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Why geography matters now more than ever

Why geography matters now more than ever | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Students need to know human geography; they need to understand the relationships that exist between cultures."


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Geographic concepts: Patterns & Trends; Interrelationships; Geographic Perpsective
Uart.com's curator insight, September 8, 2017 5:22 AM

Geography is more important than ever to explain and understand the art market in globalization and digitization turn.

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11 Facts About Food Deserts

11 Facts About Food Deserts | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Food insecurity has a high correlation with increased diabetes rates. In Chicago, the death rate from diabetes in a food desert is twice that of areas with access to grocery stores."


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Harley Bass's curator insight, January 10, 2017 3:11 PM

This article is connected to human geography by agriculture. We talk and learn about agriculture every day in the class room. I feel like this article is a eye opener to the naive mind of people who do not live in or around food desert areas.

Hailey Austin's curator insight, January 10, 2017 3:22 PM
This is connected to my class because its dealing with agriculture and how they have limited crops. So most of there food is manufactured and unhealthy. I think that food deserts should either be shut down or given better food options.In Chicago, the death rate from diabetes in a food desert is twice that of an area with access to a grocery store.
Mitchell Tasso's curator insight, January 11, 2017 8:57 PM

This article/scoop is very intriguing and cool to read. It goes along with the topic of agriculture and describes the 11 facts that it bares about food deserts whether those facts are good or bad. Overall, I liked this scoop because of the 11 facts and the detail that was provided with them.

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Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter?

Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Through our technology dependence, from smartphones to laptops, we seem to have a keyboard attached to our fingertips at all times. Have you thought about the last time you wrote something by hand? Research shows that our brains benefit from handwriting in multiple ways.

Melissa Thompson talked with Dr. Marc Seifer, a graphologist, expert in handwriting, and the author of The Definitive Book of Handwriting Analysis (published in 2008). According to Seifer, the following are the main ways in which handwriting helps our brains.

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Succeed Education's curator insight, October 19, 2016 3:49 PM

Handwriting is not a dying art.

Sheryl Nienhaus's curator insight, October 21, 2016 7:24 PM

The author of this article argues the point of stepping away from our devices and using the brain and hand to write! She outlines many reasons why the physical act of writing is good for our brains and demeanor. Good read for teachers and parents. 

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Cartograms of the Olympic Games

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The distribution of medals shows the existing Olympic inequalities: The overall patterns are a reflection of wealth distribution in the world, raising the question whether money can buy sporting success. Besides investment in sports by those countries who can afford it, the medal tables also reflect a battle for global supremacy in political terms.

 

Tags: sport, popular culture, mapping, historical, cartography.


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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, August 15, 2016 8:32 PM
Another very interesting way to present geographic data.
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Of two minds

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The advantages of working in your own language are obvious. Those of working in a foreign one are subtle
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Opinion: Sadly, Malthus was right. Now what?

Opinion: Sadly, Malthus was right. Now what? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

We seem bound to learn the hard way that there really is a limit to how many people the Earth can support.


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Sarah Holloway's curator insight, February 17, 2016 1:40 PM

Remember Malthus and his population and food conundrum? 

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Why don't black and white Americans live together?

Why don't black and white Americans live together? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
In many parts of the US, Americans of different races aren't neighbours - they don't go to the same schools, they don't always have access to the same services.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 9, 2016 9:11 PM

This article is filled with good geography (and more specifically AP Human Geography) vocabulary.  Redlining, blockbusting, and racial covenants are all discussed as spatial process that have shaped socioeconomic and racial characteristics in American cities. 

 

Tags: neighborhood, urban, socioeconomic, racepoverty, spatialhousing.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, February 4, 2016 10:01 AM

unit 7

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Segregatie in beeld

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How does your life stack up against a Kenyan woman's?

How does your life stack up against a Kenyan woman's? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

Take this quiz to find out what your life would be like if you were born and raised as a woman in Kenya. You might be surprised.


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One out of 122 humans today has been forced to flee their home, U.N. says

One out of 122 humans today has been forced to flee their home, U.N. says | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
2015 is on track to be a record-breaking year for the sheer volume of people forcibly displaced, according to a United Nations report.

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The states people really want to move to — and those they don’t

The states people really want to move to — and those they don’t | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

A national trend has reversed.


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5 facts about Sunnis and Shiites that help make sense of the Saudi-Iran crisis

5 facts about Sunnis and Shiites that help make sense of the Saudi-Iran crisis | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

While it would be wrong to lay all the blame on the religious schism that split the Sunnis and the Shiites, it's hard to deny that current divide reinforces a lot of other rivalries and disputes.


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Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

Txtng is killing language. JK!!! | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news.

