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Maja Jankovic and Aleksandra Malek
Kyle D. Braun
Student Digital Storytelling
Research topics, digital stories, and other projects posted by CCC students from instructions in course.
Digital Story student productions usually use iMovie for Mac or Moviemaker for PC that are free downloads. Three minutes is the typical length, personal voice over telling about a place of choice, music in the background; one of the slides shows a map of where the place is. Student productions are published to youtube or vimeo then shared using embed code for future students to view too.
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The Andes Mountains run along South America's western side and is among the world's longest mountain ranges. The Andes Mountains are located in South America, running north to south along the western coast of the continent. The latitude is 10° N. to 57° S. The longitude is 70° W. to 80° E. The Andes varied terrain includes a variety of different bioregions within itself such as: glaciers, volcanoes, grassland, desert, lakes and forest. The mountains shelter pre-Columbian archaeological sites and wildlife including chinchillas and condors, as well as numerous other species. Starting from Venezuela in the north, the range passes through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. The elevation of the Andes reaches as high as 22,841 feet above sea level on Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside Asia. I hope to be able to visit a portion of these mountains some day!
Made Shawver and I (Will Metherd) did the Rocky Mountains. The Rocky Mountains extend from New Mexico to N.W. Alaska spanning for over 30,000 miles along the western half of the United States. These tall mountains form the Continental Divide, which separates the Great Plains on the east and plateaus on the west. This includes countless lakes, rivers, and streams which come from snow melt or glaciers. There are parts of the Rocky Mountains that are never able to melt all of the snow throughout the summers and stay frozen all year round. The highest peak, Mt. Elbert, is located in Colorado at 14,431 feet above sea level. There are many diverse creatures that live here including mountain lions, elk, bears, moose, and small rodents such as squirrels, raccoons and foxes. The most common trees in the Rocky Mountains are the bristlecone pine, blue spruce, and douglas-fir.
"Rocky Mountains." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. . Encyclopedia.com. 2 Dec. 2016
Olympic Rain forests
Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula is home to Americas largest temperate rainforest. The Quinault, Queets, and Hoh are lush temperate rainforests. They have a remarkable amount of plant and animal life, and a thriving tourist industry. The region lies in the western part of the state in the shadow of the Olympic Mountain range. At present the rainforests are separated due to human interaction; however, long ago all the rainforests were one and ranged from British Columbia in the north all the way to the Northern edge of California.
The area is home to many species of mammal including bears, deer, and beaver. The area is notable for having the largest population of Roosevelt Elk in the United States. While animal life abounds, the amazing diversity of plant species is what the area is best known for. Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Big Leaf Maple, and Red Adler trees are just a few of the varieties that tower over the land. Under the canopy mosses, ferns, and lichens dominate the landscape creating an almost mystical scene. Bushes like the Salmonberry and Huckleberry are also notable inhabitants.
The wide variety of plant life is due in part to the volume of rainfall the area receives and
mild cool climate. Temperatures in the region rarely drop below freezing in the winter, or climb
above eighty degrees in the summer months. Rain fall can total between 140 to 167 inches per
year. This cool, wet climate makes an ideal home to the plants and animals that thrive here.
Mosses cover most tree trunks and ferns are so thick in some areas that they are difficult to pass.
It all comes together to form a magical landscape that one must see to truly appreciate.
For more information follow the links above.Josh Albin
Canadian Boreal Forest
The boreal forest is an extremely large area that makes up most of Canada. Since it is so large there is 85 or more species of animals that live in the region. Elk, moose, bears, wolves, caribou, snowshoe hares, lynx, and beavers are just a few of the mammals occupying this region. Owls, grouse woodpeckers, and finches are some birds that live up there all year. On the other hand, ducks, geese and other migratory birds make the boreal forest their nesting and feed grounds during the spring and summer. Also, being abundant in the boreal forest are quite a few breeds of fish, around 130! Walleye, Pike and many kinds of trout can be found in the plentiful rives, and lakes of Canada. As you may have guessed, the boreal forest is also full of trees. Most of the 20 some different kinds of trees are coniferous. Examples of these trees are spruce pine and fir. They are well adapted for the harsh climate that the boreal forest experiences, as well as its acidic soil. A lot of insects find their home in the boreal forest as well. In fact the forest counts on insects and forest fires to weed out older trees and make room for young trees to sprout up, keeping the forest healthy. I find the boreal forest fascinating, because of how big it is and the fact that it is still pretty uncivilized in parts of it.
