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Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet

Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
This daily dose of satellite photos helps you appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things humans have constructed--as well as the devastating...
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40 maps that explain food in America

40 maps that explain food in America | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it

"The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure."


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 12, 6:41 PM

Nós somos aquilo que comemos ...

Stuart Shapiro's curator insight, June 25, 5:41 AM

With some drinking thrown in for good measure."

Treathyl Fox's curator insight, June 26, 9:26 AM

WOW!  Talk about contrast and compare.  So now is contrast, compare and ... uh? ... conquer??  From farming and enjoying the harvest - which could be interpreted as healthy eating back in the day - TO sugary sweet soda pops and fatty burgers - which some might be calling junk food, convenience food, fast food, comfort food you don't have to cook yourself, the cause of obesity, a politician's guide to a potential source of additional revenue from taxes, etc.

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APHG Reader Suggestions

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 8, 7:26 AM

I've had a wonderful week in Cincinnati at the APHG reading.  Teachers love to share ideas and resources when we gather together and we've compiled 4 pages of links, books, websites and other resources that APHG readers have suggested for classroom use.  Here is a 4-page compilation of APHG reader-suggested resources. Additionally, here is the final newsletter (earlier editions of the newsletter archived here).   I'll miss the friendliness and professional expertise of this fantastic network of geography educators.  See you next year!

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Earthquakes in the Classroom

"An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile, generating a local tsunami.  The USGS reported the earthquake was centered 95 km (59 miles) northwest of Iquique at a depth of 20.1km (12.5 miles).  This video gives the context for this type of earthquake."  


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dilaycock's curator insight, April 2, 11:02 PM

From Seth Dixon: 

 "IRIS(Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) creates teaching resources for teachers who want to use the current events such as yesterday's earthquake in Chile as an opportunity to discuss earth's physical systems and how they impact humanity.  They've produces slides, animations and PDFs for classroom use all while you were sleeping last night."  

Geofreak's curator insight, April 3, 10:37 AM

Hoe ontstond deze tsunami precies?

Ms. Harrington's curator insight, April 5, 7:52 AM

http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/resources

 

Lesson Plans from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)

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Google Lat Long: Monitoring the World's Forests with Global Forest Watch

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The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

The Real Pirates of the Caribbean | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
Explore the travels and exploits of five real pirates of the Caribbean. Click through the tabs to track the adventures of each pirate overlaid on Spanish ports and pirate strongholds in the area. Zoom into the map to see additional detail.
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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 11, 10:54 AM

Pirates were real in this specific time period. But lets just say they were no the type we think of today that Blockbusters glorify. These types of pirates would have beeen working to discover treasures from the Tierra Firme trade line. The point of origin for the South American 'Tierra Firme' Treasure Fleets, ran from Portobelo (Panama) to the Orinoco Delta.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 17, 7:27 AM

This is a fun exercise than can be used in many classrooms. I like being able to scroll through and zoom into what maps what I want to look at. Also, children love pirates (or most of them anyway) and this would be a great map to bring into their worlds.

Pascal Bazzea's curator insight, July 17, 5:00 AM

Un peu d'histoire... un peu 

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Online Quizzes for Regional Geography

Online Quizzes for Regional Geography | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
For Regional Geography, I ask that all my students take an online quizzes before coming to class because it is very difficult to intelligently discuss European issues if you don't know the countrie...
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Not Just a Southern Thing: The Changing Geography of American Poverty

Not Just a Southern Thing: The Changing Geography of American Poverty | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
Thirty years ago, the states with the deepest poverty were all clustered in dixie. But the rest of the country has been playing catchup.

 

So how did poverty stop being a Southern specialty? You've had, deindustrialization in the Midwest and Northeast. And you've had fast growing Hispanic populations, which tend to be poorer, in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado (as well as North Carolina and Georgia, which could explain their presence on the list above).  Meanwhile, the Southeast has made some economic progress by attracting foreign manufacturing, among other efforts.


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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, January 28, 10:09 AM

When Americans think of poverty, they often times think of the southern states. However, that was most accurate 30 years ago. As time progesses, other states, especially New York, have been catching up drastically. Poverty is not only a southern thing, but a factor in on the growing rates of low income households across the United States. Although the quality of life among the states of low income households may vary, the povery levels do not.

Etd11's curator insight, February 17, 12:08 AM

is there a widening income disparity in the US? What are the reasons for this disparity?

viknesh's curator insight, March 2, 6:42 AM

When Americans think of poverty, they often times think of the southern states. However, that was most accurate 30 years ago. As time progesses, other states, especially New York, have been catching up drastically. Poverty is not only a southern thing, but a factor in on the growing rates of low income households across the United States. Although the quality of life among the states of low income households may vary, the povery levels do not.

