Saturday, 28 February 2015

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water tankerWhile the Kerala Water Authority has begun a three-dimensional GIS map of the city's distribution system, it is making slow progress, according to a piece by the Times of India. The map is seen as the means to speed a systematic pipe laying project that will reduce the city's reliance on tanker trucks.

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PearlRiverDeltaThe World Bank has just released a new report regarding East Asia's changing urban landscape. The report details the spatial growth across the region and reveals that China's Pearl River Delta has now overtaken Tokyo as the world's largest urban area in both size and population.

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SRTM30 AsiaRESTON, Va., Jan. 26, 2015—Improved global topographic (elevation) data are now publicly available for most of Asia (India, China, southern Siberia, Japan, Indonesia), Oceania (Australia, New Zealand), and western Pacific Islands. See diagram below for geographic coverage.   

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DeforestationA new book about logging in the Sarawak state of the Malaysian island of Borneo details the destruction of 90 percent of the forest. The new book Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia by Lukas Straumann is an investigation into the timber barons behind this destruction.

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fugro supporterThe underwater mapping effort to find Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 just got a boost with the fourth vessel assigned to the effort. Fugro Supporter, a ship equipped with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), set out from the Australian port of Freemantle this week.

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