Geo-Joint: The Vaquita Vanishes Before our Eyes

Conservationists note that the public is moved by what are called “charismatic megafauna.” That means the plight of pandas, elephants, tigers, and sun bears captures attention and inspires donations for their preservation far more than for say, the delta smelt, the Kentucky cave shrimp, or the valley elderberry longhorn beetle. It helps to be big, have a personality, and be … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Trappings of Flood Basalts

A little while back, the Geo-Joint went out into the Indian Ocean and had a look around at the Maldives. These islands, as well as Mauritius and Reunion islands to the southwest, and other islands and submarine ridges, were formed by a hotspot which pushed magma to the surface as the tectonic plates moved over it. Pretty impressive work, and … Read More

Geo-Joint: the Circular Reasoning of Fairies

Lawns are generally not complicated things. Give them some water, rake up the leaves, run the lawnmower when it gets shaggy, and watch for dandelions and crabgrass. But sometimes strange and mysterious things appear there, and no, it’s not what the neighbor’s dog leaves behind. After a good rain, you may notice that little white heads are poking up through … Read More

Senator John McCain

  Arizona Senator John McCain’s words filled the air at a press conference on Monday, August 27, 2018, at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. Since the 81-year-old senator had died the previous Saturday at his home in Arizona, the words were read by Rick Davis, McCain’s former campaign manager and family spokesperson. The end of his life was not … Read More

Geo-Joint: Fighting the Current, Turning the Tide, and Flowing Upstream

There are so few things we can count on 100 percent. Certainly the doings of humankind are rife with failure, deception, and disappointment. Nature provides us with more reliable behaviors, so much so that when we get unexpected results, we are generally flabbergasted. One thing you ought to be able to be certain of is that water will always flow … Read More

Geo-Joint: Roaming the Llano Estacado

Texas is a big state. It’s so doggone big that it has a broad variety of landscapes and geographic regions, and these regions themselves are sizeable. One of them is the Llano Estacado. It covers a vast amount of the western part of the state, from the Canadian River near Amarillo in the north down to the Midland/Odessa area in … Read More

Geo-Joint: Going Toe-to-Toe on Hans Island

If you had to name two of the “nicest” nations on the planet, you might think of Canada and Denmark. They just don’t cause a lot of trouble in the world, and the last thing you’d expect is a border dispute between the two. Well, of course not, right? They’re nowhere near each other! Ah, but as a matter of … Read More

Geo-Joint: The Karst Spires of Guilin

We generally think of mountains as tall, broad ridges–a sort of wall of stone. Rocky structures aren’t often found as distinct entities, with a small base and a narrow, steep-sided body. Occasionally, such promontories stick up above the surrounding lands, like Devil’s Tower or the sandstone pinnacles of Monument Valley, but these are solitary, or few in number, and catch … Read More

Geo-Joint: A Fiendish Stay on Devil’s Island

Island life is generally thought of as desirable, being distant, scenic, and peacefully isolated. Throw in a tropical location, and the notion becomes dreamlike. Unfortunately for a lot of unlucky individuals over the course of about a hundred years, such a location was a living nightmare. In 1852, the government of French Emperor Napoleon III needed a place to send … Read More

Celebrate International Map Day!

Maps.com Announces Launch of International Map

“Here at Maps.com, we love to celebrate maps. What better way to celebrate than to give Maps their own day!” – JOHN GLANVILLE, MAPS.COM CEO Maps.com is excited to inaugurate International Map Day on February 3rd. Why this date? February 3rd is Ferdinand Magellan’s birthday, and he is the explorer credited with the first circumnavigation of the Earth, and therefore … Read More