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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, April 21, 2021

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.
What Is the Difference Between South America and Latin America?
Not all of South America is Latin America and vice versa.
Demystified / Geography & Travel
South America map
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.
7 (or 8) Summits: The World’s Highest Mountains by Continent
Climbing each continent’s highest mountain is a major mountaineering achievement. Read this list to learn more about the...
List / Geography & Travel
Denali (Mount Mckinley), Denali National Park, Alaska.
Austronesian languages
Austronesian languages, family of languages spoken in most of the Indonesian archipelago; all of the Philippines, Madagascar,...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Austronesian languages
Map
Map, graphic representation, drawn to scale and usually on a flat surface, of features—for example, geographical, geological,...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
topographic map
Southeast Indian
Southeast Indian, member of any of the Native American peoples of the southeastern United States. The boundaries of this...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Distribution of Southeast American Indian cultures
Antarctica
Antarctica, fifth in size among the world’s continents. Its landmass is almost wholly covered by a vast ice sheet. Often...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Antarctica: Paradise Bay

Geography & Travel Quizzes

Aerial view of Suva, the capital city of Fiji.
Capital Cities of Pacific Island Countries Quiz
Test your knowledge of the capital cities of island countries in the Pacific with this quiz.
Flag of Honduras
Capitals of Central America Quiz
What’s the capital city of Honduras? How about Panama? This quiz will show you the name of a country in Central America,...
Flag of Seychelles
Capitals of Island Countries in the Indian Ocean Quiz
Can you name the capital cities of the island countries in the Indian Ocean? This quiz will show you a country’s name; you’ll...
Skyscrapers in the business district of central Jakarta, Indonesia, around the Jalan Jenderal Sudirman thoroughfare.
Asian Capitals Quiz
How well do you know the capitals of Asia? This quiz will show you the name of a country on the continent of Asia, and you’ll...
7:023 Geography: Think of Something Big, globe showing Africa, Europe, and Eurasia
Which Country Is Larger By Area? Quiz
This quiz will show you two countries. Pick the one that’s bigger, as measured by total area. The statistics come from
Flags of the world against blue sky. Countries, International. Globalization, global relations, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Poland, Palestine, Japan. Homepage 2010, arts and entertainment, history and society
Which Country Is Larger By Population? Quiz
This quiz will show you two countries. Identify the one with the larger population. This quiz is based on
Actual continental drift of plates. Thematic map.
Capital Cities by Continent Quiz
Sure, you know the world’s capital cities. But how quickly can you name the
Actual continental drift of plates. Thematic map.
Capital Cities by Continent Quiz, Easier Edition
What makes this quiz easier? Instead of the four continents you’re choosing from in every question of
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
Match the Country with Its Hemisphere Quiz
This quiz will present you with the name of a country. You have to decide whether it’s in the Northern Hemisphere or the...
Skyscrapers in the business district of central Jakarta, Indonesia, around the Jalan Jenderal Sudirman thoroughfare.
Capital Cities of Countries on the Equator
What is the capital of Kiribati? What about the capital of Colombia? Test your knowledge. Take the quiz.
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Riyadh Cities & Towns
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    Iran
  • Kinshasa
    national capital, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cairo
    national capital, Egypt
Ukraine 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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ancient Rome Historical Places
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Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Highways & Trails
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Distribution of North American Plateau 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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Some of the pictorial signs used at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif. 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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Mount St. Helens volcano 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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Arctic. Greenland. North Pole. Political map: boundaries, cities. Includes locator. 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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Hiker in Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada, east-central California. 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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Flag of Queensland 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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Northern Africa. Political/Physical map: regional, elevation. Geographic Regions
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Big Ben Tourist Attractions
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