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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Aokigahara: The Suicide Forest

WARNING: Some may find the content of this post disturbing. Source: Thien V, http://www.flickr.com/photos/thienv/8014133231/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic licence. In the year 864, Mount Fuji erupted continuously for ten days, throwing huge amounts of cinder and ash into the sky and coating its slopes with lava. One lava flow was so…

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Top 5 Declining Populations by Country

As of the date this article was written, the world’s population sits at about 7.06 billion and will likely continue to grow until at least 2050, if not longer. Almost all of that growth will come from developing countries (primarily Africa and the Middle East), for most of Europe along with South Korea and Japan…

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British Home Children

Note: There is a very insightful presentation (38:26) at the UK National Archives on the subject of British child migration that is of much relevance to this article and can be listened to in accompaniment (you can also read the presentation transcript here). There’s a fair chance that if you live in Australia or Canada,…

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The Largest Cities With the Shortest Names

We’ve talked before on this site about the eight Scandinavian villages named Å, and there are a few other places in the world with just one letter for a name, but what one-letter town can actually claim to be the largest?  Not too many people can claim to live in such uniquely-named locales. The former…

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The World’s Largest City: Tokyo? Shanghai? New York? Other?

What is a city?  It depends on what you’re talking about.  Are you simply looking to define a conurbation of people?  If so, what separates a city from a town or a village?  And is it something legally definable?  In some countries, yes; others, no; at least when referring to cities proper.  Do you use…

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Islands With 10 Million Residents

There are at least 180 497 islands on Earth with an area of 10 hectares or more. Upon those islands resides approximately ten percent of the world’s population. But of those islands holding all those hundreds of millions of residents, just 170 islands have a population of more than 100 000 people. 53 islands host a…

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A Quick Look at MigrationsMap.net

You may remember the post here last month on international population pyramids, which used great looking pyramids produced by Martin De Wulf at PopulationPyramid.net. If you haven’t read the post, you’ll definitely want to visit his site, which has does a fantastic job of visualising demographics for every country and major region on the planet…

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