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A quirk of geology has produced a strange pattern on the American voting map. What is this blue curve, and where does it come from?
The true proportions of Richard Nixon’s victory in the 1972 US presidential election can be shown by cartographic methods
From US debt to cosmic exploration, water use to missing migrants, these 15 infographics are in the running for the Information is Beautiful Awards 2016

Coast Lines

Coasts are a more complex geographical entity than you might believe. Benjamin Hennig maps the world's coasts to learn more
The methods we use to teach physical geography and environmental science are rapidly changing. As a new generation of high-quality affordable drones creates a revolution in the way that schools collect, process and view landscape data, Dr Steve Boreham of…
Norway is looking to gift a mountain to Finland as a 100th birthday present. But is it legally feasible?
The world’s first comprehensive report on plant species finds over one fifth at risk of extinction
As a Cumbrian hill in the Yorkshire Dales is offically declared a mountain by a mere six millimetres, Geographical talks to summit mapper Myrddyn Phillips about what defines a mountain

Marine destruction

Out of sight, out of mind, the world's oceans are nevertheless full of pollution, which is devastating for marine ecosystems

The home front

Home ownership in the UK has changed dramatically in recent years. Benjamin Hennig maps variations across the country
Chris Fitch travels to the Jungfrau region of Alpine Switzerland, where anyone can get under the skin of a mountain – literally
Mark Cooper-Jones and Jay Foreman tap into a rich vein of geographical quirks to teach through comedy
Which country has been the most successful in Olympic history? Benjamin Hennig charts the winners and participants of the Olympic Games
This month, the Olympic Games opens in Atlanta, generating millions of dollars for the city. But when the athletes head home, will the gold rush end?
Barcelona’s staging of the Olympic Games has provoked a rush of domestic and foreign investment into the city which, its authorities hope, will enable it to become a model European metropolis at the heart of the western Mediterranean economy
Political boycotts have not been the only threat to the success of the Los Angeles Olympics. Derek Elsom looks at the possible effects of smog on the Games

Cooling Chicago

Installing ‘green rooftops’ across Chicago – part of a comprehensive planning vision for the next few decades – could dramatically help the city’s attempts to prevent overheating

Darwin’s puddle

Blue and yellow fish living in a small lake in Tanzania are helping scientists understand basic mechanics of evolution

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