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The World’s Driest Desert Is in Breathtaking Bloom

The World’s Driest Desert Is in Breathtaking Bloom | Geography Education |

"After historic rains, Atacama, Chile is exploding with vibrant wildflowers.  Here's a softer side to the disruptive weather phenomenon known as El Nino: an enormous blanket of colorful flowers has carpeted Chile's Atacama desert, the most arid in the world. The cyclical warming of the central Pacific may be causing droughts and floods in various parts of the world, but in the vast desert of northern Chile it has also caused a vibrant explosion of thousands of species of flowers with an intensity not seen in decades."

Seth Dixon's insight:

The driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert in South America, has spectacular vistas and biogeography ... especially when it rains.  To read more (and see some stunning images) check out the links from the Washington Post, Yahoo, and the Smithsonian Magazine.   It is amazing that life can flourish in even some of the harshest of physical environments. 

Tags: physicalweather and climate, ChileSouth America, biogeography, environmentecology.

Taylor Doonan's curator insight, February 9, 3:03 PM
These flowers are a once in a lifetime view. Chile's Atacama Desert is known as the driest place on earth, but in 2015 the region got two inches of rainfall. 2 inches to most parts of South America is  not that much rain, but the 2 inches overwhelmed the region, rivers flooded and these flowers that hadn't been seen in decades bloomed. Amid all the tragedy and violence that goes on in South America it is nice to see something so beautiful. 
Kelsey McIntosh's curator insight, February 13, 8:50 PM
This article truly shows just how beautiful mother nature is. Even in the driest place on the planet, plants come to life when they absorb even the slightest amount of rainfall. Because of the rare precipitation that occurred in Chile's Atacama Desert, wildflowers began to bloom in a place that is normally desolate and colorless.
Zavier Lineberger's curator insight, February 20, 9:52 PM
(South America) Plant life has boomed in the Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest place in the world with 0.2 inches of rain a year. 2 inches of rain in March 2015 led to the flooding of river banks and long dormant wildflower seeds bloomed with the moisture. This excitingly rare moment led to thousands of tourists who hopefully had little effect on the natural beauty.

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Don't Kill Geography

Campaña para impedir que el Ministerio de Educación de Chile borre la Geografìa del Currículum Escolar.
Seth Dixon's insight:

In many countries, geography education is in peril.  In Chile, the Education Ministry is rewriting the curriculum and many are afraid that Geography will be squeezed out (sound familiar?).  This Spanish-language video is a statement of why geography is fundamental, practical and a important as a lived experience.  You can also find "Min Educ: No Mates La Geografia" on Facebook and YouTube.

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Earthquakes in the Classroom

"An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile, generating a local tsunami.  The USGS reported the earthquake was centered 95 km (59 miles) northwest of Iquique at a depth of 20.1km (12.5 miles).  This video gives the context for this type of earthquake."  

Seth Dixon's insight:

I woke up this morning to news of a large earthquake in Chile (security camera video footage).  IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) creates teaching resources for teachers who want to use the current events such as yesterday's earthquake in Chile as an opportunity to discuss earth's physical systems and how they impact humanity.  They've produces slides, animations and PDFs for classroom use all while you were sleeping last night.  

Tags: visualization, disasters, physical, Chile.

dilaycock's curator insight, April 3, 2014 2:02 AM

From Seth Dixon: 

 "IRIS(Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) creates teaching resources for teachers who want to use the current events such as yesterday's earthquake in Chile as an opportunity to discuss earth's physical systems and how they impact humanity.  They've produces slides, animations and PDFs for classroom use all while you were sleeping last night."  

Geofreak's curator insight, April 3, 2014 1:37 PM

Hoe ontstond deze tsunami precies?

Ms. Harrington's curator insight, April 5, 2014 10:52 AM


Lesson Plans from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)

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Mi Geografía

Mi Geografía | Geography Education |

'Mi geografía' es un portal que nace como respuesta a la necesidad de entregar conocimientos fundamentales de geografía tanto a niños como a adultos, de una forma amena y atractiva, para que todos puedan conocer y comprender mejor el medio que nos rodea.

El portal se divide en tres secciones: una para niños (5 - 10 años), otra para jóvenes (11 - 17 años) y otra para adultos (padres y profesores). Cada una de ellas aborda de manera diferente y con distintas metodologías los más variados temas geográficos.

Seth Dixon's insight:

My apologies to my primarily English speaking audience while I type in Spanish to announce a Spanish-language resource.  Para los que hablen español este es un recurso alineada especificamente con el plan de estudios de Chile. Este sitio parece ser increíble.

JoseMªRiveros's curator insight, March 16, 2013 11:25 AM
Una forma didáctica de aprender geografía.
Jose Gal's comment, March 16, 2013 11:43 AM
Gracias por el aporte en español, muchas gracias verdaderamente