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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.

"How do you think the world (starting with our perceptions) could change if the map looked differently? What if Australia was on top and the hemispheres switched? By changing how we look at a map we truly can begin to explore and change our assumptions about the world we live in."

 

Geography doesn’t just teach us about the Earth; it provides ways for thinking about the Earth that shapes how we see the world.  Maps do the same; they represent a version of reality and that influences how we think about places. 

 

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samantha benitez's curator insight, November 22, 2014 2:53 PM

helps show the different perspectives of our world and how it has changed. also shows many different forms of mapping our world throughout time.

Emily Coats's curator insight, May 27, 2015 10:34 AM

UNIT 1 

This article discusses map projections and how they shape our perception of the world. Maps influence how we see the world, and could change the way we see it as well. These projections show us many different views of the Earth, which is very influential to our perspectives. This applies to unit 1 and its major concepts and underlying geographical perspective such as analyzing maps. 

Vicki S Albritton's curator insight, August 26, 8:35 PM
What we see isn't always what is.
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The politics of making maps

The politics of making maps | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
Russia’s invasion of Crimea has not just been a headache for diplomats: it has also been the latest in a series of problems for cartographers.
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Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe' | Arts and Ideas

Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe' | Arts and Ideas | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
A state commission working on a much-discussed report titled "Foundations of State Cultural Politics" will release their findings in two weeks, presidential advisor Vladimir Tolstoi announced last week, adding that the basic formula of the report could be summarized as "Russia is not Europe."
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Fears grow over China property flameout

Fears grow over China property flameout | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
The risks of a blow up in China's property market are rising, threatening a slowdown that could hurt global growth.
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Chasing cool

Chasing cool | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
FOR young, upper-middle-class Londoners, the game of the moment is guessing where the cool kids will be going next. Gentrification, which progressed gently through...
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Portraits of Reconciliation

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20 years after the genocide in Rwanda, these perpetrators and survivors are standing for forgiveness.

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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 3:35 PM

Rwanda is a genocide that many people don't even know about. Regardless of whether someones heard of it, they should still be aware of how people have lived their lives from that time. Some looking to forgive the people who did this, and others looking to gain forgiveness from those they hurt.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 3, 2014 1:17 PM

You hear about how people in Rwanda forgiving the perpetrators that killed their families, parents, husbands, and children.  They can say that they have fully forgiven them and that they are on good terms with each other or they forgave someone and that was it.  Seeing the body language that these people have together really makes it real.  Some people are seen awkwardly next to each other while others are touching, even holding hands.  Seeing the pictures of both perpetrator and survivor together after forgiveness has been granted can do a lot more than words can in telling what kind of relationship these people have together twenty years after the genocide. 

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 11:17 AM

In an almost unthinkable arrangement, these pictures feature victims of the Rwandan genocide standing with the perpetrators who often killed their families. In a genocide where most of the killings were committed with machetes and perpetrated by neighbors attacking neighbors, it is difficult to imagine how the survivors feel and how they can stand to forgive the killers. It brings up the question of what right do these killers have to ask forgiveness from their victims?

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Unit 2: Bye-Bye, Baby

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Birthrates are falling around the world. And that’s O.K.

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Countries without McDonald's

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The star-studded pizza joint has been doing brisk business since the Oscars.

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89% of Veneto residents vote for independence from Rome

89% of Veneto residents vote for independence from Rome | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
Over 89 percent of residents in Italy's Veneto region have voted in an unofficial referendum in favor of independence from the rest of the country as Venetians seek to restore the glory of the old days by creating a state of their own.
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6 of the World's Most Worrisome Disputed Territories

6 of the World's Most Worrisome Disputed Territories | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
Territorial disputes are nothing new, but political analysts warn of a rise in tensions because of Russia's bold move into Crimea.
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Joburg's 'Jenga' building stacks shipping containers on old mill

Joburg's 'Jenga' building stacks shipping containers on old mill | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
A Johannesburg developer has transformed an old grain silo into trendy residences, topping it with disused shipping containers to provide extra living space.
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Climate impacts 'overwhelming' - UN

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Global warming is likely to have a "severe, pervasive and irreversible" impact, a major UN report warns.
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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak

What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
Questions and answers on the scale of the outbreak and the science of the Ebola virus.

