Human ecology

Finding Fish in Lots of Water

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This NC Now Coastwatch segment documents how shifting currents near the shores of North Carolina's Cape Hatteras makes it one of the most unique fishing areas in the world, and how recreational and commerical fishers navigate it. It also addresses the marine electronics and technologies which aid the commercial fishing industry.

Boundaries and Borderlands | The Power of Place

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This half hour video, Boundaries and Borderlands, introduces the case study approach of the course. Here we examine the borderland region between North America and Latin America. A journey to Anapara and a Campestre near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and then across the Rio Grande to EI Paso, Texas, highlights concepts of geography that are central to the course: relative location, regions, scale, and the spatial perspective.

Strength to Overcome | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies about the geography of Sub-Saharan Africa. The first, South Africa: This Land is My Land, depicts the complex situation of post-apartheid policies and the many challenges to reduce poverty and foster political stability. The second case study, Kenya: Medical Geography, examines the concept of disease diffusion and the terrible pandemic of AIDS/HIV.

Risks and Benefits of Living Near a Volcano | Volcano on the Brink

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Learn how fluoride contamination of the drinking water due to volcanic activity leads to health problems for the population surrounding Mt. Nyamuragira in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while nutrients from lava create rich soil and productive farmland, in this video from NOVA: Volcano on the Brink. Use this resource to evaluate the hazards and benefits that living near this volcano has for the Congolese people in this region.

Apache Skateboarders: Straddling the Past and Present

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Come visit with the White Mountain Apache skate team, 4WheelWarPony, as they test their courage and explore their identity on the site of their ancestral homeland, in this media gallery from Away Games. Born and raised on the spectacular White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona, these Apache skaters ride through the same lands their ancestors once crossed on foot and horseback. Through skateboarding, Apache youth rediscover their proud tribal heritage, stay in shape, and find strength and direction.

Classroom Support Materials for this resource include Discussion Questions, an Activity, and a Background Essay. This resource is part of the Away Games collection.

East Looks West | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies set in Europe: Berlin: United We Stand and Poland: Diffusion of Democracy. This first case study features a French geographer whose work involves a reconnaissance of districts in the former East and West Berlin. Her research helps address questions about how and in what ways the dismantling of the Berlin Wall may lead to the integration of urban areas that formerly were spatially distinct. Poland: Diffusion of Democracy presents the difficulties facing Poland in its transition from communism to capitalism. This second case study shows how, under the new system, Poles are learning the nuances of discourse, compromise, and civic engagement.

Pre-1500 Era | Lesson 1: A Sense of Geologic Time

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Scientists divide geologic time into eras, measured in millions of years. Within each named era are periods, and within each period are epochs. Each vast unit of time is defined by the appearance and disappearance of various life forms and climactic conditions on Earth's ever-changing face. Geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians read the book of time in Nebraska's land. Their shared insights and interpretations can paint a detailed picture of life ten thousand years.

Learn more at NebraskaStudies.org.

World War II Part 1 | Crash Course US History

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In which John Green teaches you about World War II. John will teach you how the United States got into the war, and just how involved America was before Congress actually declared war. John will actually talk a little about the military tactics involved, and he'll get into some of the weaponry involved, specifically the huge amount of aerial bombing that characterized the war, and the atomic bombs that ended the war in the Pacific.

Brazil: The Sleeping Giant | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features case studies on two very different places in Brazil. The first, Sao Paulo: The Outer Ring, shows how a small Portuguese settlement grew into the world's third largest city and the largest city on the South American continent. explores how humans gauge their impact on the environment. The second part of the program uncovers a new use for geographic data collection techniques in the Amazon, a way to monitor sustainable development policies in the rain forests of northeastern Brazil's state of Para.

Holding the Hinterlands | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program, Holding the Hinterlands, is divided into two case studies. The first, Dagestan: Causcuses Disconnect, explores the dissolution of the vast Soviet Union and how the various nationalities within Russia have been confronted with a choice between nationalist anarchy and peaceful cooperation with the Russian core. The second case study, Bratsk: The Legacy of Central Planning, explores this Siberian city's historic contribution to the Soviet central economy and the problems it faces today with environmental pollution and unemployment. The contrast in location, climate, and histories between these two regions of Russia illustrate how geography relates to background, culture, traditional beliefs, and environmental limitations.

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