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Do you know Africa?

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Many of Africa’s leaders will be in town next week attending a White House summit. The continent’s land is shared among 49 countries — many of which rarely make U.S. headlines. How familiar are you with Africa’s geography?


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Jason Schneider's curator insight, March 9, 2015 3:41 PM

http://lizardpoint.com/geography/africa-quiz.php

This is easier because it shows you the shape of the countries. As for this quiz, I can locate any African country but some of them, not precisely. I'm able to locate Ethiopia, Libya and Angola obviously because they're bigger but not Togo, Eritrea and Rwanda. However, I can closely locate the smaller countries but not precisely.

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 29, 2015 5:21 PM

I love interactive maps like this.  These are the best way to learn where things are in the world geographically.  Africa is the toughest, for myself, continent in the world to be able to locate and identify where certain countries are.  This is in part because Africa has so many countries and also Africa is a part of the world that is not often taught in school, therefore you have limited thoughts and ideas about these types of areas.

David Lizotte's curator insight, April 22, 2015 1:54 PM

I have always been fascinated with Africa and its history. Through its history one can understand why Africa is the way it is today. Its a shame that Africa does not have more of a focus in the Public School Curriculum. Its played a huge part in developing western civilization, whether it be in ancient Alexandria providing grain for the Roman Republic or the coltan extracted through inhumane means in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Africa is a continent that has been raped and torn in a repetitive manor under a variety of foul experiences brought upon by western countries. These are the same western countries that are held of high interest and regards in subject manor instituted in the Public School System. Africa has also been apart of amazing developments of human civilization, for example the Trans Saharan Trade Route which linked Kingdoms such as Ancient Ghana to dynasties far in the Middle East. It is also the birthplace of man (no big deal). In either case there needs to be a stronger push on teaching/molding "Africa" (yes, I know... broad) into the curriculum. It is important in both understanding the history of the world, specifically western civilization and how it coined itself  “civilized.” Through introducing basic aspects, history, and dilemmas (both old and modern) it could inspire more interest and an expansion of knowledge from student to student. School is and will most likely continue to be Euro-centric and have large flares of Americana and other “themes” of North America. 

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Migrations in Motion - The Nature Conservancy

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Data visualization showing projected direction 2900 species need to move to track climate change
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Decisive Moments at the Rio Olympics, Frame By Frame

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See the Summer Games in a series of composite images.
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Decoding the Hidden Meanings of Olympic Symbols

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In an age where everything is branded, Olympic pictograms must reflect the culture of the host city.
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A bird's eye view of nature: Aerial photographs of wildlife from above

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Photographer Michael Poliza, 58, captured these unique images from the air across various places in Africa including Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, over more than a decade.
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Interactive Maps of the Metropolitan Museum Offer Fresh Views of Its Permanent Collections

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It’s fun to wander around the Metropolitan Museum of Art without a paper guide, but students in the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Visual Narrative program have created a number of creative, interactive maps for the museum well worth consulting. Created
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Glossary for the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

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This glossary has been reproduced (with some revisions) from Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms
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Rare video shows devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after bombings

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Soviet Union researchers captured the harrowing footage of the flattened Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki around a month after the US bombings took place in August 1945.

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'This newly released video shows the utter devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki shortly after atomic bombs obliterated the cities in August 1945.' 
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Cartograms of the Olympic Games

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The distribution of medals shows the existing Olympic inequalities: The overall patterns are a reflection of wealth distribution in the world, raising the question whether money can buy sporting success. Besides investment in sports by those countries who can afford it, the medal tables also reflect a battle for global supremacy in political terms.

 

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Musicmap | The Genealogy and History of Popular Music Genres

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Musicmap provides the ultimate genealogy of all popular music genres and combines any information regarding music genres and history in one dynamic map
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American Vacations of the 1900s in Color

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The plan was to do another off-beat American road trip this summer but alas, winds have pulled me in other directions and it looks like my idea has been put on ice for now. Full of American wanderlust, I stumbled upon this incredible archive of tinted photochromes from the dawn of the 19th century
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Everything is illuminated: the wonder of medieval manuscripts – in pictures | The Guardian

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The Fitzwilliam Museum has brought together some dazzling, intricate manuscripts, whose colours foreshadow modern art … in the middle ages.


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How Noise Makes Music - Issue 38: Noise - Nautilus

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Prior to the rise of urban culture, the sounds of clucking hens must have been among the world’s most ubiquitous annoyances. For…
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Travel Back in Time With the Master of Photo Colorization

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Brazilian artist Marina Amaral makes history feel more real by adding the color back in.
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Wikiverse turns Wikipedia into a glorious galaxy of knowledge

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If recklessly clicking through hundreds of entries no longer does it for you, Wikiverse is about to become your new favorite way of browsing Wikipedia.
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The Composition of the Rio Olympics Medals

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If you’ve been watching the Olympics, you might have assumed that the medals given out are, as advertised, made of gold, silver, and bronze. Due to metal values, however, the reality is sligh…

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These 1955 record store listening booths were very space age

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Enough room for you, a date and a cigarette.
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Seven New UNESCO World Heritage Sites You Can Actually Visit

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Not all the new ones are readily accessible, but those that are happen to be downright stunning.
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Getty Research Portal™ (Getty Research Institute)

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An online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain.
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You can now watch a giant flower that smells like death bloom live

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Whiffs of cheese, mothballs, Chloraseptic spray and rotting animal.
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This solar-powered plane just flew 40,000km around the world with no fuel

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Solar Impulse 2 has completed its 16-month, round-the-world journey.
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