Category Archives: Geography

Atmospheric Pressure

Atmospheric pressure, put quite simply, is the power that air molecules exert against a surface. Contrary to what we may see and feel, ‘air’ does have mass, meaning it is comprised of different molecules, and those molecules feel the need … Continue reading

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Wiki Abridged: Don Valley Parkway

The Don Valley Parkway is a six-lane controlled-access highway connecting the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto with Highway 401. It runs for fifteen kilometers and has a capacity of 60,000 vehicles, with a speed limit of 90 km/ph. The parkway started … Continue reading

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Wiki Abridged: Bou’in-Zahra Earthquake

The Bou’in-Zahra earthquake happened on the 22nd of June, 2002. With a magnitude of 6.3, it happened in a northwestern region of Iran. The region that was hit lies just above the gap between the Arabian Plate and the Eurasian … Continue reading

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Wiki Abridged: Farthest South

James Cook The Farthest South was a term used to describe the furthest southernly points explorers reached, before the South Pole was reached. Although many explorers ventured south, this post will only discuss those that actually searched for the most … Continue reading

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Top Ten Wildlife Highlights of Madagascar

As seen in BBC Wildlife’s February 2011 magazine, Madagascar is a fascinating place, where many of the fauna and flora species are solely found on that island and no where else. You may also recognise some of these from the … Continue reading

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Unknown Mineral

Whilst on my trip to France, I managed to obtain a box of mineral samples from my sister and grandfather. Among the samples was a strange looking rock, and I wanted to try and identify it and write about it. … Continue reading

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Le Sel

On utilise et on mange du sel tous les jours. Mais d’où vient-il, et que se passe t’il quand on en mange de trop, ce qu’on fait de plus en plus dans le monde ? Le sel est connu depuis … Continue reading

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Amethyst

Amethyst is a violet and purple variation of quartz, often used as jewelry. The name for amethyst comes from the ancient greek ‘μέθυστος (methustos)’ which means intoxication. The ancient Greek and Romans believed the stone had the ability to protect … Continue reading

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Earthquakes

Earthquakes are collisions and vibrations that can happen in the earth. Earthquakes happen when two plates slide past each other. The plates are very rough and as they slide against each other, the edges can sometimes get caught. The plates … Continue reading

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Did You Know? Plinian Eruptions

Did You Know? There are different types of volcanic eruptions, one of which is a Plinian eruption. It is named after Pliny the Younger, a young man who survived the attack of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, and later described … Continue reading

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