ENVIRONMENT Thanks to large-scale restoration efforts, the North Aral Sea has seen a resurgence of fish—a boon to the communities that rely on it. (National Geographic) Use our resources to learn more about how the Aral Sea was written off for dead to begin with, and why it won’t ever fully recover. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers … Continue reading Once Written Off for Dead, the Aral Sea Is Now Full of Life
ENVIRONMENT The Nile river and its fertile delta were long the source of Egypt’s wealth and greatness. Today, they face relentless assault from both land and sea. (Yale Environment 360) Navigate the anatomy of the Nile with our video and map resource. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas According to the Yale article, the … Continue reading The Vanishing Nile
UNITED STATES The damaged California dam is in the spotlight now, but it’s not alone among the facilities needing upgrades. (Nat Geo News) Why do we have dams? Use our resources to better understand. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Nat Geo News reports that there are more than 80,000 … Continue reading What’s Happening at the Oroville Dam?
Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Monday, October 3 TDIGH: East and West Germany Unite The reunification of Germany, which came less than a year after fall of the … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, October 3 – 9
WORLD Plans to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the Amazon have been put on hold due to concerns about its impact on the indigenous community in the region. (Guardian) Use our fantastic hi-res map to find the proposed site of the São Luiz do Tapajós dam and an array of other human activities in the Amazon Basin. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list … Continue reading Brazil Suspends Amazon Dam Project