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Countries Divided on Future of Ancient Buddhas

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Thirteen years after the Bamian Buddhas were blasted into rubble, opinion is split on whether to leave them as is, rebuild them, or make copies of them.

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Bob Beaven's curator insight, March 19, 2015 12:46 PM

Most people often forget that the Silk Road passed into Central Asia and the Middle East from East Asia.  This means that along the road, travelers often put things that reminded them of home.  The Buddha statues that once existed in Afghanistan are an example of this.  They were in fact labeled a world heritage site.  Sadly, the Buddhas had been ravaged throughout history by radical arabs.  This is because their religion frowns upon (actually forbids) idols, which they considered the statues to be.  Although they had been tempered with for many years, the Taliban finally decided to blow them up in 2001.  Now, there are differing opinions across various countries as to whether they should be rebuild or not.  Afghanistan believes that they should be rebuilt so the government can claim a symbolic victory over the Taliban.  Unesco wants a restoration done right, so for now it won't allow rebuilding to occur.  Germans tried to rebuild them, but Unesco blocked it from happening.  South Korea, Italy and Japan are all willing to donate money, but have no mention of the statues.  I believe that the statues should be rebuilt, as the article points out monuments were rebuilt in France after Protestants burnt down many old Gothic Cathedrals.  I also believe it is necessary because we cannot let the culture of hate that the Taliban believes in to win.  Average Muslims realize that the statues have historical significance and that they do not need to worship Buddha to respect that this site was 1,500 years old.  I also think it would send a strong message from the Afghan government if the statues were rebuilt because it would show they, like the article states, are not going to let the Taliban rule their country.

 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, April 7, 2015 9:42 PM

I find it interesting that other countries are divided.  Why are they deciding the future for this country?  They can't seem to get out of their ways to come up with a real solution.  Its unfortunate.  

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 14, 2015 11:40 AM

this is a reminder of what extremism can do to ancient works of art that they view as heretical. these ancient, massive statues were carved out of living rock by ancient Buddhists, and had withstood the test of time until Afghan terrorists blew them up.

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Resources  linked Australian Curriculum Geography, NSW Geography 7-10 Syllabus 2015 and Macmillan GeoWorld NSW Resource books
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Enjoying Nature

This is a way of appreciating the natural wonders of the physical landscape in a slightly less academic fashion than typically posted here.  Enjoy!  


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Introduce this topic using stunning photos or short video clips such as this. 

Have students recognise and distinguish between landforms and landscape - do not give them a definition. Work out out. 

 

Geoworld 7 NSW

Chapter 1: Distinctive landforms

1.1 Weird and wonderful landforms

1.2 Landforms: fun and deadly

1.3 Different chases and sizes 

 

Chapter 3 Landscapes: processes and values

3.1 Photographs: Landscape diversity

 

 

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Mexico earthquake: mass evacuations after strongest tremor in a century

Mexico earthquake: mass evacuations after strongest tremor in a century | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
At least 26 dead as president urges vigilance and tsunami warnings are issued for the region
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Google Street View – Explore natural wonders and world landmarks

Google Street View – Explore natural wonders and world landmarks | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, parks and transport hubs.
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The places on Earth where nature is most likely to kill you

The places on Earth where nature is most likely to kill you | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
The world is full of natural hazards, from volcanoes to floods and storms. But where is the risk to human life greatest?
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Useful for Geographical Processes Unit of Inquiry
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Five places that mark Australia's extreme geological past

Five places that mark Australia's extreme geological past | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Australia is often thought of a sleeping giant in a world where landscapes dramatically change. But if you know where to look you'll find gravity warps, cataclysmic craters, supervolcanoes and spectacular underwater canyons.
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How Do Sinkholes Form?

Sinkholes form through both natural and human-made processes. First 100 people to sign up will get three meals off their Blue Apron order free! Click here
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Geomorphic processes explain most landscapes and landforms
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M Sullivan's curator insight, July 23, 12:01 AM
A good model as to how sinkholes form. Ignore the advertising.
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Natural world heritage sites under threat – in pictures

Natural world heritage sites under threat – in pictures | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Illegal fishing, logging and poaching are damaging two thirds of the 57 natural world heritage sites monitored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is drawing attention to their plight. The 41st session of the Unesco World Heritage Committee in Kraków runs until 12 July
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How Uluru formed over millions of years

How Uluru formed over millions of years | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Uluru is the most iconic natural landform in Australia — and its formation is an equally special story of creation, destruction and reinvention.
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How to stop deforestation: 'Indigenous people are the best park rangers'

