Thursday, 15 July 2010


Yemen in a nutshell
* "It’s not just Al-Qaeda. Water shortages, collapsing oil supplies, war, refugees, pirates, poverty—why Yemen is failing."

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Svalbard Act

Svalbard Act (Wikipedia)
* "The Svalbard Act of 17 June 1925, made Svalbard officially part of Norway. Norwegian civil, penal, execution and court procedural law was given application on Svalbard. Other statutory provisions, such as administrative law are not given effect for Svalbard unless expressly specified. The act also specifies the organization of the Svalbard administration as well as ownership over land on the archipelago. The act did not specify a particular date for entering into force, which was left to the King to decide. It was decided on 7 August 1925 that the act should enter into force when Norway officially took control of Svalbard, which was 14 August 1925."

Spitsbergen Treaty

Spitsbergen Treaty (Wikipedia)
* "Svalbard began as a territory free of a nation, with multiple people from different countries participating in industries including fishing, whaling, mining, tourism, and research. Having no nation left Svalbard largely free of any regulations or laws, though there were conflicts over the area due to whaling rights and issues of sovereignty between The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Denmark-Norway in the first half of the seventeenth century. However, by the twentieth century mine deposits were found in Svalbard and continual conflicts between miners and owners created a need for a government. By 9 February 1920 the Spitsbergen Treaty was signed in Paris during the Versailles negotiations after World War I. In this treaty, international diplomacy recognized Norwegian sovereignty (the Norwegian administration went in effect by 1925) as well as other principles relating to Svalbard."

Sunday, 27 June 2010


Maui - Wikipedia
* "The island of Maui (pronounced /ˈmaʊ.iː/ in English, [ˈmɐu.i] in Hawaiian[2]) is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles (1883.5 km2) and is the United States' 17th largest island.[3] Maui is part of the state of Hawaii and is the largest of Maui County's four islands, bigger than Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, and Molokaʻi."

Bloemfontein (South Africa)

Bloemfontein [Wikipedia]
* "... is the capital city of the Free State Province of South Africa. It is also the judicial capital, making it one of the three national capitals of South Africa (together with the administrative capital Pretoria and the legislative capital Cape Town). Bloemfontein is popularly and poetically known as "the city of roses", owing to the abundance of these flowers and the annual rose festival held there."


Dubai (State of United Arab Emirates) [Alchemipedia]
* "The economy was originally based on the oil industry, though petroleum and natural gas revenues now only make up ~ 5% of GDP."
* "The Dubai International Finance Centre is a landmark project to turn Dubai into a major international hub for banks and finance."

Monday, 14 June 2010

Nirvana Geography Bookmarks

A place for interesting Geography Bookmarks from the Web.