We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There is a very long striaght line which is running east/west. It seems to begin in Kirov and travel almost all the way to Mongol.
Anybody know what that is? Is that close to the "Siberian Express" and highway?
There is a very long striaght line which is running east/west.
Yes, that is the Trans-Siberian railway and you can see tributaries N/S along various rivers, map. The Silk Road is also visible starting at the southern end of the Caspian Sea, arcing north of the Himalayas and into western China, map.
And in the Western Hemisphere, you see the new soybean railroads of Brazil along with resource roads working their way toward the northwest. Largely private on the rail side, and moderately successful to date. Not too many other signs of integration on that continent that are visible from space. Now in Mexico, you see the two lines running north-south, the rail of the Ferromex and Kansas City Southern de Mexico, along with the major highways running parallel to them through the desert, joining the auto plants and manufacturing centers of central Mexico with the US. Twenty years ago, you probably would not have seen that from space.
In Africa, it is a sad story. Little tendrils of light heading north from South Africa, following the old British colonial roads and rails. They peter out past Zimbabwe. Not much light otherwise, save for along the Congo River and the Egyptian Nile. Take the redeye from London Heathrow to South Africa and once you pass the Mediterranean coast things get awfully dark until you see the early morning lights of Johannesburg.