Tag Archives: Geography

Illustrations from the Russian Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary (1890-1907) |

From Runiverse, a sort of Russian Google Books: Dear users!  Again we present you the “Encyclopedic Dictionary of Brockhaus and Efron”. We carried out work to restore the integrity of the publication. The volumes XXVIIa and XXVIII, dedicated to Russia, and also … Continue reading

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Pineapple Express Soaks California 

An atmospheric river has been flooding California and other parts of the western United States with rain and snow for nearly a week. Precipitation could be measured in feet rather than inches in some locations, and rivers and valleys filled … Continue reading

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About that Header Image of San Francisco Bay

The image at the top is from the webcam of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California. It sits high in the Berkeley Hills and is one of the sites I visit daily. It’s an excellent ‘weather report’ … Continue reading

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The Lovely Preservation of a 17th Century Map

A huge wall map, about 1.5m x 2.15m (5’x7′) found stuffed into a chimney in Aberdeen, Scotland last spring, was handed over in a plastic bag to the National Library of Scotland. Resembling a bundle of rags, the map was severely … Continue reading

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T160k is Ceasing Operations

Saying good-bye to one of my favorite crowd-funding sites. This is why and how it was begun: Timbuktu is a legendary name, but it’s also a real city on the edge of the Sahara desert in Mali. In medieval times, … Continue reading

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The Fukuoka Sinkhole, How a Government SHOULD work

Since government is (supposedly) operated with the consent of the governed and is expected to provide for the common good, you’d think that dealing with a disaster like this one as well as the Japanese did would be commonplace. Here’s … Continue reading

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House Hunting like a Russian Billionaire 

I can’t believe I never googled Russian real estate before! We all know our friends from the former Soviet Union have a special kind of taste when it comes to interior design, but with a limitless decorating budget, it just … Continue reading

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Follow South America’s Historical Changes via Maps

In recent times atlases have become a rarely consulted reference and many are being disassembled and the maps are being sold individually by people on eBay. As a book lover I hate to see this happen but after having my own … Continue reading

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