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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

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