Kolmanskop

Once every few months or so, it seems some chain email makes it into my inbox featuring astounding pictures of a windswept desert town with otherwise normal-looking houses filled with sand from years of neglect and desert erosional processes. Chances are if you’re geographically inclined and spent any reasonable amount of time on the Internet,…

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The Caprivi Strip and the Curse of the Scramble for Africa

Borders on a map of Europe look very ‘natural’; i.e. no straight lines. There’s a certain flow to them in that they don’t appear arbitrary. Contrast that with a map of Africa, which has a lot more straight lines and odd panhandles. This is a legacy of the 19th century Scramble for Africa, in which…

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