1472: "Geography"

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1472: "Geography"

Postby Dr What » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:34 am UTC

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title="The place I'd least like to live is the farm in the background of those diagrams showing how tornadoes form."

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1472: "Geography"

Postby keithl » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:34 am UTC

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Alt Text: "The place I'd least like to live is the farm in the background of those diagrams showing how tornadoes form."

Needs Reef, Icecap, and Giant Impact Crater. Isthmus inadequate and unlabeled.
Edit: Also needs Beach, Tundra and Steppe.
Edit Edit: And Geysers!
Edit Edit Edit: And Karst, with Caves and Sinkholes!
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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby rhomboidal » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:44 am UTC

I think Dora the Explorer owns a condo there.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Eternal Density » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:56 am UTC

There's mountains, a plain, an island, and a forest, but no swamp!
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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Klear » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:12 am UTC

Open world computer game worlds often look like this...

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby sotanaht » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:20 am UTC

Klear wrote:Open world computer game worlds often look like this...

MOST RPGs do, although they usually have a great deal more mountains (to mark off the playable boundaries).

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Flumble » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:23 am UTC

I oughtn't be the only one who noticed peninsula is written with three Ns in the comic.


Eternal Density wrote:There's mountains, a plain, an island, and a forest, but no swamp!

Settlers of Catan doesn't have swamp either. (there's also no jungle, no tundra, no coral reef and numerous other biomes/terrain types)

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Eternal Density » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:41 am UTC

Flumble wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:There's mountains, a plain, an island, and a forest, but no swamp!

Settlers of Catan doesn't have swamp either. (there's also no jungle, no tundra, no coral reef and numerous other biomes/terrain types)
Then how do players get black mana?
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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby azule » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:50 am UTC

Flumble wrote:Settlers of Catan doesn't have swamp either. (there's also no jungle, no tundra, no coral reef and numerous other biomes/terrain types)
Even the expansion sets?
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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Kanonfutter » Mon Jan 12, 2015 6:54 am UTC

Looks like where I settle in Minecraft, but as stated above it lacks a nearby swamp.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby CocoaNutCakery » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:30 am UTC

Flumble wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:There's mountains, a plain, an island, and a forest, but no swamp!

Settlers of Catan doesn't have swamp either. (there's also no jungle, no tundra, no coral reef and numerous other biomes/terrain types)


I, for one, want to list all of what's missing (from here on out, you only get one per post).

My turn: Isthmus (it's actually there, just not labeled)

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Flumble » Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:43 am UTC

azule wrote:
Flumble wrote:Settlers of Catan doesn't have swamp either. (there's also no jungle, no tundra, no coral reef and numerous other biomes/terrain types)
Even the expansion sets?

AFAIKACF there's only the set of basic tiles (water, forest, plains, fields, clay pit and mountains), desert and "gold vains". And fishing grounds if you want to count those.

Kanonfutter wrote:Looks like where I settle in Minecraft, but as stated above it lacks a nearby swamp.

There's also never mesa within a 5000 block radius. :(

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby StClair » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:04 am UTC

Added to TV Tropes under "Patchwork Map".

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby PinkShinyRose » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:37 am UTC

sotanaht wrote:
Klear wrote:Open world computer game worlds often look like this...

MOST RPGs do, although they usually have a great deal more mountains (to mark off the playable boundaries).

I think turn-based strategy games tend to be more extreme in this respect than RPGs.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby da Doctah » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:00 am UTC

I have a little pied-a-terre at the corner of Graben and Horst.

Incidentally, isn't this cartoon pretty much the way most Japanese and Icelandic place-names are structured?

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby PhilHibbs » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:19 am UTC

Looks like Washington to me.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby orthogon » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:55 am UTC

keithl wrote:Isthmus inadequate and unlabeled.

Can you have an isthmus between a peninsula and the mainland?

Also: "Does your 1sthmu5 make you feel inadequate?"
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby KarenRei » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:32 am UTC

Looks like Washington to me.


Looks like Iceland to me, although with different ratios (contrary to popular belief, we do have forests; however, they're scattered, and while they're pretty they won't be winning any height records; also, our dry areas are only at the borderline of what's considered desert... but good enough!). However, given that the volcano is erupting lava, it's unlikely to be Washington. Do you get any lava eruptions there? We've got the currently most intense lava eruption in the world ongoing right now (Bárðarbunga).

