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Comparing Urban Footprints

Comparing Urban Footprints | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

"This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back..."


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Nancy Watson's curator insight, December 29, 2013 6:45 AM

Interesting comparison of cities and their urban footprints

Blake Welborn's curator insight, May 20, 9:15 AM

This a conglomeration of maps that represent the physical layout and land use of some of the major cities in the world, color coded by region. 

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 9:49 AM

The comparison of urban footprints certainly puts a lot of factors into perspective.  Whenever I am in highly populated areas such as Atlanta and New York, I feel like the area is so densely populated. But shift over to Sao Paulo which is so much smaller than New York, but just as populated.

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Stop Disasters

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all time favourite game for my Geography students and me.

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How the Potato Changed the World

How the Potato Changed the World | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture

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Useful for Year 9 and 12 Unit: Feeding the World.

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Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 10:38 AM

Potatoes were very important in the Colombian Exchange, which was the exchange of plants and animals to and from different lands where they are not native to.  Today, the potato is the fifth most important crop in the world.  Food is deeply routed in culture and this massive exchange changed societies.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 28, 8:41 PM

Potatoes were brought to the New World through the Columbian Exchange. It does have a negative connotation but the trade route was used to diffuse cultures by trading food. 

Gina Panighetti's curator insight, August 4, 2:35 PM

Columbian Exchange Unit

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An Inside Look At Living In One Of The World’s Most Sustainable Cities

An Inside Look At Living In One Of The World’s Most Sustainable Cities | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Melbourne, Australia is trying to be one of the world's most livable and sustainable cities. Melbournians are pitching in by pushing the envelope on design and lifestyle decisions when it comes to living spaces.

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This iPad App Builds Better, More Sustainable Cities

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This iPad App Builds Better, More Sustainable Cities...


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How town planning can help to eradicate poverty

How town planning can help to eradicate poverty | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Planners need to understand and prove the impact their work will have on poverty reduction, says Kate Henderson (RT @GuardianHousing: How town planning can help to eradicate poverty http://t.co/1Y1SRNdla7...

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Sea-level rise driving Hawaii's beach erosion

Sea-level rise driving Hawaii's beach erosion | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Up to 100 feet of shoreline will disappear around the state if sea level rises just 1 foot.

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Canberra Girls Grammar GSSF's curator insight, September 1, 2013 7:59 PM

Unit 1 - Coastal erosion

Kapo Trading Company's curator insight, September 2, 2013 10:46 AM

Maybe you property will be beach front soon...

Kyle Kampe's curator insight, September 4, 2013 6:27 PM

Erosion in Hawaii

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What are the impacts of climate change? - Australian Museum

What are the impacts of climate change? - Australian Museum | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
The effects climate change could have on oceans, vulnerable animal species, sea level and human lifestyles.

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Wieneke Maris's curator insight, February 20, 2013 6:57 PM

Good information about Changing Ecosystems leading to extinctions

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Global map provides new insights into land use

Global map provides new insights into land use | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

In order to assess the global impacts of land use on the environment and help provide appropriate countermeasures, a group of researchers under the leadership of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) has created a new world map of land use systems. Based on various indicators of land-use intensity, climate, environmental and socio-economic conditions, they identified twelve global patterns called land system archetypes.


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An Urbanizing Planet

An Urbanizing Planet takes viewers on a stunning satellite-viewed tour around our planet. By combining more than 10 datasets, and using GIS processing software and 3D graphic applications, the video shows not only where urbanization will be most extensive, but also how the majority of the expansion will occur in areas adjacent to biodiversity hotspots.

The video was produced to present the framework of a new book Global Urbanization, Biodiversity, and Ecosystems: Challenges and Opportunities — A Global Assessment. The scientific foundation of the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook project, the book presents the world’s first assessment of how global urbanization and urban growth impact biodiversity and ecosystems. It builds on contributions by more than 200 scientists worldwide.


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Coastal Systems: Coastal Management Issues 1

In the field with Simon Haslett, Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Wales, Newport, and author of Coastal Systems (2008, Routledge). Please...

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Income inequality seen in satellite images from Google Earth

Income inequality seen in satellite images from Google Earth | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

Nice visual on differences in income, with associated paper.  No stats needed here; a simple exploratory/observational curiosity is all you need.  A great starter for classroom discussions/lab activities. Start with this primer where you can see the distinct difference.


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Sherryn Kottoor's curator insight, January 11, 7:07 PM

The satellite photos clearly show the difference between poor neighborhoods and rich neighborhoods. The picture on the left shows how unorganized and scattered all the houses and buildings are. The picture on the right shows how aligned and neat the houses are. The rich area has more space and trees between each house, while the poor area is very crowded. If I lived in the poor area, I wouldn't have access to the resources I need such as a good education. Whereas, if I lived in the rich area, I would be able to get a good education and have access to the resources I need.

Christian Madison's curator insight, January 13, 4:28 PM

Well first of all I'd have to think on the bright side of life on the poor side. And on the other side, the rich side, I'd have to not take things for granted. On the poor side you'd have to use everything to it's limit and not waste a bit. While on the rich side it doesn't really matter that much.

