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Made by Dromos | Reference Henry Gray
Made by Dromos | Reference Graham Thomas, 2015, NewScientist, p.57, 18 April 2015

London taxi drivers are famous for their knowledge about the streets, the many locations and the driving directions they memorize. They train their brain to do routing algorithms. They are also tested for this before they get a taxi license. As a result of this, their hippocampus (a part of the brain) is enlarged in comparison to other people.

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Made by Dromos | Reference Geomorphology Rules
Made by Dromos | Reference D.T. Aldiss (2013). "Under-representation of faults on geological maps of the London region: reasons, consequences and solutions" in the Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, Volume 124, Issue 6, Pages 929–945.

London lies mainly within an area of long-term tectonic stability known as the London Platform. This is characterised by relatively thin Cretaceous and Palaeogene sequences overlying Palaeozoic basement at shallow depths, less seismic activity than surrounding areas and, according to published geological maps, little faulting. However, observations of temporary exposures and borehole records, and other studies, show that in reality faults are numerous and widespread in the London region. Their relative absence on the geological maps is a consequence of past mapping methods, coupled with the relative uniformity of extensive bedrock units such as the London Clay Formation and the Chalk Group, and the widespread presence of Quaternary and anthropogenic deposits, and of urban development. However, complementary approaches to geological surveying, including the use of geophysical data and satellite-based radar interferometry, together with geological modelling in three dimensions using subsurface information, provide the means to accurately survey fault systems even in the most densely urbanised areas.

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