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Geography in the News: International Shipping Chokepoints

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Navigational Chokepoints Egypt’s stability and security remain uncertain. Amid calls by opposition supporters for the president’s removal in early 2011, the country erupted into widespread demonstrations against the government and President Hosni Mubarak was removed. General elections brought Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi into…

Geography in the News: Oil Spills

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM World’s Largest Oil Spills The world has followed news of British Petroleum’s (BP) Deepwater Horizon’s blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico since the oil rig exploded April 22, 2010. By the time engineers temporarily capped the well July 15, it had…

Geography in the News: Keystone Pipeline and Canadian Tar Sands

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com KEYSTONE PIPELINE AND CANADIAN TAR SANDS CONTROVERSY Supporters and protesters continue to lobby both the White House and U.S. Congress for and against the 1,700-mile long (2,736-km) Keystone pipeline running from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Keystone XL, as…

Unique Alaskan Orcas Slip Toward Extinction

One spill-echoing artwork, a ceramic wall-mounted sculpture called “Eyak’s Jaw,” was made in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Within a rich bed of intertidal life forms – sea start, kelps, and urchins, a viewer glimpses the jawbone and conical teeth of an orca. The actual jawbone of the male…

Geography in the News: Arctic Dangers to Oil Platforms

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Appalachian State University  Shell Oil’s Grounded Platform Confirms Worries About Arctic Oil The Arctic Ocean is a formidable foe to ships, even in the summer. Nonetheless, oil exploration continues despite the dangerous conditions created by wind and ice floes, particularly in the winter. Concerns by Alaskans and Canadians…

Oil Rig in Alaskan Critical Habitat Area

Kachemak Bay in Lower Cook Inlet lies 125 miles south of Anchorage. It’s been statistically documented as one of the world’s richest and most biologically diverse marine ecosystems, and has been properly called the “Jewel in Alaska’s Coastal Crown” because of its remarkably rich terrestrial and marine resources.     Yet since the expansion of…