Category: Geography

Triple the Trickle-down Effect

There’s a mountain in Montana which claims an extraordinary impact on its natural environment over an area spanning many thousands of kilometres. Triple Divide Peak isn’t especially high but the water which falls on its slopes flows into three oceans: the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic. Continue reading

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City Names of Tongue-twisting Proportions

Buenos Aires is a city with an evocative name: ‘Fair Winds’ in Spanish. But how about Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Santa María del Buen Aire? Continue reading

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A Shift in Time

What time of day do you normally get out of bed? Around six or seven am (or later if you’re lucky)? How about getting up every day at twelve or one o-clock? Some people do, and usually they’re shift workers. But can you imagine a country where almost the entire population starts their day at 1am, or perhaps even earlier? And not a small country, but a nation of more than 80 million people? Continue reading

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How to Mispronounce at 29,000 Feet

Tibetans call this mountain Jomolungma, or ‘Holy Mother’. Most of the rest of the world knows it as Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world. It’s named after George Everest, British Surveyor-General of India. Or is it? Continue reading

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