Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

It seems that every other year or so, an organisation or publication tries to come up with a new version of the Seven Wonders of the World in an attempt to replicate the Seven Wonders of antiquity. One of the more notable efforts of recent years is the New7Wonders website, which solicited over 100 million…

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Vintage Road Map Week 2012, Part I

It’s time once again for our annual Vintage Road Map Week 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…

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The Chinese Food You Just Ate Probably Didn’t Come From China: Examples of ‘Chinese’ Foods from Around the World That are Local Creations

Have you ordered any Chinese food lately?  Chances are whether you’re in Seoul, Manila, Chicago, or Saskatchewan, you have.  Just two nights ago, I myself had chicken-fried rice, breaded almond chicken, and chow mein.  All of those items are staples of Chinese food menus across North America – and pretty well nowhere else.  Most certainly,…

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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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The Chocolate Hills of Bohol

Source: S. Borja, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chocolate_Hills.jpg. Used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2. Behold one of the strangest land formations on Earth. No, it’s not a group of old weathered volcanoes, overgrown pyramids left behind by an ancient civilisation, or a group of rogue pingos that somehow migrated to the tropics. These…

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Geographic Acronyms in the Philippines

As people, we have inherent propensities toward abbreviating terms or names whenever it suits us, and we often create new words in the process. Toponyms are no different. When it comes to place names, acronyms are all around us. Whether they are used to name neighbourhoods, cities, regions, geopolitical associations, or even an entire country, portmanteaus and initialisms…

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