Human ecology

Geographic Features | Regents Review 2.0

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Geographic features affect how civilizations develop. These civilzations had to adapt to their environment in order to succeed. Take a trip through mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests and discover how each of these features shaped the world as we know it today.

Global Forces Local Impact | Teaching Geography: Workshop 8

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This one hour video workshop takes us to two very different geographic regions in order to investigate the relationship between the global economy and local ecology. In the first segment, we look to China and Southeast Asia in order to answer the question, "What are the human effects of an increasingly modern and global economy?" In the second half hour, we focus on water as an element of local ecology in North America. There we explore controversies surrounding issues of conservation, allocation, and the unintended human effects on water resources.

Population Geography | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on countries in Latin America: Mexico: Motive to Migrate and Guatemala: Population and Conquest. The first case study explores migration both within Mexico and to Mexico's northern neighbor, the United States. The second case study examines the historical geography of Guatemala. The country's history of Spanish conquest began in 1524, when Mayan mountain Indians were subjugated, not for their land or wealth, but to provide the labor needed to create and maintain plantations and haciendas.

The Mainland | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on mainland Southeast Asia: Laos: Isolated Heart and Vietnam: Fertile Dreams. Laos and Vietnam are countries attempting to open their borders to the world after years of isolation due to civil war, political unrest, and physical geographic barriers.

Europe | Teaching Geography: Workshop 7

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The region of Europe, with its large urban populations and many cultural mosaics united under the European Union, lends itself to an investigation of the geography of cities and supranationalism. This workshop examines the positive and negative aspects of both in a European context, asking "What makes a city successful?" and "Is supranationalism economically effective?" Explore these and other questions with geographers in the field and teachers in the classroom.

Supranationalism and Devolution | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two segments set in Europe. The first, Strasbourg: Symbol of a United Europe, focuses on the coexistence of French and German cultures in the city of Strasbourg, France. Slovakia: New Sovereignty, the second case study featured in the video, discusses the birth of Slovakia and the Czech Republic and the problematic transition from the old Czechoslovakia to these two new states.

The Dynamic Pacific Rim | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies that explore the influence of physical geography in Latin America: Ecuador: Orange Alert and Chile: Pacific Rim Player. The first examines how humans interpret the dangers of their environment. It chronicles the science and sociology of monitoring volcanic activity in the Andes. The second study explores Chile's unique geography and the role it has played in the country's shift away from its traditional economy and European connections. The country's history is rooted in the Indian cultures of the Andes Mountains, but little of this heritage has been reflected since the Spanish entered Chile in 1536. Global interaction continues to exert powerful forces on this country.

Old Ranches and New Development | America's Heartland

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Travel to Gardnerville, Nevada, and meet two ranchers who are deciding whether to maintain their rural lifestyles or sell out to encroaching housing developments.

The Fence | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

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In 2003, the African country of Botswana started building a fence along its border with Zimbabwe. Botswana officials state that their aim is to control the spread of foot-and-mouth disease; however, the people of Zimbabwe see the fence as an affront preventing migration. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Border Jumpers," learn about the fence that has created discord between two neighboring nations.

The Booming Maritime Edge | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies that focus on the geography and economics of East Asia. The first segment highlights the province of Guangdong in the Pearl River Delta and the many multinational corporations located there including Nike, the American athletic shoe company. The second segment covers the rapid economic growth and urbanization of Taiwan, an island country. One geographer sees Taiwan playing a role as an "interface region" between Western technology and Chinese business.

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