Five Fascinating Micronations, Part II

It’s the second half of our look at five fascinating ‘micronations’: creations of a single person or small group wishing to declare themselves sovereign over an extremely small piece of territory: perhaps a building, a farm, a island, or a small village. After all, who wouldn’t want to rule their own country? Most micronation projects are frivolous,…

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Five Fascinating Micronations, Part I

There are microstates, and then there are micronations. While a microstate is an internationally recognised sovereign entity (e.g., Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City), micronations are a bit fuzzier in their definition (as Micronation Central states it, ‘a micronation is any entity which purports to be or has the appearance of being a sovereign state but…

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More Lines of Largest Settlements

Following up on Wednesday’s post regarding lines of largest settlement (a way to put the bed the issue of what constitutes the northernmost and southernmost (or westernmost/easternmost) cities in a region), here are examples from six more regions. This was originally going to be a much larger post, but some of the examples in this…

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The Line of Largest Settlements

What are the northernmost/southernmost cities in the world? It’s a somewhat ambiguous question whose answers depends on how you define a city versus a town versus a settlement and how minute one wants to get. Alert, Nunavut may be the northernmost permanently occupied settlement, but it hardly qualifies as a city. The same goes for…

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Centres of the World and Centres of the Universe

This article will alternate between using ‘Centre’ and ‘Center’ in location names depending upon the locales referenced. Forget your preconceptions that the centre of the Earth lies inside an incredibly dense, ultra-hot core thousands of kilometres below the planet’s surface, or that the universe is a giant homogeneic expanse with no discernable central point. The…

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Elevation Extreme Midpoints

While doing Southern California-themed map browsing for an upcoming article on the geography of U2’s The Joshua Tree album cover, it struck me just how remarkable it is that the highest (Mount Whitney) and lowest (Badwater Basin) points of elevation in the contiguous United States are a mere 136 km (85 mi) apart.  Not only…

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Counting Down the Largest Lake Islands in the World, Part I: #10-#6

Lists of the world’s largest islands can be found in pretty well any encyclopedia, world atlas, desktop reference book, or geography website. Lists of the world’s largest islands inside lakes, however, aren’t nearly as common in reference guides, generally being relegated to Wikipedia, WorldAtlas.com, or geo-oddity websites. Even if you’re a geo-oddity hunter, you probably…

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The Basement Geographer GeoCentum Quiz 2012: The Results Are In!

We have a winner!  Aletheia Kallos picked up the $100 prize in The Basement Geographer GeoCentum Quiz 2012 by being the first respondent to answer all 100 questions correctly.  Congratulations to Aletheia; I hope it was fun!  I hope everyone else playing at home enjoyed it as well. Below, all the answers to all 100…

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