Human ecology

Sanctuaries of Silence | 360 Virtual Reality Video | Global Oneness Project

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This virtual reality/360 film takes you on an immersive journey with acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton in the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington State, one of the quietest places in North America. By Adam Loften and Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee.

One Earth, Many Scales | The Power of Place

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This half hour introductory video raises two questions that are central to geographic understanding: What insight can geography provide regarding the unity and division that pervades the contemporary world? And what are the concepts of geography that help us analyze characteristics of the world's regions?

Urban and Rural Contrasts | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two geography case studies in India focused on society's impact on the environment and shifts in population and human migration. The first case study, Delhi: Bursting at the Seams, discusses the biggest challenge facing one of the world's most populous countries: mass migration to the city. The second case study, Kikhatpura: Help Through Irrigation, highlights a drought prone area of India and the irrigation infrastructure that stabilizes the agricultural water supply.

Haiti: Relief Efforts Meet Staggering Obstacles

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On January 12, 2010, Haiti was leveled by one of the most devastating earthquakes in recorded history. Those responsible for handling the catastrophe, including the Haitian state and the United Nations, were crippled by disaster and struggled to respond.

In this video chapter from FRONTLINE The Quake, correspondent Martin Smith travels to Haiti to bear witness to this humanitarian crisis and the ill-coordinated relief efforts on the ground. 

The video contains graphic images. Please preview before classroom viewing.

River Rewilding: History and Economy of the Grand River

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This four-minute video describes the role the Grand River has played in the economy and culture of the people who settled along its banks. A description of the Grand River Revitalization Project is also provided.

Water and Classical Civilizations | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about water. People cannot live without water, which means it's absolutely necessary for civilization. In this episode, John talks about water in the context of classical civilizations, but not those of Greece or Rome. Instead, we'll explore the Maya civilization in Central America and the Khmer civilization in what is now Cambodia.

Small Farms, Big Cities | The Power of Place

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The two case studies in the half hour video Small Farms, Big Cities highlight a modern paradox in Japan, the coexistence of both the mega-city of Tokyo and small-scale agriculture. A farmer's story in the first case study illustrates climatic conditions in Tohoku, or Northeast Japan, and the influence of natural hazards upon agricultural productivity. In the second case study, a commuter from Saitama provides insight into the continued growth of one of the world's largest metropolitan areas.

North Africa and Southwest Asia | Teaching Geography: Workshop 4

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This one hour video program focuses on two locations in the arid regions of North Africa and Southwest Asia. First, visit Jerusalem in a search to understand the conflicts that have erupted in this holy city. Then, in Egypt, investigate this desert nation's limited natural resources. These classroom segments show students grappling with what life is like in Israel's occupied territories and engaging in some creative mapmaking as they map the Nile River.

Drought and Famine | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about drought, which is a natural weather phenomenon, and famine, which is almost always the result of human activity. Throughout human history, when food shortages hit humanity, there was food around. There was just a failure to connect people with the food that would keep them alive. There are a lot of reasons that food distribution breaks down, and John is going to teach you about them in the context of the late-19th century famines that struck British India.

The Transforming Industrial Heartland: The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies in Europe: Liverpool: A Tale of Two Cities and Randstad: Preserving the Green Heart. The city of Liverpool in England and the metropolitan region of the Randstad in the Netherlands are tied together by the common themes of modernization, transportation, and trade as well as quality of life issues.

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