Monday, June 2, 2008

Montana: Top of the Continent

Tuesday is one of the two final two stops on the Democratic Presidential Primary tour, Montana, "Big Sky Country." Here are my two Montana postcards:

South Dakota is also voting on Tuesday, and Puerto Rico voted on Sunday... but I don't have postcards from those places (perhaps you can do something about that...).

While reading about Montana, I was intrigued by an interesting feature of Glacier National Park in that state. Triple Divide Peak, a mountain in the park, is effectively the apex of the North American continent. The mountain sends waters towards the Pacific Ocean, the Arctic Ocean via the Hudson Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean via the Gulf of Mexico. The peak of that mountain "tri-sects" the continent.

Ocean drainage basins provide another interesting way to draw borders around the world.

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At Monday, June 02, 2008 , Blogger Erik Maldre said...

I live about 15 minutes away from one of the ocean drainage basins. They're also known as continental divides.

That top postcard makes Montana look like a fun place.

At Monday, June 02, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Actually, we all live in drainage basins... To be specific, continental divides separate drainage basins...

At Saturday, June 07, 2008 , Blogger Michael5000 said...

Love the drainage basin map. Somehow, I'd never seen that idea put into practice before.


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