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Why Geography?

Why Geography? | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it

"Geography. It lets you study the world. No, really, THE WORLD. Think about that. What other subject deals with rocks? Moving continents? AND climate? Diffusion of plants and animals? Water quality? Now, what if you add some human systems--do the other sciences let you relate the earth to economic or political systems? And culture--food, religion, music, housing, or language? How about urban systems and settlement forms? Past, present, and future, anywhere in the world? And how many subject areas let you look at something from a scientific, social-scientific, humanistic, AND artistic perspective? Yeah, I said artistic--I like to illustrate my findings with a nice map.

Tell me all about global studies or environmental science if you'd like--they're alright too. But NOTHING lets you see the world like geography does."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 23, 2014 11:17 AM

This 'sermon' from the Church of Geography is outstanding (the 'Church' is a geo-evangelizing group on Facebook and Twitter that is the home to the delightful memes pictured above).  Many organizations are trying to re-brand geography to gain greater public support at the same time that other interdisciplinary initiatives with geographic content are gaining traction: global studies, environmental sustainability, centers for spatial analysis, etc.  We don't need a name change as much as we need people to capture the vision of geography's centrality and holistic capacity. 


Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education.

Emily Bian's curator insight, October 3, 2014 5:20 PM

This scoop caught my eye because of all the cartoons and memes. Some of them are pretty funny geography puns, and I'm sure other people will enjoy this.

There is world and human geography, and I have already learned world geography. World Geography has already helped me learn a lot about the world around me. Before, I was very illiterate in maps, but now I'm pretty decent. I can't wait to learn more in human geography! 

1) geography as a field of inquiry

It's a FB page of geography and it basically spreads the topic of geography, which is increasing in awareness. I think everybody should learn world geo and human geo is a good elective to take. 

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 2015 11:06 AM

beginning year :)

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Prime Numbers: Megacities - By Richard Dobbs

Prime Numbers: Megacities - By Richard Dobbs | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it

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Todd Parsons's curator insight, July 16, 2013 9:40 PM

I use this every year to discuss the future challenges and potential responses to the massive urban growth in China and India.

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How would a pandemic spread through our air transportation routes?

How would a pandemic spread through our air transportation routes? | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
If an extremely virulent infection started in Atlanta and spread thanks to folks traveling by plane, what path would it take to reach Sydney or Madagascar? These videos represent models of imagined airplane-borne epidemics.

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Todd Parsons's curator insight, December 14, 2013 12:38 PM

And that is how we lose.

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Life in the City: Urban areas struggle to attract families, downtown housing ... - MiBiz

Life in the City: Urban areas struggle to attract families, downtown housing ... - MiBiz | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
Life in the City: Urban areas struggle to attract families, downtown housing ...
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But urban planners and real estate professionals are left wondering: How can cities better attract families to live in the core urban areas?

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Cynthia Williams's curator insight, July 29, 2013 12:52 PM

Downtown LA is not really a place where families can find adequate housing.  It is skyscraper, business, financial district, heaven.  The train station is a tourist destination and traffic is a nightmare.  But city planners are looking for ways to get families to relocate to the downtown area.  The question is how are they going to achieve their goal without detracting from the LA vibe?

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Globalization

The world is becoming more and more interconnected. Globalization changes how people consume, work and live almost everywhere on the world. Today, many economic, political, cultural or ecological relationships are not explainable from a national perspective. At the same time, a controversial debate about the consequences of globalization has begun.

 

What's your take on Globalization? Is it okay to harm some for the "greater good"?

 

Tags: Globalization, economic, industry, NGOs, political, scale, unit 6 industry.


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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, May 3, 2013 11:39 AM

Globalización Globalization

Altaira Wallquist's curator insight, March 18, 2015 4:47 PM

This article goes in depth to define and describe globalization.  It discusses globalization  through an economical, political, and cultural standpoint.

 

This connects to Unit 1 in that it discusses globalization and things from a global perspective. It all discusses the society we live in today.

Devyn Hantgin's curator insight, March 22, 2015 10:18 PM

globalization

This video describes and really breaks down globalization. The video talks about how some countries benefit and some countries don't benefit from globalization. The video also separates globalization into three parts: economic, politics, and culture. It goes over the huge role that technology plays in globalization and covers it well.

This relates to our unit, because globalization is a huge factor in human geography as a whole. It is one of the main factors why our cultures are beginning to intertwine and have things in common.     

