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    I thought this was interesting. This map shows 2008 presidential election results by county in the south. Note the blue (Democratic) band that moves through several Southern states:



    This election was not unique. The area in this band is consistently more Democratic than the surrounding areas. So, why is there a band of blue counties that snake through the south? The non-intuitive answer is that this was the coastline of a shallow sea that has not existed in almost 100 million years.

    What does an ancient sea have to do with politics today? On this shore was deposited the remains of countless plankton (planktons?), making the soil more fertile than the surrounding areas. More fertile soil meant more agriculture. More agriculture meant more slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. More slaves meant larger black populations in these areas today. And that is why we can see the remains of a 100 million year old sea in today's election results.

    At least that is what this article asserts. I am not familiar with the political analysis reputation of "Deep Sea News", but it is pretty interesting.

    http://deepseanews.com/2012/06/how-p...old-coastline/

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    Cool map. I love stuff like that.

    I dig the Earth at night pictures. Fascinating to me.

    One thing I learned recently. And I don't know how I never knew this before, but it was seriously amazing to discover. I always knew international flights went way north in their path, but for some reason I thought it had to do with wind currents (which is partially true sometimes but not the primary reason). So I was looking on a globe, and damned if a straight line between say Eastern Europe and Utah doesn't go almost right through the North Pole. Mind blown.

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    Like Jay, I'm fascinated by this kind of stuff. I enjoy staring at maps and especially enjoy historical tidbits like the one mentioned above.

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    Here's my beach house in Saudi Arabia

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    [YOUTUBE]08LBltePDZw[/YOUTUBE]
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    Global precipitation map.



    http://www.viewsoftheworld.net/?p=1841
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    Here's my beach house in Saudi Arabia

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=najma...rabia&t=h&z=19
    Jihadist!
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    Via Google Earth, I've been studying the islands of the Pacific. I've grown particularly fond of Pagan Island, in the north Marinara's. Once an outpost of the Japanese during WWII, it is covered with cement bunkers, downed aircraft, and tunnels dug. As far as uninhabited islands go, it's at the top of my list for a visit.

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    Someone in my family just got a mission call to Micronesia. He won't be going to the Northern Marinara's, tho.


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    It's a bit stereotypical that we orient our maps with the north on top. Apparently, it was not always so; ancient maps tended to be oriented to the east, whence came the sun. Once we figured out the importance of Polaris as a fixed point in space, we started orienting our maps to the North.

    See, e.g., this map, with the east on top, and Jerusalem in the center:

    τὸν ἥλιον ἀνατέλλοντα πλείονες ἢ δυόμενον προσκυνοῦσιν

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    MAPS is a very useful tool.
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    http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/world

    174/196 just now. No cheating.
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    Maps and geography are some of my favorite topics in the world. This thread should be awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frank ryan View Post
    I was in that area (studying) about a month ago, and had read about that "lost" island. Very interesting. The islands of the Pacific have occupied histories dating back 3,000 years. Of course that's not near as long as the Aboriginal Australians. I find this stuff more than interesting.

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    A map that T.E. Lawrence apparently drew to show how to partition the Ottoman Empire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/world

    174/196 just now. No cheating.
    191.

    Missed Sao Tome, Igaria, Nauru, Kiribati, and Bhutan of all places.

    Gave up with 2 minutes left.

    The hard part was having to spell them right. Took several tries for many of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/world

    174/196 just now. No cheating.
    That's amazing. I got 101.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    191.

    Missed Sao Tome, Igaria, Nauru, Kiribati, and Bhutan of all places.

    Gave up with 2 minutes left.

    The hard part was having to spell them right. Took several tries for many of them.
    Nice job. Really amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    191.

    Missed Sao Tome, Igaria, Nauru, Kiribati, and Bhutan of all places.

    Gave up with 2 minutes left.

    The hard part was having to spell them right. Took several tries for many of them.
    Igaria? Never heard of it
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    I got rim checked on too many spellings and it took the fun out of it. I would have had the worst score anyway.

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    Here is a Chinese map of the world dating back to the early 1400s, well before Christopher Columbus et al

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    Here is a Chinese map of the world dating back to the early 1400s, well before Christopher Columbus et al

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...inese_map.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    191.

    Missed Sao Tome, Igaria, Nauru, Kiribati, and Bhutan of all places.

    Gave up with 2 minutes left.

    The hard part was having to spell them right. Took several tries for many of them.
    That is phenomenal. I missed seven easy ones that I simply forgot: Sweden Macedonia, Monaco, Haiti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Zimbabwe.

    The other ones are the ones that give me trouble: Mauritius, Comoros, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Antigua, and other islands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    Here is a Chinese map of the world dating back to the early 1400s, well before Christopher Columbus et al

    The map is wrong since China should be on the far right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wuapinmon View Post
    That is phenomenal. I missed seven easy ones that I simply forgot: Sweden Macedonia, Monaco, Haiti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Zimbabwe.

    The other ones are the ones that give me trouble: Mauritius, Comoros, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Antigua, and other islands.

    My son has a thing for memorizing, and did the 50 states in the order they were admitted to the Union (weird), and last year did the countries of the world. I did it with him, which is the only reason I got that score. Now he's memorizing poetry from Billy Collins. I'm happy about that one. "And you are certainly not the pine-scented air. there is just no way that you are the pine-scented air."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jay santos View Post
    Cool map. I love stuff like that.

    I dig the Earth at night pictures. Fascinating to me.

    One thing I learned recently. And I don't know how I never knew this before, but it was seriously amazing to discover. I always knew international flights went way north in their path, but for some reason I thought it had to do with wind currents (which is partially true sometimes but not the primary reason). So I was looking on a globe, and damned if a straight line between say Eastern Europe and Utah doesn't go almost right through the North Pole. Mind blown.
    That my friend is a Great Circle.

    One of the biggest disservices that we have done for kids is have that stupid transverse Mercator map on all the elementary school walls growing up. Everyone thinks Greenland is bigger than Africa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Coug View Post
    Here is a Chinese map of the world dating back to the early 1400s, well before Christopher Columbus et al

    Highly suspicious.
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    Chinese map from the 1400's, depicting the Grand Tetons in Wyoming? (Rocky Mountains at the least.)Those dudes got around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by All-American View Post
    Highly suspicious.
    Yeah, especially since they got the Red Sea, but not the Persian Gulf.
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