GeoCurrents http://www.geocurrents.info Map Illustrated Analyses of Current Events and Geographical Issues Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:03:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Short GeoCurrents Break, But First a Seemingly Impossible Rainfall Map http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/short-geocurrents-break-but-first-a-seemingly-impossible-rainfall-map http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/short-geocurrents-break-but-first-a-seemingly-impossible-rainfall-map#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:03:11 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=12065

(Note to readers: GeoCurrents will soon be taking a short summer break. Regular posting will resume in mid-August. But before the pause begins, I have one more post, which discusses the possibility of a seemingly impossible map. )
The map posted to the left appears to be bogus, as it depicts patterns that would seemingly not be found in nature. It ...

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Mapping Chile’s Indigenous Population http://www.geocurrents.info/cultural-geography/mapping-chiles-indigenous-population http://www.geocurrents.info/cultural-geography/mapping-chiles-indigenous-population#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:14:41 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=12057

(Note: This post concludes the recent GeoCurrents series on regional differences in Chile)
One of the most interesting tables found in the Wikipedia article on “Ranked Lists of Chilean Regions” is that of the indigenous population. According to the 2013 Casen Survey, nearly 10 percent of Chileans identify themselves as belonging to an indigenous group, a significant increase over earlier assessments. ...

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Aysén Chile in Comparative Context http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/aysen-chile-in-comparative-context http://www.geocurrents.info/environmental-geography/aysen-chile-in-comparative-context#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:52:16 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=12049

To understand the physical geography and scale of Chile, it is useful to compare it to its North American counterpart, a region that extends in the north-south direction from southeastern Alaska to Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, and which is bounded to the east by highland crests. As I was not able to find any maps that made this comparison explicitly, ...

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Chile: Inequality, Education, and Geography http://www.geocurrents.info/cultural-geography/education-cultural-geography/chile-inequality-education-and-geography http://www.geocurrents.info/cultural-geography/education-cultural-geography/chile-inequality-education-and-geography#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:29:30 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=12042

As noted in the previous post, Chile has a strikingly high level of income inequality despite its considerable success in social and economic development. Many observers blame Chile’s educational system for such inequity, contending that the country has many poor schools and does not spend enough money on education. As argued in a recent Council on Hemispheric Affairs article, “National ...

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Chile: Inequality, Incarceration, and Drug Smuggling http://www.geocurrents.info/geography-of-crime-and-punishment/chile-inequality-incarceration-and-drug-smuggling http://www.geocurrents.info/geography-of-crime-and-punishment/chile-inequality-incarceration-and-drug-smuggling#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:12:44 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=12035

Chile is rightfully celebrated for the socio-economic progress that it has achieved over the past several decades. But although it has seen a substantial reduction in poverty, Chile still has a high degree of economic inequality, like most other Latin American countries. According to the Wikipedia,* in 2011 Chile ranked in the 155th position out of 176 countries in terms ...

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Chile’s Unusual Core/Periphery Pattern, Part I http://www.geocurrents.info/economic-geography/chiles-unusual-coreperiphery-pattern-part-i http://www.geocurrents.info/economic-geography/chiles-unusual-coreperiphery-pattern-part-i#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:57:10 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=12021

The Wikipedia includes a number of articles on “ranked lists” of the first-order divisions (regions, provinces, etc.) of various countries. The one on Chile is particularly comprehensive. It includes only one map, however, that of the human development index. As a result, I could not resist mapping some of the other data found there. I have focused on those tables ...

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Poland’s Stark Electoral Divide http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/polands-stark-electoral-divide http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/elections/polands-stark-electoral-divide#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:33:26 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=12007

Some observers were surprised by the triumph of conservative candidate Andrzej Duda over incumbent Bronisław Komorowski in Poland’s May 2015 presidential election. Duda’s margin of victory, however, was thin: 51.5 percent of the vote against Komorowski’s 48.5 percent. As is typical of Polish elections, the results were geographically patterned in a stark manner. Duda, like most conservative candidates, won almost ...

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Joaquín Guzmán and the Geography of Homicide in Mexico http://www.geocurrents.info/geography-of-crime-and-punishment/joaquin-guzman-and-the-geography-of-homicide-in-mexico http://www.geocurrents.info/geography-of-crime-and-punishment/joaquin-guzman-and-the-geography-of-homicide-in-mexico#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 22:18:30 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11999

Considering the astounding escape of Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán (also know as “El Chapo”) from a supposedly secure prison, this seems like an appropriate time to examine the geography of violent crime in Mexico. Comparing crime rates from place to place is a notoriously difficult exercise, as official statistics tend to be unreliable and are often gathered on a ...

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Troubled Socotra – the “World’s Most Alien Place” – Seeks Autonomy http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/autonomous-zones/troubled-socotra-the-worlds-most-alien-place-seeks-autonomy http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/autonomous-zones/troubled-socotra-the-worlds-most-alien-place-seeks-autonomy#comments Sun, 12 Jul 2015 20:41:56 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11989

Yemen’s Socotra Archipelago, dominated by the main island of the same name, is best known for its unique flora, with almost 700 species found nowhere else. Some of its plants have gained fame for their unusual forms, such as the dragon blood tree and the cucumber tree. Socotra’s millions of years of isolation, its complex geology, and its harsh climate ...

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Oman and Yemen: So Similar, So Different… http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/state-failure/oman-and-yemen-so-similar-so-different http://www.geocurrents.info/geopolitics/state-failure/oman-and-yemen-so-similar-so-different#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:00:13 +0000 http://www.geocurrents.info/?p=11980

At first glance, Oman and Yemen almost appear to be sibling states. They fairly evenly divide the southeastern slice of the Arabian Peninsula. Both countries have extensive highlands on their opposing extremities, which receive much more rainfall than the rest of region and thus allow intensive agriculture both within the uplands themselves and in the adjacent lowlands. They share the ...

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