Columbus, Ohio

Inspired by some blogs I did in 2013 during my AAPG Tour, I have decided to revive the ‘fun facts’ series. Its a way for me to find out just a tiny amount about the places I’m going. So, to kick us off, it’s 10 Fun Ohio/Columbus facts!

  1. Ohio is located the eastern part of the Great Lakes region of the United States.
  2. It is the 34th largest by area, the 7th most populous, and the 10th most densely populated of the 50 states of the United States.
  3. The state takes its name from the Ohio River, with the name originating from the Iroquois word “ohi-yo”, meaning “great river” or “large creek”.
  4. Ohio is known as the “Buckeye State” after its Ohio buckeye trees; Ohioans are known as “Buckeyes”.
  5. Geology Fact Klaxon!!! >30 earthquakes occurred in Ohio between 2002 and 2007; more than 200 with a magnitude >2.0 have occurred since 1776. The largest (magnitude 5.4) known earthquake in Ohio was the Shelby County earthquake, which occurred in western Ohio on March 9, 1937. The most recent ‘large’ earthquake (magnitude 4.0) occurred on December 31st.
  6. Geology Fact Klaxon!!! The Great Lakes formed due to glacial action 1 million and 12,600 years ago, with Lake Erie being the first of the Great Lakes to be uncovered during the last retreat of glacial ice. The flat topography characterising Columbus and, to a large extent, Ohio, is reflects glacial activity associated with the Wisconsin Ice Age.
  7. The state’s capital and largest city is Columbus (population=822,553), which is where I’m currently blogging from! Columbus was founded in ca. 1812 and named after Christopher Columbus, becoming the state capital in 1816.
  8. In 2013 the Intelligent Community Forum named Columbus the most intelligent city in the US. Seriously.
  9. Columbus has played an important role in Ohio’s rich aviation legacy. Ohio resident Geraldine Fredritz Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the world in 1964, starting and ending in Columbus. Her trip lasted 29 days and covered 22,860 miles in a single engine Cessna 180 christened “Spirit of Columbus“.
  10. Randy Savage, of WWF fame, was born in Columbus. Word.


Author: Christopher Aiden-Lee Jackson

I am Professor of Basin Analysis @imperialcollege. I ❤️ 🏃🏿, 🚴🏿 and @basinsIC (⛏). I obsess about the tectono-stratigraphic development of sedimentary basins. Why? Because I'm hopeless at everything else.

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