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Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
New study provides one of the strongest cases yet that the planet has entered a new geological epoch

 

Tags: Anthropocene, development,  land use, environment, environment modify.  

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Good discussion for syllabus dotpoint Human impacts on ecosystems within the HSC topic Ecosystems at Risk.

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, February 21, 2016 4:05 PM

Un nuevo estudio dice que el planeta está entrando en una nueva era geológica.

El impacto humano ha empujado a la Tierra hacia el Antropoceno, dicen los científicos.

Andrea J Galan's curator insight, February 22, 2016 6:58 PM

I chose to add this article into my folder because it talks about earth entering a new geological epoch. This is exciting yet scary news because it's mostly pollution that justifies /proves the new epoch. The news is exciting because it's something that we are currently experiencing. The evidence that proves the geological epoch on the other hand is terrifying. It just goes to show how awful we have been treating our planet like if the next generation is going to be finding fossils in plastic bags that is a problem.

nukem777's curator insight, June 2, 2016 7:21 AM
Thought we were still officially in the Holocene...did I miss a memo?
DSODE HSC Geography
Links to materials to support the students of my HSC Geography class for the topics People and Economic Activity and Ecosystems at Risk. I also curate another site called HSC Geography- Urban Places.
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The Environmental Cost of Consumption

The Environmental Cost of Consumption | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it

Environmental artist J Henry Fair captures the beauty and destruction of industrial sites to illustrate the hidden impacts of the things we buy – the polluted air, destroyed habitats and the invisible carbon heating the planet

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Photographic essay illustrates the impact of human activity on environments.
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Sally Egan's curator insight, October 30, 2016 6:28 PM
Photographic essay illustrates the impacts of human use of resources. The beautiful images illustrate the extreme impact on the environment.
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, November 16, 2016 5:37 PM

Production and consumption - interconnections and consequences 

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Please everyone, don't love Venice to death

Please everyone, don't love Venice to death | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it

There's much a visitor can do, writes Anthony Dennis, to help the imperiled canal city.

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An account of the impacts of tourism.
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It was love at first sight when I first saw Sydney

It was love at first sight when I first saw Sydney | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Know what's better than Vivid? Sydney. Ordinary old Sydney, by foot, any day or night of any week or year. Sydney is a keeper.
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This entertaining article provides a view of Sydney's culture of place and the diverse nature and character of suburban areas of the city.


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Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
New study provides one of the strongest cases yet that the planet has entered a new geological epoch

 

Tags: Anthropocene, development,  land use, environment, environment modify.  

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Good discussion for syllabus dotpoint Human impacts on ecosystems within the HSC topic Ecosystems at Risk.

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, February 21, 2016 4:05 PM

Un nuevo estudio dice que el planeta está entrando en una nueva era geológica.

El impacto humano ha empujado a la Tierra hacia el Antropoceno, dicen los científicos.

Andrea J Galan's curator insight, February 22, 2016 6:58 PM

I chose to add this article into my folder because it talks about earth entering a new geological epoch. This is exciting yet scary news because it's mostly pollution that justifies /proves the new epoch. The news is exciting because it's something that we are currently experiencing. The evidence that proves the geological epoch on the other hand is terrifying. It just goes to show how awful we have been treating our planet like if the next generation is going to be finding fossils in plastic bags that is a problem.

nukem777's curator insight, June 2, 2016 7:21 AM
Thought we were still officially in the Holocene...did I miss a memo?
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Climate change takes its toll on the Macquarie Marshes in north-western NSW

Climate change takes its toll on the Macquarie Marshes in north-western NSW | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
River red gums that once flowered over the Macquarie Marshes are bare and white. The forest is dead.
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Case study of an ecosystema t risk - the Macquarie Marshes.

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Virtual reality will change travel and tourism for the better - gulfnews.com

Virtual reality will change travel and tourism for the better - gulfnews.com | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Government understands the value of travel and tourism to the greater economy
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Technolgy affects Toursim and the future of the industry. Relevant  when studiying Toursim as the Global Economic Activity.

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The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams

The Evolution of Urban Planning in 10 Diagrams | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
A new exhibit from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association showcases the simple visualizations of complex ideas that have changed how we live.
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Some ideas from urban planning which clarify the morphology of urban places.

 

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Australia enjoying its biggest tourism boom since Sydney 2000 Olympics

Australia enjoying its biggest tourism boom since Sydney 2000 Olympics | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA is back in favour with international tourists with overseas visitors flocking here in numbers not seen since before the Sydney Olympics.
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Recent trend in australia's tourism provides insight into the global influences on australian tourism.

 

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Urbanisation joins mining and farming as threat to Great Barrier Reef

Urbanisation joins mining and farming as threat to Great Barrier Reef | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
THE battered Great Barrier Reef may yet face its most damaging issue — urban pollution from millions of people.

