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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: zombie apocalypse.

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

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    Halu Hsieh posted on 2022/03/10
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