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, January 8, 2016 4:32 PM

Thanks to David L. for this!  It's quite interesting and very apropos.

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15 Terrifying Statistics About Cell Phone Addiction [Infographic] by Ayana Lage

15 Terrifying Statistics About Cell Phone Addiction [Infographic] by Ayana Lage | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Cell phone addiction is a real problem––learn more about what causes it.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 24, 2017 1:23 AM
Le monde numérique jusque dans le lit. Cela vaut la peine de jeter un coup d'oeil sur ces statistiques.
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Four maps that explain the chaos of the Middle East

Four maps that explain the chaos of the Middle East | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Without trying to defend or absolve U.S. policy, then, it is worth stepping back to ask what shared historical experiences might have left these four countries — Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen — particularly at risk of violent collapse. The following maps help highlight how, at various points over the past century, historical circumstances conspired, in an often self-reinforcing way, to bolster the stability of some states in the region while undermining that of others."


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Kelly Bellar's curator insight, October 22, 2016 9:30 AM

These maps are not cartographically inspiring, but the it's the historical and political insight that makes them valuable. The goal of this set of maps is to find some underlying causal reasons for political stability(or more importantly instability) in the Middle East. These four maps focus on these key issues:

1. Century-old states are more stable today

2. Colonial rule led to fragile states

3. Instability and regime change

4. The shadow of the Cold War

 

Tags: MiddleEast, war, conflict, political, geopoliticshistorical.

Katie Kershaw's curator insight, March 28, 1:49 PM
From the western perspective, it's easier just to assume the Middle East is constantly in conflict purely out of their own fault.  However, the story is more complicated than that and much of the conflict in the area is due to involvement from the west.  These four maps show the different factors that impact the countries in the Middle East.  The first one shows that countries that were fully formed states for longer, tend to be more stable.  This makes sense because they haven't had outside influence for longer and have had more time to create stronger governments.  Looking at just this map, it seems like Iran and Egypt should be more stable than Saudi Arabia today.  However, this map doesn't tell the whole story.  The second map shows the types of colonial rule that each country was under in recent history.  Turkey was the only country in the region that was able to stay fully independent.  Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Israel are some of the countries that were under full colonization.  Not surprisingly, the struggles they had to gain their independence still effects the stability of these countries today.  This shows that the involvement from outsiders has had negative, long-term effects on the area and that the west is not free from blame of what is happening in the Middle East.  The third map differentiates between the countries that changed regimes after World War II and those that did not.  There is a correlation between which countries experienced the change and the countries that are the least stable today.  The final map shows which countries were pro-western, pro-Soviet, or shifted alignments during the Cold War.  Once again the outside influence of both the west and in this case the Soviet Union, lead to further divide in the region.  The history and shifting geography of the Middle East in just the last hundred years helps to give insight to how the region has become as conflicted in some countries, yet stable in others.
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Environmental Possibilism Vs. Environmental Determinism

Environmental Possibilism Vs. Environmental Determinism | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Environmental possibilism and determinism are theories, put forth in order to comprehend and understand the role played by the physical environmental conditions in the emergence and progress of any human culture or society in a particular location."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 13, 2016 8:15 AM

This article outlines differences between environmental determinism and environmental possibilism.  Authors such as Robert Kaplan (Revenge of Geography---see a review here) and Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel) have been accused of being too environmentally deterministic.  Read Jared Diamond's retort to his critics here. 

 

Questions to Ponder: In what ways does the environment shape human culture(s)?  Why is Jared Diamond critical of skeptics who use the phrase ‘environmental determinism?’Why might some of Kaplan’s ideas as well as the ideas of classical geopolitics be considered ‘environmental determinism?' Can the role of physical geography be overstated in culture, economics or politics? Give three examples when it might be inappropriate. 

 

Tags: environment, religion, cultureunit 1 GeoPrinciples.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 13, 2016 12:42 PM

This article outlines differences between environmental determinism and environmental possibilism.  Authors such as Robert Kaplan (Revenge of Geography---see a review here) and Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel) have been accused of being too environmentally deterministic.  Read Jared Diamond's retort to his critics here. 

 

Questions to Ponder: In what ways does the environment shape human culture(s)?  Why is Jared Diamond critical of skeptics who use the phrase ‘environmental determinism?’Why might some of Kaplan’s ideas as well as the ideas of classical geopolitics be considered ‘environmental determinism?' Can the role of physical geography be overstated in culture, economics or politics? Give three examples when it might be inappropriate. 

 

Tags: environment, religion, cultureunit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Geographic concepts: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective
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United Kingdom's Next Prime Minister Will Be A Geographer: What Is Geography?