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Ecosystems at risk- great releveance to case study or GBR as an ecosystem at risk.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 2, 2014 6:36 PM

Option - marine environments and managementmanagement

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Animated GIFs of Earth Over Time

Animated GIFs of Earth Over Time | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it

"It took the folks at Google to upgrade these choppy visual sequences from crude flip-book quality to true video footage. With the help of massive amounts of computer muscle, they have scrubbed away cloud cover, filled in missing pixels, digitally stitched puzzle-piece pictures together, until the growing, thriving, sometimes dying planet is revealed in all its dynamic churn. The images are striking not just because of their vast sweep of geography and time but also because of their staggering detail."

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This is a great demonstration of human impacts on ecosystems. 7 locations in the world show dramatic change over time.

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 25, 2014 10:15 AM

unit 1

Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 25, 2014 10:51 AM

Human-Environment Interaction in GIFs.

MsPerry's curator insight, September 1, 2014 9:51 AM

APHG-Unit 1

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The Myth of the Ancient Red Gum Forests

The Myth of the Ancient Red Gum Forests | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
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Interesting mix of Geography and History regarding the Barmah Red Gum forest in the study of Wetlands as an ecosystem at risk.

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Bec Seeto's curator insight, October 2, 2014 8:33 PM

Interesting mix of Geography and History regarding the Barmah Red Gum forest in the study of Wetlands as an ecosystem at risk.

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Changing Earth

Changing Earth | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Over the years, ISS astronauts have had a rare opportunity to witness climate change on Earth from space.
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A short but fascinating illustration of the rapid changes to areas of teh Earth, observed by astronauts since 2000. Plays for 1 minute 30.  

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Ms. Harrington's curator insight, March 30, 2014 10:06 AM

City population growth evident from space.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, March 30, 2014 5:05 PM

Cambio climático de la tierra

Sally Egan's curator insight, March 30, 2014 7:29 PM

A great illustation of the changes to the environment as a result of increasing technology and population. Plays for 1minute 30.

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Wildlife Refuges Are A MAJOR Boon To The Economy

Wildlife Refuges Are A MAJOR Boon To The Economy | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bird watching, hunting or just picnicking. Whatever the reason, visits to the nation's 561 wildlife refuges are big business.

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insightful artile about the value of wildlife and the reasons for protecting ecosystems incuding the opportunity costs.

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NSW flooding triggers mass waterbird breeding event

NSW flooding triggers mass waterbird breeding event | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of waterbirds flock to internationally recognised wetlands in the NSW far west, as floodwaters fill marshes for the first time in four years.
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Recent flood events have resulted in benefits for bird breeding in the Macquarie Marshes.
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Sally Egan's curator insight, October 26, 2016 12:22 AM
Recent flood event in Macquarie River and other western river systems create ideal conditions for bird breeding in the Macquarie Marshes.
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Ecotourism in Australia

Ecotourism in Australia | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it

"Ecotourism strives to protect the native cultures and environments of destinations while entertaining and informing tourists of all ages. For many years people within the tourism industry have debated what destinations and practices truly qualify as ecotourism without reaching a definitive consensus."

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The trend for Ecotourism is presented in this article with questions raised about what practises fulfil the requirements of truly ecotourism. Appropriate to the future directions of Tourism as a global economic activity.
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ROCAFORT's curator insight, July 10, 2016 2:46 AM
Ecotourism in Australia
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Falling under the megacity spell - Geography (7,8,10)

Falling under the megacity spell - Geography (7,8,10) | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
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A short video addressing the nature of Jakarta as a Mega city. Covers growth of the city, and focusses on a family who have migrated from the rural area to the city. Presents issues or challenges of the city and a range of responses to these at government, NGO and individual levels.
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Sally Egan's curator insight, May 24, 2016 8:33 PM
A short video highlighting Jakarta as a mega city. Includes coverage of growth of the city, and focusses on a family who have moved from rural living into the city. Issues relating to housing, employment, access to services are presented along with a range of responses to these challenges at different levels of government, NGO and individual actions.
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Human activities are reshaping Earth's surface

Human activities are reshaping Earth's surface | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it

"By moving the slider, the user can compare 1990 false-color Landsat views (left) with recent true-color imagery (right). Humans are increasingly transforming Earth’s surface—through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate."

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This is a great interactive showing change in a range of environments from 1990 to current as a result of human activities including agriculture, industry and urban expansion. The slide bar allows you to show differences in the location on a split image.

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James Piccolino's curator insight, March 24, 2018 9:46 AM
Wow. This is depressing. I knew of the Aral sea thanks to class, but the others I had no idea. They were so green and lush way back in the day. Now they are dead and seriously in a sad state. There is nothing wrong with development and advancement, but this is just a lot when it comes to impact.
othni lindor's curator insight, October 20, 2018 4:01 AM
This map shows how human activities like farming has shaped the Earth's surface. The example they show is the Aral Sea. It is a 
regional environmental problem. It is located between the Southern part of Kazakhstan and Northern Uzbekistan. It used to be the world's fourth largest saline lake. Human activities have caused the lake to be almost completely dried up. Over the years, the Aral Sea became polluted with pesticides and chemicals. 