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Geography in the News: Amazing Crater Lake – News Watch

Geography in the News: Amazing Crater Lake – News Watch | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
“By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM. Crater Lake: An Awesome Volcanic Wonder. Crater Lake is a beautiful caldera lake found in South-central Oregon State, USA. It has a stunning ...”
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What is Geography? So much more than Maps! | Kid World Citizen

What is Geography? So much more than Maps! | Kid World Citizen | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
“ When we study geography, we study why something is in a certain location on Earth, and whether it was caused by nature or people. We study the physical processes of nature and the social processes of humans, as well as ...”
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How Earthquakes Work

“ Quick Earthquake facts and little known details about how Earthquakes work and form.”
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Climate Change, Disaster Mitigation and City Planning

“ TED Talks As Vicki Arroyo says, it's time to prepare our homes and cities for our changing climate, with its increased risk of flooding, drought and uncertainty.” Our major cities are suceptible to environmental catastrophes for a whole host of reasons. Cities depend on a smooth of goods, money and services provided by infrastructure that we take for granted and assume will always work 24/7. Presented in the video are some ideas about how we should rethink our cities with a different ecological paradigm to protect our cities more in the future. Tags: planning, urban ecology, environment adapt, sustainability.
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Climate Change Video Guide

Climate Change Video Guide | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
“ An in-depth, multimedia look at climate change, its global impact, and efforts to combat it.” This guide on climate change from the Council on Foreign Relations (independent think tank) covers many of the geopolitical, economic and environmental issues that confront the Earth as global temperatures rise. Rather than produce a full length feature film, they have organized the this as an interactive video, allowing the user to get short (a couple of minutes) answer to specific questions about the science, foreign policy or economic ramifications of adapting to climate change. Tags: climate change, environmental adaption, economic, industry.
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The 10 Countries Where Climate Change and Pollution Is Killing the Population

The 10 Countries Where Climate Change and Pollution Is Killing the Population | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
“ A report from DARA has revealed the ten countries in the world where climate change and pollution is killing the population.”
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36 Maps That Explain The Entire World

36 Maps That Explain The Entire World | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
“ 36 Maps That Explain The World (36 #Maps That Explain The Entire World http://t.co/4S4CILaN via @geointer #AP #IB #humangeography #economics #resources @bcssta @nsssta)...”
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Our future in cities | TED Playlists | TED

Our future in cities | TED Playlists | TED | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
Racism in the United States has been a major issue since the colonial era and the slave era. Legally sanctioned racism imposed a heavy burden on Native Ameri...

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Todd Parsons's curator insight, July 16, 2013 9:05 PM

TED is always excellent, this is a good look at adjustments to be done to respond to urban challenges.

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Possibly one of the weirdest geological formations in the world

Possibly one of the weirdest geological formations in the world | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
How did this happen? In Norway, there is a bizarre rock formation known as Kjeragbolten, which is a huge block of stone that has become lodged in a 984-meter-deep crevice over a gorgeous lake.

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Todd Parsons's curator insight, October 30, 2013 8:06 PM

Only in the land of fjords would you find such strange physical geography.

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Ecological sustainability, Challenges for Australia: population, Australia in its regional context, Geography Year 9, NSW | Online Education Home Schooling Skwirk Australia

Ecological sustainability, Challenges for Australia: population, Australia in its regional context, Geography Year 9, NSW | Online Education Home Schooling Skwirk Australia | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
Ecological sustainability, Challenges for Australia: population, Australia in its regional context, Geography, Year 9, NSW Introduction The physical environments that make up Australia have been protected and managed by Aboriginal people for at...

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Cynthia Williams's curator insight, July 19, 2013 12:30 PM

I would hope that Australia would try to preserve their ecosystems because once they are destroyed they can't be brought back.

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Housing Patterns

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See the big picture of how suburban developments are changing the country's landscape, with aerial photos and ideas for the future

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Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:13 PM

A very interesting article on changes in landscape, while looking though this I came aross so many little things i never noticed about the topical layout of housing. The main thing that is apparent is density, how closely each house is put together, the amount of land each has as well as the view from the property. Its aslo interesting to see how the design of the area can be made for easy access or be desigend to keep people out with only one enctancte and exit. All of these charasticts make up how the land is desired as well as econimcly priced, which then determins who will be able to live there.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 15, 2013 8:53 PM

Having the streets interconnected allows for easy  traveling throughout the area.  when there is more density in an area it means there are more houses , more people.  The sprawl has the center on the place and the streets go out around it. The way the streets are made are for different reasons,.

