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# Geographic Midpoint Calculator, Find Your Personal Center of Gravity

Finds the exact point that lies halfway between two or more places. Find your personal center of gravity--the geographic average location for all of the places you have lived in.

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Fun geographic activity

Seth Dixon's curator insight,

This is a fun tool to make geographic analysis very personal.  You can also weight the importance of the locations based on the number of years stayed at a location.

Steven Flis's curator insight,

Very insightful tool when it comes to travelling or family reunions. i personally used this for a while to figure out a good place for me and my friends from chicago/trenton to met up and it brought me to the middle of penn. also this was pretty fun just to mess around with to see random midpoint locations between two places.

Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight,
Find your personal center of gravity. Select all cities or addresses where you have lived, then view those places on a map along with a marker pointing at your exact average location.Where is it?______________________________________ Find the midpoint of a flight between Haddonfield and:              SAN JOSE_______________________              NEW ORLEANS___________________________              FARGO, N.D. ______________________________              SAN FRANCISCO___________________________               ORLANDO, FLA.___________________________________Locate the midpoint for where you hope to go to school:______________________________________________You are going to initiate a family reunion. Choose 6 family members and find a center location that will be fair and equitable for those who are traveling. Where are the 6 family members coming from? 1.____________________________2._____________________________3.________________________________4._____________________________ 5.______________________________ 6.____________________________ Where will the reunion take place?___________________________________________Find a central place in Haddonfield for  a new business or facility that will serve all of the folks in Haddonfield. here will that be?__________________________________________NJSIAA want to build a multi sport facility for football and track. Where should this facility be constructed?_________________________________________________________

# Mrs. Watson's Class

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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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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,

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,

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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## G.M.O. Labeling Law Could Stir a Revolution

The new labeling rules may be weak but could be leveraged to push food producers to disclose more about what we eat.
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## U.S. Students Are Really Bad at Geography

Your kid has no idea where Saudi Arabia – or maybe even South Carolina – is. Here's why.
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Ap Hug to the rescue
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## momondo – The DNA Journey

It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think. I
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Population,ethnicity - who are we? Where did we come from? Is prejudice learned or inherent?
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## Over 40s 'have more babies' than under 20s

Women in their forties are having more babies than women two decades younger for the first time in nearly 70 years, official figures for England and Wales show.
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Population trends are changing as women enter the work force.
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## London Should Secede From the United Kingdom

Beyond the stunning act that has become Britain’s vote to leave the European Union lies a deeper message: Democracy is not destiny, but devolution. Ceaseless entropy — the second law of thermodynamics — applies to politics as well. The more countries democratize, the more local populations seek greater self-rule.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight,

In his book Connectography by Parag Khanna, he argues that connectivity and networks are more important today.  Using those ideas, Khanna discusses London's options after the recent Brexit vote in this op-ed (this additional article explores the demographic divide on the Brexit vote, especially how many British Millennials feel that their future has been snatched from them).

Tags: Londonop-ed,economic.

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## Stop opposing GMOs, Nobel laureates say

It's the latest sign of a rift between the scientific establishment and anti-GMO activists.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight,

Environmental activists are often frustrated when climate change skeptics do not listen to the scientific consensus that the Earth's climate has changed because of humanity's collective actions.  On the flip side, some environmental organizations, such as Greenpeace, ignore the overwhelming scientific consensus that GMOs are safe for human consumption.  Both have been highly politicized and tap into larger narratives that confirm particular world views.  Most of the opposition to GMOs is not because of the information that is out there, but the fear of the unknown that GMOs illicit.

Tags: GMOs, techn

Marc Meynardi's curator insight,
And then ? Should everyone blindly accept what scientists have discovered ? No opposition for nothing ? This is the end of the humanity if we do so Mr Nobel Laureate.
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## Projected Religious Population Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa

"The total population in sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow at a faster pace than in any other region in the decades ahead, more than doubling from 823 million in 2010 to 1.9 billion in 2050. As a result, the two dominant religions in the region – Christianity and Islam – both are expected to have more than twice as many adherents in 2050 as in 2010."

