Mexico map

In one of my classes today we looked at a map of Mexico. As usual the copy was not so clear so here is a much clearer version in colour.

111 million people live in Mexico
111 million people live in Mexico

Bora Bora, view from above

Can it really be paradise on earth?
Can it really be paradise on earth?

A new improved image of this photo can be found here

Bora Bora island in French Polynesia in the South Pacific must be one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

You can see a further view from above here.

I was lucky enough to go there once, and I asked an American guy who had lived there for more than 20 years if he ever thought the views looked boring. He said, “No”.

Israel map

In one of my classes today we looked at some of the issues in Israel and particularly in Gaza. The map which I gave each student wasn’t very clear, so here is the digital version, and if you put your cursor over the map and click you can get an even bigger map.

Israel and its neighbouring countries
Israel and its neighbouring countries

Asia or Europe?

Yesterday the Japan football team qualified for the World Cup finals in South Africa in 2010. Japan became the first country to qualify, when they beat Uzbekistan 1-0 in Tashkent, in an Asian qualifying game. I do not want to say anything about the referee, except that he was disgraceful, congratulations to Japan.

At the same time England were also playing a European World Cup qualifying game. This game was against Kazakhstan (the ninth largest country in the world) in the city of Almaty, and England won 4-0.

Can you see the cities of Almaty and Tashkent on this map?

Tashkent is west of Almaty!
Tashkent is west of Almaty!

So where is Asia, and where is Europe? What is happening at Fifa?

And soon Japan will play their last Asian qualifying game in Australia!

Galapagos and Ecuador maps

These islands are about 600km from the mainland
These islands are about 1,000km from the mainland

In one of my classes we looked at the damage being done by tourism to the Galapagos Islands. These islands are part of the country of Ecuador.

The capital city is Quito
The capital city is Quito

The Galapagos tourists bring a great deal of money to Ecuador, which is not a very rich country, but the unique animals and plants in the Galapagos are in danger.

Asperatus clouds

Have you ever seen clouds like this?
Have you ever seen clouds like this?

There are many different kind of cloud, but there are only three main groups, cirrus, stratus and cumulus.

This representation is not to scale
This representation is not to scale

This picture shows you the three types with one extra, a kind of cumulus cloud known as cumulo-nimbus.

Recently some scientists have said that the cloud in the top picture cannot be described by the three types, and it should have its own name.

They have called it asperatus, which is from Latin, meaning ‘to make rough’. And it sure looks rough! I wouldn’t like to be walking around without an umbrella under these clouds.

And if you want to see another picture of asperatus cloud here you are:

It looks beautiful in a photo.
It looks beautiful in a photo.

And there is another here.