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Comparing Urban Footprints

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"This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back..."


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Interesting comparison of cities and their urban footprints

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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:37 PM

I enjoyed looking at each shape of the countries and seeing howmany people lived in a certain area. To me it seems like the US has a lot of people living in a certain area compared to other countries states. It is also shocking that millions of people can live in a smaller area. 

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, January 25, 4:41 AM

useful for both Year 8 and Year 11 Geography.

Blake Welborn's curator insight, May 20, 12:15 PM

This a conglomeration of maps that represent the physical layout and land use of some of the major cities in the world, color coded by region. 

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▶ How Many Countries Are There? - YouTube

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/1p2m6g/how_many_countries_are_there/ Help support videos like this: http://www.cgpgrey.com/subba...
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state or not a state? Good for the Political unint

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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, May 18, 3:24 PM

What constitutes a "state?"  Watch this video and make a determination.

Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 1:10 PM

Country or not?? Interesting/confusing question! 

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PRB's 2014 Interactive World Map Now Online

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Population unit resources. 

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Why Democrats Can’t Win the House

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Thanks to demographics, the Republicans have a virtual stranglehold on the House of Representatives.

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Demographics and political geography affect elections.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 8, 12:39 AM

The first reaction might be to blame partisan redistricting (a.k.a. gerrymandering) for the the political gridlock between the presidential results and House of Representatives.  Gerrymandering does play a role, but the spatial concentrations and distributions of voting constituencies explain why the Democrats have recently won the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 presidential elections, but can't control the House of Representatives.  Metro areas are highly left-leaning, currently creating a national majority for Democrats, but that high concentration is a drawback when trying to win a majority of the seats in the House.  This is a good article as a primer for electoral geography.  


Tags: political, regions, spatial, unit 4 political.

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Alexander von Humboldt

"Have you heard of Alexander von Humboldt? Not likely. The geologist turned geographer and South American explorer was a bit of an 18th century super scientist, traveling over 24,000 miles to understand the relationship between nature and habitat. George Mehler details Humboldt’s major accomplishments and why we should care about them today. See this TED ED lesson plan that accompanies the video."


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Notable Geographer and geologist

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 18, 4:23 PM

Alexander von Humboldt has been described as the last great ancient geographer concerned with understanding an eclectic cosmography as well as the first modern geographer. He is honored far and wide throughout Latin America and Europe, but given that intellectually people are confused as how to categorize him and classify his contributions, today he is under-appreciated.  Geographers need to reclaim his memory and call his extensive, globetrotting work on a wide range of subjects 'geography.'    


Tags:  historicalbiogeography, unit 1 Geoprinciples, TED.

David R. Perry's curator insight, September 11, 9:41 PM

History does not always remember all it should.

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Arab states back US push against IS

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Political Unit and current events. This article looks at  the US & a coalition of Arab states to respond to the Islamic State beheading of westerners including US and UK citizens.

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While India's girls are aborted, brides are wanted

While India's girls are aborted, brides are wanted | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Bride trafficking in India is part of a vicious cycle that aborts females and causes a shortage of women.
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The clash of culture and anti-natalist polices that results in an imbalance of males to females

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The constant struggle of running a family farm in 21st century America

The constant struggle of running a family farm in 21st century America | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The farm-to-table frenzy has thousands of urbanites trading in their desks for the idylls of agriculture. But that organic utopia is easier dreamed than achieved.
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Small farms have been on the decline for decades. Farming is hard work with many challenges including the gamble on the weather, pests and financing. Mechanization has made growing crops faster/easier, but mechanization is expensive and often out of reach of small farms. Will there be a paradigm shift back to small farms?

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Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles, Study Finds

Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest Americans Doubles, Study Finds | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Higher costs and limited supermarket access are cited as barriers to health.
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More and more Americans are finding themselves in a food desert.

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▶ Diffusion- expansion, hierarchical, contagious, stimulus - YouTube

Multimedia project for IPT286, teaching about diffusion
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Explanation for Expansion diffusion with hierachical, contagious, stimulus examples.

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Lack of toilets blights the lives of 2.5bn people, UN chief warns

Lack of toilets blights the lives of 2.5bn people, UN chief warns | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
UN deputy secretary general says failure to address sanitation and open defecation threatens disaster for third of humanity
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More people have cell phones than adequate toilets 

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Worst Hurricane

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"What's the worst Hurricane anyone in your town remembers?""


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Andrew  was bad, Katrina was most memorable

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 13, 10:57 AM

Click here to see a higher resolution version of this map (don't dismiss it as just a cartoon!).  


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Topography of Religion

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"The Pew survey sorts people into major groupings--Christians; other religions, including Jewish and Muslim; and 'unaffiliated,' which includes atheist, agnostic and 'nothing in particular.'  Roll your cursor over the map to see how faiths and traditions break down by state."


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Great resource for the religion unit.

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Tom Franta's curator insight, August 25, 12:51 PM

Interactive map showing religion by state

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:27 PM

APHG-Unit 1

CT Blake's curator insight, August 29, 7:09 PM

Awesome interactive map showing the relative religious composition of states.

