Geo-Joint: The Spring Break-up

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Source: Wikipedia: Northwest Boreal LCC (CC 2.0) It’s that time of year again, when the sun has crossed over the equator, and spring is bringing everything in the Northern Hemisphere to life. The storms abate, the temperatures rise, and if you live where it’s cold enough in winter, you see the snow and ice begin to melt away. If you … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Swamp Ghost and Kee Bird

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The earth has a way of swallowing things up. Flood deposits, growing vegetation, landslides, tsunamis—plenty of ways to bury the past. Life moves on, people forget, mysteries are formed. This was especially true of some events of World War II. Massive scenes of destruction were played out worldwide, and when it was over, many of the participants went back to … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Strait of Hormuz

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Geography affects commerce. The lay of the land determines how we move, and how we transport goods. Sometimes nature sets up a fiendish tableau, as it forces people to travel through dangerous landscapes to carry on business. One such convergence of goods, politics, enmity, and travel is in the Strait of Hormuz, at the south end of the Persian Gulf, … Read More

Geo-Joint: Raiders in the Amazon

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The Geo-Joint has often focused on the intricate balance of natural systems and how they are thrown off-kilter by the introduction of foreign species. In some cases, the invaders do not survive because of climate extremes in the new land; other times they are able to find a niche that is not too disruptive to those organisms already functioning there. … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Untied States of America

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“One nation, indivisible…” It’s right there in the Pledge of Allegiance that is repeated in classrooms and government events every day. Of course, at one point the nation did divide, and it was a horrific mess, but we pulled it back together. Still, there are other ways that the various states can be reorganized, and it has happened four times … Read More

Geo-Joint: Challenges for Chocolate

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You don’t miss your water til your well runs dry. What could be more commonplace than a candy bar or a cup of hot chocolate? Always around, always cheap, always enjoyed, sometimes required. But the ubiquity of chocolate may diminish in years to come, because chocolate doesn’t just grow on trees. Well, actually it does grow on trees, but for … Read More

Major League Baseball Tour 2016 – James’ Take-Away of the Trip

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Christie and James embarked on their challenge to attend a Major League Baseball game at each of the Major League Baseball stadiums around the country within 125 days. After the fall of 2015, James had completed Fall Ball with the Santa Barbara Pony League, playing for the Washington Nationals. James has been playing with a team for the last year … Read More