Victoria Crater: Magellan on Mars

It’s not often that this website visit topics located outside of Earth, but the geography of Mars’ Victoria crater is intimately tied to geography here on Earth, specifically the voyages of Ferdinand Magellan.  With no indigenous sources from which to derive place names for geographic features on the Red Planet, toponyms from Earth are commonly…

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The Ever-Changing Route of the Dakar Rally

This time of year marks the annual appearance of one of the most arduous tests in sport, the two-week-long Dakar Rally (for those who aren’t fans of motorsport, perhaps the closest sporting equivalent to the Dakar might be cycling’s Tour de France).  A 14-stage race for the world’s top off-road racers of cars, quads, motorcycles,…

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