Friday, September 30, 2011

"Vikings Of The Pacific" By Peter Buck

I have a growing interest in anthropological monographs with grand titles. The first one of this genre I encountered was Bronisław Malinowski's "Argonauts Of The Western Pacific". Truly, an epic, epic title. Such titles beckon a reader into an inspiring world while the reader hopes dearly that such grand language and settings might not be complete fantasy.

Another one of these books I found by accident, though I am sure I would have found it at some point down the road, is "Vikings Of The Pacific" by Peter Buck. I found it in a bizarre area (the infamous clastrophobic floor after floor of small corridors of glass flooring which I--being 6'3"--must hunch constantly while cautiously navigating) of the Bizzell Library in Norman, Oklahoma called 'the decks'.

The book addresses the brave and brilliant Polynesian mariners who were equals only to the Vikings of the North Atlantic.

One of the best paragraphs I have ever read is in the intro, Peter Buck writes:

"I may be criticized for applying the term vikings to the Polynesian ancestors, but the term has come to mean bold, intrepid mariners and so is not the monopoly of the hardy Norsemen of the North Atlantic. To the Polynesians, the sunset symbolized death and the spirit land to which they returned, but the sunrise was the symbol of life, hope, and new lands that awaited discovery. I am hopeful that Vikings of the Sunrise will reach my kinsmen in the scattered isles of Polynesia and draw us together in the bond of the spirit. We have new problems before us, but we have a glorious heritage, for we come of the blood that conquered the Pacific with stone-age vessels that sailed ever toward the sunrise."

A great sample from a great book.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Free Printable Blank Map Of The World


Free Printable Blank Map Of The World
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Printable Free Map
Free Blank Map Of World
Free Map Of The World Blank

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Google Search "Geography Blog"

I am trying to make this blog unique and personal as well as about geography. That's because one of the first rules of successful entertainment is: as well as content and talent, the personality of the presenter is important.

So that is why I am willing to discuss internal issues with the blog. After all, everyone loves when radio talk show hosts banter with the 'producer' or sound mixer or discuss things that relate to the radio show instead of just talking politics or humor or whatever the format may be.

The internal issue in question is my search rank on Google. Honestly, my blog should be in the top page or two when you search 'Geography Blog' on google. I update my blog very consistently. I might take a week off or as I did first the first time last week and the week before, two weeks. But I don't abandon my blog like 99% of bloggers. Many of the blogs ahead of mine are 1 entry. And it is the 'I am going to start blogging' entry. Many of the blogs ahead of mine are disorganized. Many of them are just not very good.

Also, the majority of my posts are substantial. I put 10-20 pictures on many of my posts and try to get a good couple of paragraphs in as well on a topic. I put a personal spin on each subject and try to raise awareness to issues which are not covered elsewhere.

To this I ask one favor:

Please link to this blog if you have a website.

Here is the url:

It is the only thing that really matters at the end of the day when google compiles there search rank. The comments increase exponentially once a few comments are made (it is human nature to only comment when others already have). But the links are what increases the search volume. It doesn't even matter who is subscribed or not subscribed.

If my blog can increase in traffic and prestige it will benefit the reader. I have projects I want to pursue. I want to help the environment in a substantial way. I have high quality content I would like to give away for free. But it all depends on making this blog viral so I have the platform to do all of these things.


Friday, September 9, 2011

What Is The Smallest Country In The World?

What Is The Smallest Country In The World? At 0.2 square miles (0.44 km2) in area, Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.

Other small countries include Liechtenstein (the smallest German speaking country in the world), Monaco, Nauru, Tuvalu, Malta and The Maldives.

Basically, most of the smallest countries are either tax havens in Europe or islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans! 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

City Profile 018: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Coordinates: 53°34′N 113°31′W
Elevation: 668 m (2,192 ft)
Daily Mean Temp: 3.9 Celsius (39 Fahrenheit)
Metro Population: 1 million.
Estimated 2050 Metro Population: at least 1.145 million.
Risks: Extreme cold in winter, somewhat isolated (though this can be good in some ways too).
Advantages: Wealthy, 'trendy' city, economic prosperity, located in the North American Great Plains (clear down to Texas) rich in resources, jobs and future growth.
Resources: Immediate: Regional: Oil, Natural Gas, Agricultural land.
Other: I think Edmonton is very intriguing. The extreme cold is a big negative but besides that, it is hard to find much wrong with the city.

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 This is a panorama of the downtown Edmonton Skyline, Taken by Steven Mackaay on 23 September 2008. Beautiful Photo!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What Is The Highest Mountain In Australia?

What is the highest mountain in Australia? At 2,228 metres (7,310 ft), Mount Kosciuszko in New South Wales, Australia is the tallest mountain in Australia proper. Interestingly, though Australia is much larger than New Zealand and many might assume islands rarely have tall mountains, New Zealand has far more taller mountains than Australia. Mount Cook in the Southern Alps for instance, is 3,754 metres (12,316 ft). Additionally, the Southern Alps have many peaks over 3,000 meters. Papua New Guinea has even taller peaks. Though I know Indonesia, Papua new Guinea, New Zealand, Hawaii and other islands have tall snow capped mountains, I always feel like it would be impossible for such hot, humid, tropical places to have snow. In fact, some people might immediately declare Hawaii has never had snow when in fact Mauna Loa on the big island gets snow all the time.

