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Supporting topics for Unit of Inquiry on Sharing the Planet.
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This Single Photo of a Polar Bear Will Show You WHY We Need to Stand Up for the Planet

This Single Photo of a Polar Bear Will Show You WHY We Need to Stand Up for the Planet | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
By now, we are all familiar with the idea that Polar Bears are disappearing, but a recent image from Kerstin Langenberger Photography of an emaciated bear in the Arctic solidifies what exactly this means.
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A Medieval Abbey Trapped by Tides and Time

"Mont Saint-Michel emerges from the tides in Normandy, France, like an ancient village from a fairytale. The coastal town built on a massive granite rock cuts a dramatic silhouette against the sky, rising from disappearing marshes to a Gothic Abbey at its height. With a permanent population of around 50, this popular tourist destination has a history dating back to at least the Roman era. Fancy a tour before the tides roll in?"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 2016 6:53 PM

Coastal physical geography produces some beautiful landforms such as tombolos.  A tombolo is created when sand deposits attach an island to a larger piece of land--think of it as special type of isthmus.  Mont St. Michel is the world’s most famous example because of the iconic walled city with crowned with a striking medieval abbey.  This is one of those fascinating places for both the human and physical geographer.   

 

Tags: water, physical, coastal, geomorphology, landformsFrance, historical, tourism.

Lauren Wilson's comment, November 8, 2016 1:53 PM
This is a great addition to our lessons regarding erosion of cliffsides, in that it represents structures in place of an ever-evolving coastal environment. That such a feature can remain relatively unchanged by time and tides is a fascinating foothold in this study.
ROCAFORT's curator insight, November 18, 2016 3:06 AM
A Medieval Abbey Trapped by Tides and Time
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The Real Reason Leaves Change Color In the Fall

Tags: environment, biogeography.


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Sharks found living inside an active volcano

Sharks found living inside an active volcano | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
Despite its hot, acidic water and looming risk of eruption, Kavachi is home to a surprising abundance of sharks.
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Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protection

Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protection | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
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Blue Planet Society: What’s happening to the oceans’ phytoplankton?

Blue Planet Society: What’s happening to the oceans’ phytoplankton? | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
Research suggests that the oceans’ phytoplankton are declining in abundance in many places. But first of all, what are phytoplankton, and secondly, why should we be interested in what’s happening to them?
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The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India

The Ganges River Is Dying Under the Weight of Modern India | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
The country’s future depends on keeping the holy river alive.

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Sarah Holloway's curator insight, February 16, 2016 6:26 PM

This article touches on very serious religious and environmental issues connected to the Ganges River.  The Ganges is the sacred river of Hinduism and in part because the river valley is the most heavily populated region of India.  Simultaneously, this holy river is an incredibly polluted river as it's the watershed for a industrial region that struggles with significant sanitation problems; this is a great article on the environmental and cultural issues of development.

Zavier Lineberger's curator insight, April 24, 1:20 PM
(South Asia) Varanasi, the oldest city in India and the religious center of Hinduism, has an enormous business focusing around cremating bodies to scatter in the Ganges River. Hindus believe the Ganges can break the cycle of reincarnation, so many who do not have money to pay for cremation drop their deceased directly into the river to help them break this cycle. However, the river supports approximately 10% of the entire worlds' population and belief in Ganga, "the self-cleaning river god" allows for Indians to poison the same water they drink out of. It is estimated that 70% of people that use the water become diseased by the sewage and industrial waste poured into it.
India cannot stop dependence on the river. Hindus bath in the holy water of the Ganges, and an increasing population means increased water consumption. It will take concentrated efforts from government and spiritual leaders to change the dominate opinion.
brielle blais's curator insight, May 1, 6:39 PM
This article showcases how different aspects of geography can both help and harm a country. The Ganges River is incredibly important to India. It is a sacred place where the people believe in Ganges, the idea of allowing the dead to reach eternal liberation. Here, hundreds of bodies are burned a day. If they aren't burned, family members of the deceased let the dead float down the river. This phenomenon attracts many tourist and allows for the economy of India to thrive. However, the bodies are beginning to seriously pollute the river. Areas have become stagnant, full of disease. The problem doesn't end however, as India's population is increasing steadily as well. Water needs to be cleaned to meet the demand or India will face a true crisis.
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The Top Language Spoken Globally in 2050 Will Be...

The Top Language Spoken Globally in 2050 Will Be... | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it

"French is currently ranked sixth among world languages, after Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindi and Arabic. But it is gaining speakers quickly and, the study reports, will be spoken by 750 million in 2050, up from 220 million today. A demographic boom in French-speaking African states could bump the percentage of global French speakers from 3 percent to 8 percent by 2050, but some skeptics think the predictions are overrated."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 25, 2015 8:08 AM

I can't verify the projections in the article, but the thought exercise is a great exploration into future global geographies. As some populations are shrinking, others and still growing very quickly and it is clear that the future has the distinct possibility that the linguistic composition of the world might be very different from today.  


Questions to Ponder: Considering current trends, what do you think the world will be like in the future?  What will be better?  What will be worse? 


Tags: language, culture, demographics

Treathyl Fox's curator insight, October 13, 2015 7:57 PM

"A boom in these African states could bump the percentage of global French speakers from 3 percent to 8 percent by 2050."  You don't say?  So glad to know the French language might get in the driver's seat for most spoken world language. Love the language.  Resided in Maryland USA from 1988 to 1995 and there was a school there that taught the children in French. At the time it seemed odd. But guess the educators were thinking ahead! Score!

