Category: geography

Geography: leopards in Europe

Self-tutoring about geography: the tutor mentions the fact that leopards live in Europe. In yesterday’s post I mention that the Republic of Georgia’s northern border is often described as the border between Europe and Asia, yet even so, Georgia considers

Geography: the border between Europe and Asia, part 0: the Caucasus Region

Self-tutoring about geography: the tutor researches the Euro-Asian border. According to the CIA World Factbook, Georgia is in Asia, yet identifies as European. Some define the Euro-Asian border, in fact, as Georgia’s northern border, in the Caucasus Mountains. From that

Geography: world percent urban vs rural

Self-tutoring about geography: the tutor notices an article about percent world population now living in urban settings. Apparently, in 1960, the world was 2:1 rural to urban. As I understood, when I was a kid, most people on Earth lived

Canadian Geography: Sable Island, Part 0

Self-tutoring about Canadian geography: the tutor begins about a famous, yet remote, part of his home province. Sable Island, from the French sable, meaning sand, is a connected arc of sand dunes that form an island about 175 km off

Does the natural range of crocodiles extend into Israel?

Self-tutoring about geography: the tutor wonders if crocodiles formerly lived in Israel. Apparently, crocodiles inhabited the Kebara swamps, Israel, into the early 1900s. Source: blogs.scientificamerican.com en.parks.org.il

What is a wadi?

Self-tutoring about geography: the tutor inquires about the meaning of wadi. wadi (noun): a stream bed that is usually dry but carries water during a rainy period. The term wadi is specific to the Middle East and North Africa. Source:

The African and Arabian plates, part 1: the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea

Self-tutoring about geology: the tutor mentions the surprising depth of the Gulf of Aqaba, and its reason. Plate tectonics describes the floating masses of rock that constitute the Earth’s crust and drift across the magma beneath. Most plates roughly correspond

How rare is a four-leaf clover?

Self-tutoring about plant lore: the tutor researches four-leaf clovers. The rarity of the four-leaf clover is around 1:10000, research suggests. I’ve never found a four-leaf clover. However, one summer when I was a kid, one of my friends found one,

Geography: maple syrup production

Tutoring geography, agriculture is topical. The tutor brings up maple syrup production by region. Of course my kids have this Friday off, so I made them (and myself) pancakes for breakfast. While they actually prefer plain syrup, I like maple

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Canadian Geography: two Lawrencetowns in Nova Scotia?

Tutoring social studies, the Maritimes enter the conversation. The tutor mentions a discovery he made a couple of days ago about Nova Scotia. Recently, looking at a map of Nova Scotia, I noticed a place called Lawrencetown, perhaps about 5

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