Sunday, July 27, 2014

League of Nations

The Covenant forming the League of Nations was part of the Treaty of Versailles and came into force in

Given the times and the parties involved, membership was turbulent. Following are the countries with the year they joined (details of leaving and/or returning not given here)


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Losses and Discoveries

While there is no shortage of ignorance and indifference, there is no doubt that we have an impact with extinction and new discoveries.

As long as we preserve our old growth forests and wilderness we will also continue to discover new plants.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Built environment

I'm not as convinced by megalopolises. They don't even have to be on a common landmass; if you go wide enough, the Blue Banana contains Manchester and Amsterdam. Exhibit B appears when you realise what 'East Coast' denotes; you may have to refine your search to find an entry on this banal sounding stretch but when you do, you realise they mean our East Coast (and you don't get Europe when you search for 'Green Banana' or 'New Banana')

Anyone whose driven the couple of thousand kilometres covered by this designation will start to think that megalopolis must have a very loose definition. It covers Melbourne-Geelong up to Sydney-Newcastle and on to South East Queensland (SEQ) which links the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast with the capital Brisbane. SEQ has been coined the 200 km city or 'Noosangatta' (Noosa-Coolangatta)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Stan Lee

I got my photo taken with Stan Lee

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Mrs Megalopolis

So we've dissected and bisected the single cities and teeming surrounds. We finish at the megalopolis - a clustered network of cities.

Greater Cairo
The Gauteng City Region
The region in Morocco including El Jadida-Casablanca-Rabat-Sale-Kenitra 

Pearl River Delta
Yangtze River Delta  
Bohai Economic Rim 
Central Plain
The central Liaoning city cluster  
Northeastern cities or the Harbin-Changchun Area
Sichuan Basin
Greater Wuhan Megalopolis
Greater Changsha Metropolitan Region

Taiheiyo Belt

Seoul National Capital Area
Southeast Economic Belt

West Bengal-Parnas-Kolkata-Murshidabad
Indo-Gangetic-Brahmaputra Plain Megalopolis
S. India

Greater Tehran

Western Java
Central Luzon
Central Thai
Central Java
East Java
Mekong Delta
Red River Delta

"Blue Banana" (also known as Hot Banana, Dorsal, European Megalopolis or European Backbone)
"Golden Banana" (also known as European Sunbelt or BarceLyon)
"Green Banana" (also known as Central Banana,Young Banana, New Banana, North Poland-Centrope-Adriatic or Vistula-Danube Economic River)
Quebec City - Windsor Corridor

Greater Mexico City

Arizona Sun Corridor
Front Range
Gulf Coast
Great Lakes
Northern California
Piedmont Atlantic
Southern California
Texas Triangle

East Coast

Lima-Callou Megalopolis
Rio-Sao Paulo Megalopolis
Expanded metropolitan complex of Sao Paulo

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Masses; tired, huddled or otherwise

There are thirty megacities, scaling down from Tokyo at the top to Tianjin at 10.6 million just squeezing in.
The other Japanese megacity is Osaka at fifteenth position with 16.8 million population.

There are five megacities in China, three in India and two in the United States.

Seventeen capitals are classed as megacities; actually I think I miscounted and its eighteen. Hey, if Wikipedia contributors can do it, so can I.

Megacities not mentioned or referenced in this discussion thusfar include Cairo (16.1 million), London (15.5 million), Buenos Aires (14.5 million), Bangkok (14.5 million), Istanbul (13.8 million), Lagos, (13.2 million)  Tehran (13.2 million), Rio de Janiero (12.9 million), Rhine-Ruhr (12.19 million), Shenzhen (11.7 million) and Paris (10.7 million).

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Cities still

After the unsettling certification of a city proper, I've been on a search to see what other categories shine a streetlight on built-up areas. Metropolitan areas are difficult to measure but are roughly designated as including the labor market area and the surrounding commute, with the caveat that the surrounding region must be of minimal agricultural focus, and include a large number of commuters into the main urban area.

Despite this sub-sophistry, the most populated metropolitan areas are much the same as the most populated cities, only in a slightly different order. Tokyo is the largest and the two not figured in 'cities with the highest population' are Mumbai (20,748,395) and Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto (19,342,000)


Here's a word you don't hear every day: agglomeration. An agglomeration is a large group or pile of different things, but in an urban planning sense, an urban agglomeration is 'the population contained within the contiguous territory without regard to administrative boundaries or commuter flows' according to Wikipedia. So it does not even have the restriction in definition of a 'metropolitan area'
Urban agglomeration   
Delhi NCR21,935,000
Mexico City20,142,000
New York-Newark20,104,000
Sao Paulo19,649,000


I was going to condense all the population aggregation into one thread but I've encountered a setback: I've seen my Wikipedia source virtually change before my eyes so what you see is a 'before' snapshot. Okay, maybe I won't attempt conurbation but before I go on with the other significant measures, I need to take stock of what changes have been made around me.