Morgan Carney and Erin Greenley
We are doing our report on the infamous Cuba. Cuba is located in the western hemisphere just 90 miles from the U.S border. Cuba is famous for their cigars which were illegal in the U.S in 1962 to weaken the bond between Cuba and America. Fidel Castro was the dictator of Cuba up until 2016. Cuba is about the size of England and located between the north Atlantic sea and the Caribbean se and considered the 16th largest islands in the world.
•Between the months of May and October are the countries rainiest season
•while the dry season is between November and April. During the dry season is when Cuba’s hit by hurricanes the hardest
•Cuba was once covered in forest, but has been cleared to use the land for sugar cane and tobacco.
•With this forest loss there has been government sponsoring of reforestation, which so far have been successful.
•There is still the occurring problem of pollution. In 1996 the Cubans produced a total of 31.1 million metric tons of industrial carbon dioxide
•Cuba is known or the production of different natural resources such as salt, petroleum, timber, and precious metals.
•The county is relatively flat aside from the mountains that are in the south east and south central areas.
•In 1952 with the overthrow of Fidel Castro disavowed the military pact between Cuba and the U.S taking all of the U.S assets. Though many citizens found it hard to see past the dictation of Castro they found a way to live a healthy lifestyle.
•In 2013 Cuba was in the top 10 producers of cobalt and nickel. Another large resource in Cuba would be crude oil and natural gas. Both of these resources come from on shore and shallow water reserves.
•Cuba is the leader in the world using bio fertilizers and organic food and use a safe pest control
•To help in doing so, In Havana in 2002 about 35,000 urban gardens produced 3.4 million pounds of food and 90% of that fresh produce was
Aleksandra Malek and Maja Jankovic
Mount Lemmon is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona, United States. Mount Lemmon was named for botanist Sara Plummer Lemmon, who trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E. O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and foot in 1881. It is reported that Mount Lemmon Ski Valley, on the mountain's northeastern side, receives 200 inches (508 cm) of snow annually. We picked this mountain because we were there over Christmas break and we loved it so much. The summit of the mountain is approximately twenty degrees cooler than the base. Therefore, large amounts of snow falls during the winter months, making it a cool escape and popular tourist attraction for Tucson and Phoenix habitants. Hiking and camping is very popular on this mountain. Catalina Highway charges tolls for parking, camping, and hiking. However, the tolls are only officially charged for people who are camping. Tolls for other events, such as hiking, parking, or grilling, are a part of the honor system. Park rangers will not check for toll payments unless someone is using the park campgrounds. Anyone wishing to sightsee or travel to Summerhaven are not subjected to paying tolls.
Nicholas BentleyCharles Isaac
The bioregion that I chose for this assignment is the Canadian shield. I decided to do this topic for the wikidot essay because I am from Canada and I went through school learning about it. The Canadian shield is a large area of exposed metamorphic rock that forms the geological core of the North American continent. It is one of the oldest surfaces on earth, with regions dating back 2.5 to 4.2 billion years ago. The shield was originally an area of very large mountains with much volcanic activity, but over 100 million years, the area became eroded. It has some of the oldest extinct volcanoes on the planet. It is made up of igneous rock that was formed by the history of volcanic activity. It is then covered by a very thin layer of soil. Due to its surface, human population is sparse and industry is very minimal, but, mining is quite frequent in the area. It is one of the worlds richest areas in mining mineral ores. It is filled with nickel, gold, silver, and copper. It has also been the site of some major diamond discoveries. Since I am from Canada, I thought this was a good topic to use.
