Top 5 Declining Populations by Country

As of the date this article was written, the world’s population sits at about 7.06 billion and will likely continue to grow until at least 2050, if not longer. Almost all of that growth will come from developing countries (primarily Africa and the Middle East), for most of Europe along with South Korea and Japan…

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Megamaps in Peril, Part IV: Paradise Lost, Madaba Found

For this, the final instalment of our month-long look at large map installations currently in states of neglect or decay, we present two separate megamaps: one, quite possibly the largest map by area in the world when pieced together but hidden from view for over half-a-century; the other, a happier story of a map lost…

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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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