Category Archives: Oceania

Urban Areas within Rift Valleys


Many are familiar with the Great Rift Valley of eastern Africa. But, it is certainly not the only rift valley on Earth. In fact, there are a number of rift valleys (also sometimes referred to as grabens) located on the … Continue reading

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World’s largest “town” suffix cities


Below is a list of the largest cities in the world that incorporate “town” as a suffix in their name. Since more than half (28) of these cities are suburbs of larger cities, the rankings are based on the core … Continue reading

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World’s largest “polis” suffix cities


          Below is a list of the largest cities in the world that incorporate a standard variation of the Greek term for a city-state “polis” as a suffix in their name*. Since some of these cities … Continue reading

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Great and Grand Cities


The following list identifies those cities and towns across the planet that include either “great” or “grand” in their name. Suggestions, additions, or corrections are always welcome. Aguada Grande (Great Waters), Venezuela Ajillata Grande (Great Price), Bolivia Arzergrande, Italy Bajadas … Continue reading

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360 Degree Orbital Beltway Cities


The following list identifies those cities around the globe that are circled by a full orbital expressway system (a.k.a. beltway, ring road, perimeter highway, loop, beltline etc.) encircling the city 360 degrees. Inland cities have an advantage for being included … Continue reading

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Cities leading the autonomous vehicle (AV) revolution


According to Bloomberg, the cities listed below (Piloting Cities) are hosting autonomous vehicle tests or have committed to doing so in the near future. For more information on what’s taking place in each of these cities, go to theĀ Global Atlas … Continue reading

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Regional place names that sound like names of nations


  Below is my list of regions whose name sounds more like a nation’s name. Some of these are geographic regions while others are political. In some cases they correspond with the boundaries of a state, multiple states, and/or province(s). … Continue reading

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Largest compass point cities in the world


Below are lists of the largest cities in the world that incorporate one of the four cardinal compass points (North, South, East, West) into their name. All cities with more than 50,000 residents, plus the largest one just under 50,000 … Continue reading

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Largest “port” cities in the world


Below is a list of the largest cities in the world with the word “port” in their name. They are ranked by theĀ core city population, not by metropolitan area and must have a minimum population of 20,000 residents to be … Continue reading

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Largest Australian and New Zealand airports (by acreage)


Below is a list of the largest commercial aviation airports in Australia and New Zealand as measured by total acreage (using hectares and then multiplying by 2.471). Finding this land data proved to be more difficult than one would think … Continue reading

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