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I once saw somebody spend hours moving small stones next to a river until a small track of water ran alongside the main river through a bend. Think, cutting the chicane at the end of Suzuka. Several years later I saw that the track had grown in width and volume and effectively created a small island of stone.
I don't know if it's still there. I wouldn't have expected it to last even a few days.
 
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There is an old train line which is German territory that runs through France. The line is still German.
 

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If you count ceremonial counties as counties then the City of London is the smallest.

1 square mile, I believe. City of London has a separate council from the surrounding areas such a Westminster and Newham. While it has unique laws and sub laws, I don’t think it’s actually a county, per se, just a district of central London.

Don’t quote me on that. That’s all off the top of my head.
 

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1 square mile, I believe. City of London has a separate council from the surrounding areas such a Westminster and Newham. While it has unique laws and sub laws, I don’t think it’s actually a county, per se, just a district of central London.

Don’t quote me on that. That’s all off the top of my head.
You're not wrong.

https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/about-the-city/about-us/Pages/default.aspx
The City of London is also known as the Square Mile, the financial district and historic centre of London.

It is one of the 33 areas with local authority responsibilities into which London is divided. Administratively, London is divided into 32 boroughs and the City of London. Local authority services are provided by the City of London Corporation.

However, it is also described as a ceremonial county (but not, I think, a "real" county by most definitions) because it has a comission of lieutenants.

http://www.liverycompanies.info/a-z-list-of-companies/her-majestys-commission-of.html
Although Greater London has a Lord Lieutenant and a number of Deputy Lieutenants, the Reserve Forces Act 1980, which consolidated most of the Lieutenancy legislation, also recognised the City as a separate county for the purposes of Lieutenancy and the Militia.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1997/23/section/7
For the purposes of the application of sections 5 and 6 to the City of London, the commissioners shall be treated as if they were the lord-lieutenant of a county.
 

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One of the more unusual sections of European borders is that between Belgium and the Netherlands in Baarle-Hertog.

Created after the 1843 Treaty of Maastricht that ultimately settled the disputed territory of recently formed Belgium from the Netherlands from which it gained its independence, it consists of multiple small Belgian exclaves within the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant and even some Dutch exclaves within the Belgian exclaves.

From what I understand, there are houses which are in two different countries where the borders run through and commercial properties that are subject to ever so slightly different laws and practices in one part of the premises but not another for the same reasons.

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One of the more unusual sections of European borders is that between Belgium and the Netherlands in Baarle-Hertog.

Created after the 1843 Treaty of Maastricht that ultimately settled the disputed territory of recently formed Belgium from the Netherlands from which it gained its independence, it consists of multiple small Belgian exclaves within the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant and even some Dutch exclaves within the Belgian exclaves.

From what I understand, there are houses which are in two different countries where the borders run through and commercial properties that are subject to ever so slightly different laws and practices in one part of the premises but not another for the same reasons.

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I think I remember seeing photographs of a clothing shop on the border that was half in & half out of pandemic related lockdown.
 

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The African country with the most pyramids is Sudan. Sudan has twice as many (~230) as Egypt (~110).

The battle on the Zuiderzee in 1573 was a naval battle fought on water whose location is now on land. The Zuiderzee (southern sea) was a bay of the North Sea in North Netherlands which, since the construction of the Afsluitsdijk in the 20th century, has now been cut off from the sea and reclaimed in large parts such as Flevoland, which roughly corresponds to the battle's location.

Portugal spans three continents. The Azores and Madeira are islands of the Atlantic but are fundamental, integral Portuguese territory and not any sort of special overseas dependencies as is the case in other countries. Madeira is off the African coast and the Azores are closer to North America.
 

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Portugal spans three continents. The Azores and Madeira are islands of the Atlantic but are fundamental, integral Portuguese territory and not any sort of special overseas dependencies as is the case in other countries. Madeira is off the African coast and the Azores are closer to North America.
Technically that applies to the Azores themselves.

The islands sit above something called the ATJ - Azores Triple Junction - which is where the North American Plate, the Eurasian Plate, and the Africa Plate all meet, in an R-R-R junction. Corvo and Flores, the two westernmost islands, are on the North American Plate itself, while the island of Santa Maria is on the African plate, just below the Azores-Gibraltar Transform Fault. All the rest are on the Eurasian Plate - so technically the islands are on three different continental plates (and thus continents).

Iceland is famously on two different plates. I've been to where they meet. There's a bridge...
 

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The Savoy Court road going to the Savoy Hotel in London is, I think, the only place in Great Britain with traffic on the right-hand side.

