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More Sea-Shape Geo-Riddles


More Sea-Shape Geo-Riddles

The shapes of several water bodies are presented below, with accompanying riddles.  Answers are provided below each shape in the form of a larger, labeled map.  The riddles are explained at the end of the post. …
Do We See the Shapes of Seas? Test Yourself


Do We See the Shapes of Seas? Test Yourself

The geographical imagination tends to prioritize land over water, which is hardly surprising. Water is generally in the cartographic background, conceptualized as something of a void.  As a result, people have a difficult time recognizing the shapes of seas, bays,…
Remapping the World’s Largest Lakes


Remapping the World’s Largest Lakes

Wikipedia’s article on the world’s largest lakes by surface area features a fantastic map of the fifteen largest, using the dymaxion projection devised by the inimitable Buckminster Fuller. As can be seen, more than half fit into the category of…
Mapping Tobacco Use Now and in 1500


Mapping Tobacco Use Now and in 1500

Tobacco use is plummeting over most of the world. This decline is easily seen on a map showing the change in the percentage of the adult population that uses tobacco from 2000 to 2020. If the World Health Organization data…
Comments Disabled; Reply to Pete Morris


Comments Disabled; Reply to Pete Morris

Dear Readers, After much consideration, I have decided to disable the comments section (Disqus) on GeoCurrents. Relatively few constructive and engaging comments are received, minimizing the utility of the function. I also find the occasional insults from offended readers quite…
Middle Path Environmentalism


Middle Path Environmentalism

Dear Readers, I have posted two essays on environmental philosophy and politics under the “Featured Essays” drop-down menu located above and to the right of this post. They were initially designed to be the introduction and first chapter of a…
GeoCurrents Reorientation


GeoCurrents Reorientation

Dear Readers,  GeoCurrents has been on hiatus for the past two months as I have redirected most of my efforts to writing a book on environmental philosophy, politics, and policies. This work is tentatively titled Middle Path Environmentalism: Taking Climate Change and Other…
South Korea’s Fertility Collapse


South Korea’s Fertility Collapse

Recent reports indicate that South Korea’s Total Fertility (TFR) rate has dropped to 0.7 children per woman, a staggeringly low figure. Although below-replacement fertility is now found in all high-income countries except Israel, all others have significantly higher birth rates…
Melbourne Vs. Sydney Revisited


Melbourne Vs. Sydney Revisited

Australia is an unusual country in having two metropolitan areas of roughly equal population that overshadow all others. As the tables posted below show, Melbourne and Sydney each have around five million inhabitants, roughly twice as many as third-ranking Brisbane.…