Vivica Juarez's comment, January 13, 5:16 PM
@Sherryn Kottoor made some excellent points about the pictures. In the diagram, it shows the poor vs. the rich. It clearly proves how there is a big difference between the two. The rich have more access to things, that the poor don't. The poor are also not as fortunate when it comes to living and education.
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Comparing Urban Footprints

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"This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back..."


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useful for both Year 8 and Year 11 Geography.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, December 29, 2013 6:45 AM

Interesting comparison of cities and their urban footprints

Blake Welborn's curator insight, May 20, 9:15 AM

This a conglomeration of maps that represent the physical layout and land use of some of the major cities in the world, color coded by region. 

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 9:49 AM

The comparison of urban footprints certainly puts a lot of factors into perspective.  Whenever I am in highly populated areas such as Atlanta and New York, I feel like the area is so densely populated. But shift over to Sao Paulo which is so much smaller than New York, but just as populated.

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Geography Poster

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can be used for the inquiry process

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Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, November 9, 2013 3:02 AM

Why care? It's all right here!

 

Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, November 9, 2013 4:17 AM

Poster sobre la enseñanza de la geografía

Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, November 10, 2013 2:14 PM

Really wished I had created this. Thanks Durman District school board and Charles E Gritzner. (Apologies is surname is incorrect - difficult to read on the poster.)

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Feeding 9 Billion

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When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.

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Useful for Year 9 and 12 Geography 'Feeding the World' unit.

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dilaycock's curator insight, April 29, 3:00 PM

Excellent resource from National Geographic that offers a 5-step plan to deal with the issue of feeding the world's population.

Sally Egan's curator insight, April 30, 8:09 PM

Agricultural production is one of the ways in which people modify the environment more than any other.  Global population is expected to top out at around 9 billion around 2050, so will we be able to sustainably feed all of the entire human population?  This one question brings up many more spatial, environmental, political and social questions--this interactive feature nicely addresses many of the pertinent issues in a very accessible manner.   

 

This article relates well to the Population topic in Global Challenges and issues that arise from the present growth patterns.  

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 10:59 AM

As population continues to grow and agricultural lands dissappear, the issue of feeding the world is becoming a growing concern.

The environmental places of the world are becoming arid and the agrarian places are dwindling affecting the human/environment interaction by introducing agricultural issues.

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Why Geography?

Why Geography? | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

"Geography. It lets you study the world. No, really, THE WORLD. Think about that. What other subject deals with rocks? Moving continents? AND climate? Diffusion of plants and animals? Water quality? Now, what if you add some human systems--do the other sciences let you relate the earth to economic or political systems? And culture--food, religion, music, housing, or language? How about urban systems and settlement forms? Past, present, and future, anywhere in the world? And how many subject areas let you look at something from a scientific, social-scientific, humanistic, AND artistic perspective? Yeah, I said artistic--I like to illustrate my findings with a nice map.

Tell me all about global studies or environmental science if you'd like--they're alright too. But NOTHING lets you see the world like geography does."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 23, 8:17 AM

This 'sermon' from the Church of Geography is outstanding (the 'Church' is a geo-evangelizing group on Facebook and Twitter that is the home to the delightful memes pictured above).  Many organizations are trying to re-brand geography to gain greater public support at the same time that other interdisciplinary initiatives with geographic content are gaining traction: global studies, environmental sustainability, centers for spatial analysis, etc.  We don't need a name change as much as we need people to capture the vision of geography's centrality and holistic capacity. 


Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education.

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Future of Connected and Sustainable Cities

A short film looking at the challenges and opportunities facing cities. (Sustainable Cities http://bit.ly/gFfzFH)


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very interesting video !
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Future plans: young people and planning - Young people are often overlooked in the planning process but they can offer valuable insight into the built environment

Future plans: young people and planning - Young people are often overlooked in the planning process but they can offer valuable insight into the built environment | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
“Town planning is not merely place-planning, nor even work-planning.

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Erosion: The White Cliffs of Dover

Erosion: The White Cliffs of Dover | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Thousands of tons of chalk from the famous White Cliffs of Dover have collapsed into the sea following a huge rockfall.

 

An excellent example of erosion and the processes that have shaped an iconic landscape.  The accompanying article has numerous pictures from a variety of angles that truly tell the story.   


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Climate change: how hot will it get in my lifetime? - interactive

Climate change: how hot will it get in my lifetime? - interactive | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

The UN is to publish the most exhaustive examination of climate change science to date, predicting dangerous temperature rises. How hot will it get in your lifetime?


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What Is Global Warming

This video explains the concept of global warming, which is generally thought to be caused by human driven emissions of greenhouse gasses, such as carbon dioxide.

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Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first

Map: These are the cities that climate change will hit first | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

A city hits "climate departure" when the average temperature of its coolest year from then on is projected to be warmer than the average temperature of its hottest year between 1960 and 2005. For example, let's say the climate departure point for D.C. is 2047 (which it is). After 2047, even D.C.'s coldest year will still be hotter than any year from before 2005. Put another way, every single year after 2047 will be hotter than D.C.'s hottest year on record from 1860 to 2005. It's the moment when the old "normal" is really gone.

