political geography


Human Geography

This satellite image of Lake Constance was acquired on May 10, 2014 in ‘interferometric wide swath mode’ and in dual polarization. The radar instrument gathers information in either horizontal or vertical radar pulses, and colors were assigned to the different types. In this image, buildings generally appear pink, while vegetation is green. Areas with lowest reflectivity in all polarisations appear very dark, like the water. Source: ESA.

Where is the Only Area in Europe Where no Borders Exist?

Lake Constance’s shoreline touches three different countries: Germany to the north, Switzerland to the south and Austria at its eastern end. The water body itself contains no borders since there is no legally binding agreement between the three countries.

Geography 101, Human Geography

Photo of the Indo-Gangetic Plain taken from the International Space Station showing the orange lit border between India and Pakistan. Source: NASA, August 2011.

Five Fun Facts About International Borders

Many of us probably think of checkpoints and barriers when we think about borders between international countries, particularly border crossings.  Borders can demark more than just the transition from one country to another.  Borders can highlight the effects of different policies (or lack thereof) can have on the environment from one […]