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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Arkansas Towns with Interesting Names

The state of Arkansas in the Southern UNITED STATES includes an abundance of towns with unusual, noteworthy names. Below are road maps of just several of these towns. The maps below are derived from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) Highway Map (viewable online ↗). If you are familiar with other towns in The Natural State or elsewhere that have whimsical or just plain funny names, please let me know with a comment!

Beverage Town (southern Van Buren County)
Overcup (central Conway County)
Locator map of Beverage Town and Overcup, Arkansas

Blue Ball (eastern Scott County)
"Y" City (southern Scott County)
Locator map of Blue Ball and Y City, Arkansas

Blue Eye (northeastern Carroll County)
Blue Eye, Arkansas has a population of 30 (2010 Census) and is located across the border from Blue Eye, Missouri (population 167) in Stone County.
Locator map of Blue Eye, Arkansas

Village (eastern Columbia County)
There aren't many towns or villages that are simply named "Village". Southwestern Arkansas has one of those!
Locator map of Village, Arkansas

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Interactive Map: Pop Art Style!

Fans of superheroes, comic books, independent comic book stores, and comic strips everywhere owe it to Pop Art (1950s and 1960s) for the popular, colorful style seen in comic media today. Thanks to the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), the artwork of artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and fellow contemporaries jumps from comic books into an interactive map! See for yourself with embedded version below or with the full-page version on ArcGIS Online (↗).

Belgrade, SERBIA
Pop Art style map of Belgrade

N'Djamena, CHAD
Pop Art style map of N'Djamena

Pop Art style map of Paris

ʻUvea Island, WALLIS AND FUTUNA (belongs to France)
Pop Art style map of 'Uvea Island

Monday, October 29, 2018

30 Hoosiers Infected by the West Nile Virus

As the mosquito-swatting season continues to wind down in Indiana and elsewhere in the UNITED STATES, Indiana State Department of Health's interactive Arboviral Disease map (↗) reveals the number of people infected by the West Nile Virus: 30. This is not too far away from last year's 26 human infections, but compare this to the 9 infections seen in 2014. Throughout 2018, people were infected in these counties: Allen (5), Delaware (3), Elkhart (2), Grant (1), Hamilton (4), Hendricks (1), Huntington (1), Lake (4), LaPorte (1), Marion (2), Porter (1), Vanderburgh (4), and White (1).

688 mosquitoes in 87 out of 92 Hoosier counties tested WNV-positive in lab tests throughout the year. 18 horses were infected as well, especially in Adams County (10 cases) but also in Harrison (1), Jay (3), Lake (1), Noble (1), Tippecanoe (1), and Whitley (1). For the first time in recent years, Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) infected horses: one each in Kosciusko and Whitley counties. For more information about the West Nile Virus situation in Indiana this year and in the past, access the All About Indiana webpage (↗) on GeoFact of the Day.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Island for Primates

One of the world’s highest concentrations of primates can be found in a relatively remote area — isolated on an island in the middle of a SIERRA LEONE river, to be exact. This pristine place situated in the Moa River is Tiwai Island, known as “Big Island” in the Mende language. 11 identified species of primates — including chimpanzees and diana monkeys — live on the heavily forested island. Villages and towns near Tiwai Island include Baoma, Bogboabu, Giema, Gobioma, Jene, Mapumanobuma, Naiahun, and Segbwema.

Clever Chimpanzees

A group of chimpanzees that lived in the forest near the town of Bossou in extreme southeastern GUINEA — near Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia — became famous in 2005 when Japanese primatologist Gaku Ohashi discovered something about their behavior. Not only could these chimps detect and neutralize animal traps, they taught these skills to other chimps!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Links to All Country Export Posts

Below is a convenient, downloadable PDF document with links to every Country Export post on GeoFact of the Day. These blog posts contain details about the major exports and international trading partners of every country in the world! If you notice any hyperlink or display issues with this document, please feel free to let me know with a comment below. Thanks for visiting GeoFact of the Day today!

