Soil types determined 2008 voting patterns in the deep south

Perhaps one of the most fascinating things I’ve read in a few weeks.  “This is not a political blog. However, this is a story I couldn’t pass up: the story of how voting patterns in the 2008 election were essentially determined 85 million years ago, in the Cretaceous Period. It’s also a story about how soil science relates to political science, by way of historical chance.”  There are also maps involved.  Lots of maps. The convergence of history, geography and politics – what more could you want? [Vigorous North via Kottke]

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