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GEOG World Geography- M08: Discussion 8

Discussion Topics:

For this module, answer each of the following in your original post:

  1. On page 495 in the text on The Pacific Realm: "a great drama of economic and political transformation will play itself out during the 21st century?" What does this mean and do you agree or disagree with the author's statement?

  1. In what ways does your field of interest [or course of study] fit into one of the geography sub-disciplines you have read in the textbook?

1. The statement, "a great drama of economic and political transformation will play itself out during the 21st century", implies that there will be a great transformation in politics and also economic development because of the growing foreign interest and intervention across the Pacific. The immense tropical Pacific realm and the ice-covered continent of Antarctica have almost opposing physical characteristics, but they are similar in that they are remote and isolated from the rest of the world. The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future. Issues such as geopolitical competition in the region between the United States, Russia, and China; increased military operations in the region by the United States, Russia, and other Arctic countries; growth in commercial shipping through the Arctic; and oil, gas, and mineral exploration in the Arctic could cause the region in coming years to become an arena of international cooperation, tension, and/or competition. The United States, by virtue of Alaska, is an Arctic country and has substantial political, economic, energy, environmental, and other interests in the region. Decisions that Congress makes on Arctic-related issues could significantly affect these interests.

2. My major is Aviation Maintenance Technology, which is a part of the Aviation industry. The aviation industry involves many roles besides the glamorous job of piloting an aircraft. Many other routes can lead to a job in the field, including getting your hands dirty while working under the hood, wings, and flaps of an actual airplane. The multi-billion-dollar airline industry is likely to offer quality aircraft mechanic jobs for years to come, no matter how technologically advanced aircraft become. The economic impact of the general aviation industry is measured in terms of employment, labor income, output, and value-added. “U.S. economic growth and opportunity coming from the general aviation industry is increasing, and this trend will only accelerate as supersonic and electrically propelled business aircraft drive deeper into their development phases,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA president, and CEO. “This study confirms that general aviation continues to have a very significant impact on the U.S. economy. As an industry, we must continue to keep pace with innovation to improve safety and focus intently on workforce development by promoting the amazing career potential available to young people through general aviation.”

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