A Gallery of Contrasts Along International Borders

We may think of borders as merely invisible lines on maps, but over time these ‘imaginary’ lines can become very real indeed. Countries regulate (or fail to regulate) the usage of their lands in very different ways. US astronaut and former NASA Chief Scientist John Grunsfeld remarked earlier this year how the differences in land…

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Bisected and Bilateral: Streets Shared By Two Countries, Part II (Europe and the Middle East)

Missed Part I (The Americas)?  You can read it here. Today we complete our look at bilateral streets – roads where the border runs down the middle of the street; where, with a different country on either side of the street, crossing the road is a bilateral task. Avenue de France/Avinguda d’Espanya (Le Perthus, France/La…

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Ice Hockey in Unlikely Places

With the end of the 2010-11 National Hockey League season yesterday (the first Stanley Cup championship since 1972 for the victorious Boston Bruins; a few million dollars of riot-inflicted damage in the losing city of Vancouver), I felt it was time to write an (ice) hockey-related geography article (mostly because it was something pseudo-constructive to…

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The Dead Sea: Still Dying

This is the second part of a feature on the Dead Sea. For part one, click here. Source: Hoshana, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dead_sea_ecological_disaster_1960_-_2007.gif.Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. Since the 1960s, we’ve been watching the Aral Sea slowly evaporate away into nothingness and Lake Chad nearly follow the same course; ecological disasters on a…

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What Makes the Dead Sea So… Dead?

This is the first of a two-part entry on the Dead Sea. With a salinity level of 33.7 percent (approximately 44 billion tons’ worth), the Dead Sea is one of the most hypersaline bodies of of water on the planet, with a salt content 8.6 times greater than any ocean. The waters of the Dead Sea…

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