Sunday, 21 May 2017

Where is North Korea

Where is North Korea? Here are guesses from 1,746 adults:
When asked which policies the United States should pursue regarding North Korea, Americans diverged on their views depending in part on whether they knew where it was.

NYT on this experiment >>>>

Friday, 19 May 2017

Mount St Helens 37 years ago

Last week it was 37 years ago the Mount Saint Helens in the US erupted


On May 18, 1980 a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in the state of Washington, United States. The eruption (a VEI 5 event) was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California.The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on the mountain's north slope.

  CFUqU8ZVIAAPEaM USGS on  Mt St Helens >>>
Mount St Helens now >>>>
Washington Military Department kreflects on the eruption  >>>>
Satelite images from Mt ST Helens, 1979 until 2014 >>>>
Janine Krippner on the eruption >>>
Mt St Helens eruption: a geo-animation  >>>

Monday, 15 May 2017

The new silk road

After some tests with a freight train from China to London a new freight service has started between China and the UK.

A few months ago already the first new silk road trains arrived in Germany
In the end of april the East Wind train pulled up at its destination at just after 1pm, following a 16-day journey, to become the first direct freight train linking China and the United Kingdom. Centuries ago this route was known as the Silk Road. the route along which trade first flourished between China and Europe, bringing silks, spices, Chinese porcelain and even gunpowder from the east.

The BBC about the new freight service >>>>

Read the full article about the first train>>>> 

Geographical news about the new silk route to Germany >>>

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

French police clear up to 1,600 migrants from camp in Paris

Several months ago the French authorities cleaned up the Jungle of Calais. About 5,500 of its residents were sent to various housing facilities across France.

And now again a cleanup .. this time in Paris. Some 1,600 migrants have been evacuated from a refugee camp on the outskirts of Paris near Porte de la Chapelle, according to city authorities.

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Re-inhabitation of Small Town America

A lot of small villages in the USA didn't grow for more than 50 years. They became forgotten Small Towns, Shitvilles.....However they are now discovered by people from the large cities. Waterville, Mississippi is a nice example.

Less than a decade ago, Water Valley, Mississippi was a forgotten small town: there were 18 empty storefronts lining it’s four-block Main Street and plenty of decaying homes for sale. Located only twenty miles from the University of Mississippi and the pricey town of Oxford , it was well-placed for revival.
 In 2002, the first new inhabitants came from Oxford. They were early pioneers in the effort to rehabilitate the old 19th Century railroad town- turning their former drugstore into the Bozarts art gallery, but it took the formation of a community to create real change.
Water Valley is 3,500 people with a four-block long downtown. Since 2002 the  team has been instrumental in bringing 88 new jobs to downtown. Adding 26 new businesses. Fixing buildings, more major renovations in 29 buildings. Adding 14 upper floor apartments. In that new business mix they have added four new restaurants, three art galleries, one grocery store, one doctor’s office and one brewery.”

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Solar Power world leaders

China is now the largest producer of solar energy in the world. But neighbouring India is no less ambitious when it comes to renewable energy. The country has just put the world’s largest solar power plant into service. The Adani Group’s new site in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu covers an area of 10 square kilometers and has a capacity of 648 megawatts (MW). This is nearly 100 MW more than the previous record-holder, the Topaz Solar Farm in California.
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