Interactive map: water consumption

In the course of putting together a mock unit on the water cycle and water use/conservation for one of my graduate courses, I found this interactive Flash-based map. It was created by two graduate students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Joseph Bergen and Nicki Huang. Without dissecting the data presented, I think this would be a great resource in the classroom that could be used to compare domestic, agricultural, and industrial water use. The map is interactive, allowing students to compare countries of their choosing, simply by hovering over the selected countries. I understand that some schools/districts restrict online access in the classrooms, and this serves as merely one example of a resource that would go unused if that were the case. In my opinion, it would be shame not to be able to use a resource like this….

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