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Geographically Yours

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A story map presented by @BarbareeDuke and @GISetc

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What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like?

What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like? | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
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Seth Dixon, Professor at Rhode Island, provides some insight.

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What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps?

What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps? | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
The common-core standards present an ambiguous message on how to draw information from maps and charts, Phil Gersmehl says.

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mufidmmn's comment, July 24, 2013 1:08 AM
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Taryn Coxall's curator insight, August 5, 2013 6:38 PM

This is a resource i feel would be relevant to those students who struggle to be egaged in their reading

This can be used on readers on many different level

the reading maps foccus on language arts, Its description is communicated through charts, graphs, and maps intead of normal paragraphs and text

Shelby Porter's comment, September 30, 2013 8:19 AM
I feel the skill of reading a map is very important, but it becoming less prevalent in classrooms. Teachers may find it more difficult to teach and therefore are not going in depth with it. I remember as a child in grade school we would color maps or have to find where the states are. We never were taught how to fully understand the uses of a map and all the different ways they are used and how to read them. It is becoming a lost skill in a world that needs to be more appreciative of geography.
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Mapping Your Trips

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"The following pictures are all embedded in this ArcGIS Online map that I created as a part of the T3G institute in Redlands CA on the ESRI campus."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 19, 2013 11:33 PM

For me exploring the neighborhoods of Redlands was incredibly nostalgic since it reminds me so much of the part of Burbank that I grew up in, but haven’t had much opportunity to visit since.  I left  Burbank, CA when I 11 and the next year the city’s landscapes became the set for the TV show “The Wonder Years.”  I was 12 just like Kevin Arnold was, and despite a serious lack of Winnie Cooper in my youth, the show still resonates with me as does the Southern California landscape.

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Climate Change Storytelling: How Stories Can Help Turn the Tide On Any Complex Issue

Climate Change Storytelling: How Stories Can Help Turn the Tide On Any Complex Issue | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
There is no shortage of discussion on climate change; it seems almost pervasive these days. The media report extreme weather events, animal extinction (think polar bears floating off to sea), health problems, and the political push and pull around the issue.  The problem is also prevalent in popular culture, with magazines running special issues, movies showing the end of our days, and video games that presenting post-apocalyptic scenarios.  Yet, we have very little consensus about how to deal with it. Robert Redford recently wrote a blog post calling for more storytelling on “complicated, politically charged issues like our environment and the need for swift action to combat climate change.”

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 12, 11:59 AM

If you are committed to positive change happening on any complicated social issue, stories can help. And here's a terrific post by Roxanne Bauer discussing how storytelling makes a difference -- and its limitations, too.


Years ago I coached the top global expert on grizzly bears. Her lament: "We scientists keep doing the same thing over and over again (sharing data and danger) and expecting different results. I think storytelling may be the answer to bring about needed change."


She is so right. Her stories about the importance of, decline of, and what to do about supporting grizzly bears got standing ovations.


This is not so much an article about "Yes we can". It's understanding more about how stories work on making complex issues less intimidating, and how they overcome the limitations of technical language where eyes glaze over.


I particularly like Bauer's statement that stories can/should address the underlying consequences of an issue that hit home for people. She's got good examples to make her point.


To change the world, get your storytelling game on. Let's remember what doesn't work/hasn't worked and share stories to experience different results.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 15, 5:41 AM

Glad to see influential people who know how to tell a story get involved.

Joao Leao's curator insight, June 17, 8:43 AM

Climate change is NOT a Story!

 

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12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty's biggest challenges

12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty's biggest challenges | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
Want to learn more about the issues surrounding poverty in the world today? We ve assembled a collection of some of the best data visualizations for just that.

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, June 8, 1:42 PM

Datos Que ilustran la Pobreza en El Mundo.

Erica Senffner's curator insight, June 9, 8:01 AM

Unit 6

Helen Rowling's curator insight, June 10, 3:37 PM

STUDY OF RELIGION - COMPARISONS OF HAVE & HAVE NOTS.

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Europe’s Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I

Europe’s Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
Photographs of the abandoned battlefields reveal the trenches’ scars still run deep
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If the U.S. Were Graded Using the UN's Index For African Development, Here's What We'd See

If the U.S. Were Graded Using the UN's Index For African Development, Here's What We'd See | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
Five variables are taken into account: life expectancy, income per capita, school enrollment, percentage of high school graduates, and percentage of college graduates.
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Rivers from Above

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Get a unique view of these rivers beyond the banks.Photo editing by Lia Pepe

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Tracey M Benson's curator insight, February 24, 12:30 PM

Beautiful images that are a great reminder of the incredible diversity of landscapes and waterways on this fragile planet.

