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The Legacy of Canals

The Legacy of Canals | STEM Connections |

"The historical geography of Erie Canal reshaped a nation."

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's insight:

Actually George Washington was interested in canals and the C and O and other canals in the area flourished for a time.

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 28, 2014 8:54 AM

Back in the early 1800s, New York was one of the three biggest cities in the United States, but what led to it's surge past Philadelphia and Boston?  Geography and new technological innovations that favored New York City's relative location.   NYC was the only city on the East coast that could access the Great Lakes via canal, and after the construction of the Erie Canal, NYC has always been the preeminent city in the USA.  

TagsNYC, transportation, industry, economic, globalization, technology.

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Logging and Mudslides

Logging and Mudslides | STEM Connections |
In recent decades the state allowed logging — with restrictions — on the plateau above the Snohomish County hillside that collapsed in last weekend’s deadly mudslide.

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Geofreak's curator insight, April 3, 2014 1:39 PM

Mijnbouw en aardverschuivingen, een goede combinatie ...... 

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, April 7, 2014 11:48 AM

There are several reasons for mudslides--some are purely a result of physical geography and others are related to land use patterns.  This last week's mudslide in Washington state was a combination of the two and although this impacts one place (see on map), it is a good teaching moment to discuss the environmental impacts of land use patterns and resource extraction projects.  As seen in this interactive, the river was cutting at the base of the hill, while loggers were clear-cutting at the top of the mountain.  Trees help prevent erosion as the roots hold the soil in place--a critical piece to the puzzle in a very rainy climate.  With $1 million worth of timber on the slope, logging companies persisted despite objections from the Department of Natural Resources and some restrictions (but in hindsight, those restrictions clearly were not enough). 


View the impact in ArcGIS online: Before and After Swipe, LiDAR I and II, and Imagery.


Questions to Consider: Other than economic worth, what other ways are there to value and evaluate the environment?  How could this landscape have been protected and managed better or was this mudslide inevitable?   

El Futuro deWaukesha's curator insight, April 18, 2014 12:03 AM

Working on an Inquiry of recent natural disasters with first grader.  

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Troubles on Russia's Lake Baikal

"Workers at an ailing paper mill in Siberia are clinging to their jobs in the face of financial pressure and criticism from environmentalists.
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Jacob Conklin's curator insight, May 6, 3:17 PM

There are many things that the Soviet Union did wrong when they took power. One of them was ignoring geography when they planned cities and factories. The paper mill highlighted in this video was poorly placed and is now causing serious problems for the environment. This paper mill has nowhere safe to dispose of its toxic waste and is economically insoluble. Causing health issues and environmental damage, this factory should be closed. However, this factory is the only thing keeping this mill town alive. If the factory were to close, there would be a scene similar to Flint, Michigan when General Motors packed up and left the country, leaving the town crushed and desperate for money. Russia has decided to ignore the environmental damage the factory is doing in hopes that a better, more sustainable solution can be found. Balancing money, human rights, and the environment was never one of Russia's strengths. It looks like it never will be.  

Rachel Phillips's curator insight, May 7, 3:21 PM

A horrible situation in Russia no matter which side you're on.  These people are trying to survive, and this factory and it's owners are making that difficult.  However, we need to be aware of environmental impacts, and it seems like these people aren't.  One woman said that they are doing no harm but you can clearly see in this video the harm being done.  One of the most obvious examples is where they dump solid wastes.  They are destroying ecosystems and putting toxins into this environments.  It's our job to preserve the life in this world, not destroy it.  There are absolutely ways to be more Green while still keeping this factory open, but those are costs I'm sure none of the officials or owners are willing to spare.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 10, 7:10 AM

Transforming a nations economy is never an easy task. After seventy years of a command economy, the sudden switch to a free market left some Russians in utter financial ruin. The Monotowns are just example of those Russians left behind in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The Monotown model is no longer useful in a free market system. They were designed for a centralized economy. These one factories towns can not compete against larger corporations in an open market place.

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Follow the Things

"Who makes the things that we buy?  Few of us know. They seem untouched by human hands. Occasionally there's a news story, a documentary film, or an artwork showing the hidden ingredients in our coffee, t-shirts, or iPads. They often 'expose' unpleasant working conditions to encourage more 'ethical' consumer or corporate behaviour. is this work's 'online store'. Here you can find out who has followed what, why and how; the techniques used to 'grab' its audiences; the discussions and impacts that this has provoked; and how to follow things yourself."
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Fran Martin's curator insight, September 10, 2013 3:37 AM

Great website by colleague Ian Cook at Exeter University

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, September 10, 2013 3:56 AM

About Globalisation, flows and production today. 

Mr Ortloff's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:32 PM

Where did your T-Shirt come from?   Where did the food your parents bought at the grocery store come from?  What's the origin of the components in your cell phone?  These questions all allude to what geographers call a commodity chain analysis.  Analyzing where the consumer goods that we use every day came from can make global issues hit a little closer to home and reinforce concepts such as globalization. The website Follow the Things is a great resource for learning  about commodity chains and mapping out your own personal geographies.