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The Visual History of Global Health

A short presentation about how the health of people around the world is improving.
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This is a great visualisation of data for things like life expectancy and infant mortality. Very useful for discussing population change in IGCSE/IB Geography.
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Hong Kong's Urban Jungle by Andy Yeung - Agonistica

Hong Kong's Urban Jungle by Andy Yeung - Agonistica | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Photographer Andy Yeung used a drone to capture the urban density of Hong Kong - where more than 100,000 people live in 40 square meter apartment - for his project Urban Jungle.
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These images are amazing. A fantastic discussion starter for IB Geography Urban Environments.
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Urban Observatory

Urban Observatory | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

"The Urban Observatory city comparison app enables you to explore the living fabric of great cities by browsing a variety of cities and themes."


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This is really very cool. The ability to compare urban areas allover the world is brilliant. I can see lots of discussions generated by this.
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 6, 2016 10:48 AM

At the 2013 ESRI User Conference, the Urban Observatory was unveiled (I shared this earlier, but the URL has since changed, I'm sharing it again).  The physical display contained images from cities around the world to compare and contrast diverse urban environments.  The online version of this was announced during in a 10 minute talk by Jack Dangermond and Hugh Keegan.  This interactive mapping platform let's users access 'big data' and have it rendered in thematic maps.  These maps cover population patterns, transportation networks, and weather systems.  This is a must see.  Read Forbes' article on the release of Urban Observatory here.

 

Tags: transportation, urban, GIS, geospatial, ESRI.

Brian Weekley's comment, April 14, 2016 8:20 AM
This is fabulous, Seth! Thanks for sharing.
Brian Weekley's curator insight, April 14, 2016 8:21 AM
This is just spectacular.
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The diabetes epidemic: Up to half a million Australians have this deadly disease without realising it

The diabetes epidemic: Up to half a million Australians have this deadly disease without realising it | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
These charts show why drastic action is needed to halt the march of silent killer linked to 3.7 million deaths a year.
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This is a very interesting (if a little worrisome!) article. There is so much geography in it. It has very obvious links to the IB Geo optional theme The Geography of Health & Medicine. I think there are also strong links to the Disparities in Development core topic. There are lots of opportunities for mapping activities based on the data in the article.
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Why medium-sized towns are the key to a sustainable future

Why medium-sized towns are the key to a sustainable future | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Cities are rarely planned with the long-term in mind. As a result, urban living can be socially and environmentally unsustainable. But not always: Nick Sharp has a provocative vision of a city built to last forever.
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This is a very interesting read. It references Ernst Schumacher's philosophy that "small is beautiful" and that we (society) "cannot consider the problem of technological production solved if it requires that we recklessly erode our finite natural capital and deprive future generations of its benefits."  

It fits nicely into  the IB Geography Urban Environments subtopic The Sustainable City. As read the article, a few things ran through my mind:

1. This is such a good idea!

2. It would take a long time for people from developed countries to buy into it.

3. What would it look like?

4. What can I use to get my learners to explore this 

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The flow towards Europe - Lucify

Europe is experiencing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Based on data from the United Nations, we clarify the scale of the crisis.
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If you like geography and animations, then this is definitely for you! Thanks to the Auckland Geography Teacher's Association.

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The Dramatic Landscape of China's Gansu Province

The Dramatic Landscape of China's Gansu Province | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Gansu Province, in northwestern China, is about the same size as California, with a population of about 26 million people. Gansu’s diverse landscapes include parts of the Gobi Desert, the Yellow River, numerous mountain formations, and remnants of the Silk Road and the Great Wall of China.

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Some truly amazing images in this collection from The Atlantic.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 22, 2015 8:43 AM

This photo gallery is filled with dozens of great teaching images, displaying the dramatic human and physical landscapes of the Gansu Province of China. 


Tagsimageslandscape, China.

Jane Ellingson's curator insight, October 22, 2015 9:03 AM

Cultural Landscape

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EarthViewer — Online and Downloadable Version | HHMI BioInteractive

EarthViewer — Online and Downloadable Version | HHMI BioInteractive | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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This is really interesting. You can zoom through time and look at how the Earth has changed in terms of ice sheets, sea levels, temperature and more. There's also an iPad app.

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Map Projection Transitions

Map Projection Transitions | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

"In some ways, all 2D maps of Earth are interrupted at some point, even if it’s just along the antimeridian at 180°. Interruptions are often in areas of less interest e.g. oceans for a land-focused map."


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This is really, very cool! A fantastic way to visualise the differences between map projections to illustrate the variation in land shape, land area and land size. Also an excellent discussion starter.

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Lilydale High School's curator insight, September 3, 2015 6:01 AM

New ways to see the world.

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map projections

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No screenshot could do justice to this animation.  It transforms a map of the world from one map projection to another, and in the 5 second interval it 'spins the globe' to give you a sense of the the spatial distortions inherent in all projections.  This is but one of the many visualizations fromJason Davies mapping project.   

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World Population Growth — Our World in Data

World Population Growth — Our World in Data | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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Wow! There is so much data in this. It's kind of overwhelming in a sense. Love that there is so much stuff on the changes that have occurred over time. Brilliant.

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geteach.com

Free site dedicated to help teachers educate and engage students using Google Geo Tools
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This is really very good. For people familair with Stratalogica, this is an excellent FREE alternative. I am looking forward to seeing what my guys can do with it!

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The great sprawl of China

The great sprawl of China | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
IN ANCIENT times, Beijing built towering city walls that helped to prevent undefendable sprawl. These days it builds ring roads, stretching built-up areas ever...

