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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, March 08, 2021

    5 Must-See Buildings in Dublin
    Know before you go.
    List / Geography & Travel
    Halfpenny bridge spans the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland. The city takes its name from the Liffey's dark waters, called dubh linn (black pool) in Irish.
    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
    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.
    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
    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
    Geography
    Geography, the study of the diverse environments, places, and spaces of Earth’s surface and their interactions. It seeks...
    Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
    camel; Pyramids of Giza
    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

    Geography & Travel Quizzes

    Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile.
    Exploring Chile: Fact or Fiction?
    Is Chile located on the west coast of South America? Does Chile have the longest seacoast of any country of the world? Test...
    Flag of Paraguy
    Exploring Paraguay: Fact or Fiction?
    Is Paraguay north of the Equator? Is Santiago the capital of Paraguay? Get to the heart of the matter—and journey to the...
    Paper flags of the world. Countries, international, Globalization, Global relations, America, England, Canada, Spain, France, China, United Kingdom. Homepage 2010, arts and entertainment, history and society
    Pin the Capital on the Country: Fact or Fiction?
    Is Mecca the capital of Saudi Arabia? Is Milan the capital of Italy? From Kazakhstan and Helsinki to Maldives and Timbuktu,...
    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
    World Capitals: Fact or Fiction?
    Does the D.C. in Washington, D.C., stand for District Capital? Is Mumbai the capital of India? Sort fact from fiction while...
    Flag of South Africa
    Exploring South Africa: Fact or Fiction?
    Is Lesotho completely surrounded by South Africa? Is most of South Africa a plateau? From minerals to rivers, sort out the...
    Motlatse Canyon, in the Drakensberg Mountain Range, Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Formerly Blyde River Canyon. Motlatse River. One of the world's deepest canyons.
    Journey to South Africa: Fact or Fiction?
    Is the climate of South Africa very hot? Is the Nile river the major river of South Africa? From animal preserves to native...
    The Himalayas, Nepal (Himalayan, mountains, aerial, snow-capped, snow, covered)
    Mountains: Fact or Fiction?
    Are the Andes Mountains a small mountain range? Are the Alps the longest mountain chain in the world? Scale these questions...
    Flock of emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) being photographed in moonlight,  Antarctica.
    Exploring Antarctica: Fact or Fiction?
    Is Antarctica a desert? Does it have mountains? Point your mental compass due South and test the extremes of your knowledge...
    Flag of Malaysia
    Exploring Malaysia: Fact or Fiction?
    Travel to Southeast Asia, and test your knowledge of the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country of Malaysia.
    Exterior of the Forbidden City. The Palace of Heavenly Purity. Imperial palace complex, Beijing (Peking), China during Ming and Qing dynasties. Now known as the Palace Museum, north of Tiananmen Square. UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Exploring China: Fact or Fiction?
    Does China have about half of the world’s population? Is China the most densely populated country on Earth? Test the density—or...
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    Geography & Travel Subcategories

    Riyadh Cities & Towns
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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    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
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
    Articles
    Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Highways & Trails
    This general category includes a selection of more specific topics.
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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.
    Articles
    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.
    Articles
    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.
    Articles
    Northern Africa. Political/Physical map: regional, elevation. Geographic Regions
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    Big Ben Tourist Attractions
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