To be fair, Washington and Alaska are the two places in the US most like Iceland. Even culturally Washington is probably one of the best matches, with Reykjavík being a mini-Seattle (even our music communities are connected... for example, KEXP in Seattle is really active in the Icelandic music scene, for some reason, and has done a lot to publicize Icelandic indie bands overseas - there's even an annual day-long KEXP block party here).

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby novalkar » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:51 am UTC

If you stretch that drawing a LOT that would be how Chile looks like :)

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby PinkShinyRose » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:53 am UTC

KarenRei wrote:
Looks like Washington to me.


Looks like Iceland to me, although with different ratios (contrary to popular belief, we do have forests; however, they're scattered, and while they're pretty they won't be winning any height records; also, our dry areas are only at the borderline of what's considered desert... but good enough!). Given that the volcano is erupting lava, it's unlikely to be Washington. Do you get any lava eruptions there? We've got the currently most intense lava eruption in the world ongoing right now (Bárðarbunga).

To be fair, Washington and Alaska are the two places in the US most like Iceland. Even culturally Washington is probably one of the best matches, with Reykjavík being a mini-Seattle (even our music communities are connected... for example, KEXP in Seattle is really active in the Icelandic music scene, for some reason, and has done a lot to publicize Icelandic indie bands overseas - there's even an annual day-long KEXP block party here).

I think the forests in Iceland are like the mountains in the Netherlands: they are forest in name, but foreigners would call it shrubbery (like the hills in the Netherlands).

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby CharlieP » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:42 pm UTC

PinkShinyRose wrote:
KarenRei wrote:
Looks like Washington to me.


Looks like Iceland to me, although with different ratios (contrary to popular belief, we do have forests; however, they're scattered, and while they're pretty they won't be winning any height records; also, our dry areas are only at the borderline of what's considered desert... but good enough!). Given that the volcano is erupting lava, it's unlikely to be Washington. Do you get any lava eruptions there? We've got the currently most intense lava eruption in the world ongoing right now (Bárðarbunga).

To be fair, Washington and Alaska are the two places in the US most like Iceland. Even culturally Washington is probably one of the best matches, with Reykjavík being a mini-Seattle (even our music communities are connected... for example, KEXP in Seattle is really active in the Icelandic music scene, for some reason, and has done a lot to publicize Icelandic indie bands overseas - there's even an annual day-long KEXP block party here).

I think the forests in Iceland are like the mountains in the Netherlands: they are forest in name, but foreigners would call it shrubbery (like the hills in the Netherlands).


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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby KarenRei » Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:53 pm UTC

PinkShinyRose wrote:
KarenRei wrote:
Looks like Washington to me.


Looks like Iceland to me, although with different ratios (contrary to popular belief, we do have forests; however, they're scattered, and while they're pretty they won't be winning any height records; also, our dry areas are only at the borderline of what's considered desert... but good enough!). Given that the volcano is erupting lava, it's unlikely to be Washington. Do you get any lava eruptions there? We've got the currently most intense lava eruption in the world ongoing right now (Bárðarbunga).

To be fair, Washington and Alaska are the two places in the US most like Iceland. Even culturally Washington is probably one of the best matches, with Reykjavík being a mini-Seattle (even our music communities are connected... for example, KEXP in Seattle is really active in the Icelandic music scene, for some reason, and has done a lot to publicize Icelandic indie bands overseas - there's even an annual day-long KEXP block party here).

I think the forests in Iceland are like the mountains in the Netherlands: they are forest in name, but foreigners would call it shrubbery (like the hills in the Netherlands).


Oh come on now - though we joke about it ("Q: How do you find your way out of an Icelandic forest? A: Stand up!"), really they're not that little ;) Here's Heiðmörk, just south of Reykjavík (top pic is them cutting down the annual christmas tree gift for the Faroe Islands):

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Here's Öskjuhlið, which is *in* Reykjavík:

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Here's Lagarfljót in the northeast (our equivalent of Loch Ness)

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Skaftafell:

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Kirkjubæjarklaustur:

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Etc. So while it's easy to joke about, but we actually do have legitimate forests. Just no record-setters - you're not going to find trees several meters in diameter here like you can find in Washington. Most of our forests are too young, and their growth rate is limited by our cool summers (more like, say Kodiak than Olympic). That said, it'd be neat to be able to see see how the country looks after 100-200 years... the extra growth time, plus a climate several degrees warmer, could potentially yield massive trees. I mean, once upon a time there were even redwoods here.

