Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part VII: East Asia and Southeast Asia/Oceania)

Today, we present the second-to-last portion of our multi-part look at places around the world where a regional name at-large is used on both opposing sides of the border in the official names of administrative divisions.   Korea (North Korea/South Korea) Source: Kokiri, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Korean_dmz_map.png.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. This, of…

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Tornadoes Around the World

When tornadoes make the news, they tend to do so for all the wrong reasons, as we were reminded of earlier this week when an outbreak of anywhere between 40 and 120 tornadoes resulted in at least 39 fatalities and untold millions of dollars in damage across the mid-eastern United States (approximately the eastern portion…

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The Collapse of Situ Gintung

Later this week, IDEC 2011, the Indonesia Disaster Preparedness Response Recovery Expo & Conference, will be held in Jakarta.  It’s a rather important deal for stakeholders, planners, and government officials, as it represents a coming-together of experts from 20 different countries in the name of disaster management.  In the past handful of years, Indonesia has…

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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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Wallacea – The Bridge Between Asia and Australia

Our inherent need to categorise and compartmentalise often leads to some major geographic conundrums, especially when we can’t agree on the final organisation. Take this article from earlier this year on the number of continents, for example. A continent is the most basic unit of land, and yet we can’t even agree what constitutes a continent, let…

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Bawean: The Island of Women

With (at lowest count) 17 508 different islands, 922 of which are permanently inhabited, containing over 238 million people, Indonesia holds an incredible amount of cultural diversity within its confines. Take, for example, the small island of Bawean in the Java Sea, on which 77% of the population is female. Of 75 000 persons counted in the…

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