Uluru is one of Australia's most recognisable natural icons. The world-renowned sandstone formation stands 348 metres high with most of its bulk below the ground, and measures 9.4 kilometres in circumference.
Joseph Thacker 's insight:
Uluru is a unique, natural icon in Australia. This monolith is the largest in the world at 2848 feet, and attracts many tourists every year. It is located in the middle of Australia, where less than 2% of the county's population lives. It is truly a great natural wonder of the world.
The supercheap and palatable noodles help low-wage workers around the world get by, anthropologists argue in a new book. And rather than lament the ascendance of this highly processed food, they argue we should try to make it more nutritious.
I am sure almost every person in this country has eaten instant noodles at one point in their life. Due to the fact they are very cheap and enjoyable. Today, many impoverished people all over the world eat these instant noodles, as they are economical. Although they are not a nutritious, they can temporarily relieve people’s hunger.
Fearing that climate change could wipe out their Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the population to Fiji.
How urgent is the issue of climate change? That question is not only geographic in content, but the response might also be somewhat contingent on geography as well. If your country literally has no higher ground to retreat to, the thought of even minimal sea level change would be totally devastating.
The leaders from Kiribati are considering moving some of their population to Fiji. They fear climate change could destroy their islands and force their population to leave. They want to purchase 6,000 acres from Fiji, which should be enough land for Kiribati's 103,000 people. The people hope they will not have to move to Fiji, but buying this land is a good backup plan incase their islands are a victim to climate change.
I agree with the decision Samoa made to switch to the West side of the International Date Line. By doing this, the country completely skipped a day. Also, years ago Samoa switched from driving on the right side of the road (American style) to the left side (British style). They made these changes because their economy is connected to countries on the other side of the IDL, such as Australia and New Zealand.
I never knew pink lakes existed in the world. The dark green colors around this lake make the landscape appear very beautiful. The other lakes around the world, which are similar to this one, appear pink in color due to the high salinity makeup. The reasoning behind this lake’s color is still under investigation.
Political divisions are forgotten as New Year is celebrated with a wet and wild water nationwide fight.
Joseph Thacker 's insight:
Despite the political protests that are going on in Bangkok, the people came together to celebrate Songkran. Most people are putting their political differences aside and celebrating their new year together. Celebrations such as this are great for a city, as they bring the people together for a short time. It appears once the people are done celebrating, they will continue protesting.
By viewing the before and after images, one can see how destructive this typhoon was. Almost every building was absolutely destroyed and the damage looks overwhelming. Disaster's such as this can really set a country back, as the damage appears to be costly. Although sad to look at, these images were informational.
The Chinese-financed railroad is being built to pass thru Laos into the mega-city of Bangkok. China wants this railroad built to further expand its trading with Southeast Asia. Laos, a very poor and rural country may see small profits from this project. The most powerful country in this area, China, should have no problem building this railroad in its weak and poor neighboring country, Laos.
The first part of the video you see a train passing by. The next part of the video you see the areas around the train tracks transform into a thriving marketplace. In a mega-city such as Bangkok, one should take advantage of any available space. Most people would not use this area as a marketplace, but these people are not wasting space, as it helps them generate money from their businesses. This area along the train tracks now serves two purposes, one being the transportation from the train and the other a marketplace.
The children of this village were once sick and could not regularly wash their hands due to the fact water was hard to find, and if it was found the quality was poor. World Vision helped by building a pipeline, which brings clean drinking water to this village. They can now bathe regularly and drink clean water.
Having this clean water also benefits the community from an economic standpoint. The abundance of clean water now attracts educators to their village and it also helps with creation of bricks. These bricks can be sold and can be used for their home improvement projects.
By viewing these pictures of areas throughout Cambodia and Vietnam, one can grasp aspects of their culture. From the Buddha statues, historic sites and beautiful natural landscapes. This photographer does a great job of capturing important areas within Southeast Asia. These great pictures encourage people to visit these overlooked areas of the world.
Supporters of Japan's whaling program eat whale meat dishes during the 26th whale meat tasting event in Tokyo on Tuesday.…
Joseph Thacker 's insight:
Japan is one of the few countries today that still hunts and eats whale. Although many frown upon whaling, it is a Japanese tradition. It appears many Japanese still want whale as part of their diet and some plan to continue hunting in 2015. Eating whale does not seem enjoyable to me, but apparently the people of Japan enjoy eating whale, along with many other seafood’s.
This article explains the conflicts occurring in the East China Sea between China, Japan and other countries. China may want these small islands to expand its territory in the sea. They may want them in the hopes of finding natural gas near these areas. Also, claiming these islands would allow China to control more of the East China Sea which surrounds these islands and therefore expanding its military presence.
SUVA, Fiji — Fiji Water reopened its operations in the South Pacific nation of Fiji on Wednesday – just two days after closing its bottling plant and laying off 400 workers in a row over a major government tax increase. The U.S.-owned company said after meeting with Fiji's leaders it has agreed to "comply" with the hefty tax hike imposed on it by Fiji's military-led regime.
Joseph Thacker 's insight:
Due to a tax increase, Fiji Water has fired 400 workers. Fiji's government announced it was commanding a new tax rate of 15 cents per liter on companies extracting more than 3.5 million liters of water per month. The water comes from Fiji's mainland and Fiji Water is very popular in the United States.
Papua New Guinea, once home to cannibals, still has an exotic aura. The local tourist economy caters to those notions, and visitors may see a hybrid of the traditional and the modern.
