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MAP REGIONS TO STUDY.pdf - Google Drive

MAP REGIONS TO STUDY.pdf - Google Drive | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Study this map for your world regions.

You should also be familiar with where key terms, and topics discussed in class belong on this map. 

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Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region - Law of the River

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A link to the various US laws written about the Colorado River Basin and who is entitled to use of its waters.

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Remote Sensing and Land Cover Change

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By moving the slider, the user can compare 1990 false-color Landsat views (left) with recent true-color imagery (right). Humans are increasingly transforming Earth’s surface—through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate.


This interactive feature includes 12 places that have experienced significant change since 1990.  This is an user-friendly way to compare remote sensing images over time.  Pictured above is the Aral Sea, which is and under-the-radar environmental catastrophe in Central Asia that has its roots in the Soviet era's (mis)management policies.  

 

Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, esri, unit 1 Geoprinciples, zbestofzbest.


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See how much the Aral Sea has changed due to the impact of humans on their environment for yourself. Drag the slider tool to see a before and after. Reference your textbook (p61) for the whole story.

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Derek Ethier's comment, October 18, 2012 1:32 AM
The Aral Sea is literally shrinking before our eyes and people are doing very little to stop it. Due to years of poor farming techniques (growing cotton and rice in this dry climate) the Aral Sea is literally being sucked dry by these crops. People can do very little about it because growing these crops represents their well being. It is a Catch 22 situation...
Amy Marques's curator insight, April 24, 12:46 PM

This map is a true testament to the people who believe human activity does not affect the earth. Humans have been transforming Earth’s surface for years, through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate. Much of the transformation taking place in the Aral sea leads to its connection to the Soviet era and their lack of understanding of the environment. This mismanagement of the Aral Sea is leading to a lack of water for the people who live in Central Asia.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 10:30 AM

The colors seen in photographs and images like this is because of the equipment used. Sometimes the quality of the equipment makes the pictures look different than they actually are. This basin has dried up over time and its surface has signs of significant change.

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Food Inc,

I don't claim ownership, to be an author, or have rights to this video...That being said, I do claim to believe that we as consumers have the right to be inf...
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An amazing and powerful documentary on the current state of food in American society, and how this in turn impacts our global food system.

Chapter Listings:

Intro - 0:00-4:00
From Fast Food to All Food - 4:00-17:00
A CORNucopia of Choices -  17:00- 24:55
Unintended Consequences - 24:55-38:55

The Dollar Menu - 38:55-44:25

In The Grass 44:25-58:05

Hidden Costs 58:05-1:06:10

From Seed to Supermarket - 1:06:10-1:16:13

The Veil 1:16:13-1:24:16

Shocks to the System 1:24:16-end

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United States Department of Agriculture - Home

United States Department of Agriculture - Home | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Viewpoint C (pro sustainable meat/rural communities) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Protein: Moving Closer to Center Stage

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Table of Contents Introduction All Protein Isn't Alike The Protein Package Protein and Chronic Disease Protein and Weight Control Straight Talk about Soy The Bottom Line: Recommendations for Protei...
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Viewpoint B (pro meat eating) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Personal Health - Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat - NYTimes.com

Personal Health - Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat - NYTimes.com | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
A new study shows that red meat has had a severe impact on our health and longevity.
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Viewpoint A (pro vegetarian) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Spotlight: Livestock impacts on the environment

Spotlight: Livestock impacts on the environment | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The challenge is to reconcile two conflicting demands: for animal food products and environmental services
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Viewpoint A (pro vegetarian) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Quite Possibly the most Eye Opening Six Minutes Ever on Film

Quite Possibly the most Eye Opening Six Minutes Ever on Film | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Here is a hard hitting dose of perspective of what unsustainable demand looks like. Warning, you may have a feeling of emptiness inside after watching. It's a clip from the phenomenal documentary Samsara, directed by Ron Fricke, who also made Baraka.
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So here's the video clip we watched in class. It's the opening 6 minutes from the documentary film Samsara. You can find the whole documentary on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icIv7nJqjuQ

 

Samsara is a Sanscrit word that means "the ever turning wheel of life" the filmmakers use this as a theme to study disasters, industrial complexes, culture, etc. 

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Hunger Portal

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: Hunger Portal | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Go here to learn more about the subject of world hunger and food security on a global scale.

What connections do you see to the core-periphery model discussed in class? 

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Current Events Entry Top Sheet.pdf - Google Drive

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Be sure to print this off, fill it out and attach it to your current events assignment!

