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3 easy ways to tell if a viral photo is bogus

3 easy ways to tell if a viral photo is bogus | Geography | Scoop.it

"Many people posting it wrote that the photo was taken during the recent Nepal earthquakes, and that it depicts 'a brother protecting his sister.' Pretty heartwarming, right? It’s the exact sort of thing your aunt would share on Facebook. A perfectly clear, resonant message about survival and empathy and inequality, all that good stuff.  There’s only one problem: That picture is fake."


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 27, 2015 10:43 AM

course resource, life resource :)

Eden Eaves's curator insight, May 27, 2015 1:05 PM

This picture supposedly taken in Nepal of a brother protecting his younger sister due to recent earthquakes is, in fact, false. These kinds of photos portraying helpless people in foreign countries are often created to increase Instagram likes and retweets on twitter. Some times are real photos of someone or something going through tragedy, but often they are not.    

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, June 2, 2015 9:21 AM

This is a GREAT Tip for checking out all those sad stories you see on Facebook and Twitter.  Once again Thank You Google!!

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Threats of the World's Coral Reefs


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dilaycock's curator insight, June 4, 2014 11:04 PM

Nice summary.Useful discussion starter.

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Nation's largest ocean desalination plant goes up near San Diego; Future of the California coast?

Nation's largest ocean desalination plant goes up near San Diego; Future of the California coast? | Geography | Scoop.it
With technology improving and the drought worsening, momentum is gathering for more desalination projects along the California coast. But high costs and environmental impacts loom large
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The Best Map Ever Made of America's Racial Segregation

The Best Map Ever Made of America's Racial Segregation | Geography | Scoop.it
Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, the map shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That's 308,745,538 dots in all.

 

White: blue dots; African American: green dots; Asian: red; Latino: orange; all others: brown

Last year, a pair of researchers from Duke University published a report with a bold title: “The End of the Segregated Century.” U.S. cities, the authors concluded, were less segregated in 2012 than they had been at any point since 1910. But less segregated does not necessarily mean integrated–something this incredible map makes clear in vivd color.

The map, created by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is stunningly comprehensive. Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, it shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That’s 308,745,538 dots in all–around 7 GB of visual data. It isn’t the first map to show the country’s ethnic distribution, nor is it the first to show every single citizen, but it is the first to do both, making it the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created.


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Whitney Souery's curator insight, May 28, 2014 6:41 PM

We can use maps to think spatially,make connections, and find patterns. Maps can also be used as a way to compare change over time, as in this particular case where maps from the present were compared with maps from over fifty years ago when racial segregation was plainly obvious. Now, however, when we compare past maps with those of the present, the change over time factor becomes clearly evident, revealing why maps are so useful in determining continuities or changes.

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The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest

The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest | Geography | Scoop.it
Why are Alaska's Aleutian Islands so ethnically mixed? And other questions from a new map of U.S. populations.

Via Kristen McDaniel, AP US History
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For students:

 

What factors do you think should be considered when interpreting the map of racial diversity above? What conclusion can you draw when you compare the map above to this map of population density in the U.S. (linked below)?

 

http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/pdfs/thematic/us_popdensity_2010map.pdf

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, April 30, 2014 2:01 PM

The article in itself is interesting, bu the links to five different maps of diversity could be the start of some fascinating classroom discussions.  

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Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women

Study: Americans Less Fearful Of Storms Named After Women | Geography | Scoop.it
People are less likely to seek shelter or otherwise prepare for storms given female names, researchers say. As a result, such storms result in nearly twice as many deaths as those with male names.
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Colorado River Reaches the Sea of Cortez

Colorado River Reaches the Sea of Cortez | Geography | Scoop.it

"When the Minute 319 'pulse flow' began in March 2014, it was not clear whether the effort would be enough to reconnect the Colorado River with the Sea of Cortez. Some hydrologists thought there might be just enough water; others were less optimistic. It turns out the optimists were right, though just barely. For the first time in sixteen years, the Colorado River was reunited with the Sea of Cortez on May 15, 2014."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 28, 2014 5:57 PM

California has had three consecutive years of below average rainfall and most reservoirs are far below their designed capacity; amid a drought this severe and wildfires, it is startling to hear of a project to restore some of the Colorado River Basin's natural patterns and ecology.  


Tags: physicalremote sensing, California, water, environmenturban ecology.

Kate Buckland's curator insight, June 7, 2014 7:43 PM

Parallels with the Murray River...

