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Thick, toxic stifling smog over Beijing   Leave a comment


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Beijing sent out its highest level of smog alert on Dec. 16 for the first time this year, suspending schools and restricting cars on the road while the city remains shrouded in a visible—and toxic—fog.

By 5 pm today (Dec. 19), Beijing’s PM 2.5, the fine particulate matter in its air, had reached 460 in some areas, according to the air quality index (AQI). The city’s 21 million citizens are wearing masks and staying indoors to protect themselves against these hazardous levels, which could have serious health effects and are expected to continue until Dec 21 .

Here are some images from a city living under a fog these last few days:

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Modernization of China, but at what cost?

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What is interesting about this photo isn’t just another mask, get a load of the size of that hockey goal.

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Population (2015)
 • Municipality 21,700,000
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)
 • Urban 18,590,000
 • Metro (2010) 24,900,000
 • Ranks in China Population: 27th;
Density: 4th


Posted December 20, 2016 by markosun in Geography, Winnipeg

Carta Geografica a la Mapa   Leave a comment


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From where countries import the most

 

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High-speed rail map of Europe

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Highest grossing movies filmed in each state.

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Top selling cars in Europe by country

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Posted December 2, 2016 by markosun in Geography, Maps

If desert landscapes appeal to you, this is the resort to check out   Leave a comment


 

I have always had an attraction to the desert. It may have started by watching the Roadrunner cartoons as a kid. Every time I get into desert country I feel relaxed and find the scenery stunning. This Utah resort is on my bucket list.

A modernist marvel of architecture and design in the wild and wind-swept landscape surrounding Utah’s Lake Powell, Amangiri hotel is a clean-lined sandstone monument to luxury that blends into its stark and striking natural surroundings. The hotel’s centrepiece, a dramatic pool, is built around a jutting rock formation at the base of a mesa. It’s all very relaxing and decadent, with a Navajo-inspired spa, gourmet restaurant and absolutely perfect service.

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Butte crossing on a swinging bridge.

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Posted December 1, 2016 by markosun in Geography

Magical Ha Long Bay, Vietnam   Leave a comment


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Hạ Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular travel destination in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City, Cẩm Phả town, and is a part of Vân Đồn District. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. Hạ Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long Bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà Island to the southwest. These larger zones share a similar geological, geographical, geomorphological, climate and cultural characters.

Hạ Long Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960–2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islets. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments. The evolution of the karst in this bay has taken 20 million years under the impact of the tropical wet climate. The geo-diversity of the environment in the area has created biodiversity, including a tropical evergreen biosystem, oceanic and sea shore biosystem. Hạ Long Bay is home to 14 endemic floral species and 60 endemic faunal species.

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Footage for the upcoming movie Kong Skull Island was shot at Ha Long Bay.

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Posted November 18, 2016 by markosun in Geography

Historical Populations of Selected Countries   Leave a comment


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Canada

 

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United States

 

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1610 350
1620 2,302
1630 4,646
1640 26,634
1650 50,368
1660 75,058
1670 111,935
1680 151,507
1690 210,372
1700 250,888
1710 331,711
1720 466,185
1730 629,445
1740 905,563
1750 1,170,760
1760 1,593,625
1770 2,148,076
1780 2,780,369
1790 3,929,214
1800 5,308,483
1810 7,239,881
1820 9,638,453
1830 12,866,020
1840 17,069,453
1850 23,191,876
1860 31,443,321
1870 38,558,371
1880 50,189,209
1890 62,979,766
1900 76,212,168
1910 92,228,496
1920 106,021,537
1930 123,202,624
1940 132,164,569
1950 151,325,798
1960 179,323,175
1970 203,211,926
1980 226,545,805
1990 248,709,873
2000 281,421,906
2010 308,745,538

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Population of Germany in 1939 was 67 million.

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Russia

 

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Australia

 

Ayres Rock, Australia: A Kangaroo warning road sign in the desert near Uluru

Ayres Rock, Australia: A Kangaroo warning road sign in the desert near Uluru

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Posted November 14, 2016 by markosun in Demographics, Geography

Trump election: Wall with Mexico ‘to be part fence’   Leave a comment


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US President-elect Donald Trump has said his planned wall along the Mexican border could be partly fence.  In some areas, “a wall is more appropriate”, he told US broadcaster CBS, but “there could be some fencing”,

Mr Trump repeatedly promised during his election campaign to build a wall to keep out illegal migrants. He said he planned to deport or jail up to three million undocumented migrants with criminal records, such as gang members and drug dealers.

Other undocumented migrants would be assessed once the border was secured, Mr Trump added.

Forcing Mexico to pay for a border wall became a rallying cry among Trump supporters during the campaign.

Their candidate caused outrage by suggesting Mexicans were exporting “their rapists” to the US, along with drugs and other crime.

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‘The Donald’ negotiating with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

 

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The Republican defeated Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election, shocking many who had expected the Democratic candidate to win following favourable opinion polls.

In his first major interview to a US broadcaster since the election, Mr Trump told CBS: “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate.”



Posted November 13, 2016 by markosun in Conspiracy Theories, Geography, Geopolitics

The petite communities of Arizona and Dallas, Manitoba   Leave a comment


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The name of a U.S. state and major city, humble little communities in the central Canadian province of Manitoba. Dallas and Arizona are not exactly thriving communities, but they are home to a few souls.

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Major shindigs at the community hall!

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On the other side of the trees is the residential district.

 

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Looks like a bachelor pad.

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Dallas, Manitoba

 

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At the Dallas MandiMart.

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Posted November 12, 2016 by markosun in Geography