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What is the collective name for the seas of Indonesia?

The seas in Indonesia or Sunda Shelf or Southeast Asia separates the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. The seas in Indonesia itself are broken into many parts due to presence of islands such as Sunda ...
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What is an isolated land area of one type of rock surrounded by land of a differing rock type called?

For example, if there were a large land area with exposed basalt, in the middle of which is a smaller isolated patch of Granite, what is that isolated patch called? I came across the single-word ...
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Which mountains (or hills) are visible from both Boston and Rhode Island?

In the description of the Norse exploration of America, there are two places mentioned, "Hop" and "Straumfjord", with some relationship to the same mountains. E.g. The finding of Wineland the Good, p....
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mountain database of elevation and distance from saddle (as a proxy for gradient)

I'm interested in doing data visualization projects about mountains. We have data from http://www.peaklist.org/ultras.html complied by Aaron Maizlish (Who we tried to contact but not sure of his ...
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Are there seamounts as close as 100 m to the water surface and not inside any Exclusive Economic Zone?

I did not find any seamounts as close as 100 m to the water surface (100m from the mean surface level at the location of the mountain) that are not part of any Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ.) Do any ...
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How to determine (lost) surface (km²) of a country when both population and population density have changed? [closed]

I am not sure if the question suits in this stack board, but I give it a try. Let's assume there is a country with a population of 327 million people and a surface of 9.6 million km², resulting in 34 ...
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Would more or less land be usable if global temperatures rose?

I think a large portion of the earth's land is unusable from being too cold and land that is too hot does not have enough water and dries out which could be fixed by diverging water to those areas. ...
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What place on Earth is closest to the Sun?

What is the location on Earth that is closest to the Sun? I've seen this question asked many times, and answered in varied and contradictory ways: The most common answer is “the summit of Chimborazo ...
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Erosion without weathering?

In one of my Geography books, the following sentence is written: Though weathering aids erosion, it is not a pre-condition for erosion to take place. How can I justify this? Almost all the forms of ...
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Sink holes in drainage area

I live in Florida (aka the land of sink holes). Due to the flat nature of my area, it is common place for housing developments (and any developments really) to dig large drainage areas to give water ...
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Before the artificial changes of the Aral Sea, what was its average depth and salinity?

The Aral Sea was a major lake of the USSR until it suffered artificial changes, which began sometime no later than the 1960s. I am unfortunately not sure when major artificial changes began. ...
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If ALL the ice melted, what percentage of the Earth's surface would be water?

At the present time, about 70% of the earth's surface is liquid water (perhaps that includes floating ice around Antarctica, and the Arctic Ice cap). What percentage of the Earth's surface would be ...
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Which software is easiest to use to create plots like these? [closed]

There seems to be many options for a single problem, but each with different approaches and complications, and that makes is confusing and time consuming for this beginner to work out which to use. I'...
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Is the representation of Earth oriented correctly in this image?

Is there something wrong with this image? I found it in Wikipedia's article Ecliptic coordinate system and the image's source page is here. What bothers me is the orientation of the Earth's surface (...
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Is this a contradiction in Wikipedia's definition of temperate zone?

Under the Wikipedia article Temperate climate Temperate climate in the introduction is describes: In geography, the temperate or tepid climates of Earth occur in the middle latitudes, which span ...
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Land to ocean ratio in jurassic era

In todays world, 71% of the surface is covered in water. But was this always the case, far prehistoric times? Id guess you can estimate pretty precisely where the prehistoric oceans were based on ...
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Increse/decrease in day light hours at locations very close to the Arctic and Antarctic circles

I am not an expert in geography. In fact, I know almost nothing about geography. This question in fact concerns a math problem: I have been assigned to construct an analytic description, i.e. to find ...
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Transferring water using underground channel

I heard in tv show, there are water channels in underground like rivers or small channels! So I just wondered why don't we use such underground water channels to recharge the underground water of one ...
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Lake outflow forming a "reverse delta"?

While rivers often form a delta when they flow into a lake, the outflow of a lake is usually a single stream. Are there lakes where the water flows off in multiple channels that merge into a single ...
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Is there a formally-defined converse of a Prominence Walk?

My question was inspired by this one - in particular, the subtopic of pumping water from the ocean to the below-sea-level basins to deal with rising sea levels (spoiler: it's horribly infeasible and ...
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What physical measurement / elevation is used to define Earth's radius?

Earth's radius is usually given as 6378137 meters (equatorial radius), its flattening is defined as 1/298.257223 (WGS84), and thus its polar radius is calculated as 6356752 meters. However, the ...
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Where on Earth is the most windless lake with its own micro climate sea breeze?

Would a circular lake have enough of sea breeze strong to create a gentle vortex in the center of the lake? Is there such a place on Earth where lake micro climate vortexes occur frequently? The ...
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Longest land path on Afro-Eurasia

Regarding Afro-Eurasia as single continent, I tried to draw longest geodesic line within it and got which is 16628 km (10 332 miles) length. Looks like this line is rather stable and lasts from ...
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Where on Earth has the least changing temperature? [closed]

Is there a map that shows places where the temperature changes the least season to season? Is there a place on Earth where the temperature is the most constant in a comfortable range?
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Temperature graph for solar

Just wondered if this was accurate. Sorry for poor grammar. Typing on pgomw.
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which are the two countries with the flight time between them and time zone differences are equal [closed]

I have been flying to different countries so often and this question came to my mind out of nowhere! Which are the two countries with the flight time between them and time zone differences are equal? ...
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What is the deepest we have ever gone into the Earth?

