start of the year" videos.  I've compiled them for when you need to show the importance of geography, spatial thinking and geo-literacy.  Collectively, they show why taking geography courses is so important, useful and interesting. 

 

Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education, APHG.

Sally Egan's curator insight, February 15, 4:11 PM
Love this video introducing the study of Geography. Its dramatic and diverse in the issues it introduces.