Odds and Ends: World’s Youngest Countries, GIS Anniversary, and More

Some odds and ends for the day: -While the current Slovak Republic will turn 20 years old on 1 January 2013, it still ranks among the world’s five or six youngest countries, depending upon your interpretation of Kosovo’s status. South Sudan 9 July 2011 Partition of Sudan Kosovo 17 February 2008 Declaration of independence from…

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Borderlocking in Poland

While researching Pomerania for the most recent instalment of the ‘Same Name, Other Side of the Border’ series, I came across the following map of Poland, showing the 2 479 municipalities/communes (gmina) of the country of 38.5 million people: Source: Aotearoa, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:POLSKA_mapa_gminy.png.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Licence.  Immediately, I was brought back to the concept of borderlocking, introduced by Tom Howder…

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Borderlocked in Canada

The concept of borderlocking first emerged in the geoblogosphere back in February 2010 thanks to this post at the always fantastic Twelve Mile Circle.  In that article, we learned that if countries can be landlocked, a country’s administrative subdivisions potentially can also be ‘borderlocked’ – not only without access to the sea, but without access to…

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