Vatican City Exports

Data regarding the exports and international trading partners of VATICAN CITY (Holy See) is sparse, hence why it was not included in the original Exports series on GeoFact of the Day. The following items are major exports of Vatican City, according to MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity ( automobile parts, collector’s items and souvenirs, dextrin, furniture, measuring instruments, men’s coats, metal-clad products, orthopedic appliances, and postage and revenue stamps. Countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, the United States, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Turkey, Portugal, Pakistan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Peru, Colombia, Antigua and Barbuda, Mexico, Zambia, and South Africa.

Rounded flag of Vatican City (Holy See)

For the complete list of the world's countries and their main exports and trading partners, access the Countries & Their Exports post (↗) — published today!

Monaco Exports

Data regarding the exports and international trading partners of MONACO is sparse, hence why it was not included in the original Exports series on GeoFact of the Day. The following items are major exports of Monaco, according to the Encyclopedia of the Nations at cards, cosmetics and other beauty products, glassware, packaged food, perfume, pharmaceuticals, postage stamps, precision machinery, and re-exports from other countries.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and a majority of other countries (unlisted). Trade is predominantly conducted with other European countries, especially European Union members.

Rounded flag of Monaco (and Indonesia)

For the complete list of the world's countries and their main exports and trading partners, access the Countries & Their Exports post (↗) — published today!

Liechtenstein Exports

According to National Geographic MapMaker (, the following items are major exports of LIECHTENSTEIN: automobiles and automobile parts, small machinery, audio/video connectors, dental products (including dentures), electronics, glasses and other optical products, hardware, and packaged food.

Countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and Portugal.

Rounded flag of Liechtenstein

For the complete list of the world's countries and their main exports and trading partners, access the Countries & Their Exports post (↗) — published today!

Andorra Exports

According to National Geographic MapMaker ( and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (, the following items are major exports of ANDORRA: audio alarms, automobiles and automobile parts, blank audio media, cigarette paper, compasses, essential oil, furniture, gold, grain, hobby models, house linens, integrated circuits, iron, machinery, orthopedic appliances, perfume, petroleum gas, stuffed animals, telephones, tobacco products, various vegetables, and video displays.

Countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Spain (top importer), Switzerland, Mauritania, France, the United States, Slovakia, Norway, Finland, Chile, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Mexico, Guatemala, Senegal, Central African Republic, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Colombia, Argentina, Canada, and Palau.

Rounded flag of Andorra

For the complete list of the world's countries and their main exports and trading partners, access the Countries & Their Exports post (↗) — published today!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Flag of the Day: Malampa Province

Flag of the State of Zulia in Venezuela
Image from the Vexilla-Mundi website

Location of the Malampa Province:
North-central VANUATU — east of the Coral Sea (Mar Caribe) and in the South Pacific Ocean. Islands in Malampa Province include Akhamb, Ambrym, Atchin, Lovépi, Malekula (Malakula), Maskelyne Islands, Paama, Rano, Sakao, Uri, Uripiv (Urpiv), Vao, Vulai, and Wala. Towns on the islands of Malampa Province — most are on Malekula island unless specified otherwise in parentheses — include Aim, Amelvet, Baiap (Ambrym island), Brennwe, Craig Cove (Ambrym), Endu Pahakoi (Ambrym), Fona, Halos (Lopévi island), Horrok, Lakatoro, Lalinda (Ambrym), Laravet, Letokas, Leviamp, Linbul, Lulep Nessa (Paama island), Matanvat, Nou (Paama), Pinalum, Taram, Tautu, Tavie (Paama), Tevaliout (Paama), Vauleli Nessa (Paama), Vutekai (Paama), and Wihel.

Population: 37,200 (GeoFact of the Day estimate, 2018)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Flag of the Day: Zulia

Flag of the State of Zulia in Venezuela

Location of the State of Zulia in VENEZUELA: Located south of the Caribbean Sea (Mar Caribe) in northwest Venezuela. Zulia State almost completely surrounds Lake Maracaibo (Lago de Maracaibo). Zulia maintains a prominent petroleum extracting and refining industry, so the lightning bolt design on its flag is likely to represent the electricity generated from burning petroleum. Towns and cities in Zulia include Maracaibo (state capital), Altagracia, Bobures, Cabimas, Casigua, Ciudad Ojeda, Encontrados, La Concepción, La Solita, Lagunillas, Machiques, Mene Grande, Palmira, Paraguaipoa, Quisiro, Rosario, San Carlos del Zulia, San Rafael, and Sinamaica.

