Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thinking about Place

Image above: Driving through the streets of a place known as McDowell County, West Virginia. 

Related links to Spatialworlds 
Spatialworlds website

Australian Geography Teachers' Association website    

Where am I??  

Adelaide, Australia: S: 34º 55' E: 138º 36'

More than just a location

* A place in West Virginia
This video from Seth Dixon's perfectly exemplifies some key geographic ideas; sense of place, regional economic decline, migration and resource extraction.  This video would be great to show students and then get them to analyse the geographic context that creates a place like McDowell County, West Virginia.  This is a great addition Seth's Place-Based Geography Videos StoryMap.  

"McDowell County, situated in the coalfields of West Virginia, has experienced a great boom-and-bust since 1950. But despite the economic decline and population loss, many still call it home and feel a great sense of purpose among the mountains. Residents speak about their connection to this place and the meaning of home."

Hear more stories at "

* Living in a place under a rock

*A town pops up

* Place based geography videos from Seth Dixon

* The power of place video series

* Dead places
Some fascinating pictures of ghost towns, deceased places! 

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