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A Photo Tour of How Russian Billionaire & New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Made His Billions

By Samuel Raphael Franco | May 18, 2010 |

Mikhail Prokhorov is the former CEO and billion dollar shareholder in the Norlisk Mining and Metals company, as well as rapper Jay-Z’s current business parter, as majority owner of the New Jersey Nets. His photo has been intentionally excluded from the series above, so that his name will

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

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

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