Posts tagged “geography”

The Day the World Exploded

Wow. I (finally) just finished reading Krakatoa — The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883, by Simon Winchester. Crazy stuff. I liked it. It’s a smidge on the textbook-side, but he’s an entertaining enough writer — and the topic is so incredible — that you don’t ever get bored during its 380-ish pages. The

The Middle East

All that time spent in Model United Nations in high school did not go completely to waste. It only took me about two minutes to complete this map of the Middle East game. Bahrain and Armenia threw me for a while there, but I got them eventually. This is really a great teaching tool. I’d

Continental United States

Y’know what bugs me sometimes? Why isn’t Alaska considered part of “the continental United States”? Hawai’i I can understand – floating off by itself over there. But Alaska’s all connected and everything. It *is* on the same continent. I wonder if Alaskans ever fret over that.


Take a quiz on Middle East Geography and History from Encarta and MSN. I got 7 out of 10.

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