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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spillustrated in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | May 3, 2010 |

The last few Geocurrentcasts have featured environmental disasters on a massive scale, and this week’s spill in the Gulf may top them all. If the fissure in the Ocean continues to spew anywhere near its current rate, and attempts to plug it have failed decidedly so far, the Deepwater Horizon spill is likely to become

Exhausting the Inexhaustible: Ogalala and Aral Illustrated

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 26, 2010 |

Earlier in the week, Professor Lewis left us with a dazzling posting on the Death and Partial Rebirth of the Aral Sea. To see the decline of the Aral and the Ogalala at its most dramatic, download this week’s Google Earth File, as the companion and informational heart of this post. For those of you whom

Unmitigated Environmental Disasters Illustrated

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 19, 2010 |

This week’s Geocurrentcast is entirely dedicated to about baker’s dozen sites that epitomize the nasty human footprint that comes with heavy metals, heavy industry, and heavy consumerism.The histories of Stalinist industrial wastelands, leaking oil Nigerian pipelines, massive American landfills, Brazilian Deforestation, smog filled Chinese cities, and towering Sarin gas smelters are all illustrated in this

A Parade of Man Made Oddities: Shipwrecks, Crop Circles and the CCCP

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 12, 2010 |

This week was rife with tragic news: the Polish Presidential plane crash in Russia, revolutions and upheaval in Kyrgyzstan, and refugee crises emerging from Tamil emigrees from Sri Lankan, I thought it would be best to leave the gravity to the newspapers for the time being, and insert a bit of humor into this week’s

The Kyrgyz Revolution, Illustrated in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 9, 2010 |

Yesterday, protestors stormed the offices of the iron-fisted Kurmanbek Bakiyev regime across all of Kyrgyzstan.Ministers were taken hostage, government buildings- torched, police cars- turned over, and the Kyrgyz flag- replaced with the blue flag of the opposition.The opposition has claimed that a provisional government, under the rule of former minister Rosa Otunbayeva, with a constitution

No Island No Claim: The Cases of Tuvalu and Nauru

By Samuel Raphael Franco | April 5, 2010 |

In 2009, the Island of Bermeja, located in the Gulf of Mexico disappeared from site. Now, it will disappear on maps, as well.Mexico was using Bermeja to leverage a claim on oil rights in the Gulf of Mexico, after all, their state maps showed the Island as an unquestionable part of their territory.

Mining Scars & Smokestacks: Industrial Topography Illustrated in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | March 29, 2010 |

Our Geocurrentcast this week, aims to illustrate some of the most awe-inspriing images of the impact of industrialization. This week’s Google Earth tour looks at man’s physical impact on the surface of the earth through our thirst for mining ore, gold, boron, diamonds, uranium salt, natural gas, oil, and even the wind.The tour takes time to stop with

The Eyjafjallajokull Eruption Illustrated

By Samuel Raphael Franco | March 22, 2010 |

As a companion to this post, there is a short google earth tour that will enable you to explore the eruption area in Iceland, and fly to other eruption sites of the past. To access the tour, first download Google Earth, then download this KML file, and finally double click the video icon in the

Geocurrents on Google Earth: The Gulag Archipelago Illustrated

By Samuel Raphael Franco | March 15, 2010 | 3 Comments

The Gulag system began under Lenin as a means of ‘Re-Education through Labor,’ and was expanded exponentially under Stalin. Twenty to Thirty Million people were imprisoned in concentration camps that stretched across the whole of the Soviet Union. The Gulag system was significantly de-intensified under Nikita Kruschev in 1960, but by that time, millions had

Geocurrents on Mars- A 3D Tour of the Red Planet in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | March 8, 2010 |

This weekend’s Google Earth adventure on Geocurrents will take us to a place colder than Svalbard or the Ross Ice Shelf, and dustier than the Namib, Nefud, or Taklaman Deserts.With sweeping dune fields, seismic chasms, deep double impact craters, and a monolithic human face; Mars is a geographer, topographer, seismographer, hydrologist, and conspiracy theorist’s delight.

GeoCurrentcast Episode #8- Central Africa

By Samuel Raphael Franco | February 28, 2010 |
GeoCurrentcast Episode #8- Central Africa

GeoCurrents is proud to present our eighth installment in the Geocurrentcasts series, an in depth illustrated lecture profiling the history and geography of current global events.This week’s episode takes us to Central Africa, providing a comprehensive look at the history, linguistic diversity, and geography of the region, using the Democratic Republic of the Congo as

Free Tours of Guantanamo Bay… in Google Earth

By Samuel Raphael Franco | February 22, 2010 | One Comment

Today’s post focuses on Guantanamo Bay, and is illustrated with Google Earth. Please download a free copy of Google Earth, and then download this KML file, as an interactive accompaniment to this Geocurrents post. Guantanamo Bay was obtained by the United States following the Spanish American

54-40 or Fight, Canadian Bacon, and Vancouver: Land of the Olympics and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh

By Samuel Raphael Franco | February 14, 2010 |

We’re going to run with the Olympic torch here at Geocurrents, and fill you in on the history and geography of Vancouver, beefed up with 3D Google Earth imagery. Vancouver is North America’s fourth largest seaport, by tonnage. This owes largely to the geography of the region. The port is nestled away the pacific, by

Soccer Diplomacy Keeps Armenia, Azeris, Apart

By Samuel Raphael Franco | February 8, 2010 |

The UEFA , football’s governing body, switched Armenia from its assigned group for a 2012 tournament, as draw would have guaranteed a matchup with neighbor and rival Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan and Armenia are in a frozen territorial dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is territorially part of Azerbaijan, but has remained under Armenian control since the Nagorno-Karabakh

Geocurrentcast Episode #7- Latin America

By Samuel Raphael Franco | February 7, 2010 |
Geocurrentcast Episode #7- Latin America

Geocurrents.info is proud to present our seventh GeocurrentCast, which provides a broad scan of the electoral geopolitics of Latin America, while profiling the major candidates and ideals across Bolivia, Honduras, Chile, Brazil and Venezuela.Download or watch the podcast here

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