Neal Lineback

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Geography in the NewsTM –>Geography in the NewsTM –>Megacities’ Expansive Growth For the first time in human history, more of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in cities than in rural areas. That is an incredible demographic and geographic shift since 1950 when only 30...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Curaçao: The Western Hemisphere’s Newly Independent Micro-State Curaçao became a quasi-independent country Oct. 10, 2010, making it one of the world’s 195 recognized countries, according to the U.S. State Department. In a change of constitutional status that dissolved the Dutch Antilles, Curaçao (pronounced “cure...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Geography of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Scholars continue to examine the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade between Africa and the New World, one of the world’s most dynamic, yet tragic, forced intercontinental migrations. Reviews of a recently published book in the New York...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Avalanche! Watch Out! “Avalanche!” is one of the most feared warnings in the world’s alpine regions. Roaring down steep mountain slopes at speeds sometimes exceeding 200 miles (322 km.) per hour, snow avalanches present enormous danger to anything in their paths. Heavy, late-November snowfalls...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Avalanche! Watch Out! “Avalanche!” is one of the most feared warnings in the world’s alpine regions. Roaring down steep mountain slopes at speeds sometimes exceeding 200 miles (322 km.) per hour, snow avalanches present enormous danger to anything in their paths. Heavy, late-November snowfalls...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Noble Chestnut’s Hopeful Return A favorite holiday song lyric composed by Torme and Wells in 1946, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”  (“The Christmas Song”) hearkens to the nostalgic past when chestnuts were plentiful. More than a century ago, a foreign blight began...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Noble Chestnut’s Hopeful Return A favorite holiday song lyric composed by Torme and Wells in 1946, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”  (“The Christmas Song”) hearkens to the nostalgic past when chestnuts were plentiful. More than a century ago, a foreign blight began...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Amelia Earhart’s Legacy The movie “Amelia,” detailing the life of Amelia Earhart, debuted in the fall of 2009 to mixed reviews. The real life story of Earhart, the aviation pioneer of the 1920s and 30s, however, is a fascinating story filled with intrigue and...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM  Malaria: The Geography of a Debilitating Disease Malaria has been a longtime scourge upon many countries of the world. Malaria was wiped out in the  U.S. South in the 1930’s, confirming epidemiologists’ and the medical community’s belief that this disease could be eradicated in...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Polar Bears on the Run The world’s polar bears are becoming more and more threatened, not from predation, as they have no natural predators except humans, but from global warming. A book entitled On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear by...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Coal Ash Problems from Coal-fired Power Plants In December 2008, an environmental disaster unfolded in Kingston, Tenn., when a TVA-owned earthen dike meant to contain wet coal ash breached. A wave of 1.1 billion gallons (4.2 million cubic meters) of sludge spread across the...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Who’s Crying, “Wolf?” Wolves remain one of the American West’s most controversial species. Hardly a week goes by without a newspaper article describing conflicting issues about wolves across the West. Any discussion of the management of wolf populations and geographic ranges brings criticism from...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Banana Story An interesting book published in 2012 detailed the life of “Sam the Banana Man” Samuel Zemurray. Therein lies an interesting economic geography of international intrigue and business success with lessons to be learned today about international trade. Zemurray, a Russian immigrant...

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Banana Story An interesting book published in 2012 detailed the life of “Sam the Banana Man” Samuel Zemurray. Therein lies an interesting economic geography of international intrigue and business success with lessons to be learned today about international trade. Zemurray, a Russian immigrant...

Earthquake dangers from the New Madrid fault. With the recent earthquakes in Haiti, New Zealand and Japan, Americans may wonder if or when such a disaster will or might happen closer to home. While most Americans know of the potential for earthquakes along the West Coast’s San Andreas Fault, fewer realize that a major fault...