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CH 2: The End of the Population Pyramid

CH 2: The End of the Population Pyramid | Geography | Scoop.it
This is a surfer’s dream: catching a great wave, far from the shore, and riding it for long beautiful moments as it stretches further and further gathering momentum until the very end, when it breaks right at the beach. This is how my generation, born in the 1970s (when the Beach Boys released their iconic Surf’s Up album), should feel, as we are riding on a “global demographic wave” which keeps extending further and further.  

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Rethinking the Demographic Transition Model: Stage 5? Maybe so! | Newgeography.com

Rethinking the Demographic Transition Model: Stage 5? Maybe so! | Newgeography.com | Geography | Scoop.it

Eighty-two years after the original development of the four stage Demographic Transition Model (DTM) by the late demographer Warren Thompson (1887-1973), the cracks are starting to show on the model that for many years revolutionised how we think about the geography of our global population.


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Elle Reagan's curator insight, March 23, 2015 11:33 PM

In my opinion, I do not think that the world could be approaching stage 5. I'm not sure if the world as a whole will ever reach stage 5. Our population is increasing and even though birth rates are low I still think that stage 4 is where we will be stuck. 

Emily Bian's curator insight, March 25, 2015 6:52 PM

This article discusses the demographic transition model, mostly Stage 5. Stage 5 is still slightly an unknown thing, because many people argue whether there are any countries in that phase or not. Stage 5 is characterized with very low birth rates, low death rates, lots of family oriented planning, and a slow decrease in population. Some people argue Germany is already in this stage, but I don't really agree. 

I think we should focus more on the developing countries that are stuck in stage 2. 

USA is in stage 4, and I believe that we will be stuck here for a while before advancing to stage 5. 

This is a good article for people that are interested in this unit to read, it gives a new perspective on things. 

Flo Cuadra Scrofft's curator insight, May 27, 2015 12:44 AM

Summary- With his Demographic Transition Model, Warren Thompson suggested that we are in the midst of a transition shown by stage 4, in which birth rates are equaling death rates. But if we analyze the demography in the present day, we will find that we are already past that stage. Most countries in the world are now entering or already in stage 5, in which birth rates are lower than death rates, making it very difficult, if not impossible for the population to grow. These current trends have led to an increased empowerment of women in western countries, since less babies mean more working hours, and more profits. It has also allowed for inter-generational relationships within families, where a children is able to meet his grandparents and even his great grandparents. In Europe, the birth rate is currently below the replacement level. The only way Europe has been able to increase or at least maintain its population is through waves of immigration.

 

Insight- it's is incredible that we are taught that we are experiencing the fourth stage of the Demographic Transition model, and that stage 5 talks about the future. What we may have not noticed is that many countries of the world are already part of that future; they have started to be part of this stage without us realizing it. I really liked the prediction made in the last paragraph. The fertility increase in more developed countries can take us to a new stage 6 in Thompson's model.

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Historic "Pulse Flow" Brings Water to Parched Colorado River Delta

Historic "Pulse Flow" Brings Water to Parched Colorado River Delta | Geography | Scoop.it
A binational agreement called Minute 319 brings life to Colorado River Delta after five decades of withdrawal.
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Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of Calif. Drought

Farmers And Frackers Wrangle For Water In Shadow Of Calif. Drought | Geography | Scoop.it

California's drought has developed an interesting relationship between farmers and oilers: California oil wells produce more water than oil, and Chevron filters that water and sells it to a local water district. Interest in the technology is growing in the Central Valley, but high costs and uneasy relations between oil and agriculture might get in the way.

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A Map of Baseball Nation

A Map of Baseball Nation | Geography | Scoop.it

"Fans may not list which team they favor on the census, but millions of them do make their preferences public on Facebook. Using aggregated data provided by the company, we were able to create an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, as Facebook did in a nationwide map it released a few weeks ago, but also to ZIP codes."


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Greg Russak's curator insight, April 29, 2014 12:53 PM

Maps and baseball - a good combination!

Wyatt Wolf's curator insight, October 30, 2014 7:46 PM

My favorite baseball team is the Philadelphia Phillies, here's everyone else's.

Global Speechwriter's comment, November 4, 2014 2:52 AM
Jays? C'mon.
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Map - The 47% of the US where nobody lives

Map - The 47% of the US where nobody lives | Geography | Scoop.it

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

 

Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading


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Californians Keep Up With Joneses’ Water Use

Californians Keep Up With Joneses’ Water Use | Geography | Scoop.it
In the five months since a drought emergency was declared, Californians have barely cut their water consumption, leading some residents to get personal about waste.
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This article discusses various methods being used by officials to encourage water conservation by residents across California. Some media outlets are using the term "drought shaming" to describe the social media posts popping up where residents publicly point out others' wastefulness.