Madison Shawver and Will Metherd
Will Metherd and I decided to study the Northeast Woodlands of North America. We started by searching all of the bioregions of the United States and the Northeastern Woodlands really caught our eye. This particular bioregion ranges from Illinois, up to Maine and into Canada. We researched the population of the woodlands as well as the climate, environment, and animals that call it home. This area is mostly populated with indigenous people from many tribes, ranging from Canada all the way through the states surrounding the Great Lakes. The climate in the Northeastern Woodlands is warm and temperate and receives a significant amount of precipitation throughout the year. Deciduous forests make up the majority of the environment as well as the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. As for animals; Black bears, bobcats, barn owls, screech owls, turkeys, hawks, otters, and white-tailed deer call this bioregion their home. Being a region that we don't get to experience every day seemed like a good region to pick.
The Appalachian Mountains, also known as the Appalachians, are a highland system in North American and are among the oldest mountains on the Earth. They are also referred to as the eastern counterpart of the Rocky Mountains. The mountain range is almost 2,000 miles long starting from the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador extending all the wat to central Alabama. They serve as a natural barrier between the eastern Coastal Plains and the Interior Lowlands of the United States. They combine a heritage of natural beauty and regional culture. The highest elevation point within the mountain range is Mount Mitchell which is an outstanding 6,684 feet above sea level.
The Appalachian Mountains are home to thousands upon thousands of species and wildlife. They are very vital to our ecosystem. The climate is typically humid and temperate but since the mountains range so far north to South, the climate presents a sharp contrasts. So basically, lots of snow on the northern parts and less on the south. Although, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina recorded more than 100 inches of snow in one year. One distinctive feature of the biome is the Great Appalachian Valley which includes the ST. Lawrence River that runs all the way from Canada to Tennessee. Once the river reaches Tennessee, it becomes part of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which is a government agency for natural resource conservation, power production, and regional development.
The mountain range is also a great place for people who like a taste of adventure because there are plenty of caves to explore. Especially, in the area known as “New” Appalachia where there are softer limestone rocks. The chief caverns lie within or border Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee.
Tallgrass prairie biome, like the Konza Prairie, Physiographic Region is about sixty miles wide and goes North to South from Nebraska to Northern Oklahoma are characterized by hot, dry summers and cold winters; and are dominated by 40-60 species of grasses, native to Central North America, non-woody flowering plants, and drought-adapted shrubs. Fauna in this area include Bison, Elk, Deer and Antelope. Large predators include Wolves, Grizzly Bears and Red Foxes.
Fires in this area cause several effects, it helps to reduce decaying plant matter, introduces potash and, this triggers biologic growth, Fire regulates tree growth, recycles nutrients, opens new area for plants to grow and take root. Fires are naturally induced by lightning and also started intentionally started by man to clear debris accumulated during the fall and winter.
The prairie is beautiful and muted, gaining strength and taking its life from nature that encompasses it, from extremes of temperature, drought and fire which many Native Americans called it the Red Buffalo, grazing animals and man. ,seems to never fade and season to season fades and returns
The Great Basin Desert is defined by plant and animal communities. It's a temperate desert with hot, dry summers and snowy winters. This desert has a wide range of species. From those adapted to the desert to those adapted to forest and alpine environments. It is divided into rugged mountain blocks and broad intervening valleys. The desert covers an area of about 190,000 square miles. The valleys are usually somewhat wider than the ranges and are mostly desert. The peaks commonly 9,000 feet or more above sea level. Minerals have proved to be the greatest resource of the great basin. The Great Basin has volcanic rocks that formed about 30,000,000 years ago. The ranges and valleys of the Great Basin may be characterized as huge blocks of the Earth’s crust that have been uplifted, sunk, and tilted.
