Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Ceuta & Melilla

African refugees try to reach Europe on different ways and via different routes. From Morocco you can try the cross the Strait of Gibraltar by boat or , and that sounds pretty easy, just enter one of the Spanish enclaves in the north of Morocco. Once there you entered Europe !

The tiny Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla sit on the northern shores of Morocco's Mediterranean coast. Together they form the European Union's only land borders with Africa.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Where is North Korea

Where is North Korea? Here are guesses from 1,746 adults:
When asked which policies the United States should pursue regarding North Korea, Americans diverged on their views depending in part on whether they knew where it was.

NYT on this experiment >>>>

Friday, 19 May 2017

Mount St Helens 37 years ago

Last week it was 37 years ago the Mount Saint Helens in the US erupted


On May 18, 1980 a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in the state of Washington, United States. The eruption (a VEI 5 event) was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California.The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on the mountain's north slope.

  CFUqU8ZVIAAPEaM USGS on  Mt St Helens >>>
Mount St Helens now >>>>
Washington Military Department kreflects on the eruption  >>>>
Satelite images from Mt ST Helens, 1979 until 2014 >>>>
Janine Krippner on the eruption >>>
Mt St Helens eruption: a geo-animation  >>>

Monday, 15 May 2017

The new silk road

After some tests with a freight train from China to London a new freight service has started between China and the UK.

A few months ago already the first new silk road trains arrived in Germany
In the end of april the East Wind train pulled up at its destination at just after 1pm, following a 16-day journey, to become the first direct freight train linking China and the United Kingdom. Centuries ago this route was known as the Silk Road. the route along which trade first flourished between China and Europe, bringing silks, spices, Chinese porcelain and even gunpowder from the east.

The BBC about the new freight service >>>>

Read the full article about the first train>>>> 

Geographical news about the new silk route to Germany >>>

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

French police clear up to 1,600 migrants from camp in Paris

Several months ago the French authorities cleaned up the Jungle of Calais. About 5,500 of its residents were sent to various housing facilities across France.

And now again a cleanup .. this time in Paris. Some 1,600 migrants have been evacuated from a refugee camp on the outskirts of Paris near Porte de la Chapelle, according to city authorities.

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