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The Silk Road: Connecting the ancient world through trade - Shannon Harris Castelo

The Silk Road: Connecting the ancient world through trade - Shannon Harris Castelo | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
With
modern technology, a global exchange of goods and ideas can happen at
the click of a button. But what about 2,000 years ago? Shannon Harris
Castelo unfolds the history of the 5,000-mile Silk Road, a network of
multiple routes that used the common language of commerce to connect the
world's major settlements, thread by thread.
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Trade routes and methods change over time, but create many of the same effects - cultural exchange.

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How America will look in 2060, in 1 amazing GIF

How America will look in 2060, in 1 amazing GIF | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Older. And that should be a good thing for Republicans.
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Population projections - estimates, best guesses, but provide information that can be reviewed and acted on if desired. The future is not yet written in stone.

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We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World

We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
National Geographic Photo Blog
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Culture and Agriculture Unit.

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Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, September 16, 12:44 PM

Culture and agriculture unit

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Scotland's Decision

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From Catalonia to Kurdistan, nationalist and separatist movements in Europe and beyond are watching the Scottish independence referendum closely.

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Scotland, the site of nationalist and separatist movements, is one to watch as they vote. What the ramifications would be are yet to be seen

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 11, 2:50 PM

This issue reverberates on many different scales.  As the video embedded in this article demonstrates,  Scotland's choice on September 18th would obviously impact the local region as some seek to use Scottish history as a rationale to reshape the current political and cultural identity of the region.  Some of the votes are already in and Scottish independence would not only have the potential to reshape the UK and EU, but it could also add some fervor to the various other separatist movements around the world, such as Catalonia.  


Tags: devolutionhistorical, supranationalism, political, states, sovereignty, autonomy, Europe, unit 4 political.

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, September 13, 12:00 PM

Compare and contrast Scotland's bid for independence with events leading to American independence. How does a culture decide to change its political geography?

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18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes

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Maps are hard. Not that hard, though.

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Unit 1 Geography Nature and Perspective. These people need perspective and a Geography course or two.

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 8, 12:32 PM

THIS is why we take map tests.

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, September 8, 9:53 PM

::sigh::

Jamie Strickland's curator insight, September 9, 2:28 PM

Yet another resource to add to my "this is why we take map quizzes" lecture at the beginning of the semester!!

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Oy Vey: Yiddish Has a Problem

Oy Vey: Yiddish Has a Problem | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The language is mostly spoken by Orthodox Jews who want to set themselves apart from the modern world. Is there a future for Yiddish in other communities?
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Globalization and English as a lingua Franca present challenges for languages not spoken by large group

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13 amazing coming of age traditions from around the world

13 amazing coming of age traditions from around the world | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Flickr: Derek A., aka i Morpheus

After reading through, join the #showyourselfie campaign today and submit your visual petition for youth onto www.showyourselfie.org.

The transition from childhoo...
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Great cross section of coming of age traditions

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Real geography: US not so exceptional

Real geography: US not so exceptional | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Definitely suffering a senior moment here, and it's one I have often: Did I do such-and-such, or did I only think about doing it? (Hate when this happens.) Today's case in point: Did I do a post ab...
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This overlay of the Peter's Projection on the Mercator Projection shows how differently the continents are shown in the two projections. The Peters projection shows the proper relative sizes. The West Wing episode discussing this is also included.

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This Is What Other Countries Pay For McDonald's

This Is What Other Countries Pay For McDonald's | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Which country sells the cheapest Big Mac?
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Comparison shopping for McDonalds

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Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750

Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750 | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A new report says the affects could be seen within generations.
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Population changes in the developed world are more and more becoming a problem of too few babies, while in the developing world the numbers are still high but beginning to decline

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Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S.

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Maps and charts updated weekly show the latest extent of the drought in the United States.

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Whether global warming or just one of the heat and cooling cycles, this drought is extensive and making an impact on food prices.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 15, 2:58 PM

I've shared numerous links here about the drought situation in California over the past few months, but the situation extends far beyond California as these animated maps and charts demonstrate. Some of the best public data on drought can be found at the National Drought Mitigation Center


Tags: wateragriculture, environmentresources, environment depend, physical, weather and climate, consumptionCalifornia.

hailey thornton's curator insight, August 21, 10:19 AM

this is a map that shows the  drought in the united states of america. 

over the past decade the drought has gotten ever so more drastic. most of the drought is in the central parts  and the west coast of america .I  assume  that as the years progress the conditions for these parts of america will only progress to worsen. 

                  ~h.t.

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Russia Shuts Down McDonald's Franchises

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In a move that has been widely seen as retaliatory, the Russian government has kicked off a series of random checks at McDonald's around the country, and has already shut down four prime locations in Moscow.


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This was at one time the largest McDonalds.

 

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, August 23, 8:51 AM
Putin using the Big Mac attack strategy.
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Welcome To Geography!

"Lets start off the new school year in style! This is a re-imagining of an older resource designed to introduce the subject to new students in a highly visual manner.  Feel free to use & share it."


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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 11:59 PM

Introducción a la Geografía.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:29 PM

APHG-Intro

Sally Egan's curator insight, August 31, 6:32 PM

This is a great introduction to a Geography course, covering both the content and the fieldwork and investigation, tools and skills.

 

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Once You Look At These 7 Satellite Photos, You Will Discover A Very Uncomfortable Truth

Once You Look At These 7 Satellite Photos, You Will Discover A Very Uncomfortable Truth | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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Today we have the ability to see change over time. Now can we figure out what to do about it?

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