[conspire] Happy Lupercalia

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Feb 16 00:59:12 PST 2007

Quoting Daniel Gimpelevich (daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us):

> I guess consensus on the matter must tend to fluctuate. 

It's not like continents are anything but arbitrary, anyway.

> Then again, those same leaky memories suggest to me that Sinai
> lies not on the tectonic plate of Asia nor of Africa, but on its own, and
> that the year 1952 passed in its entirety before the canal was even there.

The modern Canal is Victorian, having been built between 1858 and 1869
by a French/British company headed by the ill-starred Ferdinand de
Lessups.  A different, east/west sea-level canal is believed to have
existed in the 13th century BC, connecting the Nile with the Red Sea.

As to tectonics, Sinai shares the African Plate with the rest of Africa; 
the Arabian Plate adjoins it to the north and east.  The much larger
Eurasian Plate, adjoining that to the northwest, north, and northeast,
doesn't begin until roughly Iran, Turkey, and the Caucasus.

Cheers,      "Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first
Rick Moen     woman she meets, and then teams up with three complete strangers
rick at linuxmafia.com       to kill again."  -- Rick Polito's That TV Guy column,
              describing the movie _The Wizard of Oz_

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