I chose this region because I grew up always going up into the mountains. The Rocky Mountains are located in North America. Deep into the Rocky Mountains is a town called Silverthorne. On the drive up Ute Pass road, just outside of Silverthorne is Henderson Mill. Henderson is the largest primary producer of molybdenum in the world. The Henderson Mine is located in Clear Creek County on the east side of the Continental Divide, in the beautiful Rocky Mountains fifty miles west of Denver, Colorado. The Mine and the Mill are connected by the world’s longest conveyor of its kind; a fifteen-mile elevated belt that passes underneath the Continental Divide through an old train tunnel and then above ground to the Mill. In operation since 1976, Henderson has produced more than 160 million tons of ore and 770 million pounds of molybdenum during the past 27 years. Henderson mill is an amazing example that the Rocky Mountains are an amazing resource and even more of an outstanding area to learn about!Kyle D. Braun on Puerto Rico
For such a small island, Puerto Rico boasts some diverse habitats. Much of the interior boasts mountains, hills, and valleys covered with a tropical rainforest that supports much of its wildlife. Most of the smaller islands surrounding Puerto Rico are used as wildlife preserves and recreation places.
Puerto Rico is a volcanic island with very few native species of animals. Thus, any biologic diversity is mainly a result of animals brought over by humans, on accident or on purpose. The Coqui frog is one of the most beloved and numerous amphibians and will probably be able to be heard anywhere on the island. The rainforest has an impressive assortment of bugs that can grow to be quite large, and include in the populace tarantulas, scorpions, and centipedes.
Germany is a place in central Europe with a population of 80,996,685 as of 2014. It is the seventh largest European country. The north European plane stretches across this area as well as the north sea coastline. The Baltic sea is hillier with sharp cliffs.
South of Berlin is sandy with a dozen of little lakes. In central Germany is were you can find the Harz and Rothaargebirge mountains. The Balavarian Alps which is the highest mountain Germany is on the border of Germany and Austria.
The longest river in Germany is the Rhine River. It runs 820 miles. Some other rivers are the Ems, Elbe, Havel, Oder, and Main.
Australia has a population of 23.13 million in 2013. Australia is surrounded by water with the Coral Sea to the North East, Tasman Sea to the South East, and Indian Ocean touching the rest of Australia. The physical features of Australia vary widely from the Great Sandy Desert to the Great Barrier Reef to the Blue Mountains. Australia is the largest island in the world and is often referred to an island continent. It has only one major feature that is below sea level which is the dry bed of Lake Eyre. The most popular city in Australia is Sidney. It is best known for the Opera House and of course the destination of Marlin and Dori from Finding Nemo. Some significant wildlife would be koala, dingoes, and of course kangaroo. The most dangerous land animal in Australia is the Honey Bee. They are the number one killer of people just because the sheer amount of them in Australia.
The United Kingdom/ British Isles
I am doing my wikidot on The United Kingdom this includes England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. I decided to do my project on this due to my family descending from Scotland 6 generations ago on my mother’s side my great, great, great, great, grandmother was a Bruce from Scotland that fled to America seeking asylum. The boarders and limits of this land changed so drastically even though the geography remained the same. There was the Picts that took over much of the lands or Northern Scotland down to whales and even over to Ireland. Then over a couple hundred years there was the Battle of Stirling Bridge and The Battle of Falkirk many people know about these battles because of Braveheart’s William Wallace.
After thousands of years of making boarders these countries became the United Kingdom in 1707 by King James VI the King of Scotland. The climate of this region is typically cold and wet being that it is on the latitude line of 60 degrees or Arctic Circle the same latitude line that Alaska and northern Canada are on if that gives you an Idea of the temperate scale it shockingly does not snow as much as one would think do to the warm temperature that comes of the Atlantic Ocean that typically has a warmer front. That does not mean that it does not snow in The United Kingdom. There is lots of snow typically 15.6-26.2 days of snow a year most of it being in the mountainous region of Northern Scotland Highlands.
