Sunday, May 27, 2018

Jamaica 2006

Jamaica's soil was gathered at the Devon House Monument in Kingston on October 2nd 2006 by Angela Harvey.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Mongolia 2006

Soil from Mongolia was gathered on September 30th, 2006 in the forest outside Ulaanbaatar by Cory Johnston.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Uzbekistan 2006

Soil from Uzbekistan was gathered on September 27th, 2006 in Tashkent.  Below is a picture at that time.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Yemen : much worse since the collection

The soil collection from Yemen was made possible by Ann Marie Roubachewsky on September 19, 2006.  It was gathered from the Embassy compound in Sanaa where conditions were safer.  The U.S. has since been forced to leave the country.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Togo 2007

The soil from Togo was collected by Idamou N'Tcha close to his home in the Tamberma Valley on September 15th 2007.  Ambassador Dunn and Peace Corp volunteer Charlie Gillig made the contact and collection possible.
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Here is a model on a 30 to 1 scale presenting populations within Gross Domestic Product (GDP) categories.  The full scale structure would measure 50 feet by 90 feet. There are 34 squares each representing populations within GDP per capita levels of $2,000.

Viewing from the top, each square foot (within each square)  equals about
3,000,000 people.  For example,  218,017,976 people are in countries with a GDP per capita between
$12,000 and $14,000.  The square measures 8.5' by 8.5' or 72.5 square feet ( 72.5 x 3,008,000 or about
218 million people).

The height of the square (oblong) represents the GDP per capita : each .75 feet =  $2,000.  So for this population of 218,017,976 the square rises nearly 5 feet ( 7 x .75 = 5).

The largest square measures 29 feet per side or 850 sq feet ( population @ 2,558,366,717 ).  The structure is only 9 inches high or GDP per capita under $2,000.  This is 35% of the planet's population, a dismal number indeed.  In fact nearly 75% of the people on Earth live in countries with a GDP per capita under $8,000.