Category: geography

Geography: the Murray River, Australia

Self-tutoring about Australia: the tutor mentions the Murray River. I wondered about rivers in southern Australia, and was surprised to find that the world’s third longest navigable river is in Australia – the Murray. As I understand, the Murray’s year-round

Geography: psychographics

Self-tutoring about people: the tutor mentions the concept of psychographics. While demographics mean measurements such as age, psychographics attempt to describe people’s beliefs and hopes – their psychology. Demographics can be studied to predict, for instance, a wave of retirement

Canadian geography: highest point in Saskatchewan

Self-tutoring about Canadian geography: the tutor mentions a curiosity. Saskatchewan you might imagine, since it’s a prairie province, being quite flat. I was surprised to read its highest point is 1392m above sea level. Yet, the height seems a case

Geography: Wolves in France

Self-tutoring about geography and animals: the tutor mentions wolves in France. Perhaps a North American can be tempted to believe that Europe is no longer wild. However, Europe has its mountain ranges that still host wilderness. France has two wolf

Canadian geography: Browns – LaHave?

Self-tutoring about Canadian geography: the tutor rediscovers a place name. As a kid living in the Maritimes, I often heard the marine forecast. The announcer said the names the same way each time, including “Browns LaHave” as if it was

Canadian geography: right whale

Self-tutoring about animals found in Canada: the tutor mentions the right whale. Right whale is so-called because, in the whaling days, it was the “right” kind to hunt: its blubber yield was good and it floated after being killed. Not

Canadian Geography: Anticosti Island

Self-tutoring about Canadian geography: the tutor mentions Anticosti Island. I noticed Anticosti Island on maps from around grade 5. No-one mentioned it, so I always wondered why. I’d lived on Prince Edward Island, which is around the same size, and

Geography: eastern cougar

Self-tutoring about animal life in North America: the tutor mentions the eastern cougar. Once found in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, as well as the eastern US, the eastern cougar’s presence is doubted now in Canada, and it

Canadian geography: Vancouver Island fauna: are there coyotes here?

Self-tutoring about animals on Vancouver Island: the tutor checks if coyotes live here. Apparently, coyotes do not reside on Vancouver Island. Source: spca.bc.ca sierraclub.bc.ca

Canadian geography: Acadian forest: eastern white cedar

Self-tutoring about the Acadian forest: the tutor mentions eastern white cedar. Eastern white cedar typically grows 40 to 50 ft tall (12 to 15m). It reminds one of the cedars we have here on the West Coast, just much smaller.

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