Google Sightseeing: Top Ten Northernmost Items on Google Maps

If nothing else, Google Sightseeing loves superlatives.  Articles on items that are the largest, the smallest, the funniest, or the strangest are always popular topics.  In my latest GSS article, the list of superlatives on the website gets added to with a list of ten items seen on Google maps that can be called the…

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Elements Named for Places

As schoolchildren, we are all exposed to the periodic table of the elements in our science textbooks and on the walls of our chemistry classrooms.  This organised display of the chemical elements – the pure chemical substances that are the building blocks of all molecules – ingrains the names, symbols, and atomic weights of the…

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A Cavalcade of Crazy Driving on Winter Roads

Around the temperate Northern Hemisphere, as we do around this time every year, we are now plunging headlong into winter.  Personally, it’s my favourite season (yes, I’m that one crazy friend of yours still wearing a t-shirt when it’s ten degrees below freezing while downing a frozen slush drink), but for many people in my…

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Following Up: An August 2011 Update on Previous Articles

Just a few mini-updates and additional tidbits on some topics from previous articles here at The Basement Geographer: Semi-Abandoned Prairie Town or Detroit? (originally posted 30 July 2010): The very first article on this site was about the increasingly vacant landscape of the city of Detroit; a topic also brought up this week at World…

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Å (All Eight of Them)

Many of you have probably noticed by now the standfirst/slogan underneath the title of this blog. You know, the one that reads ‘Scattershot slices of the world from Å to Zzyzx’.Zzyzx was one of the first topics to be featured on this site, so it’s now time to visit the other half and look at Å….

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