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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, October 24, 2020

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.
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
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.
Is "Holland" the Same Place as "the Netherlands"?
Have you been using the wrong name?
Demystified / Geography & Travel
Map of the Netherlands
Europe
Europe, second smallest of the world’s continents, composed of the westward-projecting peninsulas of Eurasia (the great landmass...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Europe
African Americans
African Americans, one of the largest of the many ethnic groups in the United States. African Americans are mainly of African...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Barack Obama: 2008 election night rally
Asia
Asia, the world’s largest and most diverse continent. It occupies the eastern four-fifths of the giant Eurasian landmass....
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Asia
Native American
Native American, member of any of the aboriginal peoples of the Western Hemisphere, although the term often connotes only...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Navajo Supreme Court justices

Geography & Travel Quizzes

9:006 Land and Water: Mother Earth, globe, people in boats in the water
Excavation Earth: Fact or Fiction?
Are all time zones in half-hour or one-hour increments? Do most people live near a body of water? From city-states to continents,...
MAP World Time Zones
Geography 101: Fact or Fiction?
Do four countries have the word "Guinea" in their names? Do the names of about 20 countries, in English, end in –stan? Sort...
Earth's horizon and moon from space. (earth, atmosphere, ozone)
From Point A to B: Fact or Fiction?
From Alaska to Buenos Aires, go from points A to B and test your comparitive knowledge of world geography.
Young boy with an open book looking at the camera and a globe at his side (East India, asian, student, education).
Geography and Language
What are people from Mumbai called? How many continents have English names containing a cardinal direction? Take a trip around...
Shining domes of Jamia Mosque, Nairobi, Kenya.
This or That? Big City vs. Capital City
Sometimes a country’s most famous city is its capital. Sometimes it isn’t. See if you can tell big cities from the capital...
Mountain. K2. Mount Godwin Austen. Karakoram Range. Baltoro Glacier. K2 is the world's second highest mountain, located on the border of Pakistan and China.
Mountain Ranges
Whether you’re an expert climber or a stay-on-the-ground kind of person, test your knowledge of mountains and mountain ranges...
Panama Canal. Boat. Shipping. Ship and shipping. Container ship passing through the Panama Canal.
Strange Geographical Features: Fact or Fiction?
What is the world’s southernmost city? How many capitals does Bolivia have? Test your knowledge of strange geography facts...
Highland (Cape Cod) Light, Truro, Massachusetts.
Know Your Capes
Which cape is home to Kennedy Space Center? Which cape forms the northernmost part of Australia? Test your geography knowledge...
James Dean in "Rebel without a Cause" (1955), directed by Nicholas Ray.
Final Resting Places
You may know their lives, but do you know their deaths? Test your knowledge of these famous final resting places.
Borujerd, Iran.
Geography of Iran
What is the tallest mountain in Iran? What islands belong to Iran? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
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Toronto Cities & Towns
This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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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: 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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Special podcast episode for parents!
Raising Curious Learners
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