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Seth Dixon's curator insight,

Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the poorest regions of the world. While the economy is growing, the rate at which poverty is falling is less than the population growth rate.  Nearly all of the population growth in Africa between now and 2050 is expected to occur in Sub-Saharan Africa.  As the population grows, the religious dynamics of Sub-Saharan Africa will change.  The share of residents practicing Christianity, the majority religion of the region, is expected to decline from 2010 to 2050 while the share of Muslims is expected to increase in the same time frame.  The changes in religious demographics is occurring alongside the region’s youth bulge (click here for a population pyramid).  Understanding religious demographics is key to understanding the challenges faced by the African people.

Question to Ponder: What impact are the region’s two fastest-growing religions having on Sub-Saharan Africa’s overall fertility rate?

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## Testing the Rule of Law in the South China Sea - NYTimes.com

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## Metrocosm - Data Visualization, Maps, and Statistical Analysis

Data Visualization, Maps, and Statistical Analysis
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## Climate Change Claims a Lake, and an Identity

An indigenous group that survived Spanish and Inca conquest cannot handle the abrupt upheaval of global warming. Lake Poopó was more than their livelihood: It was their identity.
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## Brexit: Reaction and the Aftermath

"The reactions to the Brexit have come in from all corners.  Since this was so shocking, newspapers articles that are insightful are using hyperbole in their titles to get our attention (Britain just killed globalization as we know it–Washington Post; Will Brexit mark the end of the age of globalization?–LA Times).  There have also been some excellent political cartoons and memes, so I wanted to archive a few of them here."

Tags: Europe, supranationalism, globalization, economic, political, images.

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## Bolivian Commuters Soar Through The Sky

"The world's biggest urban gondola system, known as Mi Teleférico, opened in La Paz, Bolivia, in May 2014. The 6-mile-long system is an engineering feat."

Tags: transportation, South America, Bolivia, urban, planning, architecture.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight,

The importance of services and facilities in connecting people and places to enhance liveability - social connectedness

GeoWorld 7

Chapter 7: Liveability Measurement and environmental factors

7.5 Transport: mobile and socially connected

Chapter 10 Enhancing liveability

10.1 Enhancing liveability and sustainability

Geothink: Attributes of a liveable place; New transport hierarchy; Planning liveable places.

Sally Egan's curator insight,
The gondola system of La Paz, Bolivia called Mi Teleferico,  addresses the transport challenge in a large and unplanned city already overcrowded with vehicles and facing steep terrain. This short video provides a great overview of the creative response to a transport challenge and the background images provide a view of what the city is like.
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## ‘Leftover Women’ in China

"Chinese women face immense pressure to get married before they turn 27. In many Chinese cities, so called marriage markets are a common sight, where parents go to post and match personal ads. A number of brave Chinese women have finally stood up to speak their mind against society’s labels and their parents' pressures."Source: www.youtube.comThis
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## France’s ‘Burkini’ Bans Are About More Than Religion or Clothing

The bans on full-body swimsuits are not primarily about protecting Muslim women from patriarchy, but about shielding France’s non-Muslims from a changing world.
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France has fiercely protected many aspects of its culture. In a globalized world, is this creating a centripetal or centrifugal force, or both for them?
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## A Proposed New AP Course--AP GIS & T

There is a proposal for a new Advanced Placement course in Geographic Information Science and Technology (AP GIS&T). All U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities are invited to review the proposal by visiting www.apgist.org

AP GIS&T is designed to introduce high school students to the fundamentals of geographic information science and applications of powerful geospatial technologies for spatial analysis and problem solving.

The AP GIS&T course proposal has attracted broad support from prominent scientific and educational organizations.  For AP GIS&T to become a reality, the AAG needs to collect attestations from 250 U.S. high schools that confirm they have the interest and capacity to offer the course. Similar assurances are needed from 100 colleges and universities that they would be willing to offer some form of credit to students who demonstrate proficiency on the AP GIS&T exam.

High school principals and academic department chairpersons are invited to consider adding their institution to the list of AP GIS&T supporters by completing the brief attestation form at www.apgist.org. Please consider submitting an attestation by October 1, 2016.

Have questions about AP GIS&T? Contact the AAG at ap_gist@aag.org.

