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(NASA)   NASA and NOAA scientists teamed up to create an updated night map of the earth. This is the result   ( nasa.gov) divider line
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2012-12-06 10:54:22 AM  
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RussianPooper: luisluis: what the heck is going on in western Australia? Isn't that all desert?

I was wondering the same thing. Doesn't seem right.

Me too. I chalked it up to my general ignorance of Australian population patterns, and what I thought they were, so I studied it out:

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So yeah, WTF is going on there? Secret government programs?
2012-12-06 08:00:34 AM  
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FlameDuck: Just in time for Finlands independence day. Suomi aka Finland satellite sends us these greetings.

As a Finn, I'd like to say well played and thank you very much.

Ahh, yes. Finland. A country whose only claim to fame is taking the gold medal in Full Contact Team Biathlon at the 1940 Winter Games.
2012-12-06 07:27:13 AM  
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Lt_Ryan: AverageAmericanGuy: StopLurkListen: Why does the US Midwest looks vaguely gridlike?

It's vaguely gridlike.

Most likely due to the highway system, towns tend to pop up and grow faster if they are on a major road.

It goes further back than that: the Midwest was largely laid out by the railroads, and as the land was completely flat, they simply put a station (basis for a town) every couple hundred miles or so. They also sold the land to farmers, dictating farm size, and therefore counties. Look at a map of the US including county boundaries, and you'll see that they're generally close to square in the center of the country.
2012-12-06 07:17:35 AM  
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Isn't anyone concerned about light pollution?
2012-12-06 04:41:18 AM  
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Images like this always remind me of this quote:

"Home was BAMA, the Sprawl, the Boston-Atlanta Metropolitan Axis. Program a map to display frequency data exchange, every thousand megabytes a single pixel on a very large screen. Manhattan and Atlanta burn solid white. Then they start to pulse, the rate of traffic threatening to overload your simulation. Your map is about to go nova. Cool it down. Up your scale. Each pixel a million megabytes. At a hundred million megabytes per second, you begin to make out certain blocks in midtown Manhattan, outlines of hundred-year-old parks ringing the old core of Atlanta." (William Gibson, "Neuromancer", 1984, page 57).
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