Population: 5,150,000 (GeoFact of the Day estimate, 2018)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

San Marino's Republic Day

Happy Independence Day, Sammarinese people!

Completely surrounded by Italy, the Republic of SAN MARINO is believed to be the world's longest surviving sovereign country! The establishment of San Marino dates back to 301, when Saint Marinus established a basilica on top of the mountainous, defensible territory. Annually celebrated on September 3rd, Republic Day is often known as the Founding of the Republic and the Feast of Saint Marinus. Annual festivities include a Solemn Mass in the Saint Marinus Basilica, procession of the saint's relics throughout the streets of San Marino, crossbow tournament, concerts, bingo, and fireworks.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Qatar's Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, Qataris!

The State of QATAR obtained independence from the United Kingdom in 1971. Qatar's Independence Day is annually celebrated every September 3rd.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Geography Quiz — August 27th, 2018

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Questions for this quick geography quiz are found on the National Geographic Geo Bee Quiz (↗) website. Keep testing your geographic knowledge (↗) with other quizzes from GeoFact of the Day. If there's a tricky question that you want to try answering correctly, definitely try searching for a post or accessing the Countries page (navigation bar). Your answer might be found on the GeoFact of the Day Blog ... Enjoy and good luck!

1)      The construction of the Aswan High Dam caused silt buildup in what lake?
A — Lake Victoria
B — Lake Natron
C — Lake Nasser
D — Lake Tanganyika

2)      Muslims in the city of Mopti pray at mosques made of clay and wooden frames. Mopti is almost halfway between BURKINA FASO and MAURITANIA in which country?

3)      Which river (Spanish: rio) forms part of the national boundary between COSTA RICA and NICARAGUA?
A — Rio San Juan
B — Rio Tipitapa
C — Rio Tarcoles

4)      The sun is located directly above the Equator at noon two times annually. What are these solar events called?
A — equinoxes
B — solstices
C — aphelions

Answers are listed below!


Question 1:
C . . . . . Lake Nasser

Question 2:
B . . . . . Mali

Question 3:
A . . . . . Rio San Juan

Question 4:
A . . . . . equinoxes

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Apolima Strait

Map of Apolima Strait in Samoa

Bisecting the Independent State of SAMOA in the South Pacific Ocean is the Apolima Strait, a navigable body of water that is approximately 16.9 kilometers (10.5 miles) wide and 32.2 kilometers (20 miles) long. Apolima Strait passes through and around several small islands between Samoa's two major islands: Savai'i and Upolu. These small islands include Apolima, Lepuia'i, Manono, and Nu'ulopa. In addition to the close-proximity Tafua Rainforest Reserve on Savai'i island, these islands are heavily forested — except Lepuia'i island, which basically resembles a big boulder!

Several ferry services are available to connect the islands. The area's most extensive ferry line connects the town of Sālelologa with the Mulifanua Wharf Ferry Terminal, down the road from the Faleolo International Airport. Another ferry route connects Cape Fatuosofia's oceanfront Le Vasa Resort to a small village on Apolima island. Manono island has several transportation possibilities: ferries connecting the towns of Apai and Faleu and sometimes Salua as well as a road circling along the coastline. A couple of Apolima Strait's reefs are named Cathedral and Manono.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mermaid, Delaware

Rand McNally map of the community of Mermaid and New Castle County in northern Delaware

Maryland 2015-2016 state highway map showing Mermaid, Delaware (top-right)

So small that no signs designate its existence, Mermaid is a populated place in the northern part of Delaware state in the UNITED STATES. Essentially a suburb of Wilmington to the east, the Mermaid area has suburban-style stores and restaurants and is home to Goldey-Beacom College. Surrounding communities (most are neighborhoods or subdivisions) include Ainsley Woods, Eastburn Farms, Elsmere, Jarrell Farms, Limestone Hills, Newark, Newport, The Pines of Pike Creek, and Wilmington.

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