Odds and Ends: A Continent Full of Feathers; Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre

A couple of tidbits for the first weekend of November. 1909 National Geographic Map of Africa Click to expand (3347 x 4264). This National Geographic map of Africa dating from 1909 has been featured rather prominently in Wikipedia’s Africa article for quite some time now. Not only a political geography map, the map also intended…

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A Trip to Trout Lake

It only figures that on the heels of my friends’ trip to Washington’s abandoned Central Ferry Park last month, I wound up taking one of my own trips into an abandoned rural locale of the Pacific Northwest not long after. One of the perks of working in an archives is the trips you get invited…

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Google Sightseeing: The Crowsnest Pass

Those of you who read last autumn’s two-part article (Part I, Part II) on the various tragedies of Canada’s Crowsnest Pass may be interested in the Google Sightseeing post that goes along with it, which was posted today. While touching on some of the tragic history of the pass, the GSS post more focused on…

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Google Sightseeing: Svalbard

As mentioned in our article on the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, this week saw the latest TBG article for Google Sightseeing commemorate the newly-released Google Street View imagery for the islands; the northernmost such imagery released to date (you can view the article here). The imagery begins in the picturesque world’s northernmost city, Longyearbyen…

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Svalbard: Google Street View, Pyramiden, and the Global Seed Vault

Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Source: HylgeriaK, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Longyearbyen_panorama_july2011.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. This week saw the latest TBG article for Google Sightseeing commemorate the newly-released Google Street View imagery for the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard; the northernmost such imagery released to date (you can view the article here). The imagery begins in the picturesque world’s northernmost…

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Tragedies of the Crowsnest Pass, Part II

For Part I, click here. Crowsnest Lake, near the summit of Crowsnest Pass. Source: M. Rogers, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crowsnest_pass.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. In this 78 km (48 mi) corridor split between the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, over 400 people were killed in various explosions, fires, and landslides…

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Tragedies of the Crowsnest Pass, Part I

Crowsnest Lake, near the summit of Crowsnest Pass. Source: M. Rogers, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Crowsnest_pass.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence. In a country known for its mountain scenery, the Crowsnest Pass corridor between British Columbia and Alberta manages to stand out as one of Canada’s most scenic mountain destinations. Contained within its gorgeous…

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Curling Stones: A Precious Resource

Copyright: J. Durnan, http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/988485.  Licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence. Ailsa Craig is the little white dot at the south end of the Firth of Clyde. Ailsa Craig.  A formidable, solitary, dome-shaped rock island lying in Scotland’s Firth of Clyde 16 km (10 mi) off the Ayrshire coast.  Uninhabited…

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