By: Richelle Kitchel
GE 176 World Regional Geography
I did my research on Kenya. Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses Savannah, lake lands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It's also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. Nairobi the capital city and the largest city of Kenya,its population is like 3.1 million and Kenya has a population of 44.3 million. the official language is English and national language is Swahili.Kenya was a British colony it gained it independent on 1st June 1963 and became a republic on 12th December 1963.kenya have 42 different tribes and the tribes have sub tribes each contributing to the country's diverse and rich culture and heritage.The tribes of Kenya are known for their unique history, culture, values, lifestyle, language, religion, food and more.Most visitors who visit Kenya can easily recall massai tribe and their close kin, the samburu people.
Kenyan tourism has made the Maasai and samburu tribes the most famous because of their long preserved culture.By resolutely clinging to their traditions, the Maasai and Samburu have remained two of the few cohesiveand culturally authentic ethnic tribes of Kenya. They are thus recognized world-wide as a symbol of Kenyan culture and are favorites among tourists.
The Kenyan was adopted on December 12, 1963. The black represents the people of Kenya.
Red represent the blood that the freedom fighters shed to attain the independent.
Green represents natural wealth that the country have.
White represents peace.
Black represents the people.
The Masai shield and spears represents the defense of freedom.
Visitors flock to the country to see Africa's “Big Five.” But, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffalo are just a handful of the treasured species in this nation. Baboons, zebras, giraffes, flamingos, and more are enjoyed by tourists, thanks to a strong national park system and a network of wildlife reserves.Kenya is a popular tourist destination because of its many national parks and game reserves. kenya also have The Great Rift Valley. Great Rift Valley is part of an intra-continental ridge system that runs through Kenya from north to south. It is part of the Gregory Rift, the eastern branch of the East African Rift, which starts in Tanzania to the south and continues northward into Ethiopia.
are a tribe of people who live in parts of Tanzania and Kenya and are known as tall and fierce warriors. • They can be recognized by the special red cloth they wear which is called a Shuka. • Maasai people live a nomadic life, which mean they move from place to place with their animals. Maasai are a semi-nomadic people who lived under a communal land management system. The movement of livestock is based on seasonal rotation. Contrary to many claims made by outsiders, particularly the Hardinian school of thought, this communal land management system allows us to utilize resources in a sustainable manner. Each section manages its own territory. Under normal conditions, reserve pastures are fallowed and guarded by the warriors. However, if the dry season becomes especially harsh, sections boundaries are ignored and people graze animals throughout the land until the rainy season arrives. According to Maasai traditional land agreement, no one should be denied access to natural resources such as water and land. Livestock such as cattle, goats and sheep are the primary source of income for the Maasai. Livestock serves as a social utility and plays an important role in the Maasai economy. Livestock are traded for other livestock, cash or livestock products such as milk and siege. Individual, families, and clans established close ties through giving or exchange of cattle.Masai are the most famous tribe not only of Kenya, but also in Africa
There is no singular dish that represents all of Kenya. Different communities have their own native foods. Staples are maize and other cereals depending on the region, including milet and sorghum eaten with various meats and vegetables. The foods that are universally eaten in Kenya are ugali ,sukuma wiki and nyama choma. As you travel around the country distinct differences are noted mainly based on what foods are locally available around such areas. Grains are a staple food for groups that grow grains (e.g. Kikuyu, Embu, Meru, Kisii, etc.). Other communities such as the Luo and the Coastal community have fish and seafood for their staple food as available in such areas. In semi-arid areas like Turkana, foods made from sorghum are more common staple foods. As you move towards the city – food eaten by working families vary according to preference and ethnicity. Rice and stew is more common with working families, and other dishes like chapati (parantha), chicken stew, etc.
is well know for being good in some various sports,most of the long
distance runners are from kenya and they also have a very pretty good
rugby team.Sports in Kenya are paralleled with kenyan culture and as
old as the archeological trivia of the trace of the origin of mankind.
Various indigenous traditional sports have prevailed in Kenya as
elements of culture and a way of life since the history of mankind.Some
of the traditional games and sports prevalent in Kenya since antiquity
included but not limited to, wrestling, racing exercises, stick fights,
hunting (using spears and arrows), board games, bull fights, and dances.
There is just alot to say about kenya and i think it would be interesting to go and experience the nice weather ,sand beaches, see different wild animals, try the food get to know their culture and history of the people of Kenya.
