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geography bee

An odd bit of trivia from an editorial in the New York Times about the difficulties of large democracies and whether California should leave the union:
Leaving aside three nations with large, unpopulated land masses (Russia, Canada and Australia), the United States is geographically larger than all the other advanced industrial countries taken together. [nyt]


This is interesting, but I wonder what the difference between "sparsely populated" and "unpopulated" is, because the population density is pretty think throughout much of the U.S., isn't it?

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