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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The Longest Train Ride in the World

In March 2010, news sites were abuzz with the announcement of a proposed Chinese-backed high-speed Eurasian rail line that could whip passengers between London and Beijing at speeds of up to 345 km/h (215 mph), completing the 17-country, 8 160 km (5 070 mi) journey in just two days. While such a fantastical project is…

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The Railway at the End of the World

Just the name ‘Tierra del Fuego’ conjures up images of the end of the world; the point of no return; a land of glaciers and wind. But it’s not as isolated as one might think; nearly 140 000 people call the archipelago home. Of those nearly 140 000, over 126 000 live on the Argentine…

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The Alphabet Railway of the Canadian Prairies

There was a very interesting post yesterday at Twelve Mile Circle (another geography blog you should be reading if you aren’t already) on a set of neighbouring towns in Massachusetts all beginning with the letter ‘W’. Other commenters soon jumped in with their own examples at the bottom of the page providing all sorts of alliterative appellation sequences…

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Gotthard: The Longest Rail Tunnel in the World

We follow up yesterday’s post on the world’s largest globe with yesterday’s news of the completion of the world’s longest rail tunnel. Unsurprisingly, the new record holder comes from Switzerland, a country so mountainous that rail travel without tunnels would be cumbersome bordering upon impossible. Part of the Swiss federal AlpTransit project (and authorised by Swiss…

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