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Growth Rings

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"Maps Of U.S. Population Change, 2000-2010.  Blue is population increase, red represents population decline."


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The donut effect!

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, May 8, 6:55 AM

This series of maps show the population patterns impacting the United States.  

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 9:38 AM

These maps show the changes of urban areas in America and the patterns and problems each one goes through.

These human places go through similar development patterns and all focus economically but still have different landscapes as a place.

Whitney Souery's curator insight, May 29, 1:25 PM

Detroit has an increasing population, along with the outskirts of Chicago (suburbs). This  increasing population represents areas that are prospering  because of economic factors. Just as some businesses in Detroit are coming back, businesses in the suburbs in Chicago are also growing, contributing to an increasing population as well. This map reflects economic and social factors (ethnicity) in the present and can be used to get an understanding of America's population growth/decline. 

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Life on an island of declining population

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Ethiopia's Dam Problems

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"Ethiopia is three years from completing a dam to control its headwaters, and while Egypt points to colonial-era treaties to claim the water and to stop the project, the question remains as to who own the Blue Nile."


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At least the Murray-Darling Basin is within one country - even if it covers 4 states!

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, July 16, 7:44 AM

units 4 and 6

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, July 20, 5:00 PM

Option: Inland water 

dilaycock's curator insight, July 21, 6:09 PM

Useful example to illustrate the interactions and tensions between natural resources and political systems.

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Per calorie, beef requires more than 100 times as much land as rice and potatoes

Per calorie, beef requires more than 100 times as much land as rice and potatoes | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
A paper published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calculates the amount of natural resources used in producing various animal products. The authors write that so far, there have not been detailed, reliable estimates of the burden that different types of animal products impose on the natural environment. Know […]

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 23, 6:03 PM

If we know something, will it change our behavior.

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The Last Drop: America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis

The Last Drop: America's Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This story is one in a series on a crisis in America's Breadbasket –the depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer and its effects on a region that hel...

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Good to compare to how we use water resources in Australia

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Cory Erlandson's curator insight, July 24, 6:44 AM

I used to teach students about the surprising water crises in central and SE Wisconsin, one of the most water-rich states in the US. They were always blown away. Now, teaching in CO, everyone seems to have an awareness (anxiety?) about local water scarcity. This story, though, has more of a national, even global scope. 

Linda Denty's curator insight, July 24, 3:46 PM

Could this happen in Australia also?

Jamie Strickland's curator insight, July 25, 7:46 AM

Thanks to my good friend, Seth Dixon for the original scoop.  There had been quite a bit of news reporting on the drought in central California this year, but this midwestern region has been experiencing water stress for years with little national attention.  I plan to use this article in both an upcoming presentation as well as an example when I teach "Tragedy of the Commons" in my Environmental Dilemma class.

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Visualizing temperature anomalies 1964-2013

Visualizing temperature anomalies 1964-2013 | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
We mapped and animated 50 years worth of anomalous temperature data. The results were beautiful.

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Karen Bastien's curator insight, April 18, 9:24 AM

Enigma Labs

Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 18, 1:40 PM

Every day, the Global Historical Climatology Network collects temperatures from 90,000 weather stations. Dating back as far as the late 1700's, the records provide an incredible source of insight into our changing climate.

 

Using this data, we can determine what the weather is normally like for most places on Earth. We can tell you that the average low temperature in New York City on January 11th is 29°F and that the average high temperature in Los Angeles on July 24th is 80°F.

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Why we couldn't care less about the natural world

Why we couldn't care less about the natural world | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

George Monbiot's Blog: The richer we are and the more we consume, the more self-centred and careless of the lives of others we appear to become (...)

 

A YouGov poll showed that the number of respondents placing the environment among their top three issues of concern rose from 6% in mid-January to 23% in mid-February. By early April – though the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had just published two massive and horrifying reports – the proportion had fallen back to 11%.


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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, May 9, 6:12 PM

Sustaining interest in this great but slow-burning crisis is a challenge no one seems to have mastered. Only when the crisis causes or exacerbates an acute disaster – such as the floods – is there a flicker of anxiety, but that quickly dies away.

 
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40 maps that explain food in America

40 maps that explain food in America | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

"The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure."


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 12, 6:41 PM

Nós somos aquilo que comemos ...

Stuart Shapiro's curator insight, June 25, 5:41 AM

With some drinking thrown in for good measure."

Treathyl Fox's curator insight, June 26, 9:26 AM

WOW!  Talk about contrast and compare.  So now is contrast, compare and ... uh? ... conquer??  From farming and enjoying the harvest - which could be interpreted as healthy eating back in the day - TO sugary sweet soda pops and fatty burgers - which some might be calling junk food, convenience food, fast food, comfort food you don't have to cook yourself, the cause of obesity, a politician's guide to a potential source of additional revenue from taxes, etc.

