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The World Population Prospects allows users to change variables to learn about population prospects in the world. Users can change variables such as population, population density, location, date and variant in the basic panel to obtain basic output while a second panel allows users to obtain more detailed information such as median age, total fertility rate and population by age. There are also full ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Ref. material, In-situ dataset, Calculation / Conversion tool
Subject: Human geography
 
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This site is an animated pyramid graph depicting the population of the US by age and sex from 1950 to 2050. The animation runs continuously. Links to other animations and a homepage are also available. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Visualization - scientific, Modeled dataset
Subject: Human geography
 
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This website contains eight maps showing human population density starting in 1 AD. Maps can be viewed as large single maps or as an animation of population change through time. The maps are from a Social Contract article by John H. Hanton, 'End of the Migration Epoch.' Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Map, Visualization - scientific, In-situ dataset
Subject: Human geography
 
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This site from SERC's Starting Point presents sample Gallery Walk questions for an activity about map reading. These questions encourage students to examine lines of latitude and longitude, read representative fractions, identify landforms on topographic maps, ways to use road, contour, bedrock, soil, satellite, and aerial maps, and how to critique maps. The questions are organized according to the ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Human geography
 
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Skills: Read (1)
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This National Geographic news article from December 2001 outlines the eruptive progress of Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico. The article discusses the difficulties of evacuating locals during volcanic disasters because of their overall beliefs that the volcano is their "friend." Users can also link to other National Geographic news stories, special news series and the main National Geographic site. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Human geography, Geology
 
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NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day website hosted this photo of Earth at night in November 2000. The photo shows what Earth looks like at night with urban centers highlighted by concentrations of city lights. The image is a composite of hundreds of satellite photographs taken by orbiting Defense Meteorological Satellites Program satellites. Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Photograph
Subject: Human geography, Space science
 
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In this example, a field laboratory in introductory geology becomes a test of a hypothesis: Does the model proposed by Stanley Trimble for Coon Creek, Wisconsin adequately describe the history of post-European-settlement erosion and deposition in a small drainage in southeast Minnesota? This field lab is detailed on the site, which describes leaning goals, a context for this lab's use, teaching notes ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Field activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Human geography, Geology
 
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In this activity, students access and visualize world population data using the user friendly MyWorld GIS software. Data includes total population, population density, projected population, male and female population, and age specific population, etc. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor, Ref. material
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Human geography
 
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The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with the different types of transnational pollution, and to give them an opportunity to role play in a hypothetical case of transnational pollution on the Danube River. This lesson introduces the grandest and most threatening problem of the global environment-transnational pollution. The flow of pollutants across national boundaries has confirmed ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography, Policy issues
 
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This National Geographic news article from July 2002 describes world wide volcanic hazards. Due to the increasing population near dangerous volcanoes, the importance of volcanic monitoring and hazard prevention is essential. This article discusses the difficulty of educating residents about volcanic hazards and establishing programs to prevent disasters. The article also outlines several National ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Journal article
Subject: Human geography, Geology, Natural hazards
 
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