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[Trivia]Identify the country

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Steve, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Which nation in Europe is the most ecologically-damaged and also the most urbanized (more of the population lives in cities than elsewhere)?
  2. MNeedham73

    MNeedham73 Well-Known Member

    I'd say Ukraine just because of Chernobyl. Possibly Belarus since a lot of the radiation from Chernobyl ended up there.

    Probably wrong though :)
  3. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    The damage is neither from chemicals nor radiation :)
  4. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  5. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Because of the conditions of the question I would guess that the country is small. Do principalities count? Monaco?
  6. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Not Monaco or Russia.

    Europe is large ;)
  7. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Hint: The landscape of this country looks nothing like it did before being settled by humans.
  8. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  9. MNeedham73

    MNeedham73 Well-Known Member

    Lichtenstein! :D
  10. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    That narrows it down to every country in the world. :D
  11. Coot

    Coot Passed Away January 7, 2010

    The Netherlands.
  12. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Yeah, the dikes.
  13. Violet1966

    Violet1966 Stand and Deliver Staff Member

    Ok here's a stab...France?
  14. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Europe is not necessarily a contiguous entity ;)
  15. Brazbit

    Brazbit Nah... It can't be.

    The Vatican :angel:
  16. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?


    Time for the answer: Iceland.

    You may have heard that Iceland was deliberately mis-named to fool people. At the time of its discovery, Iceland was in fact quite green, covered with grassy meadows, forests, etc. Iceland resembled Norway and Sweden so European settlers quickly took advantage of the fertile, volcanic soil and began farming and livestock operations in the manner to which they were long accustomed.

    Iceland has two important, and too-late recognized, differences, however. First, the soil is extremely light, really very fine volcanic ash. It is highly susceptible to wind- and water-driven erosion, unlike the heavier clay soils of Norway and Sweden and other North Atlantic islands.

    The second problem is Icelands much more northern location results in a much shorter growing season and a much slower rate of growth for plants. Trees, once cut down, take far longer to grow back. Grassy meadows, plowed for crops or overgrazed by livestock, cannot readily grow back, not at any rate that can sustain continued agricultural activity, at least.

    Those two factors combined with human activity on Iceland have resulted in a formerly green and fertile island becoming, almost literally, a barren moonscape. The effects on the countryside and the land's inability to support sustained agriculture of any kind are why over half of the island's population are concentrated in cities and towns, most in the capital city.
  17. Andy


    And how would one actually have proof and know that?

    For all we know, the place could have been a cesspool of monkey poo for over a millenium. :thumbsup:

    My stab would be Svalbard.

    Damn you... I wrote Iceland and changed it right before posting.. :lol:
  18. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Good trivia.
  19. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Written, historical accounts dating from the time of the very first settlers.
  20. Stiofan

    Stiofan Master Po

    Had I been logged in this morning I would ahve gotten your trivia.

    Iceland is green and Greenland is ice was how it was explained to me while I was in school a couple eons ago.

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