A big study, just published in the scientific journal Nature, projected that the Earth, overall, passes climate departure in 2047. The study also projects the year of climate departure in dozens of specific cities. Here, from The Post's graphics team, is a map of their findings:


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Mathijs Booden's curator insight, October 13, 2013 12:25 AM

The data are from the recent Nature article by Mora et al (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v502/n7470/full/nature12540.html). 

 

Climate departure would come first in the tropics, because that is where climates typically show little variability, so even a small departure is large in relative terms. However, because tropical ecosystems are adapted to that low variability, they will be hit hard by even a small change in climate. 

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Coastal Systems: Coastal Management Issues 2

In the field with Simon Haslett, Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Wales, Newport, and author of Coastal Systems (2008, Routledge). Please...

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Transportation and Planning

"When you combine a street and a road, you get a STROAD, one of the most dangerous and unproductive human environments. To get more for our transportation dollar, America needs an active policy of converting STROADs to productive streets or high capacity roadways."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 8, 11:52 AM

In this video, a road provides high connectivity between places, and a street is a diverse platform of social interactions that create a place.  A 'stroad' can be likened unto a spork--it tries to do it everything but does nothing especially well.  While you may debate the principle being shown, this video (found on Atlantic Cities) is a good way to show the spatial thinking that city planners need to utilize to improve the urban environment. 


Tagstransportation, urban, planning.

François Lanthier's curator insight, January 31, 11:19 AM

The Stroad - an unfortunate phenomenon... NYC is taking action to minimize its' STROADS... more cities should do the same.

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The World Religions Tree

The World Religions Tree | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

Dynamic infographic on world religions (don't be intimidated by the page being in Russian... The graphic is not).


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fascinating infographic on world religions.

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Ryan Randomname's curator insight, January 16, 9:32 AM

Khanh Fleshman's insight: This relates to Key Issue #1 because it shows the origins of each religion. Also, it shows the various relationships between religions. 

 

Vinay Penmetsa: This shows how a lot of religions are interconnected, and even if people think two religions are completely different, they might have similar roots, just like languages.

 

Graham Shroyer's religion: This relates to key issue 1 because it shows where religions originated and how they are all connected, like judaism and christianity.

 

Zahida Ashroff's Insight: This is relevant to Key Issue # 1 because it identifies the origions and relationships of the major world religions of today. These religious branches clearly show the relationships between majorly and minorly practiced religions.


Rishi Suresh:  This shows how, similiar to languages, many religions come in families and have distinct connections between them. 

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 9:06 AM

The immense tree of world religions is presented as a graphic to tell connections of world religions and how far they've broken and changed.

The movement of ideas and people have helped caused these breaks in the religion by bringing ideas to new people, mixing with the present culture, and going further from the hearth of the religion.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 11, 11:08 AM

unit 3

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Geography of Quinoa

Geography of Quinoa | The Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

"The popularity of Quinoa has grown exponentially among the health-conscious food consumers in the developed economies of the world.  Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is rich in protein and is a better grain for those seeking to lose weight.  Quinoa has historically be rather limited but this diffusion is restructuring the geographic patterns of many places." 


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food insecurity and biomes for Grade 9 Geography

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Pranav Pradeep's curator insight, February 27, 8:23 AM

Its crazy how something grown so far away can become such a dominant aspect in the food consupmtion of people in such distant place.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 28, 11:01 AM

Quinoa is the new food to lose weight with. People all over the world have discovered its health benefits and can't get enough of it. However, quinoa only grows in certain climates and places. Since its supply is in high demand, finding places for it to grow would be beneficial to those trying to market and sell the grain. 

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 3:55 PM

Quinoa has been a staple crop in the Andes mountains for many years. It has only been recently that people in other parts of the world have recognized its health benefits. Since it is grown in only a tiny part of the world, the supply may easily fall behind the demand. Finding a similar geographic area to grow crops in may be what is needed in order to increase the supply.

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Tsunami in Japan 2011

"This video captures some amazing footage of the 2011 tsunami in Japan."


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useful when studying natural hazards in Year 11 Geography.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 11:05 AM

This shocking video makes me so glad I live where I live, granted we have blizzards but I would definitely take the snow any day over a tsunami or a hurricane. In this video it was like a bad car accident I waanted to stare at the horrific site oof mother nature taking her course but that was just it it was too scary! Can't believe this is normal for some people in the regions that they choose to live in.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 4:17 PM

Most people do not realize the sheer power of a tsunami. It has the force of the entire ocean depth behind each wave. It also pours onto land for hours until it stops then pours back into the ocean for another hour or so. Most people killed are killed by objects such as cars and buildings crushing them. Seeing videos such as these can help people get a better idea of the forces actually involved and maybe save lives.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 6:33 PM

I hope something like this never happens again. Tsunamis are unreal. They are literally horrifying and to see something like this captured on camera is actually really scary. Damn plate tectonics and people living on the water front.