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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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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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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