COLE CITY HOLLOW, Tenn. — On a rainy day, the grassy patch of land just across Georgia’s northwest border is muddy and forlorn.
Frank Fenn's insight:
How do access to resources and political boundaries affect the livelihood of large metropolitan areas? How do large urban areas extend their reach for scarce resources using political boundaries? Take a look at Georgia's example, as well as Florida and Alabama's claim to a river that mostly runs through Georgia. . .
Plague of 1348-49 spread so fast in London the carriers had to be humans not black rats, says archaeologist
Frank Fenn's insight:
Circumstantial introspection or hypothetical guesswork? Would rats choose to die in the same concentrated space anyway? No doubt rats had the disease, but what about other animals? Dogs? Cats? Birds? Would you find them congregated in deathly pose in a common place? Yes, humans were the eventual carriers, but animal migration and their methods and practice of death are quite different from those of afterlife-believing humans. Fleas and rats were the scourge of medieval towns all over the world, and it seems plausible that they would be blamed for the sickness, on the surface of ignorant times. Certainly, 'Black Death' was a reality, and it was a disease to which Europeans had no immunity, and most certainly was transported from another continent, Asia, much like the Europeans carried small pox to the Americas in a later century. I guess the anthropologists have a new reason to dig up gravesites and river bottoms now. . .
This classic Geography in the News by Neal Lineback has been re-released on his Lineback World View site. This is an excellent lesson for K-12 educators to prepare their students to understand the historic and geographic context of Thanksgiving.
OSLO (Reuters) - The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its historic role in uniting the continent in an award meant as a morale boost for the bloc as it struggles to resolve its debt crisis.
McDonald's already offers menu items that cater to local tastes in India. But this month, the fast-food chain said it was going a step further by announcing a plan to open its first vegetarian-only restaurants in the country.
Free travel tip and photos from all over the world...
This map is not a professionally produced map and that is the beauty of this website. Virtually anyone can make a 1-feature world map by simply clicking on a checklist all of the countries you want highlighted on your map. Second, open the file and add some text and a few lines to label it. This took less than 20 minutes to make with no need for any cartographic or GIS experience.
By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities.
Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents). These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents.
ESPN Video: With the FIFA World Cup two years away, will Brazil be ready to host soccers premiere event?
This short sports documentary (12 minutes) looks at some of the socioeconomic and urban planning issues that are a part of the logistics for a country to prepare for a sporting event on the magnitude of the World Cup. The discussion of demolitions in the favelas (squatter settlements) is especially intriguing. Major sporting events of this magnitude that last for two weeks can reshape local geographic patterns for decades.
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