EDIT: Sorry about the big image sizes, but I tried specifying "width=500" in the image tag but it didn't work - does XKCD for some reason disable image width setting?

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby thermopile » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:08 pm UTC

PhilHibbs wrote:Looks like Washington to me.


I had the same thought. Seattle, in fact: it's pretty close to Mt. Rainier (a volcano), lakes, rivers, peninsulas...

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby 60sRefugee » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:35 pm UTC

Strictly speaking, isn't a lagoon the circle of shallow water enclosed within a coral atoll? Gilligan's Island has ruined this for an entire generation.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Xenomortis » Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:40 pm UTC

To KarenRei.
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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby cellocgw » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:00 pm UTC

Needs more fjords.

Can't believe nobody said that yet.

Also some tar pits.
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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Hiferator » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:15 pm UTC

StClair wrote:Added to TV Tropes under "Patchwork Map".

After an hour-long TV Tropes-walk I will now download Hyperbolic Games.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby DougDean » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:34 pm UTC

throw in another island and you would have an archipelago, too.

The tomato farm wouldn't be so bad if you converted it to a vineyard.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Klear » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:38 pm UTC

Hiferator wrote:
StClair wrote:Added to TV Tropes under "Patchwork Map".

After an hour-long TV Tropes-walk I will now download Hyperbolic Games.


Great idea, terrible execution =/

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Hiferator » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:42 pm UTC

Klear wrote:
Hiferator wrote:After an hour-long TV Tropes-walk I will now download Hyperbolic Games.


Great idea, terrible execution =/

I'll have to take your word for it, as I was unable to run it in wine. At least now I don't feel as bad about it.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Lindley » Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:52 pm UTC

thermopile wrote:
PhilHibbs wrote:Looks like Washington to me.


I had the same thought. Seattle, in fact: it's pretty close to Mt. Rainier (a volcano), lakes, rivers, peninsulas...


Plus the desert on the east side of the Cascades. All we're missing is the mesa.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Carteeg_Struve » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:02 pm UTC

So... he wants to live in Hyrule?

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby fangbeer » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:03 pm UTC

I think it's important to note the scale of the map. I'm not sure there's sufficient distance between "my house" and the ERUPTING VOLCANO!

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby KWiP1123 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:05 pm UTC

Lindley wrote:Plus the desert on the east side of the Cascades. All we're missing is the mesa.


There are mesas over on the eastern slopes of the Cascades. Probably not as grand as the one in the Southwestern states, but they definitely exist.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby MathUhhhSaurus » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:10 pm UTC

I do this in Minecraft unless I find a Mushroom Biome. Unlimited food ftw!

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby KWiP1123 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:36 pm UTC

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Heimhenge » Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:54 pm UTC

CocoaNutCakery wrote:
Flumble wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:There's mountains, a plain, an island, and a forest, but no swamp!

Settlers of Catan doesn't have swamp either. (there's also no jungle, no tundra, no coral reef and numerous other biomes/terrain types)


I, for one, want to list all of what's missing (from here on out, you only get one per post).

My turn: Isthmus (it's actually there, just not labeled)

Likewise "tributary" which is shown but not labeled.

FWIW, I was surprised the first time I drove into Tonto National Forest here in AZ. Much of it, unlike Iceland, doesn't have ANY trees ... just shrub and cacti. Well, I guess there's mesquite and ironwood "trees" but they don't get much larger than what you see in the image below. Makes me wonder where the dividing line is between "shrub" and "tree."

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby captHij » Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:01 pm UTC

It is a nice picture, but I think that he forgot to also include a gay bay.

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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby azule » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:20 pm UTC

KarenRei, when I saw Kirkjubæjarklaustur: OMR, a double wowterfall! :mrgreen:
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Re: 1472: "Geography"

Postby Keyman » Mon Jan 12, 2015 5:35 pm UTC

CocoaNutCakery wrote:I, for one, want to list all of what's missing (from here on out, you only get one per post).

My turn: Isthmus (it's actually there, just not labeled)

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