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”

Forests in Metropolitan France

Forests in Metropolitan France

“the very most of those forests are not natural but grown for exploitation and planted with non-local species.

They have a low biodiversity, and low resilience to climate change. The last ten years heat waves are killing significative portions of those forests. That would not happen on such a scale with natural grown and balanced forests. Also real natural and ancient forest (with local species) would keep its moisture in summer and avoid fires, as well as keeping a very high biodiversity level.

Those are poor and sad forests, and now that i am a bit aware of this, i cant be enthousiastic at all with an only quantitative approch of forests and nature”–SGarnier