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The World's Largest Trees

"The world's second-largest known tree, the President, in Sequoia National Park is photographed by National Geographic magazine photographer Michael 'Nick' Nichols for the December 2012 issue."


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Hemant Galviya's curator insight, April 17, 2014 2:55 AM

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Miroslav Sopko's curator insight, April 18, 2014 11:44 AM

Najväčšie stromy sveta.

Basant Kerketta's curator insight, April 21, 2014 4:26 AM

Magnificent !!!

These kind must be saved.

Wish I could plant and replicate this size and height here in my home town.

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How the Potato Changed the World

How the Potato Changed the World | US Government and World Cultural Geography | 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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Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 28, 2014 11:41 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, 2014 5:35 PM

Columbian Exchange Unit

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 2014 12:57 PM

Potatoes are one of the most widespread foods in the world, due to its resiliency to harsh weather conditions and its ability to grow to large sizes. Potatoes can also be traced to show the beginning forces of globalization. Before modern communication and transportation technology, globalization occurred at a much slower rate. Globalization spread through trade routes in the forms of foods, resources, and therefore cultures and people. 

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Big History Project

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"Consider the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life, and humanity. From the Big Bang to modern day to where we are going in the future, Big History covers it all."


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Globalization and the Textile Industry

"On the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, little has changed in the global sweatshop economy. Workers are again trapped and burned to death behind locked exit gates."


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 24, 2014 11:28 AM

unit 6

Danielle Bellefeuille's curator insight, May 10, 2014 6:16 PM

The sad reality of the new division of labor, we are moving backwards instead of forwards with labor policies and widening the gap between core and periphery countries. We need to stand up and advocate for fair trade. These countries rely on us for sources of unemployment, and we need to give them better wages, safer working conditions, and help them push pass this dependency, and grow into more economically and socially strong countries.

 

http://www.laborrights.org

Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 10, 2014 8:03 PM

The triangle shirtwaist factory in New York was a revolutionary turning point in labor regulations. Following this unfortunate event there had been many rules and laws that took effect in order to help the working people in factories and other harmful work places. The textile industry had been such an impact on globalization because this product had been so greatly treasured that countries all around the world were getting their fair share of producing a good that was in such high demand and through the use of globalization transport created an higher demand for textiles. Although, the boom of the textile industry came with the sacrifice of innocent civilians who worked endlessly just to feed their family. Regulations and legislation have to be put into effect to protect our people and our economy. 

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Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures?

Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures? | US Government and World Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"The light that a city emits is like its glowing fingerprint. From the orderly grid of Manhattan, to the sprawling, snaking streets of Milan, to the bright contrast of Kuwait’s ring-roads, each city leaves its own pattern of tiny glowing dots. See if you can ID these cities based on the way they shine."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 12, 2014 9:59 PM

This short quiz of 16 cities combines several analytic components of geography that you won't see in more standard map quizzes for regional geography;  this draws on some similar skills similar to the map quiz that was based on identifying the city based on Starbucks locations.  Some recognition of local spatial patterns from previous map analysis can make this quiz easier but there are still some cities that you haven't ever looked at from space before.  Things to consider as you attempt this quiz:  Which of the four possible selections can you rule out out?  What enabled you to eliminate those selections (e.g.-coastal, scale, size, grid pattern, transportation systems, density, etc.)?  What does to layout of the city tell us about the planning and historical origins of the city?  Is there one urban model that best helps us explain the configuration of this city?     


Tags: urbanmodels, planning, density, urbanism, unit 7 citiestrivia.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 14, 2014 11:00 AM

Geography education

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2012 Strange sounds heard worldwide- Can you handle the truth?

2012 Strange sounds heard worldwide explained Earth Hum -Strange Moaning Sounds Around The World are Skyquakes: Warnings From Earth's Destabilizing Core Harmonics may signal massive Earth core slippage -- every 13000 years (when we cross the...
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A Map of Baseball Nation

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"Fans may not list which team they favor on the census, but millions of them do make their preferences public on Facebook. Using aggregated data provided by the company, we were able to create an unprecedented look at the geography of baseball fandom, going down not only to the county level, as Facebook did in a nationwide map it released a few weeks ago, but also to ZIP codes."


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Greg Russak's curator insight, April 29, 2014 12:53 PM

Maps and baseball - a good combination!

Wyatt Wolf's curator insight, October 30, 2014 7:46 PM

My favorite baseball team is the Philadelphia Phillies, here's everyone else's.

Global Speechwriter's comment, November 4, 2014 2:52 AM
Jays? C'mon.
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Japan banned from Antarctic whaling

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The UN's International Court of Justice rules that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.


It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the  programme was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo. Japan said it would abide by the decision but added it "regrets and is deeply  disappointed by the decision". Australia argued that the programme was commercial whaling in disguise. The court's decision is considered legally binding. Japan had argued that the suit brought by Australia was an attempt to impose its cultural norms on Japan.


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10 All-American Foods That Foreigners Can't Stand

10 All-American Foods That Foreigners Can't Stand | US Government and World Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Red velvet cake does not sit well with many foreigners. They dislike it because it is packed with chemicals and food coloring. Many think that is tastes bland and that the only flavor coming through is the artificial coloring taste. They would much prefer a true chocolate or vanilla cake.

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, April 3, 2014 10:19 AM

Culture determines what food that you eat.  American foods are a blend of different cultures as well as convenience products.  The convenience foods are full of different chemicals and perservatives that alter the flavor of foods. 

Even for foods that we think would taste the same like chocolate there is a large difference in taste.  I agree that some of the things like grits or biscuits and gravy would seem odd if you hadn't grown up with them.  Red Velvet Cake (the only part I like about it is the Cream Cheese Icing) has a chemcial taste as does the cheese products, such as cheese in a can.

However just as foreigners don't like some American foods some foreign foods taste equally strange to Americans, even things that seem that they would taste the same such as soft drinks in other countries. 

However Peanut Butter and Jelly is wonderful (it is difficult to find peanut butter in many countries) but I agree that European chocolate is much tastier.

Mr. David Burton's comment, April 5, 2014 7:55 PM
But I oh so love everything on this list ... pfff :-)
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 28, 2014 10:45 AM

unit 3 & Unit 5

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"Food Maps": Informative, Delicious, Freaking Beautiful

"Food Maps": Informative, Delicious, Freaking Beautiful | US Government and World Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin create maps of the world's continents made with food.
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They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets. | US Government and World Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
More colleges are finding the social media posts of their applicants — and sometimes denying admission as a result.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:44 AM

I'm not saying that I thrilled about all of the ramifications of this new trend, but students need to realize that online posts can be read by more than just their friends and understand the implications of that fact. 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:40 PM

A social online reputation is  important to all of us including students. This is a look at how that can reputation can effect college entry at the moment.

megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 12:09 AM
After reading this article it goes to show that my father is right once again. He always told me what i put on the internet is there forever, but not only that it could inhibit me from getting a job that i wanted. Just like the article my father told me that alot of jobs look at your social media sights and pages to see what kind of person you portray yourself to be. Alot of jobs will not hire you due to your social media pages! who would have though
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The Geography of Government Benefits

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See the share of Americans’ income that comes from government benefit programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, veterans’ benefits and food stamps.
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Cynthia Williams's curator insight, July 19, 2013 12:06 PM

I am becoming more and more frustrated with our government.  These benefit programs were designed to assist the poor, not greedy middle class people who are able to exist without the governments assistance quit well.  It is appalling that the poorest citizens in our country, who really need these benefits, have seen their assistance dwindle to only 39 percent of what it should be.