This story is an intriguing blend--we see traditional cultures engaging in the global economy. They have created two villages: a traditional one designed for tourism filled with emblems of their folk cultures, and another one where people work, live eat and play with various markers of outside cultural and technological influence.
"Tourists are taking pictures. They don't want to take pictures of those who are in Western clothes. People who are in Western clothes are not allowed to get close to people who are dressed up in the local dressings."
Questions to Ponder: Which village do you see as the more "authentic" one? How can culture also be a commodity?
Tags: folk culture, tourism, indigenous, culture, economic, rural, historical, unit 3 culture, Oceania.
The tourists visiting Papua New Guinea enjoy visiting the villages where people are supposedly living in the past. I am sure some visitors still believe these villagers are still cannibals. People years ago once came here and told the ancient villagers to abandon their culture and leave their religion behind. Today, tourists are visiting and paying to see these villagers living in the past.
These images of the New Zealand oil spill are sad to see. It seems oil spills are occurring more and more throughout the world. Large ships holding oil should be inspected closely before going out to sea to prevent accidents such as this one from occurring.
The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it's been dubbed a "tree lobster." It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean and found surviving Lord Howe Island...
"Island Biogeography is endlessly fascinating and provides some of the most striking species we have on Earth. The physical habitat is fragmented and the genetic diversity is limited. Within this context, species evolve to fill ecological niches within their particular locale. This NPR article demonstrates the story of but one of these incredible species that never could have evolved on the continents. In modern society, more extinctions are happening on islands than anywhere else as 'specialist' species are in greater competition with 'generalists.' "
perharps by a simple twist of fate these long six legged giant bugs have survived in the most unlikliest of places. A former volcano with a handful of shurbs that could support these insects all these years has kept them going until our intervention. this is a great story and hofully it will have a goo ending.
On Ball's Pyramid the stick insect is different than any other insect I have seen. The size of it is terrifying, as it as big as a human hand. There are many different kinds of animals or insects someone can find on remote islands, islands such as Madagascar, Australia and even on this small island, which is located off of Australia's coast in the Pacific.
Few people populate most of Australia’s land, which appears yellow on this map. The 2% who live in this large area must be self-sufficient, as I am sure there are not many stores one can buy goods from. Most of the yellow area is dry land and receives small amounts rainfall. Many dangerous snakes and spiders live in the yellow area, as well. By looking at the rainfall map, one can understand why many people live on the outer edges of Australia.
It appears some people of Thailand are protesting against the government in Bangkok. These people are trying to shut the city down in effort to force the Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step aside. The people want to clean up the corruption before the elections take place. These protests could hurt the country's tourism industry, as people may not want to visit under these conditions.
Due to the fact the Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, it makes aid response very difficult. When natural disasters such as typhoons occur in the Philippines it can negatively affect hundreds of islands, making it difficult to help the people on every island. It can takes days for supplies to arrive on some of the islands, and sometimes people do not even receive necessary supplies such as food and water. Countries, which are composed of numerous islands, face many challenges.
Flood waters inundating Thailand north of Bangkok since July have made the journey south and reached the capital. The disaster is responsible for 400 deaths in Thailand and neighboring Cambodia and Vietnam.
Too much of a good thing (water) can literally be disastrous.
This flood started in northern Thailand and made its way south and affected the country’s capitol, Bangkok. When a large flood hits a country’s mega-city, it causes serious economic impacts. Also, Thailand is the world's biggest rice exporter, but the floods have destroyed over a quarter of the country's crops. Damages from this flood caused billions of dollars worth of damage.
Jakarta's traffic is legendary and locals have now become experts at finding ways to get around the jams, with some even making money out of them.
The population of Indonesia is heavily concentrated on the island of Java, and the capital city of Jakarta faces a tremendous strain on it's transportation network. This video show that resourceful people will find inventive ways to make an unworkable situation manageable.
Jakarta is faced with overpopulation and traffic problems. The government passed a law, which requires a vehicle to have passengers aboard, in the hopes of speeding up the traffic entering the city. However, some drivers are paying people to take a ride with them into the city to avoid the fines. In most areas throughout the world, passengers would be paying the driver for a ride, but in this city, it is different. The government should find another solution to fix the traffic issues.
Jakarta is the capitol of Indonesia and now has a population of over 28 million. Urbanization is bringing serious problems to Indonesia’s only mega city, such as poor access to clean water and housing, and overpopulation. Some people, including the young woman in this video are living with 16 or more people in one house. It seems the city is not providing enough affordable housing for its residents.
A former gang member from Long Beach, California, teaches break dancing to at-risk youth in Cambodia.
This video is a great example of cross-cultural interactions in the era of globalization. Urban youth culture of the United States is spread to Cambodia through a former refugee (with a personally complex political geography). What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?
This man was originally from California, but was kicked out of America and now lives in Cambodia. “KK” introduces break dancing, rapping and even taught basic computer skills to the at risk children of Cambodia. The children are some of the best break-dancers I have ever seen. A man by the name of "KK" inspired and gave the youth of Cambodia hope.
When the sun exits the sky over North Korea, the nation goes dark.
Joseph Thacker 's insight:
This is a sad reality. One can see by looking at these satellite images how underdeveloped North Korea appears. The differences between South Korea and North Korea are enormous. South Korea has thriving cities and a mega-city (Seoul). They have a decent economy and exports/imports many goods. North Korea on the other hand has a horrible economy, no thriving cities and the country cannot even supply their people with enough food.