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What Bottled Water Costs the Environment—and Your Health

What Bottled Water Costs the Environment—and Your Health | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
Billions of bottles are added to the world’s growing plastic pollution problem each year.
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Brutal Russian Whale Hunt Exposed: Is This the Next 'Cove?'

Brutal Russian Whale Hunt Exposed: Is This the Next 'Cove?' | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
Demand by aquariums in China and elsewhere is driving the capture of beluga whales.
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'Nature Is Speaking': 'Coral Reef'

'Nature Is Speaking': 'Coral Reef' | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
A new series of videos narrated by Ian Somerhalder, Julia Roberts, Penélope Cruz, and other actors is rebranding the environmental movement.
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13 species we might have to say goodbye to in 2015

13 species we might have to say goodbye to in 2015 | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
The world is losing dozens of species a day in what experts are calling the sixth mass extinction in Earth's history.
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Nature’s Role in Providing Clean Water in Africa | Conservancy Talk

Nature’s Role in Providing Clean Water in Africa | Conservancy Talk | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
The Sub-Saharan Africa’s Urban Water Blueprint Catalyzes Water Fund Exploration in Cape Town.
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A Chance to Expand Global Protections for Sharks and Rays

A Chance to Expand Global Protections for Sharks and Rays | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, commonly known as CITES, is recognized globally as one of the most effective and best-enforced international conservation agreements. It provides protections to more than 30,000 species and has been instrumental in preventing the extinction of many animals and plants.
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How Science and a Bit of Luck Brought Atlantic Sea Scallops Back from the Brink

In 1995, one year after three areas of the seafloor off Cape Cod were closed to fishing, researchers piloting remotely operated vehicles saw something unexpected: The muddy bottom was littered with market-sized scallops, rusty red and round as saucers.
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World Oceans Day Is On June 8th – Here Are Related Resources

World Oceans Day Is On June 8th – Here Are Related Resources | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
  The United Nations has officially recognized June 8th as World Oceans Day since 2008. I’ve just revised and updated The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Oceans.

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This is how our favorite foods look in their natural habitats

This is how our favorite foods look in their natural habitats | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
We know how to harvest potatoes and apples. There are other fruits and vegetables, however, which have natural habitats we can barely imagine. We see these items in the grocery store every day, but often we have no idea how they got there.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 28, 2016 1:17 PM

This set of teaching images hammers home how natural items become commodities that are removed from their original context.  The fact that these foods are somewhat difficult to recognize shows just how most consumers have been removed from the full geographies of their food.  

 

Tagsfood production, images, agriculture, foodeconomic.

Lilydale High School's curator insight, April 24, 2016 4:39 AM
Food - naturally.
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Galapagos Islands and Biodiversity

Galapagos Islands and Biodiversity | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
Radiolab wraps 2015 with a series of special episodes.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 5, 2016 2:11 PM

The Galapagos Islands (as are most islands) filled with remarkably distinct species from the mainland--one of the key reasons that the island were so instrumental in shaping Charles Darwin's thinking about evolution.  This environmental Radiolab podcast is mainly about the Galapagos wildlife and it's conservation and covers many important biogeographic concepts (with time in the episode): 

  • Traveling to the Galapagos (5:25)
  • Who will fight to protect the environment? (10:00)
  • Tortoises and their role in habitats (13:30)
  • Invasive Species and goats (16:30)
  • Removal of Invasive species (19:00)
  • The return of the original habitat (25:40)
  • Local anger against conservation (26:30)
  • 'Restoring' extinct tortoise species (30:00)
  • How do we best protect nature? (37:00)
  • Genetically engineering extinct species (41:00)
  • Tourism and ecological change (46:45)
  • Darwin and finches (50:00)
  • Endangered finches and flies (55:00)
  • Hybrid species (1:02:00)

 

Tags: Ecuador, biogeography, environmentecology, historical.

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, January 14, 2016 1:33 PM

Wildlife & Conservation

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Sammy the Shrimp | Marine Biology

Sammy the Shrimp | Marine Biology | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it

Hello. Sammy here. Sammy the Shrimp.

I started my life swimming along the currents of the tropical seas. Oh, what fun we all had, my brothers and sisters and I—just surfing the currents up and down over the reef, far and wide out to sea and back again. But more of that later.

We are a very important animal in the ecology of the reefs and more importantly—to you humans in the care of your aquariums, and the animals you keep in there. We are totally undervalued as most people only think of us as something pretty to have, and I must say that’s a bit insulting to us!

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From rainforest to your cupboard: the real story of palm oil - interactive

You wash with it, you brush with it, you toast it, it’s in 50% of what you buy – but what’s the real story of palm oil? Use the interactive below to trace the journey of palm oil from the rainforest through to your kitchen cupboard

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Sally Egan's curator insight, November 8, 2015 9:11 PM

Detailed and informative interactive on Palm Oil industry.

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Seagull population down by half in Strait of Georgia: study

Seagull population down by half in Strait of Georgia: study | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
Study says less marine food has led to decline of the seagull population since the mid-1980s.
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3 Trends That Will Define Sustainable Packaging in 2015

3 Trends That Will Define Sustainable Packaging in 2015 | Ecosystems Yr6 | Scoop.it
Green. Sustainable. Fair Trade. These words are no longer the marketing mumbo-jumbo they used to be. Discerning customers of today are keen observers of the ‘ecological credentials’ of your brand…
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