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Males per 100 females — 100.0

People per square kilometer — 45.3

Number of Children per Woman - 3.9

Current population — 26.3 mil

Estimated population — 45.8 mil



Males per 100 females — 99.0

People per square kilometer — 32.5

Number of Children per Woman — 2.3

Current population — 28.7 mil

Estimated population — 36.2 mil


Comparing the two, it looks like Venezuela is more of a cone shape, with little population difference between age groups (though there is a population drop in those aged 15-24, possibly due to emigration. Meanwhile, each age group in Madagascar is much larger than the group above it, probably due to the incredibly high birth rate (3.9??). That may be why Madagascar is expecting about an 80% population increase in thirty years as opposed to Venezuela’s 25%.

According to Reuters, many mines in Peru were closed last week in an attempt to prevent coronavirus spread in the country, after its southern neighbor Chile had a spike in cases. While the Peruvian government suspended constitutional rights (free movement and assembly), it has allowed some “leeway to carry out critical operations', and despite this, major companies in Southern Peru have chosen to slow or stop production. Border closures and production drops have also occurred in Chile.

I chose this article due to its focus on industries based around the Andean Mountains, and their reliance on exporting materials. The article mentioned China in particular, the largest trading partner of both countries, and the mineral rich Andes Mountains that the countries rely on for those exports.

Russia to push its newfound advantage on cod

Current event:

The Russian government has published a “Strategy for Development of the Seafood Industry through 2030', which includes investment in ports throughout the Russian far east region (as well as other northern ports in western Russia). The plan is also an attempt to grow the aquaculture industry in northern Russia, as the region is increasingly hospitable for fish farming.

There was some concern expressed by a head of the Russian fishery union, who noted that the investment wasn’t nearly enough for the amount of additional fish the plan claimed to create.

Geographic relationship:

Most of the investment is going towards far eastern ports, which have slowly fallen into disrepair as the post-soviet government focuses more and more on the core region. However, a recent need to find new food sources (Russia is very reliant on nearby countries for food imports due to its climate) is causing Moscow to consider the development of this region's fisheries and farms a high priority.

Hello, I'm Zeke (Ezekiel) Schnabel, a first year Political Science and History major at UAF. I've always been interested in maps and geography (my room back home is covered in fictional maps I used to draw, and so this class seemed like something that would be really interesting. I've never really studied geography before (or at least since grade school), so this should really help provide some context to what I'm learning elsewhere in my studies. While not a hard requirement for my degree, I felt that this information was absolutely necessary to expanding my understanding of history.

A little about me: I was born in Iowa City, Iowa,   but now live in College, Alaska. I've been hoping to visit Schnabelburgh Castle, outside of Zurich, Switzerland, because my brother and I used to joke that it was "our birthright as Schnabels".