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  • Worst case scenario:

  • zombie apocalypse.

  • How will you survive?

  • You might be surprised to find out

  • how much geography skills can help you fend off doom.

  • By geography, I mean analyzing the world around you.

  • One geographic concept that could really help you out

  • in a zombie apocalypse is movement.

  • So, first, what moves?

  • People move,

  • animals move,

  • and, while sometimes slowly,

  • zombies move as well.

  • But that's not all.

  • Goods move, too.

  • Goods can be resources,

  • such as food supplies

  • and weapons.

  • People or zombies tend to move these.

  • So, if you see a big pile of zombie supplies

  • where there wasn't one before,

  • you're probably on the trail.

  • Ideas also move.

  • Ideas can include entertainment,

  • zombie movies,

  • news and information

  • about zombie attacks,

  • and architecture,

  • or how to build a safe shelter.

  • And, second, why do people or zombies move?

  • When people, animals, or zombies move,

  • it's called migration.

  • Two concepts that affect migration

  • are push and pull factors.

  • Push factors will make you want to leave somewhere.

  • Pull factors make you want to go to a place.

  • A lack of resources,

  • unstable economy,

  • or high crime rate

  • might be push factors making people want to move.

  • Nice weather,

  • a good economy,

  • or lots of resources

  • would be pull factors for lots of people,

  • enticing them to move.

  • While zombies are definitely a push factor for humans,

  • a city full of people would be a pull factor for

  • hungry zombies who want to eat humans.

  • There are some things that make movement

  • easier for people or zombies.

  • Waterways and highways can make traveling faster.

  • Moving across clear, open space

  • is easier than a tough terrain.

  • And just as land forms can create boundaries

  • that affect movement,

  • so can political boundaries,

  • like a border gate, for example.

  • So, how can you analyze these movement factors

  • to help your chance of survival?

  • There are three basic steps.

  • One - identify the points or locations to analyze.

  • What are your options?

  • Two - find what connects them.

  • Are there highways, waterways, or open land?

  • And three - find the patterns of movement

  • that happen over that connection.

  • Do people or goods move across it?

  • By comparing relationships between different places,

  • you can see what connections they have.

  • For example, pick two cities.

  • Look at the highway connecting them.

  • If people use that highway to commute to work,

  • those cities have a strong relationship.

  • But this other city over here

  • doesn't have a direct connection to the other cities.

  • There's even a river in the way.

  • It doesn't have as strong of a relationship.

  • If a zombie outbreak started here,

  • which city would you rather start out in?

  • Where would you flee to?

  • So, how do you decide where to go in a zombie apocalypse?

  • Do you just run in a random direction?

  • Or do you use your geographic skills

  • to lead your camp of survivors to safety?

  • If you want to stay alive,

  • it helps to understand how and why we move.

Worst case scenario:

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【TED-Ed】How do you decide where to go in a zombie apocalypse? - David Hunter

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