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Pakistan’s ageing population to rise from current 11.6m to 43.3m in 2025

Pakistan’s ageing population to rise from current 11.6m to 43.3m in 2025 | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
Islamabad Pakistan, which is among the world’s 15 countries with more than 10 million people aged 60 and above, will have 43.3 million people (15.8%) of the said age group ...
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Magnifying the Universe

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This interactive infographic accurately illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to insects, nebulae and stars to molecules and atoms.
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Georgians dream of tapping Tennessee to end water woes

Georgians dream of tapping Tennessee to end water woes | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
COLE CITY HOLLOW, Tenn. — On a rainy day, the grassy patch of land just across Georgia’s northwest border is muddy and forlorn.
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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. . .

 

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=state+line+cemetery&hl=en&ll=34.985047,-85.603355&spn=0.007023,0.009645&sll=34.984397,-85.601177&sspn=0.007023,0.009645&t=h&hq=state+line+cemetery&z=17

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Frank Fenn's comment, March 2, 2013 1:59 AM
Native Americans have more legal history with the European Governments. They will eventually regain much of their land from recent and future economic crisis anyway.
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News & Features Noted Author, Physician and Alumnus Ferrol Sams Dies at the age of 90

News & Features Noted Author, Physician and Alumnus Ferrol Sams Dies at the age of 90 | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
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Photo of Atlanta at night from the ISS goes viral

Photo of Atlanta at night from the ISS goes viral | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
Ever dream of looking down on the Atlanta area from space at night? One astronaut helped us live that dream a little bit Friday night.
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Looking from the SSE.

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Frank Fenn's comment, March 2, 2013 2:22 AM
30 years ago, there was none of the lighted roads or interstates, just a brilliant beam of light.
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Black Death study lets rats off the hook

Black Death study lets rats off the hook | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
Plague of 1348-49 spread so fast in London the carriers had to be humans not black rats, says archaeologist
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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. . .

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All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography

All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
We have created 10 activities for teaching about geography using Times content, all related to the National Geography Standards.
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Global cities of the future

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Explore the cities and emerging urban clusters that will drive dramatic growth and demographic changes over the next generation. A McKinsey Quarterly Economic Studies article.

 

In the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. That is reason enough to explore this global dataset with over 2,600 metropolitan areas. 


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GITN: Pilgrims' Progress

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.


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EU wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, despite debt crisis

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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.
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McDonald's In India: Would You Like Paneer On That? : NPR

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.
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earth album alpha - a slicker google maps + flickr mash-up

a google maps + flickr mashup that allows you to explore the world...
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APOD: 2012 March 12 - The Scale of the Universe Interactive

A different astronomy and space science
related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.
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Welcome to the World of Historic Maps

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You Found It! The WEB's most extensive collection of vintage and historic maps and charts
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What the World Eats

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What's on family dinner tables around the globe? Photographs by Peter Menzel from the book "Hungry Planet"

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John Peterson's comment, April 30, 2013 10:38 AM
This collection of slides does a very good job of showing their very different diets that are present in different areas of the world. While the price of food is obviously going to be different throughout the world, it is very interesting to see he very different types of food that are consumed by different groups of people. In different areas of the world, there is more emphasis on different types of food. In some places for example they may eat a lot of fruit while in others they may eat a lot of beans or bread. The different amounts that these foods are eaten are tied into both the economic and social aspects of these different cultures. This is because in each area, different things are going to be more affordable and available, as well as being more traditionally eaten. There can also be a difference in the percentage of homemade food in a weekly diet in different areas of the world. While some areas will not have any fast food places or restaurants readily available, others will and will often use these locations which will drastically change their diet habits.
Jess Pitrone's comment, May 5, 2013 5:47 PM
These photos are very interesting, in the way it’s interesting to explore someone else’s house the first time you visit. Looking to see the differences in what people around the world eat, but also how much people around the world eat is fascinating. The fact that the family in Chad eat about one quarter of what most families around the world eat is really telling. What a family eats in week reveals a lot about both their culture, their economy, and their geographic location. It’s no surprise that the people in Japan eat a lot of fish, because they’re an island country; and it wasn’t surprising to see so much bread on the table of the Italian family, because bread is such a large part of the Italian culture. What I did find absolutely fascinating is that most of the families had a bottle of Coca-Cola on their table, which just goes to show you how interconnected our global community is.
Jess Pitrone's comment, May 5, 2013 5:47 PM
These photos are very interesting, in the way it’s interesting to explore someone else’s house the first time you visit. Looking to see the differences in what people around the world eat, but also how much people around the world eat is fascinating. The fact that the family in Chad eat about one quarter of what most families around the world eat is really telling. What a family eats in week reveals a lot about both their culture, their economy, and their geographic location. It’s no surprise that the people in Japan eat a lot of fish, because they’re an island country; and it wasn’t surprising to see so much bread on the table of the Italian family, because bread is such a large part of the Italian culture. What I did find absolutely fascinating is that most of the families had a bottle of Coca-Cola on their table, which just goes to show you how interconnected our global community is.
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Beijing Is Choking on Smog

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Beijing is choking - as these two pictures vividly demonstrate. On the right is the city's skyline on Monday; on the left the same view on 4 February 2012.
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Add Beijing to Mexico City on the list of most polluted cities. . .

