Geography Current Affairs - 2020

Maria Elena South, driest place on earth discovered in Atacama Desert, Chile

Researchers have discovered the driest location on Earth in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The site discovered is called as Maria Elena South (MES). It was discovered by team of research scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science in Seattle, United States. This discovered site is dry as Mars and has a mean Read More…

Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) hits Philippines

Even as the Philippines was trying to recover from the destruction caused by super typhoon Haiyan last year, another typhoon Rammasun smashed large parts of the Philippines killing one person and forcing hundreds of thousands to take shelter in evacuation centres. Typhoon Rammasun (also known as Glenda) hit south of Manila on the Philippine island of Read More…

Understanding the collusion between El Nino and Monsoon

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is anticipating an El Nino developing in the Pacific and so there is considerable worry over its impact on this year’s monsoon. These concerns seem to escalate with the delayed arrival of rains over Kerala and a retarded monsoon progression towards north. Around a century back Sir Gilbert Walker, then Director-General Read More…

Oldest known human DNA decoded

The researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany have decoded the oldest DNA ever found. They have almost completely decoded the mitochondrial DNA (mt DNA) taken from four-lakh year old thigh bone of human family representative of the genus Homo.  The thigh bone was discovered at a burial site Sima Read More…

Typhoon Bopha hits Philippines severely

Philippines was hit by Typhoon Bopha which caused severe damage to life and property. It killed at least 325 people and damaged electricity supply, roads and bridges. The eastern Mindanao was most severely impacted province.