The Sahara is the largest hot desert in the world, and the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. Its area of 9,200,000 square kilometres is comparable to the area of the United States. The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world. it is home to a wide variety of organisms including: The dromedary camel, the addax, the Jerboa, the Venomous Deathstalker, palm trees, some grasses, and the well known Cacti. It is very flat except for the huge sand dunes. The Sahara desert has a Hot season, a cold season, and two rain seasons.
Haiti is a small island nation on the island of Hispaniola. Haiti shares the island with the Dominican Republic. When I first went to research this topic I knew that Haiti was a very poor country but I wanted to find out why and what else besides this country being impoverished.
I first wanted to find out about the geography and why the borders between Haiti and the DR are the way they are because of as it always seems like when it comes to bad borders the result of colonization and the agreement between the French and British to divide the island between themselves. This led to many land grabs back and forth between the two nations over time. The name Haiti basically translates to mountainous country which is very accurate because three fourths of the country is mountainous. The mountains however are not volcanic. The island is in the subtropics so it has a mild climate. Yet the country has had a long history of environmental disasters which is because they have a tectonic fault running right through the country causing many earthquakes. The country also sits right along the hurricane belt.
Hurricane belt with Haiti right in the middle of the red
Tectonic fault lines showing The capital Port-au-Prince directly on the fault line.
The second part I wanted to research is just how this country became so poor and the history behind it. The first information I found was that after defeating the French and gaining independence is 1804 they agreed to pay the French 150 million francs for the loss of the colony. Basically paying the French to maintain their independence. As a result of this the Haitian government had to tax their citizens very highly and could not pay their army which they used to maintain their military dictatorship over its citizens. This resulted in the army officers just taking what they could from its citizens and feeding themselves off what food they could take. They also forbade Elite whites from owning land and closed down university’s and the catholic church on the island because they had perpetrated slavery prior to the revolution. This led to a country with no teachers no students and no wealthy people along with citizens who had the army stealing from them which led to massive poverty. The future was not any brighter for Haiti it brought 3 decades of American occupation, many corrupt regimes and natural disasters. Haiti has never had a chance and continues to be the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
This map shows just how impoverished and poor Haiti really is even compared to the Dominican Republic which is also a poor country.
This graph shows in a little more detail just how poor Haiti really is.
Thirdly, I wanted to know more about the people of Haiti their culture and religion. The people of Haiti speak a language known as Kreyol which has many French influences in it from the over 150 years as a French colony. The people of Haiti today over 95 percent of them are from African descent. In the Haitian culture you can see many influences from this African background. The common misconception of Haiti is that they worship voodoo when in fact they are actually very religious. In fact, Catholicism is the official state religion and the vast majority of the population is either catholic or protestant.
After doing so much research on the region I feel like I have a much better understanding of the Haitian people. I know more about the geography and the climatic conditions in the region. I also found out a lot about why they are so poor and all the problems they’ve faced in their turbulent past.
The climate of the Caymans is tropical and features a bountiful supply of flora and fauna. Avacado, mango, and tamarind are just a few types of fruit trees that populate the islands. Different types of orchids are also grown across the island. Among the many species of animals that populate the islands, iguanas, parrots, and crabs are very easily found. Sea turtles know the Caymans as a haven to lay their eggs on the soft sandy beaches. Sting rays have made the Caymans a popular tourist destination.
The Cayman Islands are a British territory and is relatively small. With a population of only 60,000 people, the Caymans have been able to flourish without too much human intervention. Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands and houses the capital city of Georgetown. All three islands were formed by large coral heads and are mostly flat. The Terrain is mostly made up of low-lying limestone surrounded by coral reef.
As you can see, the Cayman Islands are a beautiful region that should be known as a biological treasure. Put them at the top of your travel list and be ready to enjoy a world like no other.
I do realize that the Caymans are in the Western Hemisphere and originally posted it under Western Hemisphere but when I edited it with map images in put it into the Eastern Hemisphere.
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