I remember Journey to the Center of Earth and wonder: What is the deepest in the Earth surface or below sea level we have traveled either by foot, sub, drill or camera?
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How much of Earth's land area has antipodal land area?

Using the site antipodesmap one can quickly explore what the opposite point of the earth to any location would be. That is, the surface point connected to this point by a straight line through the ...
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Is there any correlation between Australia's uranium deposits and the unique animals?

Australian animals are very different than the rest of the world. I wonder if the radiation of Australia's Uranium deposits have anything to do with why animals uniquely evolved? For instance, ...
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How much change has there been to the shape of plate boundaries over geological time?

This is a question that has bothered me for many years. As a new teacher I was asked this question by a 12 year old in our plate tectonics class. I said I would go away and find out. I would really ...
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How big does a lake have to be to have its own Sea Breeze?

How big does a body of water need to have a sea breeze? Is there a chart on sea breezes wind speed that include lakes? Could a circular lake create enough sea breeze to create a wind vortex in the ...
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How to calculate residence time for an element in a reservoir?

The residence time for an element in a reservoir can be calculated by the reservoir size at steady state divided by the inflow or outflow rate. Given the following diagram, I need to calculate the ...
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Is mediterranean climate a type of monsoon climate

Given that monsoon climate has the primary feature of seasonal reversal of wind systems and the same happens in case of Mediterranean climate too, does that mean Mediterranean climate is a special ...
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What is the distance between the tropics?

What is the distance between the tropic of cancer and the tropic of capricorn here on Earth? Now this would seem like I could simply google the answer to it and know the exact distance in miles (...
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What percentage of Earth's surface is arid?

Is there available information on how much of Earth surface is arid climate?
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Why does more sunlight hits the equator than the ecliptic path?

I've always been told that the equator is the region on Earth that receives the most sunlight. But I wondered, since the ecliptic is the circular path that the Sun appears to follow over the course ...
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Is there a special name for along-course elevation profiles of rivers, and where you can you find them?

Was discussing the terrain and rivers of Europe today with my father and it became apparent that a graph of the elevation versus course of a river would offer interesting insight, including a quick ...
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What is the name of the sea in this image? [closed]

I was reading in Wikipedia about the Indian Ocean and I saw there an image of the part of the globe with a "closed sea" (it's marked by a red arrow in the attached picture). What is the name of this ...
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Is Atacama Desert cloudy or cloudless most of the year?

I saw many contradictions everywhere. For example, my geography textbook says that Atacama Desert is a desert where foggy weather is common, and it persists almost the whole year. Whereas every ...
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What are the sunniest places on Earth? (including oceans)

This question did arise when thinking on offshore solar power plants, what's their potential, and how efficient would they be compared with land based counterparts. Recently, it is becoming more ...
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Are these the net radiation at surface, and the complete energy balance at surface?

Could not find these in my book but I found something I think might them online (is this correct): Net radiation balance: R_NET = SW↓ - SW↑ + LW↓ - LW↑ Complete energy balance: R_NET - G = H + LE ...
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How did the Ural mountains form?

A nice picture for "how mountains formed" on Earth is due to the motion of tectonic plates. As the plates crash together, mountains may get "pushed upwards". However, a quick look at a map of the ...
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Subterranean Climate System?

Do subterranean habitat have climate system(s)? Could it be placed in any or all of the known ones: tropical, subtropical, temperate etc. ? Is it unique?
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Where is the calmest place on Earth?

I have done some research online, and I've found out that Antarctica has the calmest winds (lowest maximum wind speed) recorded on Earth. However, it is uninhabitable for human life. Other very calm ...
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Volcano in ocean?

Is it a volcano in this image ? The magnified version. I was browsing through earth images here when I spotted this orange thing. Is it some oceanic volcano? It may be an absurd question but is it ...
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Fault Lines in North America

I was trying to figure out what areas in North America would be most likely to have earthquakes, but I couldn't come across a good map for this. It's easy to find the areas with the highest incidence ...
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Why is this area apparently unpopulated in the great Buenos Aires, what is it?

I'm not sure if I can ask this question here but it is the only Stack Exchange community where I saw the tag Geography. I was reading about the great Buenos Aires and I saw this night satellital ...
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The sun rises up at 7:30 in 25°E, What time will the sun rise up in 15°E?

I've a question about time calculating. The sun rises up at 7:30 in 25°E, What time will the sun rise up in 15°E? What I've tried $$25° - 15° = 10°$$ By the way $$10° . 4 = 40 \space \text {...
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Gnomonic projection of a curves with constant latitude

If we consider gnomonic projection, what are projections of curves with constant latitude. For example, we know that great circles are projected to straight lines. So, equator should be projected on a ...
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Least populated time-zones [closed]

What are there any loneliest places on earth in term of population per time-zone? What is the answer for full hour time-zones (UTC+1,UTC+2..) and in other including for example UTC+4:30? SORRY I may ...
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