Here are some pointers to highlights of the server#
Here we are just presenting a bit of information to hopefully make you eager to dig around a bit more by yourself Or (see end of page) to help us improve the server. #
- Have a look at AEIOU/Foto-Kiosk. If you are not impressed, you have a free drink on me when we meet the firt/next time!
- Learn some surprising facts (stories, pictures) by checking some of the by now over 200 stories written by members of the consortium under Geography/About/Main_Ideas/Current_List_of_Stories!
- Some of the best picture collections with good and usual bilingual descriptions are from Gerhard Huber.Overalll we have by now some 20.000 pictures from all of the world, and often taken at different times. Like the ones on Syria were taken in 2009, when much that is now in ruins still was standing. Here is a selection of some top pictures, like: 378 Denmark, 701 Phillipines, 356 Southern Korea, 424 China/Yunnan, 692 Syria, 595 Taiwan, 289 Botswana, 62 Ethiopia, 49 Almaty (Kasachstan), 82 Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), 439 Seychelles, 373 Simbabwe, 215 Luxor and Gizeh, 875 Greece, 979 UAE, 1051 Northern Spain but also from Extremadura (436), 491 Turkey, 766 Cyprus, 600 France, 297 Sweden, 350 Iceland, 778 Italy (including 578 from South Tyrol), 138 Greenland, 383 Jordania, 650 of Burma/Myanmar, 385 pictures of Uzbekistan, 115 pictures of Tajikistan, 326 pictures of Kyrgyzstan ... for more look at the summary at Geography/Stories/Many_Pictures.
- The currently leading author of stories is certainly G. Jontes. Just look at some of his reports from India or from Mongolia, Indonesia, or even Germany (The rats are back in Hameln, or the Bears in Berlin). However, there are also the reports by Hohmann on Yemen, on Australia by Dreher. As contrast look at the three very different stories on Canada on Deep snow skiing, on visiting Nunavut, or my text-only story on what prolonged cold periods mean! The USA stories are also as different in length, style and content as can be: 24 hours in Seattle; Elvis still lives; Exploring the Grand Canyon; Mesa Verde National Monument; or Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney!
- The Experimental laboratory allows hundreds of interesting investigations. Try "All countries" and then "Nobelprizes per one million" and then "Nobelprizes", then click the "Generate report" button. The result is surprising, is it not? Then select the same, but the last two in reverse order. See the difference?
- Many of the interactive visualizations are interesting. As a sample look at the population development and choose e.g. Armenia, Georgia, Lithuania. To see the full impact of the year 1990 select the radio button "Population growth rate"! Now go back to see the absolute numbers, and click on Israel! Did you know that Israel this way is now the 13 th most densly populated country in the world?
- On top of each page you can see a search field "Search all of Global-Geography". This search finds all entries according to their title and meta-data associated with them. If your search is not sucessfull, please click at the radio button preceding "Page Content" and search again. You are now searching "full-text", i.e. all the content on all pages of Global-Geography.
- To see that data consolidation, even concerning "simple things" is hard, have a look at the area section in France. It is also interesting to note that Greenland (de jure part of Denmark) is not taken into account when it comes to the area of Denmark. (There is a rumor that this is due to the fact that EU money can only go to countries with a certain population density: the area of Greenland would ruin this!). One of the errors that occurs in many databases (see the CIA Factbook or the source http://en.worldstat.info/Asia/Ethiopia/Land)is that the water area of Ethiopia is about 10% of the total area. With some effort we have determined the true figure that you can look up under Ethiopia: It is about 0.7% ... the mistaken figure of close to 10% has been copied from one wrong source over and over. Yet a look at the map shows that 10% must be wrong.
- Can you figure out why the desolate island of Nauru has 100% urbanization, and even Iceland is, it says, highly urbanized! Or can you figure out how come the landlocked country Austria has 4 seaports? If you find similar surprises, let us know by sending us a mail to office nospam@TUGraz.at @global-geography.org.
- Note: We still need MANY persons from all over the world as members of the global-geography consortium to help us improve and extend information. Typical persons that could be interested: computer scientists, to give technical advice/help; geographers to enrich and correct material; historians to add stories on historic events; photographers to add pictures or picture stories; English teachers who could ask students to write essays typical for a country in the special information section of a country; travellers, to report on their travels; persons interested in the culture of a country to make sure that famous people, events, sites, etc. are described or at least mentioned with a link an appropriate site. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!