It dates from when horse-drawn carriage drivers would open the coach doors of the carriage for passengers without having to get out of the cab themselves. Thusly, a RHD vehicle was driving on the right so the driver would open the door for the passengers to alight directly onto the pavement.

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The Atlantic end of the canal, which actually goes into the Caribbean, not the Atlantic, is north-northwest of the Pacific end of the canal. Even though traffic is moving "West to East," Pacific to Atlantic, the canal itself is more north-and-south, and that end of the canal is farther west than the Pacific end.
 

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The Western end of the Panama Canal opens to the Caribbean Sea.
The Atlantic end of the canal, which actually goes into the Caribbean, not the Atlantic, is north-northwest of the Pacific end of the canal. Even though traffic is moving "West to East," Pacific to Atlantic, the canal itself is more north-and-south, and that end of the canal is farther west than the Pacific end.
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That's the Gatun Locks (Atlantic/Caribbean to Gatun lake) at the north and west, with the Miraflores Locks (Chagres River to Pacific Ocean) at the south and east.
 

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The Atlantic end of the canal, which actually goes into the Caribbean, not the Atlantic, is north-northwest of the Pacific end of the canal. Even though traffic is moving "West to East," Pacific to Atlantic, the canal itself is more north-and-south, and that end of the canal is farther west than the Pacific end.

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Roughly speaking, the Panama Canal runs between Colon and Panama City (the map is perfectly oriented N-S).

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That's the Gatun Locks (Atlantic/Caribbean to Gatun lake) at the north and west, with the Miraflores Locks (Chagres River to Pacific Ocean) at the south and east.
That's amazing.
All this talk about 2020 being the year that changed everything has just been confirmed in my mind.
 

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That's amazing.
All this talk about 2020 being the year that changed everything has just been confirmed in my mind.

Except, the canal's been there for 106 years, essentially unchanged. OK, they've widened it, but where it lies is just like it's been. 2020 didn't change where it is. :lol:
 

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Except, the canal's been there for 106 years, essentially unchanged. OK, they've widened it, but where it lies is just like it's been. 2020 didn't change where it is. :lol:
You must think I'll believe anything.
 
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An unnamed lake within an unnamed island, within Nettilling Lake, within Baffin Island, is the largest lake within an island within a lake within an island in the world.

It has an island in it, which is also the largest island within a lake within an island within a lake within an island in the world.
There used to be a similar feature in the Philippines, but it was a casualty of geological events (earthquack earthquake* and volcano eruption) early this year.

Vulcan Point in Taal Volcano Main Crater Lake on Volcano Island in Taal Lake on Luzon in the Philippines.

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Yes, I actually typed "earthquack".
 

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If you class Cyprus as geologically an Asian island, the United Kingdom is the only country with territory in all 7 (traditional) Continents.

France comes second with territory in 6 (nothing Asian), then The Netherlands and USA on 3 continents.
 
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The Savoy Court road going to the Savoy Hotel in London is, I think, the only place in Great Britain with traffic on the right-hand side.

It dates from when horse-drawn carriage drivers would open the coach doors of the carriage for passengers without having to get out of the cab themselves. Thusly, a RHD vehicle was driving on the right so the driver would open the door for the passengers to alight directly onto the pavement.

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I have heard tale that the turning point (roundabout I oppose) at the Savoy is very tight, hence the ability for a London taxi to turn in such a tight circumference.

However, from my days as a traffic warden in that exact location, I can tell you that the road leading to the Savoy, off of The Strand isn’t documented as a public roadway, and as a private roadway none of the regular rules apply.

Unrelated: I saw a comparison of Europe and Africa on a true scale map and the contrast and understatement of Africa’s size is incredible when compared to its representation on a ‘globe’ style map.

Aside from that, I really love cartography and think it is a fascinating science/ art.

@Jimlaad43, I visited Ayia Napa back in the day (for raving, naturally) and had no idea until now how much Cyprus is actually in the Middle East. I assumed it was a Greek island just off the mainland.
 
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@Jimlaad43, I visited Ayia Napa back in the day (for raving, naturally) and had no idea until now how much Cyprus is actually in the Middle East. I assumed it was a Greek island just off the mainland.
Greece in itself is a transcontinental country as some of its Easternmost islands are only a few km away from Turkey (AKA Anatolia aka Asia Minor) and are classed as Asian islands, making Greece mostly European with Asian parts.

Cyprus is geographically Asian, but culturally European (at least the Greek bit)
 
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