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Europe’s Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I

Europe’s Landscape Is Still Scarred by World War I | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it
Photographs of the abandoned battlefields reveal the trenches’ scars still run deep

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Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 17, 2014 11:19 AM

Europe's landscape is still scared by World War I. Many photographs are shown in this article of abandoned battlefields that reveal the trenches scars. It has been at least a century since the Great War, yet the country is still buried with scars. In this image by Irish landscape photographer Michael St. Maur Sheil, you can trace grass-covered trenches and pockmarks from exploded bombshells. Millions of men were injured or even killed right in this very spot, which was the first major British offensive of the war. Artists take these photographs to document the legacy that was left on that battlefield. Sheil was very famous for photographs such as these. He includes seventy-nine contemporary photographs of World War I battlefields and has them on display in Paris along the wrought-iron fence of Luxembourg Gardens.

Jacob Conklin's curator insight, February 12, 2015 6:57 PM

People often forget that the world doesn't reset after a major war. World War I was one of the most destructive wars in Europe's long history, not only in terms of human casualties, but also in terms of physical destruction. The heavy use of trench warfare left an everlasting mark on the landscape. Soldiers dug trenches that were miles long and use them for protection from enemy fire. Any observer can see that bullets do not turn corners and that a soldier can hide within the trench and be impervious to gunfire. There is one major weakness in this tactic that explains the dips in the landscape surrounding the trenches. In order to reach the enemy soldiers, bomb and mortar attacks were very effective. The everlasting geographical scaring of the land tells the history of what took place in an area, from wars in Europe to glacial movement in Alaska. The landscape never forgets.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 28, 2015 10:11 AM

This particular landscape shows trenches and the remains of bombed out fields where one million British soldiers where either killed or wounded by the Germans. I cannot fathom the heartache and loss that these families must have experienced and in some cases still are. How many future leaders or scientists or Nobel Peace Prize winners were killed here? How might the world be a better place but for the butchering of these soldiers? Multiply that though by the hundreds of wars fought throughout civilization. We could be so far advanced as a society, instead we chose and continue to choose wars that contain costs we can't even quantify. I'd like to see cancer cells being destroyed, not people, housing being built instead of propaganda, education instead of anarchy. No more scars, let's build beautiful monuments to society, like peace.

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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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Odyssey.js

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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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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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The Edge of the Plates

The Edge of the Plates | Lorraine's Landscapes and landforms | Scoop.it

"Tomales Bay lies about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of San Francisco, along the edges of two tectonic plates that are grinding past each other. The boundary between them is the San Andreas Fault, the famous rift that partitions California for hundreds of miles. To the west of the Bay is the Pacific plate; to the east is the North American plate. The rock on the western shore of the Bay is granite, an igneous rock that formed underground when molten material slowly cooled over time. On the opposite shore, the land is a mix of several types of marine sedimentary rocks. In Assembling California, John McPhee calls that side “a boneyard of exotica,” a mixture of rock of 'such widespread provenance that it is quite literally a collection from the entire Pacific basin, or even half of the surface of the planet.'"

Tags: geomorphology, remote sensing, tectonics, geology, California, coastal, physical.


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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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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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