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How Crowdsourced Maps Hope to Save the African Rainforest

We know it’s there, but we can’t see it. Such is the unfortunate circumstance surrounding many of the environmental and social problems facing the developing world. Before international communication was as accessible as it is today, the only way many Westerners learned about the developing world was through the personal accounts of those who had lived...

How Crowdsourced Maps Hope to Save the African Rainforest

We know it’s there, but we can’t see it. Such is the unfortunate circumstance surrounding many of the environmental and social problems facing the developing world. Before international communication was as accessible as it is today, the only way many Westerners learned about the developing world was through the personal accounts of those who had lived...

Olympic-Sized Burdens

In terms of sheer spectacle, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing stood far above any Olympics that had come before it. Everything about the Beijing games was exaggerated. Some aspects, like the fantastically opulent opening ceremonies and the beautifully designed center stadium (known colloquially as the Bird’s Nest), made the 2008 Games feel like a wonderfully...

The Trouble with Rivers

To roughly quote Douglas Adams, “The story so far: In the beginning the United States was created and its accompanying Constitution did not provide any kind of framework for local governments. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” I said roughly. The intentional ambiguity included in the Constitution led to...

An Epidemic of “Maps”

If you are a member of the Facebook, Tumblr, Pintrest, or Iumgr community, you have most likely seen posts like this show up in your feed as of late with increasing frequency: We can all probably guess where this is from. As a geographer, I am fanatical about maps, and am very passionate about their use as an educational and informative tool, so you...

The Menace that is Sprawl

The following table is important. This table shows the largest continual migration pattern in American history, and if the data is to be believed, it shows no sign of stopping. Does this mean that there will eventually be no American citizens living in rural areas? Probably not, but the fact that by as early as 1920 more than half of the country was...

China’s Little Europe

Theoretically, any country that harbors a substantial amount of foreign immigrants is going to develop what sociologists call ethnic enclaves, or physical locales in which the ethnic and cultural background remains distinct when compared to the receiving society. In the US, the most notable examples of ethnic enclaves reside in San Francisco and New...

Naypyidaw and the Global City

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin  We live in an age fascinated with globalization. The isolationist dogma that was common in the early-to-mid 20th century has all but fallen away, replaced by a mutual feeling of international integration encompassing everything...

The 7 Traits of Highly Successful Countries

Are you generally happy? Would you consider yourself prosperous, healthy, and safe? Would you not hesitate to help others, be they fellow countrymen or otherwise? If you live in Scandinavia, then, according to a slew of recent studies and indices, the answer to those questions is most likely yes. For the majority of time that global surveys and indices...

Geography’s Unique Place in Video Games

More often than not, when people think of geography games (more specifically geography video games) the first titles that spring to mind are educational games, such as Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, and the broad class of internet flash games that help children memorize things like state capitals or the names of the oceans. There is nothing...

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