Woodstock School's curator insight, February 25, 2:01 AM

The Art of Geography

Mark Burgess's curator insight, February 26, 3:26 AM

Awesome rivers. i love a good river.

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Exploring Mexico through Dynamic Web Maps

Exploring Mexico through Dynamic Web Maps | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it

"One of the people I regard most highly here at Esri has created an online atlas of Mexico.  The maps can be accessed in many different ways, such as an ArcGIS Online presentation with a description here, as an iPad iBook, but I think most importantly, as a series of story maps.  Each of these separate story maps contains 1 to 6 thematically related maps on the following topics:

Explore Mexico (Crime vs. Tourism)Mexico’s Natural WondersMexico’s Historical MonumentsGeography of Mexico – Did You Know?Indigenous People of MexicoCartograms of Mexico

 


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Cam E's curator insight, February 11, 8:00 AM

I had no idea Honduras was the country with the highest murder rate in the entire world! These map are extremely interesting, as we see the obvious tourist destinations are everywhere on the coasts as opposed to the interior of the country of Mexico, yet the majority of the historical structures are in the interior centered around Mexico City.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, February 13, 12:14 PM

This site is neat.  The ability to use interactive maps to explore this country is very informative.  I recommend this site to anyone interesting in learning more about Mexico!

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 17, 7:17 AM

These maps all come together in a somewhat story-like sense. They are thematically related and can be separated to be able to look at each map individually. I like how there are multiple ways to access the maps.

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Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it

"The Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond has created an enhanced version of the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, which was published in 1932. The atlas, which took dozens of researchers to assemble, used maps to illustrate a variety of political, demographic and economic concepts."


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Claudia Patricia Parra's curator insight, January 17, 6:37 AM

Muy buen material!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, January 21, 8:24 AM

Atlas de la geografíia histórica de Estados Unidos.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 16, 10:33 AM

Okay, this is actually pretty cool. The atlas is huge and has tons of information within it. No wonder there were tons of helping hands who created this map(s) of insightful looks at demographic and political debate.

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On How to Read a (Good) Map - NASA Earth Science Week

On How to Read a (Good) Map - NASA Earth Science Week | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
Just as you shouldn’t trust everything you read or see on television, you should never blindly trust information just because it is on a map. All maps posit arguments. Maps present information about how something is.
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Stunning Map Reveals World's Earthquakes Since 1898

Stunning Map Reveals World's Earthquakes Since 1898 | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
The silhouettes of Earth's tectonic boundaries stand out in bright color.
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Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years

Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it
The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the speed of the change.
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Teaching with Google Earth- Awesome Tips and Tutorials ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teaching with Google Earth- Awesome Tips and Tutorials ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Planet Earth Phenomenon | Scoop.it

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James Horwath's curator insight, July 26, 2013 3:34 PM

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Dafnord 's curator insight, August 2, 2013 10:28 AM

Vantaalaiskollega kertoi koulunsa uudesta hienosta valokuidusta. Opetukseen on kaistaa tarjolla kuitenkin vain 2 Mb. Niinpä opettaja pitäessään tuntia GoogleEarthillä luo nettiyhteyden 3G älypuhelimellaan ja käyttää sitä. Että näin meillä Vantaalla. Säästetään datamäärissä ymmärtämättä että se mikä säästetään on pois lasten tulevaisuuden mahdollisuuksista. Valokuituun pitäisi päinvastoin liittää teollisuusstandardien mukainen langaton verkko jokaiseen oppimistilaan. Mitä järkeä on vetää valokuitua kouluun, jos sitä ei aiota tosiasiassa käyttää? Sama kuin rakentaisi moottoritien vain pyöräilytieksi.

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Earth's Green Places Mapped

"Although 75% of the planet is a relatively unchanging ocean of blue, the remaining 25% of Earth's surface is a dynamic green. Data from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite is able to detect these subtle differences in greenness. The resources on this page highlight our ever-changing planet, using highly detailed vegetation index data from the satellite, developed by scientists at NOAA. The darkest green areas are the lushest in vegetation, while the pale colors are sparse in vegetation cover either due to snow, drought, rock, or urban areas. Satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013 was used to generate these animations and images."


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Louis Culotta's curator insight, July 16, 2013 2:05 PM

This is something to check out if you want to see first hand look at the green and not so green places on our planet. It really makes you see the parts of the world that get enough rain and the areas that don't that makes what we see from Satellite images from space.

Magnus Gustafsson's curator insight, July 16, 2013 2:13 PM

Useful insiight how we humans can change the world!

Al Picozzi's comment, July 18, 2013 8:19 AM
Can really see the effect of development in the Amazon river basin. Also this system can be a great use to help in areas that are facing a drought.