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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Johann Christoph Homann’s 1730 Map of Asia

The map you see above is a 1730 maps of Asia produced by the German cartographer Johann Christoph Homann, scion of the famous early 18th century cartographer Johann Baptist Homann (click on the map to expand to its full size of 4000 x 3492). Its full title? The rather convoluted Recentissima Asiae Delineatio: Qua Imperia,…

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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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Vintage Road Map Week 2012, Part II

It’s the second annual Vintage Map Week here at The Basement Geographer.  If you, like me, are a map freak, then you’ve probably tracked down your fair share of old road maps over the Internet, where good cartographic Samaritans have uploaded hundreds of images of old road maps that one can lose hours looking at…

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A Look at GPS Alternatives

Around the world, use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) is so commonplace that for many who use GPS-enabled devices (handheld navigation devices, automobile satnav units, cellular phones and tablet computers, geofencing, surveying, and so on), the words ‘GPS’ and ‘GPSed’ have become everyday verbs.  The presence of GPS in modern life is so ubiquitous…

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Fuji Speedway and Abandoned Oval Motor Circuits of Europe

My latest article over at Google Sightseeing (which you can view here) takes a look at Japan’s Fuji Speedway, which was visited by the Google Street View team during a weekend of racing action. Street View not only captured imagery directly from the main speedway circuit but also of the two karting circuits in the…

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Google Sightseeing: Fuji Speedway

My latest article over at Google Sightseeing (which you can view here) takes a look at Japan’s Fuji Speedway, which was visited by the Google Street View team during a weekend of racing action.  Street View not only captured imagery directly from the main speedway circuit but also of the two karting circuits in the…

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