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This article talks about twenty different housing patterns and how we base these housing patterns around our society or enviroment. How looking at housing patterns can tell you what kind of neighborhood one lives in from the sky. Looking down and seeing a golf course with lush grass and big backyards shows you that this neighborhood is very expensive. Or Canal houses that utilize every inch of the waters edge to financially make them able to charge higher prices for the homes because each house has a water view and is on the waters edge.
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Gentrification spelled out

Gentrification spelled out | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
As upscale, high-rise condos and hipster bars opened nearby, longtime customers joked: Is this really still “the ’hood”? Not anymore.

 

In a gentrifying neighborhood in Washington D.C. that was historically African-American, Fish in the ’Hood was an iconic restaurant that captured the feel of the area.  Just this May, the storefront restaurant was renamed Fish in the Neighborhood.

Questions to Ponder: Why?  Does it matter?  What does it mean?

 

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This article is very interesting. While I understand both points of view, I think the name change was a good idea. As time, our surroundings, and even the usual people change, we sometimes have to change as well. Changing the name to sound more upscale and include the new people joining the neighborhood was a good idea. The word “‘hood” in itself, has the connotation that this place is ghetto and not very safe while adding “neighbor” gives a sense of some familiar face.

I am not from an upscale neighborhood. I live in a mostly Hispanic neighborhood with a Price Rite down the street, a loud Puerto Rican mechanic shop next door, and an old man walking by selling homemade coconut ice-cream from a cart, so I understand people wanting to keep the culture alive in this area and thinking that this man is a conformist for giving into the “White man” for changing his sign. But as Lockhart stated in this article it’s not the name that matters. The name doesn’t make the restaurant. The way people are treated and how the food is cooked are what really matter.


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, September 25, 2014 5:35 PM

Gentrification deals with the forcing out of lower income residents and making space available for the more affluent. The re-naming of Fish in the 'Hood shows how gentrification forces the culture  of entire communities to change. Although this restaurant was popular before, they were forced to re-brand so they can stay in business. Gentrification exiles the poor, with that their culture. This restaurant shows that, as more upscale business open up to service the needs of more affluent citizens, any business that has the perception of being the contrary will soon be out of business. This matters because it shows how gentrification destroys communities image, and culture for the sake of increasing revenue and real estate value. What is exhibit here is not only a socio-economic shift but also a racial shift as well. This neighborhood was predominately African American before it began to gentrify, "The 'Hood" is a saying that correlates with African American culture. This restaurant's re-branding shows that they no longer can continue to bring in customers with a name that is part of the African American vernacular. Furthermore, it shows the racial trends that go with gentrification where minority culture is pushed out as more money flows in.

Emerald Pina's curator insight, May 25, 2015 11:15 AM

The article talks about a restaurant called Fish In The NeighborHood, with emphasis on Hood, that has not been affected by the gentrification that has happened in the area. He still refers to the area as "Hood" even with all the newly built building. The article also describes the process of the gentrification, and people's opinions on the name of the restaurant compared to the area.

 

This article relates to Unit 7: Cities and Urban Land Use because it explains the idea and process of gentrification. It gives an example of how some buildings are unaffected by the gentrified area. 

Savannah Rains's curator insight, May 27, 2015 2:50 AM

this article is taking the time to plainly spell out what gentrification is and where it is happening. Gentrification means the taking of lowe class land and making it more valuable to try and boost the overall way of life in that area. Most people are blind to this system and should take the time to learn about it. 

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National Geographic: The Story of Earth HD

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How salmon help keep a huge rainforest thriving

How salmon help keep a huge rainforest thriving | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
“The world’s largest temperate rainforest owes its survival to an unlikely source – the salmon spawning in its rivers and creeks. (CANADIAN GEOGRAPHY: WOW!!!”
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National Geographic - How Volcanoes Form

“ A volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet's surface or crust, which allows hot, molten rock, ash, and gases to escape from below the surface. Volcanic...”
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Plate Tectonics - A Documentary

“ An informative documentary from Isaac Frame. Ever thought of how the continents were formed? How they oddly just, "fit together." Well there is a simple answ...”
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The Rise of Megacities

The Rise of Megacities | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
“ By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities.” Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents). These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents. Tags: urban, megacities.
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What Can You Do With Geography?

What Can You Do With Geography? | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
Thanks, we can say it , but hearing it from someone other than the TEACHER of the course seem sooo much more interesting to the kids! National Geographic video featuring Keith Masback of USGIF.
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101 Super Sites for Social Studies Teachers

101 Super Sites for Social Studies Teachers | Australian geography curriculum | Scoop.it
“ A list of the top 101 websites for social studies, U.S. history, world history, government, economics and civics teachers.”
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