The Line of Largest Settlements

What are the northernmost/southernmost cities in the world? It’s a somewhat ambiguous question whose answers depends on how you define a city versus a town versus a settlement and how minute one wants to get. Alert, Nunavut may be the northernmost permanently occupied settlement, but it hardly qualifies as a city. The same goes for…

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Following Up: A September 2013 Update on Previous Articles

It’s been quite a while since our last follow-up post, so here are a few mini-updates and additional tidbits on some topics from previous articles here at The Basement Geographer: UVB-76: 30 Years of Radio Mystery (originally posted 26 December 2011): On 24 January of this year, the mysterious Russian shortwave radio ‘numbers’ station known of UVB-76…

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Google Sightseeing: The Wide World of Ice Hockey

If you’re a fan of ice hockey (in which case, you simply call it ‘hockey’), then April is when business really starts to pick each year. The Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner, and 16 qualifying teams will spend the next two months duking it out for hockey’s holy grail. What better time…

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Bridges to Nowhere in Glasgow, Southern California, and New Zealand

Around the world, there are many structures nicknamed ‘bridges to nowhere’ – bridges that are abandoned during construction; bridges that have been partially destroyed and are left hanging in the air; bridges that are no longer used but remain standing; bridges that are built to service negligible populations and become settings for political bickering. Certainly…

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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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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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Same Name, Other Side of the Border (Part IV: Southern and Eastern Europe)

Tyrol (Austria/Italy) How the German-speaking province of South Tyrol (German/Ladin Südtirol; Italian Alto Adige or Sudtirolo) came to be part of Italy rather than part of Austria like the rest of Tyrol is a consequence of the result of World War I.  Between 1140 and 1919, the land that comprises the modern Austrian state of…

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