The Incredible Evolution Of France’s Borders

October 3, 2013

Evolution Of French Borders

Like so many other superpowers, France–the largest country in Western Europe–had to undergo a series of rapid territory squabbles and handovers before becoming the high-culture capital it is today.

Our Planet’s Vegetation

August 9, 2013

From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization: “Although 75% of the planet is a relatively unchanging ocean of blue, the remaining 25% of Earth’s surface is a dynamic green. Data from the VIIRS sensor aboard the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite is able to detect these subtle differences in greenness. The resources on this page highlight our ever-changing planet, using highly detailed vegetation index data from the satellite, developed by scientists at NOAA. The darkest green areas are the lushest in vegetation, while the pale colors are sparse in vegetation cover either due to snow, drought, rock, or urban areas. Satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013 was used to generate these animations and images.”

The Gerrymandered Fourth District Of Illinois

July 21, 2013

Fourth District Of Illinois Map

Dubbed by many as “earmuffs” given its strange appearance, The Economist calls Illinois’ fourth congressional district one of the most strangely drawn and gerrymandered congressional districts in the country. Crammed into these two tiny swaths of land are a vast amount of left-leaning Latinos–primarily of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent.

Some of its proponents argue that this drawing-out was done to give Latinos guaranteed congressional representation; meanwhile, its many critics suggest that this is just an incredibly dramatic example of “packing”, a term used to describe the technique of squeezing a minority into a single district so that their power is minimized and their votes don’t “negatively” affect election outcomes in other parts of town. It’s worth adding that the Hispanic population is growing rapidly in Chicago–so much so that one “guaranteed” representative in Congress might not be enough.

Pangea With Current Borders

July 11, 2013

Map Pangea With Current Borders

India has gone on quite the adventure, and the country hasn’t tired yet. Presently, the Indian plate is crashing into Southern Asia at a rate of around 5 centimeters per year, which will inevitably add to the Himalayas’ already staggering stature.

The Price Of Global High-End Living

July 10, 2013

Thinking about moving? You might want to comparison shop before buying a place in one of these four prime global cities. Factor in cost of living and taking a bite out of life in the Big Apple might be too much for you to chew.

The Exponential Growth Of The Boston Shoreline

June 24, 2013

Growth Boston Shorelines

Due to some pretty innovative land reclamation and gap-filling on behalf of the earliest Bostonians, the city was able to triple its physical size in 260 years.