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CD - The causes and consequences of urbanisation, drawing on a study from Indonesia, or another country of the Asia region

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Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days

Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The city of Sao Paulo is home to 20 million Brazilians, making it the 12th largest mega-city on a planet dominated by shortsighted humans. Shockingly, it has only 60 days of water supply remaining. The city "has about two months of guaranteed wa...
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This is just a little bit scary. While they don't mention it, I think Australia is moving into similar territory. Just a few years ago, the reservoir that supplies my hometown (amongst others) had fallen to 4% of its capacity. Luckily then rains came (eventually!) and things are ok for the time being. Until the next severe drought. I think this article hits the nail on the head when it makes the point that "Modern humans will not acknowledge reality until it slaps them hard in the face." There needs to be a very serious readjustment of how we use all resources, not just water. But we already knew that. Didn't we?

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Megacities, not nations, are the world’s dominant, enduring social structures

Megacities, not nations, are the world’s dominant, enduring social structures | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided. Today cities have become the world’s dominant demographic and economic clusters. As the sociologist Christopher Chase-Dunn has pointed out, it is not population or territorial size that drives world-city status, but economic weight
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This is a really interesting read to go along Parag Khanna's TED Talk on the same topic. I love the idea that nations could be suburbs of megacities. What a challenging concept to process?!
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The story of cities | Cities | The Guardian

The story of cities | Cities | The Guardian | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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This is a great series of articles about some of the world best & least known cities. Definite links to IB Geography Urban Environments. I must confess I have only read one article but I generally find The Guardian's stuff to be pretty good. 
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Every recorded hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon since 1850

Every recorded hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon since 1850 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Based on the NOAA’s historical tropical storm tracks data, which includes storms dating as far back as 1850, the map above shows a top-down view of every hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon in recorded hi — Map created by Vividmaps in CartoDB
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This a brilliant map! I love the pattern created by the storm tracks. Especially the empty space around the equator.
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The world’s population mapped by who is online

The world’s population mapped by who is online | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
What does the world map look like if it is sized to online populations?
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This is a really interesting visualisation of internet use from 2013. It relates really well to the IB Geography HL unit on Global Interactions.

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How Japan's 2011 Earthquake Happened (Infographic)

How Japan's 2011 Earthquake Happened (Infographic) | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Huge stresses beneath the surface moved plates of the Earth's crust hundreds of feet horizontally and dozens of feet vertically.
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This looks to be a really useful resource for tectonic processes.

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Tourism, coal shipping turning Vietnam's Ha Long Bay into an 'ecological disaster' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tourism, coal shipping turning Vietnam's Ha Long Bay into an 'ecological disaster' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The Vietnamese government is facing pressure to lessen the impact of economic development on the once-pristine Ha Long Bay, where visitors are warned not to enter the excrement-laden water.
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This is so very sad. I was in Ha Long Bay in 2010. It was an amazing place. Not pristine by any stretch, but amazing nonetheless. The article, I think, illustrates the tension between development and exploiting the environment. There need to be a balance between exploitation & conservation. Limits to visitor numbers? Strongly enforced regulation? Who knows?!

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The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia

The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
This map points out the highly uneven spatial distribution of (geotagged) Wikipedia articles in 44 language versions of the encyclopaedia. Slightly more than half of the global total of 3,336,473 articles are about places, events and people inside the red circle on the map, occupying only about 2.5% of the world’s land area.

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A very interesting perspective on the distribution of crowdsourcing. 

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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 17, 2015 9:36 AM
The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia
David lyon's curator insight, September 23, 2015 5:00 PM
A reflection of language diversity in Europe or a Eurocentric Wikipedia?
Chris Costa's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:56 PM

Talk about Eurocentrism. I'm a huge fan of Wikipedia for its value as an informal source of information; if I need to learn about a topic I am not familiar with, Wikipedia is a great place to get a preliminary idea of what I am learning about. It's disappointing to see the distribution of information on the site is so skewed, considering that there are so many other regions of the world with long, rich histories, than just those encompassed within the circle shown in the map. I feel like that is symptomatic of a number of issues currently plaguing western academic circles- we tend to not view the rest of the world as being important, which is not only untrue, it's both insulting and ignorant. I hope this disparity is addressed and corrected over the course of the next couple of years.

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Inequality and Sustainability

Presentation at the Environmental Audit Committee of the UK Parliament, British Academy, London, 15 Oct 2014
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This is a perspective I had never considered. What a brilliant idea! Very thought provoking.

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#Volcano forms new Japanese #island #Nishinoshima

#Volcano forms new Japanese #island #Nishinoshima | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land - helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.
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This is awesome! I think it would a very interesting exercise to monitor this island (somehow) to observe the changes that occur over time. What an amazing opportunity!

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Treasure hunt

Treasure hunt | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
IN GINZA, Tokyo’s best-known shopping district, a dozen-odd tour buses disgorge crowds of determined Chinese shoppers at their first stop: a suitcase emporium from...
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This is very interesting. And it confirms suspicions I have had for the last 6 months or so. I teach quite a lot of Chinese & South Korean kids. Many of them (maybe 50%?) have visited Japan in the last 12 months. Very timely as my first year IB Geographers move into our optional theme on Leisure, Sport & Tourism.

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China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity

China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Several hundred million more people are expected to move to cities in East Asia over the next 20 years as economies shift from agriculture to manufacturing and services, according to a World Bank report

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GTAV AC:G Y8 - Changing nations

CD - The causes and consequences of urbanisation, drawing on a study from Indonesia, or another country of the Asia region