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Home clings to collapsing cliff in N. Texas

Home clings to collapsing cliff in N. Texas | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

"The edge of the 4,000 square foot residence on Overlook Court was dangling about 75 feet above the rocky shoreline of Lake Whitney after part it it had already broken off."


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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 13, 7:00 PM

Natural hazards

YEC Geo's curator insight, June 14, 10:10 AM

In the lower map, the location of the house is marked by a yellow pushpin inside the solid red square.  Some geological background--this poor house has the misfortune to apparently lie directly upon the contact between two carbonate formations (marked by the white dotted line), and to also be on the erosive edge of a bend in the river. Both factors probably contributed to the demise of this particular home, which was eventually set on fire: https://tinyurl.com/nw7mfd2

 

 

One thing to notice is how straight the cliff edge is upon which the house is built.  Knowing that, I'd have to say that if I had a house located on the straight cliff edges within the dotted red squares I've made on the map, I'd be worried.

 

You can read about the geology of Texas here:

https://tinyurl.com/lrcp9yj

 

Image credit here: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/House-on-Lake-Whitney-Cliff-Falling-Into-Lake-262718721.html?partner=nbcnews

Massimo Di Duca's curator insight, June 15, 9:13 AM

E la prospezione geologica da presentare al Comune? Era prevista nel PRG del comune? Esisteva un VIA?

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Where the extremely poor live

Where the extremely poor live | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

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Gorete Queiroga de Figueiredo's curator insight, May 4, 4:34 PM

Os extremamente pobres não vivem [existem] existem mais aqui.

dilaycock's curator insight, May 5, 5:52 PM

This information is taken from the World Bank's 2014 report "Prosperity for All." The report looks at "progress to date in reducing global poverty and discusses some of the challenges of reaching the interim target of reducing global poverty to 9 percent by 2020.... . It also reports on the goal of promoting shared prosperity, with a particular focus on describing various characteristics of the bottom 40 percent."

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 9:48 AM

This graphic reveals the poorest populations and where they live and even though India and China are economic competitors on the global stage they still have the poorest communities. 

IN poor communities, the human place is changed by using less structurally sound architecture and disregarding cultural presence for functionality though holding true to cultural presence in individual lives.

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The state of Australia: our people

The state of Australia: our people | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

Australia is currently the fastest-growing OECD nation. In 2013, Australia’s population grew by 1.8% compared with the OECD average of 0.7%. This is not as high as the 2.2% in 2008, which was the most rapid rate of growth since 1960. However, among Asian countries, only Singapore and Afghanistan have populations that are growing faster....In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is Australia doing overall?


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dilaycock's curator insight, May 11, 10:18 PM

Alarming to see that the OECD has declared Australia as one of the world's most obese nations with more than 50% being overweight or obese. The implications for health care, capacity to work are serious.

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Coral Reefs: the Seawall That Nature Built - National Geographic

Coral Reefs: the Seawall That Nature Built - National Geographic | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
National Geographic Coral Reefs: the Seawall That Nature Built National Geographic Governments are spending billions of dollars to reduce risks from these coastal hazards and climate change, usually to build infrastructure like seawalls, dikes and...

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, May 18, 6:59 PM

Australian Curriculum: Content Description  ACHGK075  The application of environmental, economic and social criteria in evaluating management responses to the change. 

Richard Lloyd Thomas's curator insight, May 20, 8:20 PM

Ecosystems at Risk

dilaycock's curator insight, May 20, 11:29 PM

Another article highlighting the benefit of using coral reefs to reduce the impact of wave damage and storm surges.

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Free online resources for secondary schools - University of Queensland Mobile

Free online resources for secondary schools - University of Queensland Mobile | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
Links to free resources for secondary school students including websites, databases and ebooks, provided by the UQL Cyberschool

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dilaycock's curator insight, June 4, 8:29 PM

via @Judy O'RourkeGreat resources from Uni Qld. Scroll down to Social Sciences and expand to access 'Geography.' Topics include: Responding to natural hazards, Sustaining communities, Living with climate change, Feeding the world's people, Local area, and General Geography. 

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These aerial views of popular places are just amazing. #10 totally shocked me, WOW!

These aerial views of popular places are just amazing. #10 totally shocked me, WOW! | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
If you have ever landed in an airport close to a city, you probably agree with me that a birds eye view of the world is the most spectacular sight you can ever imagine. A few years ago I was landin...

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dilaycock's curator insight, June 5, 7:38 PM

Fabulous aerial photographs that would be a great stimulus for a discussion of the relationship between the physical and built environment.

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Here's One Big Thing You Can Do For A Greener Diet

Here's One Big Thing You Can Do For A Greener Diet | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
A new study on the environmental burdens of beef, pork, chicken, eggs, dairy and plant products finds that beef is by far the worst offender.

