(image) Due to China's One Child Policy, by the mid-century, China will have a surplus of 40-50 million men: "A surplus of 40-50 million bachelors throughout the mid- to late 21st century will have a significant effect on China's stability and development as a nation: Male criminal behavior drops significantly upon marriage, and the presence of significant numbers of unmarriageable men is potentially destabilizing to societies. In the case of China, the fact that a sizeable percentage of young adult males will not be making that transition will have negative social repercussions, including increased crime, violent crime, crimes against women, vice, substance abuse and the formation of gangs that are involved in all of these antisocial behaviors." Read more from the Washington Post.
2014-05-25T07:37:59ZThis Marine Traffic Map is incredible; by zooming in you can see the location of every commercial shipping vessels over 299 gross tonnage on the planet. It's nearly real-time, too! Click on a ship's icon to obtain detail about the ship. It's quite fun!
(image) The world's tallest buildings keep getting taller. Take a look at my just-updated list of the world's 20 tallest buildings. I'm sure you'll be surprised by what you discover. Several, as high as number two in the rankings, opened in the last two years and they're pushing out long-standing records held by notables such at the Petronas Towers, Willis (Sears Tower), and now even the Empire State building is 20th on the list, soon to be displaced by the soon-to-be third tallest One World Trade Center.
(image) Meet Jacob Goldberg, the newest inter writer for Geography at About.com. Jacob graduates next month from UCLA with a degree in International Development Studies. His first article is about the fascinating region known as Zomia. Welcome aboard Jacob!
Take a look at the delightful map indicating locations around the planet where Americans think Ukraine is located. In a March study, only one in six Americans can find Ukraine on a map, and some locate Ukraine in places like Alaska, Greenland, India, or even within the Continental United States. Sad but true, folks.
(image) Zomia, also known as the Southeast Asian massif, refers to an expansive, rugged swath of mainland Southeast Asia that have not been fully incorporated into nation-states. Although it is situated across several modern nation-states, the governments of these states wield little authority over these mountainous areas and their people.
(image) The Kona Coffee Belt is a narrow strip of a mere 4,000 acres of land that produces some of the best-tasting coffee in the world. This coffee-growing microclimate is approximately two miles by twenty-seven miles, and runs along the picturesque Kona Coast. Today, the Kona Coffee Belt is home to hundreds of small coffee farms, most about three to five acres in size, many locally run by families. Learn more about the unique geography of the Kona coffee region from this new article.
2014-04-29T21:57:26ZThe Associated Press Stylebook, the arbiter of many practices in journalism, has ruled that abbreviations should not be used in the body of news stories. In a win for geography, U.S. state names should be spelled out completely in new stories. Abbreviations can still be used in photo captions, datelines, and credits. Here's a nice overview of the change, along with the new Stylebook entry.
2014-04-29T21:44:25ZCheck out these two fascinatingly beautiful collections of abandoned malls and a broader collection of abandoned places.
(image) Two recent interesting articles about birth rates caught my attention recently. The first is a look at different measures that various countries use to encourage births among their declining populations. The second is a look at seasonal variation of birth rates.