Category Archives: geography

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I was looking through my blog stats one day…

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There ought to be a word for this

On the way to work, I pass through some areas where the rocky hills or mountains have been cut to provide a roadway. At these cuts or passes, the rough rock is exposed in faces on one or both sides of the road.

During warm weather, springs may be seen where the rock face is damped (usually it is a darker color). During colder weather, these flow onto the road and form ice in a little bar maybe 30 to 50 cm wide across the road.

There should be a short word to refer to these things that combines the elements of (ice) (on the road) (from a spring) (caused by earth removal). There must be such a word in some language that could be adapted, or adopted.

Collecting countries on the blog!

When I first started the blog, I was quite entertained by getting a visit from the exotic to me country of Costa Rica. Since then I’ve seen a number of countries that I never thought I would receive interest from. I’ve seen Indonesia, Peru, Denmark and, I think I remember, Iran. Most of these were from interest in the oddly popular software KENPAVE.

At this rate, I might get a hit from every country on the list, possibly excepting the oceanic ones with too few roads to be interested in software like KENPAVE, and the really rare ones like Western Sahara.

A beautiful island of Science

There is a term in physics and somewhat chemistry, the “island of stability”. Essentially as atoms get bigger, they tend to be less stable. That is, they are radioactive and tend to decay into smaller atoms.

Except there is a suspicion that when they are large enough, they might get to be stable again. Here’s a map of this island, with mistakes, from a Wikipedian user:

1000px-Island_of_Stability.svgWITH MISTAKES!

The mistakes in question are of the proton and neutron numbers, so don’t use this on an exam.

Having said that, it is a beautiful illustration of the concept and the naming conceit. Anyone can see why it is an “island” in speech. The current image is more scholarly, but less attractive.

Canada looks like a ship

Take a look @ the immage below. It is Canadia. No doubt very common for those of you who choose to try to make your living there.

CanadiaWhat I wish to declare is that it looks like a ship.

Specifically, the left part, or Western Canadia, appears to be a respectable stern, with the Vancouver Rudder, while the north part of islands could be sails or clouds whistled up for the benefit of the users of the Good Ship Canada. The peninsula is a little out of place in the amidships, maybe it’s a dragging anchor?

Towards the bow things completely come to pieces though. I have no idea what the Marine Provinces are doing. Is this a RO/RO ferry? Given the angle it’s shown at, maybe it’s sinking?