 

For my students: What do you think of "drought shaming"? Is it appropriate or inappropriate? Be sure to thoroughly explain your thinking.

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Why Do We Move? Did the Reasons Change Over Time? | Random Samplings - US Census Bureau Blog

Why Do We Move? Did the Reasons Change Over Time? | Random Samplings - US Census Bureau Blog | Geography | Scoop.it
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If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean

If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean | Geography | Scoop.it
The map above shows the countries that are due east and west from points along the coasts of North and South America. Many small island nations are (perhaps unfairly) excluded for ease of reading. Many thanks to Eric Odenheimer for sharing the map with Know More.

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The Most Popular Baseball Team by County

The Most Popular Baseball Team by County | Geography | Scoop.it
In honor of Opening Day, Facebook released data on the most popular Major League teams in every county.

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Thematic Maps - Geography - U.S. Census Bureau

Thematic Maps - Geography - U.S. Census Bureau | Geography | Scoop.it
Thematic maps created by the Geography Division of the US Census Bureau
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23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day

23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day | Geography | Scoop.it
Photographers Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, who also happen to be married, traveled around the world and met people from all walks of life.

During their time with these people, they asked them to pose for photographs with their daily diets in front of them. The craziest part about the entire project is the caloric intake difference between people of different walks of life.
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Why 'Brain Drain' Can Actually Benefit African Countries

Why 'Brain Drain' Can Actually Benefit African Countries | Geography | Scoop.it
A new study reveals that the farther African migrants move, the more they increase exports in their home countries.
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This is an interesting, although less-commonly heard analysis of the impacts of emigration.

 

Here is an opposing opinion: nyti.ms/1oK6dM4

 

For students: Summarize and contrast the opinions of the authors in the two articles linked in this post.

 

Bonus: Evaluate the opinions of each author. Be sure to explain your thinking.

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The Internet Is Obsessed With Maps — Here's Why It's Gone Too Far

The Internet Is Obsessed With Maps — Here's Why It's Gone Too Far | Geography | Scoop.it

"The internet is obsessed with maps. They're used to convey everything from prison populations to regional economies to every state's favorite college. But they aren't always the best way to explain information.

Slate's Ben Blatt discussed some examples of bad maps — and why people like them so much, concluding that "people tend to be very trusting of maps."

But poorly made maps are only on the rise..."


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-internets-maps-obsession-2014-5#ixzz31t8J8yWD


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Whitney Souery's curator insight, May 29, 2014 12:20 PM

If this is the only way to get people interested in thinking geographically, then I think it shouldn't stop.However, if we were to work and improve the geographic thinking of US citizens, it would probably be best to map these topics on a global scale rather than simply emphasizing the well known geography of the US. With that said, Americans obsession with mapping "trivial" topics does inspire an interest in geography. 

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 18, 2014 11:40 AM

unit 1 bad bad maps

Mary Elizabeth's curator insight, August 31, 2014 1:16 PM

nothing makes kids pay attention like food

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Ranchers Wary As U.S. Considers Brazilian Beef Imports

Ranchers Wary As U.S. Considers Brazilian Beef Imports | Geography | Scoop.it
The U.S. wants to allow imports of fresh beef from Brazil, but the country's livestock has a history of foot-and-mouth disease. American ranchers worry about the risk and lower beef prices.
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For students: How does the topic of this article serve as an example of economic interdependence and globalization?
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Here's Why Americans Are Fleeing the Suburbs

Here's Why Americans Are Fleeing the Suburbs | Geography | Scoop.it
The young increasingly want to live in cities (RT @APforStudents: #aphumangeo #apecon #apush RT @Time: Here's why Americans are fleeing the suburbs http://t.co/X331kcEDee)...

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How to move a town two miles east

How to move a town two miles east | Geography | Scoop.it
A 20-year project to move a town in Lapland two miles from its current location in the Arctic Circle is about to begin.
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This is quite an undertaking! The process of moving the town of Kiruna will span a generation. Can you imagine growing up during the transition? It's an excellent example of how the way we change our landscape can affect us over time.

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Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates

Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates | Geography | Scoop.it
Growing numbers of Chinese have hired American surrogates, allowing a couple to get around China's ban on the procedure and its birth limits. It also guarantees a coveted U.S. passport.
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