josh (joshc) wrote,

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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