Tag Archives: Geography

Mercator Extreme

The map of the world that we are most familiar with is the Mercator Projection. Developed by Gerardus Mercator in 1569 as an aid in navigation, and functioning quite well at a local scale, it has some serious flaws as … Continue reading

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A Few Billion Years on Mars

NASA has a video out that outlines the latest research into the history of Mars as a planet formerly abounding with, and now devoid of, liquid water.

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Magnesium Iron Silicate Hydroxide is Cummingtonite

Twitter can be an amazing time waster, and it can also lead to fascinating new tidbits of information. Cummingtonite has the chemical formula (Mg,Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2, is classed as an isosilicate or chain silicate; minerals composed of interlocking chains of silicate tetrahedra. … Continue reading

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Surviving the Apocalypse

We all know that the world will end in a few weeks, once the Mayan calendar winds down. However, there is one place in the world where you can be safe from impending doom—Bugarach, France. Unfortunately, I have only heard … Continue reading

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Machu Picchu at 15.9 Gigapixels

Macchu Picchu has captured our imagination since 19111 when Hiram Bingham’s photographs and description first reached our eyes. Fast forward to 2012 will all of the advances in photography and digital technology, and we have the 15.9 gigapixel photograph created … Continue reading

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What makes a good beach day?

A question that has plagued great minds for years, is exactly how to determine what conditions are most conducive to people heading to the beach. This has been especially puzzling in Australia.   Assessing preferences of beach users for certain … Continue reading

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Into the Deep

The furthest that human beings have been away from home is somewhere between 356,400 km to 406,700 km. That’s the range in the Moon’s orbit, and 12 people have made it that far to walk  on the surface. In contrast, … Continue reading

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How to Advertise a Sale

A department store in Japan was having a big sale. How Big? Fucking Big. via The Gawker Apparently, after this hit the Internet, American restaurateur, Ron Silver who opened a branch of “Bubby’s” in 2009,  took the credit (blame) for … Continue reading

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Profit for the Mayans

As a follow-up to my post on the Mayans absence from Georgia, here is a piece about how the Mayans may profit from all their recent publicity. According to Ian O’Neill at Discovery News, there will be an increased amount … Continue reading

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Socotra Island

Socotra Island is the largest island in a archipelago just off the horn of Africa but is a part of the Republic of Yemen. Due to it’s political association with Yemen, it is usually considered to be part of the … Continue reading

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