Tuesday March 11, 2014
The Great Salt Lake is a remnant of the ancient Lake Bonneville that existed during the last ice age which occurred from around 28,000 to 7,000 years ago. At its largest extent, Lake Bonneville was about 325 miles (523 km) wide and 135 miles (217 km) long and its deepest point was over 1,000 feet (304 m). Amanda Briney's latest article on The Great Salt Lake and ancient Lake Bonneville is a fascinating look at a major pluvial late and its modern remnant.
Sunday March 9, 2014
I am seeking one or two geography interns for the next few months to write articles here on Geography at About.com. Any undergraduate or graduate student in geography (or recent graduate) may apply. Students receiving academic credit will be given preference. The Geography at About.com interns will write one 600-750 word article about various topics in geography at least once a month from April through August 2014. Interns will be paid a small stipend per article and all articles will include the intern's byline. The internship may lead to a paid contributing writer position on this site. To apply, please send a me a cover email, resume, and writing sample to me at email@example.com. I look forward to your application!
Sunday March 9, 2014
A constant refrain every November and March is how much people hate Daylight Saving Time yet beyond a few thousand tweets, an occasional editorial, or a commentator on a news-talk show, no one seems to do anything about the "problem" of Daylight Saving Time. Do we just love to complain twice a year? Is there a conspiracy keeping elected officials from doing anything? Does anyone care? The expansion of Daylight Saving Time by four weeks in 2007 in the U.S. went against the prevailing dislike for DST yet it happened anyway. What do you think?
Saturday March 8, 2014
In just over a week, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea will hold a referendum to ask voters whether to remain part of Ukraine or to join Russia. The current interim government of Ukraine holds that the referendum is illegal while Russia holds that they will welcome Crimea into Russia should the voters choose that option. Crimea was transferred from Russian control to Ukrainian control in 1954 by the Soviet Union. Once the Soviet Union fell and Ukraine gained independence in 1991, Crimea became part of independent Ukraine. Based on Ukraine's 2001 census, Crimea is composed primarily of 58.5% ethnic Russians, 24.4% ethnic Ukrainians, and 12.1% Crimean Tatars. The referendum on March 16 should prove to be interesting. The BBC has a thorough article on this topic. The Crimean flag, officially established in 1999, is shown to the right.
Update (9 March): Per the Kyiv Post, Crimean voters will have the opportunity to choose between two just options on the referendum: "Join Russia immediately or declare independence and then join Russia." There will be no option for citizens to choose to remain part of Ukraine.