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Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, October 6, 2014 3:11 PM

It's almost ironic that the Western World has chosen to wait so long to get involved and now because of it's spread fear has begun that Ebola might travel to the United States. By not sending aid in a timely fashion the US has allowed the virus to grow to a point that now the US finds itself in danger. To make a historical comparison it's almost akin to the Munich Agreements, France and England chose not to stop a growing and dangerous Germany out of fear of conflict only to find war on their door steps because of it. Why did the western world wait so long? Euro-centric bias or racism? Short sightedness? Regardless of the reason the United States and Western Europe are at risk from a nearly untreatable disease primarily through negligence.

 

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, October 6, 2014 3:23 PM

This article shows how the Ebola virus began to spread in many of the countries on Africa and how likely the virus will arrive in the United States. The virus has crossed many borders in Africa already and, according to the article, has infected five people in the United States, but has been quarantined and is currently being treated.  The Ebola virus outbreak has shown how ill equipped certain parts of the world are, in terms of, having the necessary tools for combating a deadly disease. For example, the article provides a map that shows the areas in Africa are more infected with Ebola than others, illustrating how certain parts of the country are becoming more susceptible to the outbreak than others. So geographically, the Ebola virus has gone from a regional outbreak into a potentially global epidemic, what with the cases in the United States.

Jason Schneider's curator insight, March 9, 2015 3:37 PM

Ebola started in western Africa and it spread overseas to the United States more specifically than any other country. It currently affects over 23,200 people in western Africa. To make sure that Ebola is not being spread throughout the whole United States, eastern United States quarantines any visitors or immigrants from West Africa. Eastern United States seems to have the highest rate of ebola because it is closer to Africa. In that case, it can spread westerly un the United States. Perhaps, it could spread to Canada, Mexico or any other country.

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Feeding 9 Billion - National Geographic

Feeding 9 Billion - National Geographic | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.
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Study: Vehicle pollution greater in minority neighborhoods

Study: Vehicle pollution greater in minority neighborhoods | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
The nationwide study found that on average, minority populations are exposed to nitrogen dioxide levels that are 38 percent higher than levels of the gas found in predominantly white neighborhoods.
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Inflation ticks up in March

Inflation ticks up in March | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
Consumer prices slightly higher in March as food and shelter costs accelerated
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5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think | TED Blog

5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think | TED Blog | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
A look at the ways that the construction of language can have implications for the way we think, act and parse the world around us.
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European word translator

European word translator | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
Translate any word from English to more than 30 other European languages, on a map

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, November 5, 2014 8:19 PM

unit 3

Claire Law's curator insight, April 26, 2015 2:30 AM

Lots of fun to visualise linguistic similarities and variability across a region.

Sally Spoon's curator insight, May 31, 2015 7:33 PM

Amazing how many use hamburger as hamburger.

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Unit 2: BORDERLAND

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We Took A 2,428-Mile Road Trip Along The Mexico Border: Here's What We Saw

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Unit 1: How Capital Cities Distort Reality (Sense of Place)

Unit 1: How Capital Cities Distort Reality (Sense of Place) | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
What's lost when the only lens into a place is its major metropolis?

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CrisisWatch | The Monthly Conflict Situation Report

CrisisWatch | The Monthly Conflict Situation Report | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
Mapping global conflict month by month.
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Poverty Maps From 1980 Look Astonishingly Different Compared to 2010

Poverty Maps From 1980 Look Astonishingly Different Compared to 2010 | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
In every metropolitan area in the U.S.
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Life inside the densest place on earth: Remembering Kowloon Walled City

Life inside the densest place on earth: Remembering Kowloon Walled City | Topics in Geography | Scoop.it
Picture a colossal empire of little houses stacked on top of each other. Visualize them connected by staircases snaking under dangling wires, through corridors so dark even police were rumored to be afraid of them.
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