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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, June 21, 2020

Run for Your Life at the Fiesta de San Fermín
The running of the bulls is steeped in tradition and controversy. Is it a meaningful ritual or just a blood sport?
Spotlight / Geography & Travel
People run from bulls on street during San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain
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.
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.
Which Waters Do You Pass Through When You “Sail the Seven Seas”?
Here’s a hint: It depends on when you’re sailing them.
Demystified / Geography & Travel
Sailboat against a beautiful landscape
8 Hotly Disputed Borders of the World
Somaliland, the Korean peninsula, Western Sahara—all of these places are home to some of the most hotly disputed borders...
List / Geography & Travel
38th Parallel. Korean War. demilitarized zone (DMZ). Crossing the 38th parallel. United Nations forces withdraw from Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. They recrossed the 38th parallel, 1950. The DMZ was created July 27, 1953 at P'anmunjom.
Glacier
Glacier, any large mass of perennial ice that originates on land by the recrystallization of snow or other forms of solid...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina.
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
Mountain
Mountain, landform that rises prominently above its surroundings, generally exhibiting steep slopes, a relatively confined...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Mount Sir Donald

Geography & Travel Quizzes

Small island in the Caribbean (tropics, beach, palm trees).
Island Discoveries: Fact or Fiction?
From Greenland and Alcatraz to Micronesia and the Republic of the Maldives, discover islands across the globe with this quiz.
A train passes through the central Ural Mountains in Russia.
Exploring Asia: Fact or Fiction?
Do all the former Soviet Central Asian countries share a common border? Was Ho Chi Minh City once called Saigon? Sort out...
Rice terraces in Vietnam. (food; farm; farming; agriculture; rice terrace; crop; grain; paddy; paddies;garden)
Destination Asia: Fact or Fiction?
You may know that Asia is one of the most populous continents on Earth, but is it also the largest? See how "large" your...
Korean architecture. Kyongbok Palace. Seoul. Kyonghoeru (Gyeonghoeru or Happy Meetings Hall) in Kyongbok Palace (Gyeongbokgung Palace) behind Throne Hall. A banquet hall on an island in the middle of a lotus lake Seoul, South Korea.
Exploring Korea: Fact or Fiction?
Did the 38th Parallel originally divide North Korea and South Korea? Is the capital of South Korea Pyongyang? See if your...
Relief sculpture of Assyrian (Assyrer) people in the British Museum, London, England.
The Middle East: Fact or Fiction?
Is the literacy rate in Afghanistan very high? Does Yemen take its name from the Arabic word meaning "northerly?" Sort through...
European Union. Design specifications on the symbol for the euro.
Exploring Europe: Fact or Fiction?
Is Andorra the world’s only coprincipality? Is Ireland’s largest church located in Dublin? Sort out the facts in thiz quiz...
Map of the distribution of peoples in Europe
Destination Europe: Fact or Fiction?
Is it true that an English town has an exclamation point in its name? Test your knowledge in this quiz of European cities,...
Side view of bullet train at sunset. High speed train. Hompepage blog 2009, geography and travel, science and technology passenger train transportation railroad
Journey Through Europe: Fact or Fiction?
Is Vatican City the smallest country in the world? Does the word "Holland" come from a word meaning "forest?" Test the size...
A train arriving at Notting Hill Gate at the London Underground, London, England. Subway train platform, London Tube, Metro, London Subway, public transportation, railway, railroad.
Passport to Europe: Fact or Fiction?
You may know that many famous explorers came from Europe, but is the airport in Genoa, Italy, named for Christopher Columbus?...
Kenya. Kenyan Women in traditional clothing. Kenya, East Africa
Exploring Africa: Fact or Fiction?
Although this continent is full of natural resources and diverse wildlife, how much do you really know about Africa? From...
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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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