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Economic Decline and Sense of Place

"McDowell County, situated in the coalfields of West Virginia, has experienced a great boom-and-bust since 1950. But despite the economic decline and population loss, many still call it home and feel a great sense of purpose among the mountains. Residents speak about their connection to this place and the meaning of 'home.' Hear more stories at hollowdocumentary.com "


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Develop your sense of place regarding the coalfields of West Virginia.

What geographic context (location) might create a place like McDowell County, West Virginia?

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, April 24, 2014 11:27 AM

units 1 & 7

dilaycock's curator insight, April 29, 2014 6:51 PM

Excellent example of urban decline. Would pair nicely with a reading from 'Rocket Boys' by Homer Hickam Jnr, or with the movie version 'October Sky.' The book and movie are the true story of a boy in Coalwood, West Virginia in the 1950s who is determined to  "escape" working in the coal mines to become a rocket scientist.

John Nieuwendyk's curator insight, September 16, 2014 11:02 PM

 McDowell, a once thriving county in the 1950’s ceased to keep up with the ever-chaning world. There was little need for coal after the 1980’s so work became scarce and the “Brain Drain” began. Those looking for a successful future left for there was more choice elsewhere and economically it would make no sense to stay in McDowell. Nevertheless, cultural upbringings paved way to this "Boom and Bust” town, which gave people a sense of place and identity. Though McDowell is economically on the decline the communal relations and sense of place the community holds is still strong. 

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Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy

Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Clerics are reportedly condemning the latest "selfie fever" at Islam's holiest sites.

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It was only a matter of time before this happened...

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CT Blake's curator insight, October 5, 2014 10:57 AM

More instances of how tech and cultural diffusion can impact culture...and create cultural conflicts.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, October 26, 2014 10:11 PM

Pop culture and religion

 

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 24, 1:00 AM

This demonstrates perfectly the effect of technology on religion and culture. The technology of being able to take selfies is affecting the way people view major religious and cultural customs. I think it is very hypocritical of the Saudi government to ban selfies out of fear of desecrating Mecca and the Hajj because it has authorized and built tons of commercial and business centers right next to the Kaaba. The government has authorized the building of many five-star hotels next to the Kaaba for wealthy tourists to visit Mecca. Mecca has been more exploited by the Saudi government than those who take selfies at the Kaaba. Also, many claim that they find no solace in praying to the sound of major traffic jams and booming commercial centers. These centers seek to exploit the holiness and sanctity of Mecca and the Hajj.

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Story of Stuff Annotated Script.pdf - Google Drive

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An annotated script is a full account of what is said in a presentation or video that also includes the references and notes about the facts presented. It is a useful tool for checking where a person's information comes from and also checking the accuracy or validity of the speaker's statement.

Here's is the full script for the Story of Stuff complete with their research sources and notes.

Check it out.
1) What bias exists?

2) Is the information valid and accurate?
3) Is this a well constructed argument? 

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25 US Mega Corporations: Where They Rank If They Were Countries

25 US Mega Corporations: Where They Rank If They Were Countries | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The real powerful states of the world.
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What if 25 US Mega Corporations were ranked against the GDP of countries?

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BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Waste around the world

BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Waste around the world | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Check out the videos on this BBC News report.

 

1) How do the four locations compare and contrast in their household waste removal practices and viewpoints?


2) How does this compare to household waste removal where you live? 

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The world's rubbish dump: a tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan

The world's rubbish dump: a tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.
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How does this happen?

Why does it happen in these locations?

What does this suggest about the nature of global material consumption?  

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Snickers Bar on Sourcemap

Snickers Bar on Sourcemap | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The open directory of supply chains and carbon footprints
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Ever wonder how the global supply chain works? Check out this website to see how the global economy works. This gives some insight into where the various parts of global market products come from and where they are manufactured. The only piece of this that isn't shown is where they shipped off to be sold.

This particular sourcemap represents the supply chain of Snickers Bars. Click "browse" at the top to see others that have been created. 

Questions to Ponder:

How does this relate to globalization?
How does this affect countries of the core (United States)?
How does this affect countries of the periphery (South America, etc.)?

Is this system good or bad in your opinion? Explain. 

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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, 2014 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 do competitors open their stores next to one another?

 

"Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots."


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A great video lesson that gets at the heart of location theory and competition.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, July 25, 2014 10:02 AM

Hoteling model

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 6:56 PM

APHG-U6

CT Blake's curator insight, August 29, 2014 8:03 PM

For use in understanding the placement of businesses in Human Geography.

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▶ ‫الفلم الوثائقي Food Inc. 2008 مترجم للعربية‬‎ - YouTube

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Don't mind the Arabic subtitles ;-)

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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From Poverty to Power » The world's top 100 economies: 53 countries, 34 cities and 13 corporations

From Poverty to Power » The world's top 100 economies: 53 countries, 34 cities and 13 corporations | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Check out the chart, and check out the update link (page 3) to see an even more accurate account that excludes cities.

Questions to Ponder:

1) Looking at the cities and countries, which areas of the world are producing and consuming the most?

2) Looking at the corporations, how might the position of these corporations relate to their level of consumption and production? How might it relate to their ecological footprint?

3) How does their financial position of these countries and corporations grant them power in the materials economy (the linear model from Story of Stuff)? 

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The Story of Stuff

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This groundbreaking cartoon takes a closer look at how we make, use, and toss Stuff and calls us together to create a world that is more sustainable, just, and fun. Have you seen it yet?
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22 minute video.

Provides a great overview or recap of our consumption unit. 

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The Hidden Life of Paper and Its Impact on the Environment - New York Times.pdf - Google Drive

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Sourcemap: supply chain mapping, visualization, and business continuity planning

Sourcemap: supply chain mapping, visualization, and business continuity planning | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The open directory of supply chains and carbon footprints
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Visualize various products and businesses using GIS online.

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Material World: A Global Family Portrait, by Country | Peter Menzel

Material World: A Global Family Portrait, by Country | Peter Menzel | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
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Check out these incredible photos of families from around the world pictured outside of their home with all of their possessions.

Click through the gallery. What similarities and differences do you see? Are there any geographic patterns?  What might account for these sims/diffs and patterns?

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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

Remote Sensing and Land Cover Change | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

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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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 22, 2014 2:24 PM

Looking at the images above it is understandable that the disappearance of the Aral Sea is known as the greatest environmental disaster (that we are not talking about). The amount of change that has taken place in this area is incomprehensible for the amount of time it has taken. Humans so often do not consider their actions on this planet , I believe what has taken place here is an utter shame.

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 13, 2014 2:25 PM

Clearly the water level has decreased in Kazakhstan from 1990 until now. Farming, mining, and building are all indirectly changing the geography of some places. The use of rivers for cotton irrigation has shrunk by 3 quarters in the last 50 years and it is extremely affecting the Aral Sea. 

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 13, 2014 3:10 PM

Is sad to see how humans are changing the environment forcing the wild creatures to abandon the places they've been living for hundred or years or die of starvation. I wonder what will happen in 300 years when there is no more big lakes and the oceans will be completed polluted .

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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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Luke Walker's curator insight, October 3, 2014 3:32 AM

Must Know info. Need I say more?