United Kingdom's Next Prime Minister Will Be A Geographer: What Is Geography? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
What is geography? It is a simple yet misleading question. Literally, it is derived from the Greek words "Geo" (Earth) and "graphy" (to write). Many people would probably answer that question with something related to maps or state capitals. Those answers do not even scratch the surface in describing the [...]
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Welcome to the land that no country wants

Welcome to the land that no country wants | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Bir Tawil is the last truly unclaimed land on earth: a tiny sliver of Africa ruled by no state, inhabited by no permanent residents and governed by no laws.

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Both Sudan and Egypt claim the rightful border between their countries should include the Hala'ib Triangle on their side of the border.  This leaves Bir Tawil unclaimed and it pops up in the news when those hoping to create a micronation claim it.  This bizarre case exemplifies some important principles of political geography with a tangible example to test the limits of political sovereignty and what it take to be called a country.  If discussing the elements necessary to create a state, this article would help fuel a discussion, especially when some people are eager to create their own micronation.    

 

Tags: political, states, unit 4 political.

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Beth Marinucci's curator insight, March 23, 2016 5:44 AM

Both Sudan and Egypt claim the rightful border between their countries should include the Hala'ib Triangle on their side of the border.  This leaves Bir Tawil unclaimed and it pops up in the news when those hoping to create a micronation claim it.  This bizarre case exemplifies some important principles of political geography with a tangible example to test the limits of political sovereignty and what it take to be called a country.  If discussing the elements necessary to create a state, this article would help fuel a discussion, especially when some people are eager to create their own micronation.    

 

Tags: political, states, unit 4 political.

bridget rosolanka's curator insight, March 23, 2016 8:28 AM

Both Sudan and Egypt claim the rightful border between their countries should include the Hala'ib Triangle on their side of the border.  This leaves Bir Tawil unclaimed and it pops up in the news when those hoping to create a micronation claim it.  This bizarre case exemplifies some important principles of political geography with a tangible example to test the limits of political sovereignty and what it take to be called a country.  If discussing the elements necessary to create a state, this article would help fuel a discussion, especially when some people are eager to create their own micronation.    

 

Tags: political, states, unit 4 political.

MsPerry's curator insight, March 31, 2016 12:57 PM

Both Sudan and Egypt claim the rightful border between their countries should include the Hala'ib Triangle on their side of the border.  This leaves Bir Tawil unclaimed and it pops up in the news when those hoping to create a micronation claim it.  This bizarre case exemplifies some important principles of political geography with a tangible example to test the limits of political sovereignty and what it take to be called a country.  If discussing the elements necessary to create a state, this article would help fuel a discussion, especially when some people are eager to create their own micronation.    

 

Tags: political, states, unit 4 political.

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How geography shapes international politics

How geography shapes international politics | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Tim Marshall explains how world geography colors national development and foreign relations.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 8, 2016 3:37 PM

I haven't read the book yet, but am interested to see how Tim Marshall handles the topic to see it is a nuanced telling of how geographic impacts politics or if it strays into environmental determinism.  Based solely on the reviews it should be worth a read and my copy is on it's way. 

 

Tags: book reviews, historical, geopolitics.

Jacob Clauson's curator insight, February 4, 2016 9:56 AM

Maps!

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want to read...unit 4

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How well do you know the world's countries?

How well do you know the world's countries? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The average person's geography skills are fairly poor beyond their region. Test your knowledge of the countries at HowStuffWorks.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 9, 2016 3:58 PM

The questions are more "recall" than "higher order thinking" questions, but this batch of 30 questions is still a fun break from the regular routine. 

 

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Audrey DeSisto's curator insight, February 9, 2016 4:32 PM

On to geography...

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Teaching about religion in public schools can be risky, but it’s worth it

Teaching about religion in public schools can be risky, but it’s worth it | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

Is hearing a prayer the same as praying? Is wearing a yarmulke a ritual act? Teachers who try and teach about religion face complicated, risky decisions.


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What's proper English? In South Korea, it starts with sounding American

What's proper English? In South Korea, it starts with sounding American | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

In South Korea, mastery of American English is a status symbol. Families send their kids to academies chosen for their American instructors.


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A British exit could be just the start of Europe’s unraveling in 2016

A British exit could be just the start of Europe’s unraveling in 2016 | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Immigration is likely to dominate the debate over Britain’s membership in the E.U.

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Runner maps Star Wars characters using his GPS jogging tracks - Geoawesomeness

Runner maps Star Wars characters using his GPS jogging tracks - Geoawesomeness | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

A Star Wars fan Gene Lu is mapping characters and objects from his favorite movie on the streets of Portland. He uses Nike+ app and he shares his Star Wars art on Instagram.


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