Geo-Joint: Australia’s Rabbit Proof Fence

Australia is a huge land, harboring many kinds of animals. But before 1788, rabbits were not among them. The initial group of boats that carried settlers from England to Australia, known as the First Fleet, brought domesticated rabbits along as a source of food. They were confined to the pens where they were raised. Wild rabbits were also brought to … Read More

Geo-Joint: Peering into Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe isn’t the world’s deepest lake, but it’s in the top twenty. 1645 feet deep at its lowest point, it averages 1,000 feet over its 191 square-mile surface. Surrounded by the wooded slopes of the Sierra Nevada, it is a treasure nestled between California and Nevada, right where their shared straight line borders form a roughly 130 degree angle. … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Zanclean Flood

Perhaps you have stood on a beach at a lagoon mouth and watched what happens when a stormy sea breaks through the sand berm that had sealed off the lagoon. It starts as a small stream, but soon turns into a rapid torrent as the sand wears away, and the higher lagoon water heads downhill to the sea. Something like … Read More

Geo-Joint: Plastic Water Bottles

This may be an unbelievable thing to younger readers of the Geo-Joint, but 30 or 40 years ago people only very rarely drank water out of a personal container other than a glass or a cup. Sure, there were army surplus canteens, and bottles you could fill with water to take with you on a hike. But outside of some … Read More

Thailand: Counting in Thai

Almost nothing will help you move through Thailand with ease more than learning how to count. You never realize how often you use numbers in your daily life until you don’t know how to say them. At the markets, buying anything, asking the time, and ordering food are just a few examples of when you are going to thank yourself … Read More

Geo-Joint: Hot Springs—Nature’s Soothing Soak

The natural delights of the world range from gorgeous sunsets for the eyes, to powder snow and peeling waves for ecstatic motion, to the music of bird calls for the ears. But for pure sensory immersion, little beats the blissful relaxation of soaking in natural hot springs. Long before the advent of the Jacuzzi, hot springs provided comfort for the … Read More

Thailand: Jackfruit & Durian

Thailand is a jackpot of exotic, delicious fruit. The fruit comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes that I would bet you could not have imagined exist on our planet. I know that time and time again I have been shocked by the beauty and diversity of the fruits that nature produces. You might recognize durian and jackfruit … Read More

Geo-Joint: Delaware’s Twelve-Mile Circle

The Geo-Joint brings up the subject of borders every once in a while because they’re so basic to how humans define their place on earth. We solidify our styles, foods, cultures, and even our gene pools according to borders that define “us” and “them.” So as artificial as they often are, their importance can’t be denied. We’ve also talked about … Read More

Thailand: Gender in Thai

A curious aspect of the Thai language is how the words change depending on the gender of the person speaking. Don’t be surprised when you begin to notice the same sentence being spoken in different ways, depending on who is speaking. Here is an example of how gender affects the way someone speaks. To be polite, at the end of … Read More

Geo-Joint: Glaciers in the Tropics

When you think of the equatorial tropics, chances are the first thing that comes to mind is a beach—a warm, breezy, sea-level scene, complete with coconut palms. Or maybe a lush rainforest, soaking wet and humid, with a steamy heat that makes you break into a sweat just thinking about it. Less likely is the thought of high mountain peaks, … Read More