Kiritimati/Christmas Island.

Kiritimati, also known as Christmas Island, gets its name for the day explorer James Cook visited it, Christmas Eve, December 24, 1777. Kiritimati is the Gilbertese translation of Christmas, the language spoken in the Republic of Kiribati. Kiritimati is part of the Republic of Kiribati (Kirtibati has been independent since 1979, a member of the…

Christmas In A Geographic Perspective

Merry Christmas to those reading this. Merry Christmas!! Christmas is an important day for Christians all over the world. Christmas is about celebrating and commemorating the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The holiday is about Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. Bethlehem today is a city of 25,266 people. It…

Rocket City’s Geographic Source.

  The Rocket City. This is a positive nod to the space industry that has made this northern Alabama city famous. NASA has a presence in the city of Huntsville, AL. Florida isn’t the only place where NASA has a large presence. However, there is more to Huntsville than just the space industry. To understand…

Geography And Baseball: Cleveland’s Declining Attendance

  In 1989, the movie Major League came out. It was about an at-the-time horrible Cleveland Indians. Between 1960 and 1993, the Cleveland Indians managed only 6 seasons about the .500 mark (1965, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1986), and 1965 was the best they would do (87-75) for the balance of that time period. During the…

A Creek Springs Eternal: Spring Creeks

  Poet Alexander Pope  wrote “Hope springs eternal in the human breast, man never is, but always to be blest. The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home. Rests and expatiates in a life to come”. This can be applied to a particular geographic feature. And to paraphrase Alexander Pope: A creek springs eternal from a…

Romania Day 101, A Lesson Of Historical Geography.

1 Decembrie. December 1. Ziua Naţională a României. National Day of Romania. The Great Union Day. December 1st is National Romania Day, and it marks the day when Bessarabia, Bukovina, and Transylvania were brought together and united wih the Kingdom of Romania. December 1, 1918 marks the day that this took place. To understand this,…

Sweden Becoming Europe’s Leader In Wind Energy

“Sweden Is Becoming Europe’s Texas For Wind Power” was the headline announcing Sweden’s emergence as a leader in wind energy.  This is according to Bloomberg. To put Sweden’s wind energy emergence into numbers, at least 150 terawatts of electricity are consumed by Sweden annually. Of that electricity, about 12% of it is produced from wind…

When Austin Reaches 1 Million…….

Currently, there is only one American state capital with a population of 1 million+ people: Phoenix. The capital of Arizona, as of 2019, is estimated to have at least 1.6 million people living there. There is one city that will join Phoenix soon enough. The capital of Texas, Austin, as of 2019, is estimated to…

Steam Fog Geography: From Sea To Pond.

Consider walking by a large body of water on a cold day. The water itself might not be frozen. However, there is a steam coming up from the water. It might look like the perfect backdrop to a horror movie. Steam coming up from the water on a cold day, whether it’s Lake Erie, the…

Iowa, The Mesopotamia Of America.

Mesopotamia. The name evokes history, it evokes a civilization that existed in the Middle East long ago, the Fertile Crescent. It does not evoke any visions of the Midwestern USA, especially not Iowa. Mesopotamia was located where modern-day Iraq is located, around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. And yet, the state of Iowa, in its…