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How to Write Higher Level Questions!

How to Write Higher Level Questions! | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Please prep 1 question that fits in the 1-3 category and 1 question that fits in the 4-6 category.

Make your questions about the CH 2 reading. Bring them to discussion! 

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Student Email List 2013-2014 - Google Drive

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Add you emails for future use in our class. 

I will take this link down and change the privacy settings by Monday.

-W 

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▶ Population Pyramid - Tutorial Demostration - YouTube

Learn more about population: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/7-billion To coincide with the arrival of the world's 7 billionth person on October 31, 2011, ...
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A REALLY useful tutorial on how to use the US Census Bureau's International Database. This will show you how you can access raw data (numbers) as well as population pyramids.

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Blue Gold : World Water Wars (Official Full Length Film)

Please visit http://www.bluegold-worldwaterwars.com and consider donating to the filmmaker if you enjoyed the film! There you can also link to vendors to buy...
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This is the full documentary used in class. You may use this youtube link as a means of reviewing the film when working on your assignment from class.

Always remember, when quoting or paraphrasing other people's work be sure to give credit. 

Go to this link for more on MLA citations of films: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/09/

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Brandon Sherrill's comment, May 26, 10:57 AM
Really? Water is everywhere instead of people fighting able I think we should come to together and find a cheap, effective way to purify salt water with the ice caps melting and turning into salt water I think we should be looking into ways to convert salt water to fresh water
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Video on TED.com

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.
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¨Reflection writing 1 page. (single-spaced, hand written) 1st half – What’s the “single story” that we have of East Africa (Somalia) – where does that story come from? 2nd Half – Is Ms. Adichie right? Do you agree with her? Use the example of East Africa/Somalia to explain your thoughts.
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Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food

Local Harvest / Farmers Markets / Family Farms / CSA / Organic Food | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Find locally grown produce anywhere in the country! Use our map to locate farmers markets, family farms, CSAs, farm stands, and u-pick produce in your neighborhood.
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Viewpoint C (pro sustainable meat/rural communities) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Why Vegetarians Are Eating Meat | Food & Wine

Why Vegetarians Are Eating Meat | Food & Wine | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Some vegetarians are starting to eat humanely raised meat. Christine Lennon talks to a few converts including her husband and famed author Mollie Katzen.
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Viewpoint C (pro sustainable meat/rural communities) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com

Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The British author and farmer talks with TIME about why vegetarianism isn't the answer to cutting carbon emissions, his born-again carnivore days and why we should keep eating meat
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Viewpoint B (pro meat eating) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate.

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Vegetarian Diets from the Academy

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It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment...
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Viewpoint A (pro vegetarian) Resource. Use this in our food fight lesson to prep for your debate. Click on the pdf link for the full file.

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Tips for a Better Debate | Debate.org

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Use this resource for planning out your debate. It's important to know   that there is a difference between being disagreeable and debating.

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Intro Animation - Core/Periphery Theory

A quick animated intro video I created to give students a crash course on Core/Periphery Theory. From here the lecture will largely be inquiry based with tea...
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Check out this awesome core-periphery model video.

Make a 3 Column Chart in your notes, record qualities of the Core,  Periphery, and semi-periphery.

 

Below the chart, write 3-5 sentences documenting the connection and interaction between the 3 regions.

By the way, what kind of region are the core, periphery and semiperiphery? 

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What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World

What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
It seems as a people, we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry's series of riders, to looking on instagram we cant help but document what we consume. Photographer Peter Menzel ...
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Look through the album.

What similarities and differences do you notice?
Are there any regional patterns?

Compare your groceries to what you see. Which country is the most similar to your house? Which is the most different? Explain. 

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Current Event Resource links - Google Drive

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Click on this scoop to access a list of pre-approved current event websites.

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Jeremy Rifkin: The empathic civilization | Video on TED.com

In this talk from RSA Animate, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped human development and society.
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Watch the following video and complete your "flipped" notes. Bring your notes, questions, and struggles with you to class tomorrow. We will be discussing this video on Wednesday Sept. 18th, but we will NOT rewatch the entire video in class.

Hint: reference your questions/struggles to a specific time marker, e.g. @3:02, @1:10, @8:03...etc.

Here's a link to the note-taking sheet: https://drive.google.com/?tab=wo&authuser=0#folders/0B8bz0dgds0QLbmNqcjAzWng1OG8  

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