Friday, October 27, 2006

Chocolate Cake Farm

Ria just recently posted about the Chocolate Cake Farm on Liber Parma.
First I looked in our encyclopedia for baking soda (which is one of the ingedients) instead I found baking powder which has baking soda in it and it had the scientific name in it to (sodium bicarbonate). Then I looked for sodium bicarbonate and I only found sodium but in that section there was part for other articles one of them was bicarbonate of soda. Then later electroblogster and I spent about an hour looking on the internet for where the ingredients would grow and came out with somewhere in southern Kenya, Africa.

Monday, October 23, 2006

That One Country, Switzerland

That One Country, Switzerland

Switzerland is a very special country with many features, like chocolate. Do you like chocolate? I do. But do you know what country produces the most chocolate? Can anyone guess? It's Switzerland. You all know that Switzerland is a very mountainous country and I do not think that very many cocoa trees could grow there. Honestly, I do not know how they make their chocolate so well, but I love it. In fact, chocolate lovers around the world order Swiss chocolate for special occasions or even to just to lie around in their fridge.

There is one downside about this delicious treat. It is expensive. But if you go to any wedding or something like that, you will probably find that kind of chocolate, so eat all you can.

Chocolate is not the only thing that makes Switzerland such a special country. In Geneva, there are more banks within the metropolitan area of the city than any other city in the world. Switzerland is where many millionaires deposit their money to keep it safe because Swiss banks are high-security so they can not be robbed.

These are only a few things about Switzerland, out of at least a hundred more. Personally, I would greatly enjoy a trip to that one country, Switzerland

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


I was reading The Handy Geography Answers Book. In it I noticed that the average thickness of the ice in Antarctica is about a mile thick!

Monday, October 09, 2006

Color Photos in the National Geographic Magazine

I was reading a book about the National Geographic Society's 100th Aniversary.
In it I found that the November 1910 issue was the very first issue to have colored photos.
It has three of those pictures. The first is a picture of some Japenese ladies. The second is some Chinese people riding on a horse-drawn cart. The third is a man from South Korea wearing a raincoat and hat made out of some sort of grasses. I thought it was interesting looking at the pictures and thinking that they weren't just pictures of people in costumes - these are pictures of people wearing their everyday clothes and doing ordinary things.

More Results For the Geography Meme

The Ironic Catholic
Transcendental Musings
Appalachian Ambiance

True or False Answers

1. The driest place in the U.S. is Mount Waialeale on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. False (Thank you tito)

2. St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the U.S. True

3. No U.S. cities have the same name as any state. False (New York- New York) Thank you Geoguy

4. The northernmost point of the lower 48 states is in Maine. False- it is Minnesota

5. A pipeline brings oil 800 mi (1,280 km) from oil fields in northern Alaska to the port of Valdez. True

6. A state park in Georgia consists of half a million acres of swamp (2,000 sq km), the Okefenokee Swamp Park. True

7. The letters Q, X and Z do not appear in the name of any U.S. state. False- (Arizona-Texas)

8. The northernmost U.S. state capital is Juneau, Alaska. True

9. The only active diamond mine in the U.S. is in Arkansas. True

10. With an area of just 1,214 sq mi (1,953.7 sq km) Rhode Island is not only just the smallest state; it is also smaller than any country in Europe. False (Luxembourg)

Thanks for the help everyone

Saturday, October 07, 2006

The Chestertons Answered the Meme Too!

Frances Blogg Chesterton
G.K. Chesterton

The Map in The Schoolroom

The Map in The Schoolroom

essay written by GeoGuy for Writing Workshop

In my schoolroom, there is a National Geographic map of Ireland and Great Britain pinned on the wall. When I become distracted I always seem to gaze up at the map. Most of the time I notice something new or something that I had never noticed before. On the Ireland map, which I believe is where our teacher is from, everywhere I look there is some strange new name of a city, river or mountain that I missed. Do you know what the longest river is in Ireland and the UK? It is the Shannon, a 240 mi long river. That is pretty short for the biggest river in any area.

Next I skip over to England to study it. You may not have known this, but the island of Great Britain is actually one of the largest islands in the world. Scotland's northwestern coastline is jagged and rocky which has a remarkable resemblance to Norway, only about 300 miles away. Then I look down to view England and Wales. But before I can, my mom yells out: "Thomas, get back to your work!" Great, I was just getting to the best part.