According to the study, published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a prominent ...

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Not new, but I love a good steak :(

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 21, 5:42 PM

Are we willing to break the beef habit

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
  If you're a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this c...

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 22, 3:42 PM

Several of these are very telling

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, August 18, 10:03 AM

Unit 1

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Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | End Poverty 2015

Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) | End Poverty 2015 | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

Take a look at the latest proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals.


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ABC Splash ­ ConCensus

ABC Splash ­ ConCensus | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

Thanks tpBring Australian statistics to life with ConCensus - a data visualisation game where students can interact with real data from the 2011 ABS Census.


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Interesting graphs, especially to compare home town to state or country

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dilaycock's curator insight, July 25, 10:15 PM

Thanks to @audrey_nay for this resource.

Julie Wicks's curator insight, July 30, 9:21 PM

Useful for Year 7 Place and Liveability. Data can be exported into excel for graphing. 

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McKinsey: 'cleantech sector is gaining steam' - Blue & Green Tomorrow

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McKinsey: 'cleantech sector is gaining steam' Blue & Green Tomorrow Despite critics and equity indexes suggesting the cleantech sector has performed badly in recent years, consulting firm McKinsey says the industry is “gaining steam – with less and...

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 21, 4:35 PM

They argue that the world is on the cusp of a resource revolution with technology poised to change the way resources are used and improve productivity. “This result will be a new industrial revolution that will enable strong economic growth, at a much lower environmental cost than in the past,” the writers say.

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Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities

Smart cities: innovation in energy will drive sustainable cities | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
Urbanisation makes cities a main focus for environmental policy. Digital technology and innovation will enable a better quality of life and reduced energy consumption

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:37 AM

I think local focus and efforts will indeed be where sustainability will come from in the long run.

luiy's curator insight, November 16, 2013 9:46 AM
Empowering people in smart cities

In the same way that the IT revolution has been driven by consumer needs, so too will the energy revolution. As blogs, social networks and video platforms have enabled people to produce information and customise their content, new technologies will make possible energy self-production and customisation of energy usages and consumption.

 

Smart cities will also enable the use of open data which will create new urban services such as better transport connections, accident risk warnings and home monitoring for part-time and full-time carers. Local councils will have greater responsibility for ensuring the collection and the public availability of this data.

 

Furthermore, by leveraging this data, businesses will be able to offer personalised services for users, for example smart meter data could permit utilities to offer new tariffs, such as time-of use pricing which will encourage end-users to use energy in off-peak times when it is cheaper.

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Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet

Stunning Photos Of Earth From Above Will Change Your Outlook Of The Planet | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
This daily dose of satellite photos helps you appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things humans have constructed--as well as the devastating...

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, June 15, 5:58 AM

Amazing.

Diane Johnson's curator insight, June 15, 8:19 AM

Great images for giving students a global perspective.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 17, 6:33 AM

unit 1

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Gallery: What inequality looks like

Gallery: What inequality looks like | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
Artists, designers, photographers and activists share one image that encapsulates what inequality means to them.

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, June 16, 6:28 AM

Galería de Imágenes acerca de la desigualdad como consecuencia de la pobreza.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 17, 6:32 AM

powerful images that define unit 6!

Rianne Tolsma's curator insight, June 18, 4:07 AM

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The state of Australia: our environment

The state of Australia: our environment | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is Australia doing overall?"


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dilaycock's curator insight, May 7, 11:51 PM

It's not looking good.

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An Ocean of Story Maps | ArcGIS Blog

An Ocean of Story Maps | ArcGIS Blog | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

"The story map is a new Esri medium for sharing not only data, photos, videos, sounds, and maps, but for telling a specific and compelling story by way of that content. This is all done with sophisticated cartographic functionality that does not require advanced training in cartography or GIS." 


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dilaycock's curator insight, May 19, 12:44 AM

This looks like a great resource. Try "50 Largest Ports" to see the power of a story map. Via Hugh Steveson at Barker College.

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Neighbours: A diverse and connected world | Global Words

Neighbours: A diverse and connected world | Global Words | teachitgeography | Scoop.it

This unit takes a global view of geography and ways that language is used to inform and persuade people about global issues, with as a focus on interconnections between East Timor and Australia. 


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dilaycock's curator insight, May 21, 12:01 AM

Although aimed at Year 6, this unit from PETA has much to offer the study of East Timor in the current Year 10 unit on regional links.

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Marine reserves saved coral reefs from Queensland floods

Marine reserves saved coral reefs from Queensland floods | teachitgeography | Scoop.it
Marine reserves are a hot topic in Australia, with federal and state governments debating whether to allow recreational fishers to take fish from within their boundaries. But new research demonstrates…

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