Geo-Joint: A Trip to the Middle of Nowhere

A long time ago, Timbuktu was pretty far from anything else. It still is. Timbuktu is in Mali, Africa, and while there are scattered towns at some distance to the south, to the north is the vast emptiness of the Sahara Desert.

Geo-Joint: Deep-Sea Mining

Deep-Sea Mining

Deepsea drilling rigs poke holes in the sediment under the ocean to find oil and gas, but there is another trove of treasure that has long been known, and only recently targeted.

Geo-Joint: The Aral Sea

Aral Sea

The towns that once made their living from the sea have gone away, their fishing boats left high and dry, now miles from the shoreline.

A Bloody Good Time in Transylvania

Transylvania

Transylvanian nights are as dark as any others, and they do get a fair amount of rain and cool temperatures, but the reputation for scary evil is nothing more than the result of a novel written by an Irishman in the late 19th century.

Geo-Joint: Three Gorges Dam

Three Gorges Dam

China devised a way to tame the Yangtze. In a narrow part of its course, where it would drown three famous gorges, a massive dam would rise.

Geo-Joint: Mt. Whitney

Mt. Whitney

Here in sunny California we have a gem of a mountain range, the Sierra Nevada. And in the southern part of that range stands Mt.Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48.

Hurricanes Tracking Hurricanes

Hurricanes Tracking Hurricanes

Hurricanes and tropical storms that follow tracks of previous storms are generally explained by larger patterns of high pressure and the jet stream.