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New Property Acquired to Connect the Atlanta BeltLine with Historic Fourth Ward Park // Atlanta BeltLine

New Property Acquired to Connect the Atlanta BeltLine with Historic Fourth Ward Park // Atlanta BeltLine | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
ATLANTA, GA. – On the last day of 2012, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) purchased a critical property from The Trust for Public Land that will connect the
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Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

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Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. Geocaching.com is the listing service for geocaches around the world.
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Interesting Geographic game, using GPS, to explore the world as far as you want to go!

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Utah Geographical Alliance's curator insight, July 28, 3:36 AM

Really fun way to engage students directly with geography, students can learn to use maps, GPS, latitude, and longitude, and get outside and interact with their environment at the same time.  You can use geocaching in many ways in your classroom.  You can have students do it to explore the area around their school, neighborhood, city.  It can be a fun way to give students review questions for tests (they have to find the answers in the geocache) etc. the possibilities are endless. 


Keywords: Geography, Geocaching

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Generate Simple World Maps

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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.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 30, 2012 10:04 PM

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 the countries you want highlighted on your map.  Second, opened the file and added some text and a few lines to label it.  This took 20 minutes to make with no need for any cartographic or GIS experience  (this PNG didn't compress well, the full image of this map can be seen here).

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The Rise of Megacities

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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. 

 

Tags: urban, megacities.


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Matt Mallinson's comment, November 19, 2012 10:27 AM
If that's what is predicted for 2025, how populated will our world be by 2050? Scary to think about.
Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:28 PM

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. 


Download the data yourself as a CSV file and your can import this into ArcGIS online and symbolize your map with any of the columns in the dataset.  


Tags: urban, megacities.


Peter Steffan's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:00 PM

Very cool!

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2014 World Cup: Will Brazil Be Ready?

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.  

 

Tags: sport, Brazil, planning, squatter.


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Brett Sinica's curator insight, October 1, 2013 5:11 PM

I know my soccer, and I know Brazil knows its soccer considering the country has one of the richest histories in the world.  The nation eats, sleeps, and breathes the beautiful game and to host a World Cup right now is immaculate timing.  Some of the best players (possibly ever) in the world would be playing next year, all from star-studded nations.  The forecast for this spectacle will surely be one of the best in history, but that's if it all goes to plan.  There's been many videos and articles of Brazil coming into more problems than solutions.  Repairing and even building new stadiums have set back schedules and have even angered many locals.  In some cities, there have been cases of gentrification, places such as favelas have fell victim.  Being such a passionate fan of the sport, it's almost upsetting that all of these people are being misplaced to house the tournament which has been anxiously waited on since 2010.  The main picture says it all with the three hands covered in blood...  A nation which cares so much about a sport, where it is a way of life and prosperity, is in fact doing more harm than good in some areas.  In the end I hope Brazil can get back on schedule, and leave as little people harmed in the process so the world can enjoy one of the greatest sporting events come summer of 2014.

Ashley Raposo's curator insight, December 19, 2013 12:16 AM

The World Cup is getting closer and all eyes are on Brazil. The Favelas are seeing the worst of it. To improve their country for it's soon to be influx of tourists, the Favelas are going through practically forced renovations. Not to mention safety hazards in Brazil are being pushed to the limits with the building anf remidelling of the soccer stadiums. Just last month 2 construction workers part of the rebuilding were killed by an accident. The question is especially true. Will Brazil be ready? Soccer fans around the globe sure hope so.

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The New World

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An interactive series of maps show possible new additions to the world’s list of independent nations.
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Geographic Analysis of 2012 Presidential Election

Geographer Andy Baker provides an excellent spatial analysis of the key voting patterns that will shape the 2012 presidential election in the United States.

 

Tags: political, statistics, spatial, regions, USA.


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Jesse Gauthier's comment, October 14, 2012 3:24 PM
This video was very helpful for me because the speaker clearly gave visual examples of the many topics that can steer certain voters in the U.S. to vote a certain way, during election time. It helped me better interpret political data, since I am a visual learner.
Betty Denise's comment, October 15, 2012 6:19 AM
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Frank Fenn's comment, March 2, 2013 2:09 AM
I used this during the Political Unit. I find that 9th graders know nothing about politics beyond what concerns them at the moment. Stretching their brain back to when they were 7 helps build the political foundations of the future!
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Pakistan’s ageing population to rise from current 11.6m to 43.3m in 2025

Pakistan’s ageing population to rise from current 11.6m to 43.3m in 2025 | Social Studies - Impact Academy | Scoop.it
Islamabad Pakistan, which is among the world’s 15 countries with more than 10 million people aged 60 and above, will have 43.3 million people (15.8%) of the said age group ...
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