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Seven Wonders of the Modern World

Take a look at these seven amazing human-made structures.

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World's Next Tallest Building Under Construction

Saturday April 19, 2014
Work begins on April 27 on Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Kingdom Tower is expected to be 568 feet taller than Burj Khalifa, the current tallest building in the world, when it opens in 2019. No other building is currently proposed that would be taller than Kingdom Tower, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Kingdom Tower will be a combination of residential, hotel, and office space and consist of 160 habitable floors among 200 total floors. Don't miss this incredible video of what the completed world's tallest building will look like.

Geography of Crimea

Saturday April 12, 2014

Crimea BillboardSeeking a great basic overview of the geography and history of Crimea? Look no further than this brand-new article on Crimea from Amanda Briney.

Harm de Blij, 1935-2014

Saturday March 29, 2014

Geographer Harm de BlijGeographer Harm de Blij died last Tuesday, March 25, 2014, due to complications from cancer. Dr. de Blij was 78 years old and is one of the best-known geographers in the United States due to his work on television and as the author of the ubiquitous world regional geography textbook Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts. There is a memorial page to de Blij at the Michigan State University Geography Department website, where de Blij served as the John Hannah Professor of Geography for the last ten years. Here on my site you can find a biography of de Blij, an essay from a my meeting with de Blji in 1998, and a the text of an address by de Blij to the NCGE annual meeting.

Crimeans Overwhelmingly Vote to Join Russia

Sunday March 16, 2014

Crimea FlagCrimean voters overwhelmingly chose apparent secession from Ukraine and union with Russia in Sunday's referendum. As of late Sunday night, with half of the votes counted, election officials revealed that more 95% of Crimean voters selected leaving Ukraine to become part of Russia. Crimea's leader stated that he would apply to join Russia as early as Monday. The European Union, however, reiterated on Sunday that, "As stated by all 28 EU Heads of State or Government on 6 March 2014, the European Union considers the holding of the referendum on the future status of the territory of Ukraine as contrary to the Ukrainian Constitution and international law. The referendum is illegal and illegitimate and its outcome will not be recognised." The EU is expected to impose sanctions on Russia early this week.

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