Stevie-Rae Wood's curator insight, October 28, 2018 9:51 PM
The Aral Sea is a severe environmental issue in Central Asia. This map that we are looking at shows how human activities such as farming have destroyed a natural wonder. The Aral Sea USED to be the fourth largest saline lake but has dried up. The Aral Sea has five times less volume and is five times more saltier than it once was. This occurred because people surrounding the area used more water and used it more intensely. The soviets thought it would be a good idea to use more water projects such as planting cotton, and rice which are water intense crops. This severely dried up the Sea. The area that the sea once was that is now dry land in uninhabitable because of the levels of salt left behind. As well the rivers that connected to the Aral Sea have either dried out or are on the verge of drying out causing many economic problems for those that depended on that water.
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The Great Barrier Reef

"Australia urged the UN's World Heritage Committee to keep the Great Barrier Reef off the 'in danger' list to protect their tourism industry. But that doesn't mean the ecological treasure is not in danger."

 

Tags: biogeography, environment, ecology, Australia, Oceania.

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Great article for the GBR as an ecosystem at risk.

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Chris Costa's curator insight, December 1, 2015 4:27 PM

I have enjoyed the emphasis on the human aspect of geography in this course, and how geography impacts us. However, as much as the world influences us, we do have a substantial amount of influence on the composition of the planet, oftentimes for the worse. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the greatest wonders of the world, home to some of the most spectacular sights one can see; as someone who has been scuba diving a handful of times, I can only imagine what it must be like to explore such a world below the surface, seeing all the life that surrounds me. I would love to be able to at some point in my life, but there is a great probability that I might never get the opportunity, as the reef is dying- fast. 50% of the reef has been lost over the past 3 decades, and while Australia has pledged to reserve over a billion dollars to fund conservation efforts, it might be a case of too little, too late. Man-made climate change as a whole is taking a toll on one of nature's greatest treasures, and it might be out of the hands of the Australian damage to reverse the damage that has already been done. I would love to have the opportunity to see this one day, and I hope I get to, but I don't know if I ever will if current rates of reef loss continue. Here's to hoping humanity gets it act together and tries to save the geography we often take for granted; we won't like the ugly landscapes that will follow if we don't.

Matt Manish's curator insight, May 3, 2018 1:03 AM
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is certainly considered to be a natural wonder. But according to this video, 50% of the reef has been lost within the last three decades. This is very discouraging news, not only is the Great Barrier Reef the largest living organism on Earth, but it is also home to many other species as well. So in result to much of the reef dying, it also takes a heavy toll on the ecosystem as a whole, since much of it depends on the reef for survival. Hopefully there will be a positive impact on this Australian treasure with the 1.5 billion dollars the Australian government plans to spend to conserve the reef over the next few years and the consequences of pollution can be reversed.
Kelsey McIntosh's curator insight, May 3, 2018 10:42 PM
The Great Barrier Reef is in danger. Even though it is not listed this way, nearly half of the reef has died, and the rest is in serious trouble if conservation is not underway. According to the video, Australia has invested over 1 billion dollars to saving its beloved coral reef. What was once filled with beautiful colors has been blanched. The loss of the reef would be devastating and could greatly impact the sea life as well as Australian tourism.
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100 African Cities Destroyed By Europeans

100 African Cities Destroyed By Europeans | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it

"When tourists visit sub-Saharan Africa, they often wonder 'Why there are no historical buildings or monuments?'  The reason is simple. Europeans destroyed most of them. We only have a few drawings and descriptions by travelers who visited the places before their destruction. In some places, ruins are still visible. Many cities were abandoned when Europeans brought exotic diseases (smallpox and influenza) which started spreading and killing people. Most of those cities lie hidden. In fact the biggest part of Africa history is still under the ground."

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Chris Costa's curator insight, October 27, 2015 4:27 PM

The issues with poverty and hunger that grip certain parts of Africa- particularly the sub-Sahara- find their roots in the utter subversion and destruction of African societies and states during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the subsequent colonization of Africa. European traders placed significant strain of existing African states during the 14th and 15th centuries, as the emergence of "slave states" and the extent of the trade completely changed the demographics of much of Africa. Labor shortages lead to technological shortfalls as well as the dissolution of many African states, as predatory states continued to destroy many civilizations and cultures. By the time that the majority of the West had banned the trade in the 19th century, the damage had already been done; many of the great civilizations of Africa had regressed or been entirely wiped out under the pressure of Europe's demand for slaves. The subsequent colonization of the continent only worsened matters for the Africans, as major hubs of civilization were captured, raided, and destroyed. Traditional societies were subjected to European influences and religion and eventually lost, and yet Europeans looked at the destruction and the lack of economic and political progress their actions had caused and blamed it on the inferiority of the Africans themselves. History has not been kind to Africa, and it is important to remember that that is not her fault. Many civilizations, cities, and states were lost as a direct result of contact with Europeans during the slave trade and the subsequent colonization of the continent. 