How to stop deforestation: 'Indigenous people are the best park rangers' | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Trees soak up greenhouse gases, so how do we ensure their protection? Our experts offer seven ideas for the conservation and restoration of forests
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Forest landscapes are degraded by human activity, particularly agriculture. Consider using a biotic landscape such as forests when investigating landscaoe degradation, management and protection ,
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China landslide: more than 100 feared buried as village destroyed

China landslide: more than 100 feared buried as village destroyed | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
More than 100 people were feared to buried after a landslide caused by torrential rain destroyed a village in Sichuan province.
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Contemporary Geomorphic hazard - look for maps and images to support this as a focus study.
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Massive landslide adds to ‘unprecedented’ damage along scenic Highway 1 in Big Sur area

Massive landslide adds to ‘unprecedented’ damage along scenic Highway 1 in Big Sur area | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it

"A massive mudslide along the California coast. Millions tons of rock/dirt, about 1/3 mile of roadway covered 35-40 feet deep.”


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 24, 9:33 PM

A steep slope, unstable ground, and changing moisture content result is this spectacular (and horrifying) example of how the Earth beneath our feet might not be as permanent as we expect it to be.

 

Questions to Ponder: Which type of mass wasting is seen in this particular example?  What conditions would lead to other types of mass wasting?  

 

Tags: physicalCalifornia, geomorphology, erosion, landforms.

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Erosion and Soil

Check out our channel FunScienceDemos: https://www.youtube.com/user/funsciencedemos Jared explains why erosion occurs more slowly when soil is paired wit
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Odyssey.js

Odyssey.js | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Built for designers, journalist and non-technical people can tell their stories
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Story map tool would fit this topic nicely
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Supervolcano eruption greater threat to humanity than asteroid threat, scientist warns

Supervolcano eruption greater threat to humanity than asteroid threat, scientist warns | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Supervolcanoes pose a great threat to humans and the global climate than an asteroid or comet threat,
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M Sullivan's curator insight, August 28, 8:38 AM
An interesting consideration.
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'You got to pay': Tourists to be charged $150 to visit Kimberley natural sites

'You got to pay': Tourists to be charged $150 to visit Kimberley natural sites | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Cruise passengers travel from across the world to visit popular attractions like waterfalls and rock art caves on WA's north Kimberley coast — but in coming years, they'll be asked to cough up for the privilege.
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What rivers can tell us about the earth's history | Liz Hajek

Rivers are one of nature's most powerful forces -- they bulldoze mountains and carve up the earth, and their courses are constantly moving. Understandin
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Geomorphic processes change landscapes - a great introduction before focusing on a particular landscape or landform
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Here Are UNESCO's Newest World Heritage Sites

Here Are UNESCO's Newest World Heritage Sites | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Discover which cultural and natural wonders made the prestigious list this year.
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Landscape protection and management - action at a global scale
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Google Mapped Uluru For Street View, But Should It Have?

Google Mapped Uluru For Street View, But Should It Have? | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
For the Anangu people, knowledge is the basis of society. It is given by the Elders when you reach a milestone in your life, when you are are worth
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The Conversation

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"We have published the first whole-Earth plate tectonic map of half a billion years of Earth history, from 1,000 million years ago to 520 million years ago."
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The map that fills a 500-million-year gap in Earth's history

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'Rewilding' Australia: not only do we need the outback, the outback needs us

'Rewilding' Australia: not only do we need the outback, the outback needs us | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Even in vast natural ecosystems, the fate and condition of nature lies in the hands of the people who live on, know, respect and manage that land
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These 3 Steps Could Save the Australian Outback

These 3 Steps Could Save the Australian Outback | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
The Outback is one of the few remaining great regions of nature, alongside the Amazon Rainforest, boreal forests of Canada and the Antarctic. Covering over 70 per cent of the Australian continent, the Outback includes 10 deserts as well as the largest tropical savanna and temperate woodland left on the planet.
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Uluru: Google street-view allows visitors to 'experience all its wonder' without violating culture - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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True Story Of Volcanic Eruption Told By Aboriginal People For 7,000 Years

True Story Of Volcanic Eruption Told By Aboriginal People For 7,000 Years | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
An ancient volcanic eruption, seen by Aboriginals, has survived in the form of stories in oral tradition for 7,000 years.
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22 photos that show China as you've never seen it before

22 photos that show China as you've never seen it before | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Some of Reuters best pictures of China - captured from above.
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