Human ecology

Northwest Contrast | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program travels across Russia's many landscapes to see how geography influences the problems people face and the solutions they are considering since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The case study St. Petersburg: Russia's Window on the West shows a capital city originally founded to link Tsarist Russia to the culture of Western Europe. The case study Vologda: Russian Farming in Flux shows us a quintessential Russia. This region of the northwest interior, which surrounds the administrative center bearing its name, is remote and rural. Many of the changes that have occurred since the collapse of the Soviet Union have not yet reached Vologda.

The Importance of Freshwater Mussels | Iowa Land and Sky

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Freshwater mussels are historically a cornerstone species to Iowa's ecosystems. While industry and modern life has threatened their existence, they continue to be a valuable resource to every organism that calls Iowa home. 

Climate Change, Chaos, and The Little Ice Age | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about the Little Ice Age, a period of global cooling that occurred from the 13th to the 19th centuries. This cooling was likely caused by a number of factors, including unusual solar activity and volcanic eruptions. The Little Ice Age greatly impacted human social orders, especially during the 17th century. When the climate changed, and weather became unpredictable, the world changed profoundly. Poor harvests led to hunger, which led to even less productivity, which even resulted in violent upheaval in many regions.

A Challenge for Two Old Cities | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two cities on the periphery of China and their changing industrial landscape and ethnic and religious minorities. Lanzhou and Shenyang are removed from the heartland of Han China by distance and a variety of geographical barriers. For Lanzhou, the steppes, plateaus, and mountains of central and western China are barriers, while for Shenyang it is the Yellow Sea and the broken edge of the Mongolian Plateau. The physical geography, the process of industrialization, and the historic roots of the cultures are illustrated with images, maps, and commentary.

Civic Engagement | Making Civics Real: Workshop 6

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In this one hour video Workshop 6: Civic Engagement, Bill Mittlefehldt, a 30 year veteran of the classroom, works with his students in teams to define a project, choose and meet with a community partner who can help educate them about the seriousness of the issue and its current status, conduct further research on the identified problem, and present the problem and their proposed solutions first to their peers, and then to a special session of the Anoka City Council. This lesson satisfies state and national standards while helping deal simultaneously with the needs of today's teens and today's communities.

River Rewilding: Project Summary

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Brenda Perry, her high school students at Kent Innovation High, and Eileen Boekestein (LGROW) discuss what it's like to implement a place-based project involving their campus and the Grand River. Learn how their project will affect the Rapid Restoration happening in downtown Grand Rapids.

The Amazing Life and Strange Death of Captain Cook | Crash Course World History

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John Green teaches you about the life and death of one of history's great explorers, Captain James Cook of the British Navy. He charted large swaths of the Pacific ocean, laid claim to Australia and New Zealand, and died a bizarre death in the Sandwich Islands, which are now called the Hawaiian Islands. Exactly how and why Captain Cook was killed in Hawaii is a long-running historical debate. John presents two interpretations of the event, and talks about what the differing interpretations say about history. It turns out how the story is told depends on who is doing the storytelling, and people from different backgrounds can interpret events in very different ways. Also, there is a celebration and a moustache involved in this episode, so you definitely don't want to miss it.

Developing Countries | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies about the geography of Sub-Saharan Africa: Cote d'Ivoire: Cocoa and Change and Gabon: Sustainable Resources? Both Cote d'Ivoire and Gabon are former colonies of France and have rich, culturally diverse populations. Each has pursued economic development with varied success. Both Cote d'Ivoire and Gabon are former colonies of France and have rich, culturally diverse populations. Each has pursued economic development with varied success.

Challenges in the Hinterlands | The Power of Place

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The first half of this half hour video explores the once prosperous Andalucia region of Spain and the gradual marginalization of this area, which is now peripheral to Europe's industrialized core. The second part of the video examines the many challenges Iceland faces due to its remote location and harsh environment. It also focuses on Iceland's cultural evolution in the hinterlands of Europe and the fishing industry's crucial role in Iceland's economy.

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.

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