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 30, 2015 6:34 AM

Before European contact, Africa had a number of great urban cities. European arrival foresaw the destruction of those once grand cities. The Europeans brought diseases such as smallpox and influenza to the African continent. Those diseases would hamper the previously unexposed African population. Slavery also drained Africa of millions of people as well. Great African civilizations were brought down by these various calamities. European  arrival was the death knell of the great African civilizations. Africa is still living with this legacy of destruction. Africa is the most rural region in the world, because of this legacy.

Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 4, 2015 4:07 PM

Just another way to eliminate any African culture or customs.

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Living in the Age of Airplanes

Living in the Age of Airplanes | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it

LIVING IN THE AGE OF AIRPLANES is a story about how the airplane has changed the world. Filmed in 18 countries across all 7 continents, it
renews our appreciation for one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring aspects of the modern world. The documentary is produced and directed by Brian J. Terwilliger (“One Six Right”), narrated by Harrison Ford, and features an original score by Academy Award-winning composer James Horner
("Avatar," "Titanic").

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This trailer for the film provides a wonderful overfiew of what aviation has done to chnage the world in which we live. Great stimulus for discussion relating to tourism as well as other aspects of globalisation. Encourage you to watch this trailer and then to see the entire film.

 

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Ryan Mannes's curator insight, August 10, 2017 8:50 PM

Relates to technology and transport

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Industrial sites of old can be the cities of the future

Industrial sites of old can be the cities of the future | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The buildings from our recent industrial past can offer some exciting new places for the future, with a heritage character and sense of place. With some creative thinking and ambition, these sites can…
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Great for urban dynamics in urban places. this provides example of urban renewal in brownfield sites from around teh world.

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Indigenous perspective on sustainability

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Find out about some Indigenous sustainability practices and perspectives on land management in this audio interview with...

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Ecosystem mangament is covered in this short video, relating to Indigenous management strategies.

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dilaycock's curator insight, August 27, 2014 12:13 AM

ABCSplash has other great resources on sustainability. 

Bec Seeto's curator insight, October 2, 2014 8:32 PM

Ecosystem mangament is covered in this short video, relating to Indigenous management strategies.

Jessica Burg's curator insight, February 14, 2018 5:28 PM
Indigenous Perspective on Sustainability
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Inner west beats east on home front

Inner west beats east on home front | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
Move over Mosman and Point Piper, Sydney has a new list of prestige suburbs.
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Relates to the case study of Sydney and urban dynamics of change.

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Logging and Mudslides

Logging and Mudslides | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
In recent decades the state allowed logging — with restrictions — on the plateau above the Snohomish County hillside that collapsed in last weekend’s deadly mudslide.
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Intersting relevance to Ecosystems at Risk and human activities which impact on ecosystems.

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Geofreak's curator insight, April 3, 2014 1:39 PM

Mijnbouw en aardverschuivingen, een goede combinatie ...... 

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, April 7, 2014 11:48 AM

There are several reasons for mudslides--some are purely a result of physical geography and others are related to land use patterns.  This last week's mudslide in Washington state was a combination of the two and although this impacts one place (see on map), it is a good teaching moment to discuss the environmental impacts of land use patterns and resource extraction projects.  As seen in this interactive, the river was cutting at the base of the hill, while loggers were clear-cutting at the top of the mountain.  Trees help prevent erosion as the roots hold the soil in place--a critical piece to the puzzle in a very rainy climate.  With $1 million worth of timber on the slope, logging companies persisted despite objections from the Department of Natural Resources and some restrictions (but in hindsight, those restrictions clearly were not enough). 

 

View the impact in ArcGIS online: Before and After Swipe, LiDAR I and II, and Imagery.

 

Questions to Consider: Other than economic worth, what other ways are there to value and evaluate the environment?  How could this landscape have been protected and managed better or was this mudslide inevitable?   

El Futuro deWaukesha's curator insight, April 18, 2014 12:03 AM

Working on an Inquiry of recent natural disasters with first grader.  

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Murray River's 'threatened' listing may be overturned after Government review

Murray River's 'threatened' listing may be overturned after Government review | DSODE HSC Geography | Scoop.it
The listing of the Murray River as a threatened ecological community may be overturned, with Environment Minister Greg Hunt undertaking a review of the listing process.
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Management strategy for Murray River ecosystems is discussed.

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