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Snow clearly visible on Mauna Loa, Big Island, Hawaii.

17 February 2005(2005-02-17)

Credit: Gordon Joly

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Mount Cook also known as Aoraki. Snow clearly visible.

North from Mt Kosciusko, Kosciusko National Park, New South Wales, Australia. JJ Harrison.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Last Months Numbers

Last month (August 2011) was this blogs biggest month yet in terms of views. At the current rate, this month could beat last month. I hope this blog continues to increase in readership and am happy at the comments my posts have been receiving recently. Even if you just want to say 'hey' and where you are in the world it's appreciated! Also, linking to my blog on your site/blog is helpful as it boosts the search rank.


Friday, September 2, 2011


Tanzania is an East African country of roughly 43 million people with it's capital at Dodoma and a largest city of Dar es Salaam. It is the worlds 31st largest country. My favorite thing about Tanzania is the wonderful coffee they produce. African coffees are some of the best in my opinion. Coffee is native only to Africa (and maybe parts of the Arabian peninsula), so it is no surprise it is some of the best.

Tanzania more than most countries has vast, grand, beautiful landscapes. Fewer places are more associated with big game, wild animals and still natural habitats than Tanzania. Two other crops of note are cloves and sisal, which is used to make twine. The main import partner of Tanzania is China. Tanzania was the 16th largest producer of gold as of 2006.

Mount Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania and is about 19,000 feet tall. The spectacular 30 mile long Olduvai Gorge is also in Tanzania. People in Tanzania speak Swahili and English. Christians make up 62 percent of the population with a significant minority of 35% Moslem.

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Map: Marcos Elias de Oliveira Júnior

Rufiji River in Selous, circa 2006. Photo: Panii

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An overview of the Ngorongoro crater. Wildebeest and zebra herds, migration paths, roads for safari vehicles and the Magadi Lake can be seen. Photo: In using this image or any subsequent derivatives of it, you are required to release the image under the same license. As such, any reproduction of this image, in any medium, must appear with a copy of the license.
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No other conditions may be added to, or removed from this license without the permission of the author and copyright holder.

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Hunting lionesses ngorongoro, October 5, 2006. Photo: farmgirl

This image depicts Olduvai Gorge in nothern Tanzania. The photograph was taken by Guston Sondin-Klausner in late February 2006.

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Landscape of the ridge at the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, April 4, 2008. Photo: William Warby of London.

Overlook on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania April 2007. Photo: Thomas Huston .

November 2005. Photo: Panii

Lushoto in Tanga Region, Tanzania, August 2006. Mohsin S. Karmali.

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A farmer walks towards sisal plantations in the outskirts of Morogoro, Tanzania. Tanzania is the world's fourth largest sisal producer. The Uluguru Mountains can be seen in the background. Circa 2009. Photo: In using this image or any subsequent derivatives of it, you are required to release the image under the same license. As such, any reproduction of this image, in any medium, must appear with a copy of the license.
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No other conditions may be added to, or removed from this license without the permission of the author and copyright holder.

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Dar es Salaam aerial, 21 June 2010. Photo: Roland.

Kondoa Rock Art Sites. Photo: David Coulson & 20 October 2007(2007-10-20),

Landscape in Northern Tanzania, inside the great Rift valley. A dirt track is heading towards the Masaï village of Ngare Sero, 5 km south. The southern end of Lake Natron is visible on the left, the inner rim of the great rift on the right. The landscape is dominated by the huge Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano while the Ngorongoro highlands around Empaakai are visible in the background. Photo: Clem23 , 6 June 2006(2006-06-06).

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A Red-knobbed starfish on the beach of Nungwi, Northern Zanzibar, 17th of April, 2010. Photo: Stephen Brown.

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Pristine Beach East Zanzibar, December 2006. Photo: Bakersville.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

City Profile 017: Moscow


Coordinates: 55°45′N 37°37′E
Elevation: 156 meters (512 feet)
Daily Mean Temp: 5.4 Celsius (41.7 Fahrenheit)
Metro Population: 11.5 million.
Estimated 2050 Metro Population: Possibly less than now due to negative growth trend
Risks: Overpopulation, pollution, poor air quality, extreme cold, problematic government. Many wars fought in Russia historically.
Advantages: 79 billionaires in Moscow, the most in the world. Future prosperity is in Asia/Russia. Russia holds the greatest reserves of mineral resources of any country in the world. Russia is full of bright minds.
Resources: Immediate: Regional: Oil, natural gas, gold, copper, timber, water, vast numbers of resources.
Other: Second most riden metro after Tokyo. Largest city in Europe.

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