Friday, March 25, 2005

The Landlocked and the Double Landlocked

In case you were wondering where it was. So poor they couldn't afford a 'stan' - this ex-Soviet Republic was initially known as Kyrgyzia. Kyrgyzstan is landlocked, but not 'double landlocked.' To be 'double landlocked' is to be not only landlocked, but also surrounded by other landlocked countries, so that, to reach open sea, you have to go through at least two countries, in any direction. Only one nation on earth has this distinction: Uzbekistan. Kazakhstan, on the other hand, has the distinction of being the world's largest landlocked country, at 1 million square miles - roughly the size of India, or Argentina, or the U.S. east of the Mississippi. That's it for today's Geography Lesson. Here's a cartoon:

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