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Originating on battlefields as a means of identification, national flags have come a long way since their bloody conception. Flying in courthouses, classrooms, and fire stations they typically hold symbolic significance for the nation and have complex meanings ingrained into their designs . So go ahead and test yourself on your flag knowledge because these are 25 national flags and their meanings. <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-16941" title="United Kingdom Flag" alt="United Kingdom Flag" src="http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/uk_flag.png" width="640" height="360" /> Combining the crosses of the patron saints of England, Wales, and Scotland, the Union Jack as it is sometimes called is one of the oldest flags in the world having been around since 1801. <img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-16946" title="Austrian flag" alt="Austrian flag" src="http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Austrian-flag.png" width="640" height="360" />
This new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth's land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.
" According to last year’s census results the population of England and Wales has increased by 3.7 million over the past decade - the biggest rise since national records began in 1801 ". Following your vote earlier this term for the next free geography resources, teacher Victoria Barton has written some lesson ideas on the topic of censuses, to help your geography students understand the significance of the census and the challenges associated with it. With weblinks to a range of resources, and activities to help students understand reasons for taking censuses, Victoria’s lesson ideas gather together some of the web’s most exciting resources to help you introduce this topical issue to your students.