Human ecology

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.

Sub-Saharan Africa | Teaching Geography: Workshop 5

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This one hour video workshop focuses on the geographic features of Sub-Saharan Africa with case studies on the impact of apartheid on present-day South Africa as well as on disease diffusion in Kenya. Classroom segments show educators using role-playing activities to teach students about land allocation in South Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. This program considers present-day issues in South Africa resulting from the redressing of land inequities under apartheid. The video also examines disease in Sub-Saharan Africa and how geography can play a role in developing strategies to reduce loss of life.

Ethnic Fragmentation in Canada | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on Canada: Vancouver: Hong Kong East and Montreal: An Island of French. The first segment focuses on the emerging Pacific Rim metropolis of Vancouver and the consequences of a recent influx of wealthy Hong Kong Chinese immigrants into the area. The second segment examines the French-speaking population within Montreal, its turbulent history with the English-speaking minority, and the ongoing efforts to resist linguistic domination in North America.

Regions and Economies | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on the United States: Oregon: A Fight for Water and U.S. Midwest: Spatial Innovations. The first segment looks at agricultural production in the regional transition zone from the lush West Coast of Oregon to the state's more arid landscapes on the east, particularly the salmon farming industry. The second segment looks at the geographic distribution of Japanese auto plants throughout the Midwestern United States.

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.

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