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Geography Awareness Week 2010

Geography Awareness Week 2010

November 15th is the start of Geography Awareness Week, and this year's theme is Freshwater.

Our planet is faced by a drastic shortage of clean, drinkable water. Even in the developed world, reserves of freshwater are low and the population continues to grow. Competition for water from industry, agriculture and domestic use leads to the continued devastation of natural resources and ecosystems, while the waste created by these same parties leads to further destruction through pollution.

Further afield, billions of people have no access to safe water or sanitation, causing dangerous epidemics and diseases that wipe out millions of men, women and children each year.

In this section, we have collected some of the best Maps101 resources about water, one of our most precious resources. Learn where our freshwater comes from, how humans use water, and study the problems, symptoms and solutions. There are videos, lesson plans and news articles, including a specially written story by Dr. Neal Lineback about the current problems faced in Haiti following recent natural disasters.

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