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Geography & Travel

Planet Earth contains some extraordinarily diverse environments, some of which are easily habitable and some not so much. In different areas of Earth, one might find sweltering deserts, dense tropical rainforests, or bone-chilling tundras. Each biome and habitat comes with its own selection of flora and fauna, and it may include physical features such as canyons, volcanoes, rivers, or caves. Human beings have built homes in many different environments, settling the area and organizing it into units such as cities, states, regions, and countries, each with its own points of interest. Shifting trends in human migration have resulted in a human geography that is profoundly different from that of centuries ago.
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Featured content, May 26, 2020

Are the Middle East and the Near East the Same Thing?
Don’t let the terminology distract you from this important part of the world.
Demystified / Geography & Travel
Middle East bee locator map
What Is Known (and Not Known) About the Bermuda Triangle
People have been trying to solve the “mystery” of the Bermuda Triangle for years. Here’s what we know (and don’t know) about…
Companion / Geography & Travel
Big Sur. Pacific Ocean. Waves. Beach. Point Sur on the Pacific coastline near Big Sur, California.
Why New York Is Called "The Big Apple" and How 8 Other Famous Cities Got Their Nicknames
What’s so apple-y about New York, anyway?
#WTFact / Geography & Travel
Sydney Opera House, Port Jackson, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.
Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!
On August 25, 1916, Pres. Woodrow Wilson signed the law creating the NPS.
Spotlight / Geography & Travel
Castle Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. (steam; water pressure)
10 Places in (and around) Paris
Paris sights you don’t want to miss.
List / Geography & Travel
Extension of the Louvre, Paris, designed in the Second Empire style by L.-T.-J. Visconti and Hector Lefuel, 1852-57
Indo-Aryan languages
Indo-Aryan languages, subgroup of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. In the early 21st century,…
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Devanagari script
Glacial landform
Glacial landform, any product of flowing ice and meltwater. Such landforms are being produced today in glaciated areas, such…
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
esker: Nunavut
Map
Map, graphic representation, drawn to scale and usually on a flat surface, of features—for example, geographical, geological,…
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
topographic map

Geography & Travel Quizzes

Brown globe on antique map. Brown world on vintage map. North America. Green globe. Hompepage blog 2009, history and society, geography and travel, explore discovery
Countries & Their Features
Where is the Great Fence? What is Rhodesia now called? And which country’s name means "silvery"? It’s a country challenge--are…
Great Wall of China. In c. 220 B.C., under Qin Shi Huang, sections of earlier fortifications were joined together to form a united defence system against invasions from the north. Construction continued up to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), when (see notes)
Record Setters: Fact or Fiction?
It’s the best of the best--the who, what, and where behind the titles of Biggest, Tallest, Oldest, and more.
Arc de Triomphe illuminated at night, Paris, France.
Capitals & Cities: Fact or Fiction?
Clever when it comes to capitals? Smart about cities? Then sort out which of these statements are true.
Perito Moreno glacier, Patagonia, Argentina.
World Geography: Fact or Fiction?
Is there a coast of Paraguay? Does Pisa have more than one leaning tower? Could there be oases in Antarctica? Find out if…
Actual continental drift of plates. Thematic map.
Geography Fun Facts
What was the name of the supercontinent that existed over 200 million years ago? On which continent did mankind’s upright…
Times Square. Night view of Times Square with traffic calming devices, square in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, formed by the intersection of Seventh Avenue, 42nd Street, and Broadway. Circa 2009
NYC: Concrete Jungle Quiz
The buroughs and architecture are just some of the attributes that make New York City a thriving metropolis. Test your knowledge…
United States Historical Flag: Stars and Stripes 1863 to 1865
United States of America Quiz
How many stripes are on the American flag? Which state has the fewest counties? Sort out the facts in this quiz about the…
Mt. Elbrus?volcano, Western Caucasus mountain range, Russia. (dormant Russia)
Natural Wonders
Where is the largest waterfall? Where might you find a barchan? Travel the world in this quiz and discover natural wonders…
The northern terminus of the Akashi Strait Bridge in Terumi ward, southern Kobe, Hyogo prefecture, west-central Japan. The bridge spans the Akashi Strait and links Awaji Island to Honshu.
Bridge Quiz
Where is the longest bridge? Where is the Golden Gate Bridge? Learn about famous bridges as well as world record setting…
State capitol building in Austin, Texas.
USA Capitals and Nicknames Quiz
Which state is also known as the "Beaver State"? What is the Capital of Vermont? Learn about the capitals and alter egos…
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Toronto Cities & Towns
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Iraq Countries of the World
Although there isn’t universal agreement on the question of what qualifies as a “country,” it is generally accepted that in order to be a country, a state must be a sovereign unit that has a permanent population, defined territorial boundaries, a government, and the ability to enter into agreements with other states. Even when these conditions are met, however, internationally recognized independence is not a given, and a territorial entity that declares itself to be an independent country is not always recognized as such by the rest of the world.
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Auschwitz: entrance gates Historical Places
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Model T Highways & Trails
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Distribution of California Indians. Human Geography
Since 1945 human geography has contained five main divisions. The first four—economic, social, cultural, and political—reflect both the main areas of contemporary life and the social science disciplines with which geographers interact (i.e., economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science and international relations, respectively); the fifth is historical geography.
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Latin inscription Languages
Language, a system of conventional spoken, manual, or written symbols by means of which human beings, as members of a social group and participants in its culture, express themselves. The functions of language include communication, the expression of identity, play, imaginative expression, and emotional release.
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Africa Physical Geography of Land
Earth’s geographic history has been one marked by significant overall change, with ice ages, continental drift, and other major disruptions ultimately shaping Earth's land into the landscape of mountain ranges, deserts, islands, and volcanoes that we see today.
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Lake Ann in North Cascades National Park, Washington Physical Geography of Water
Whether it's Lake Michigan, the Gulf of Panama, or the River Thames, bodies of water of all shapes and sizes can be found around the globe, and they play a critical role for human beings, who use such bodies of water as a source of drinking water, a means of transporting both goods and people themselves, or a place to engage in water sports, among a plethora of other possible uses. Additionally, many bodies of water provide striking scenes of natural beauty and house important marine ecosystems. Satiate your thirst for knowledge about Earth's oceans, lakes, seas, rivers, waterfalls, bays, and more.
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Moraine Lake at dawn, Banff National Park, southwestern Alberta, Canada. Nature Reserves & National Parks
Nature reserves are areas set aside for the purpose of preserving and protecting plants and animals, particularly endangered species. National parks may effectively serve a similar purpose by shielding threatened species from hunters, but these parks can also be created for the purpose of public recreation, affording its visitors a chance to be immersed in a protected natural environment. Many national parks have been created in the last 100 years, including Yellowstone National Park, the oldest and probably the best-known national park in the United States.
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Kentucky state flag States & Other Subdivisions
Every nation has its own subdivisions to demarcate smaller political units within its territory. Counties, districts, oblasts, polis, nomos, unitary authorities, boroughs, and cities are all examples (among many others) of how land can be organized.
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Plain of Esdraelon Geographic Regions
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Panoramic view of Machu Picchu, Peru. Tourist Attractions
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