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More Time to Unwind, Unless You’re a Woman - NYTimes.com

More Time to Unwind, Unless You’re a Woman - NYTimes.com | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Not surprising, the workforce is changing as women continue to take on more responsibilities in the workplace while continuing to carry the majority of tasks at home.
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See the Greatest Architecture in 36 Different European Cities in This One, Gorgeous Time-Lapse

See the Greatest Architecture in 36 Different European Cities in This One, Gorgeous Time-Lapse | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Dozens of pieces of premiere European architecture are showcased in this three-and-a-half minute video
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Great view of cultural landscapes

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Get to Know a Projection: Mercator - Wired Science

Get to Know a Projection: Mercator - Wired Science | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
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Geography Map projections

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Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in your count...

Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in your count... | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Visit Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Feeding America's helps provide food to over 37 millions Americans each year.

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Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
A new analysis reveals that venture capital investment is flowing into cities at a startling clip.
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Atlantic Ocean to Disappear in 200 Million Years?

Atlantic Ocean to Disappear in 200 Million Years? | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
A newly discovered crack in the Earth's crust is slowly drawing North America and Europe closer together.
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Guess going to Europe should be getting cheaper!

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In Singapore, Making Cars Unaffordable Has Only Made Them More Desirable

In Singapore, Making Cars Unaffordable Has Only Made Them More Desirable | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
A paltry 15 percent of the city-state's population owns their own vehicle, but not by choice.
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People want what they can't have or don't need 

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6 More U.S. Counties Are Now Majority-Minority

6 More U.S. Counties Are Now Majority-Minority | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Welcome to your demographic future, Charlotte, North Carolina.
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What Could Disappear?

What Could Disappear? | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded in three levels of higher seas.

 

This interactive feature is designed to answer a simple, yet profound set of questions.  What areas (in over 20 cities around the U.S.) would be under water if the ocean levels rose 5 feet?  12 feet?  25 feet?  The following set of maps show "coastal and low-lying areas that would be permanently flooded without engineered protection." 


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Mary Rack's comment, November 26, 2012 8:03 AM
especially good!
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Inside Mecca

For over 1400 years, Mecca has been one of the most important cities in the Arabian Peninsula. By the middle of the 6th century, there were three major settl...


As the heart of Islam, Mecca brings in pilgrims from around the world.  This documentary gives a great overview of the historical, spiritual and cultural reasons why this is sacred space to over one billion Muslims.  Additionally, this documentary contains an analysis of the logistics that are a part of the Hajj.  


Tags: Islam, tourism, place, transportation, religion, Middle East, culture. 

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The Conflict Zone

The Conflict Zone | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
In a new series of four eight-minute videos, National Geographic Explorer Aziz Abu Sarah goes meets with people from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in order to better understand and communicate how this international dispute...
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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many na
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India lost 220 languages in last 50 years, survey finds - The Times of India

India lost 220 languages in last 50 years, survey finds - The Times of India | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
India has lost around 20% of its languages in the past five decades, a survey by the Vadodara-based Bhasha Research and Publication Centre has revealed.

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In China, one-child policy compounds loss of child for parents

In China, one-child policy compounds loss of child for parents | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
One-child policy leaves some parents childless, hopeless and facing financial ruin in old age.

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The Kingdom Keepers's comment, August 28, 2013 10:14 AM
I see how China is trying to gain control over their population, but after reading this article, I can see the cause for having two children. This couple is heartbroken, because there pride and joy, their only son, died. Because of china's policy, they didn't push for another child, and they regret it. They can't even carry on the family name because their only child passed. ~Brooke
Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 15, 2014 5:43 PM

I understand the issues China is having with their large population but the one-child policy hurts the average family. Problems occur when a family can only have one child. If anything were to happen to that child, whether he/she dies young, runs away or gets thrown in prison. That can leave the parents vulnerable later in life. When the parents become elderly they may not have a child to take care of them. China must find another way to control their population. 

Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 25, 2015 11:04 PM

China's one-child policy has had a greater effect than slowing population growth and decreasing the labor force. Another widespread problem for parents obeying this rule is the loss of their only child and the devastation it brings due to the cultural importance of family in China. Ancestors are greatly respected and descendents mark a great life. After parents retire they rely on their children for support and their needs. When they do not have a child anymore, their whole life derails and they spend the rest of their days with a broken family that can never quite heal. In many cases, the parents are then too old to have another child and their life simply falls apart. Protests have been made in the past for similar situations, but the Chinese government has not yet fulfilled its promises to provide greater assistance to these parents or to change their policy.

 

This article relates to population and migration through the population policy of China and its drastic effects on family life and parents. This policy would be classified as anti-natalist because of its promotion of smaller families with less children. It discourages having children.

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Choices Program Presentation

What Does Good GeographyTeaching Look Like? Answering the Big Questions in Geography.


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Zhanat Shanbatyrova's comment, June 28, 2013 6:11 AM
Thanks a lot for the valuable information!
Jorge Joo Nagata's curator insight, June 28, 2013 11:26 AM

Me encantó la presentación... dice tantas cosas de una disciplina tan querida (e importante) para mi y que debe tener una relevancia primordial ahora más que nunca.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, June 28, 2013 3:07 PM
It came from Seth.. take a look at his pages. Awesome things.
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As Protests Continue in Brazil, Hard Lessons for an Urbanizing World

As Protests Continue in Brazil, Hard Lessons for an Urbanizing World | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
This widespread movement has clear echoes in developing megacities everywhere.
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America's Leading Metros for Venture Capital

America's Leading Metros for Venture Capital | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
The Bay Area remains at the top, but several cities are starting to catch up.
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Great after the question article for FRQ#1

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Coastal Cities And Climate Change: You're Going To Get Wet - Business Insider

Coastal Cities And Climate Change: You're Going To Get Wet - Business Insider | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
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Coastal Cities And Climate Change: You're Going To Get Wet
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BEFORE Hurricane Sandy tore through New York and New Jersey, it stopped in Florida.
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Florida may have some moving to do.

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Global cities of the future

Global cities of the future | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Explore the cities and emerging urban clusters that will drive dramatic growth and demographic changes over the next generation. A McKinsey Quarterly Economic Studies article.


In the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. That is reason enough to explore this global dataset with over 2,600 metropolitan areas. 


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82 iconic world landmarks to visit

82 iconic world landmarks to visit | Cities and Urban Land Use | Scoop.it
Some buildings and features are so well known they have become icons of place.

 

This is a great collection of important world landmarks including the pictured Potala Palace in the Tibetan city of Lhasa.  Who wouldn't like to see some of these places?   

 

Tags: geo-inspiration, tourism, images.


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Dean Haakenson's comment, November 8, 2012 11:05 AM
This can also be used to talk about the cultural landscape and material v. non-material culture. Student can try to process each photo in these terms.
Mary Rack's comment, September 2, 2013 12:49 AM
Sophia, Thanks for your very fine comment! I agree with you entirely, and especially about the Lincoln Memorial and St Louis Arch. Better choices might be the Grand Canyon, the Giant Sequoia trees in California, the National Cathedral in DC, or even Mt Rushmore? And some of the ancient cliff dwellings in the Southwest are amazing. Too bad they did not consult us.
Mary Rack's comment, September 2, 2013 12:51 AM
PS ... or the Hoover Dam?