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This is an up and coming career booster for those who are tech savvy and even those who are not!
CT Blake's curator insight,
An awesome opportunity, if offered!
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## How To Take Notes In Class: The 5 Best Systems | College Info Geek

What's the best way to take lecture notes? Here we'll go over five systems, including the outline and Cornell methods, and one you might have never hear
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Notetaking is intended to make you a better student
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## School the World

School the World
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Walk a mile or two in their shoes.
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## Ecotourism in Australia

"Ecotourism strives to protect the native cultures and environments of destinations while entertaining and informing tourists of all ages. For many years people within the tourism industry have debated what destinations and practices truly qualify as ecotourism without reaching a definitive consensus."

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Seth Dixon's curator insight,

Ecotourism is an important aspect of Australia’s success. The Australian Government produced a website, that is dedicated to the tourism and ecotourism industry.  There is a debate of land claims between the Australian Government and indigenous people. The cultural difference plays a significant role in the success of ecotourism because tourists enjoy the cultural heritage. The separation has created social, political, and economic reasons to be involved or not in ecotourism. The Australian Government has developed certificates and policies to allow aborigines rights of their land.

ROCAFORT's curator insight,
Ecotourism in Australia
Sally Egan's curator insight,
The trend for Ecotourism is presented in this article with questions raised about what practises fulfil the requirements of truly ecotourism. Appropriate to the future directions of Tourism as a global economic activity.
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## The Very Great Alexander von Humboldt

The Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) is all around us. Yet he is invisible. “Alexander von Humboldt has been largely forgotten in the English-speaking world,” writes Andrea Wulf in her thrilling new biography. “It is almost as though his ideas have become so manifest that the man behind them has disappeared.” Wulf’s book is as much a history of those ideas as it is of the man. The man may be lost but his ideas have never been more alive.

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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 Europe and especially Latin America for his explorations, but given that 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.’  Here are more articles and videos on the man that I feel geographers should publicly champion as their intellectual ancestor the way that biologists point to Darwin.

ROCAFORT's curator insight,
The Very Great Alexander von Humboldt
Matthias Henkel's comment, July 23, 2:45 PM
A Man who is still a Brand
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## 21 charts that explain how the US is changing

The US is a big, complicated place that has undergone some big changes over its 238 years, and even in the last few decades. Here are 21 charts that explain what life is like today in the US — who we are, where we live, how we work, how we have fun, and how we relate to each other.

Tags: USA, map, map archives.

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Unit II
Michael Harding's curator insight,

A really challenging set of charts from the US.

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## The Next America

Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time
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## All the World’s Immigration Visualized in 1 Map

This map shows the estimated net immigration (inflows minus outflows) by origin and destination country between 2010 and 2015. Blue circles = positive net migration (more inflows). Red circles = negative net migration (more outflows). Each yellow dot represents 1,000 people. Hover over a circle to see that country’s total net migration between 2010 and 2015. […]
Colleen Blankenship's curator insight,
Read and scroll all the way down for all the information and maps! Pay attention to the blue circles which represent more inflow of migration and red circles which represent more outflows.  Hover over the circles for more information!
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## PBS Food: Potatoes

"Follow America's favorite vegetable from field to factory — to see how potatoes grow and how they're turned into chips."

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papa.
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This video shows the process of potatoes moving from farm to factory in America and how they are turned into chips. It shows how the potatoes are planted, grown and turned into chips.
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## Ecotourism in Australia

"Ecotourism strives to protect the native cultures and environments of destinations while entertaining and informing tourists of all ages. For many years people within the tourism industry have debated what destinations and practices truly qualify as ecotourism without reaching a definitive consensus."

Via Seth Dixon
Seth Dixon's curator insight,

Ecotourism is an important aspect of Australia’s success. The Australian Government produced a website, that is dedicated to the tourism and ecotourism industry.  There is a debate of land claims between the Australian Government and indigenous people. The cultural difference plays a significant role in the success of ecotourism because tourists enjoy the cultural heritage. The separation has created social, political, and economic reasons to be involved or not in ecotourism. The Australian Government has developed certificates and policies to allow aborigines rights of their land.

ROCAFORT's curator insight,
Ecotourism in Australia
Sally Egan's curator insight,
The trend for Ecotourism is presented in this article with questions raised about what practises fulfil the requirements of truly ecotourism. Appropriate to the future directions of Tourism as a global economic activity.
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