Relief map of France

Relief map of France

“The natural borders created by the mountain ranges are really interesting. I love understanding why borders are where they are. Geography can be so cool … It’s also one of the reasons why Russia historically really wanted to be in control of the Baltics and Poland. The axis from Kaliningrad to Moldova is the thinnest point of the Eurasian plain and has the Carpathians for natural defense. Beyond that it’s just an increasingly wider undefensible flatland until you reach the Urals”

United States painted relief

United States painted relief

“Even got the Northern Marianas in there. A lot of people know Guam, a fair number know of American Samoa, but I’ve found very few people that know the Northern Marianas is it’s own territory of the US.

Then again it is a US Geological Survey map, so it stands to reason they’d include it”–Mystycul