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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 19, 2021

    21 Tombs Around the World
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    List / Geography & Travel
    Xi'an clay terracota soldiers, China. Terracotta Army inside the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, 3rd century BCE.
    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.
    Where Does the Name Europe Come From?
    Europe existed as a conceptual construct long before geographers began arguing whether there are seven continents or six,...
    Demystified / Geography & Travel
    Map view of Europe on a geographical globe.
    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.
    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
    South America
    South America, fourth largest of the world’s continents. It is the southern portion of the landmass generally referred to...
    Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
    South America
    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
    Ancient Italic people
    Ancient Italic people, any of the peoples diverse in origin, language, traditions, stage of development, and territorial...
    Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
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    Geography & Travel Quizzes

    Euro dollars. Monetary unit and currency of the European Union.  (European money; monetary unit)
    Traveler’s Guide to Europe
    Where would you travel to to see the running of the bulls? What currency will you use in Russia? Sort out the facts as you...
    Front of a bullet train in the station in Zurich, Switzerland. High speed train. Hompepage blog 2009, geography and travel, science and technology passenger train transportation railroad
    A Visit to Europe
    Where can you catch a Real Madrid game? What is the capital of Sweden? Sort out the facts in this quiz about historic European...
    Map showing the distribution of European ethnic culture areas. Thematic map.
    European Atlas
    Are you familiar with the Lapland countries? Where is the European capital of finance? Venture through Europe and its colorful...
    Roofs of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
    All About Asia
    If you were traveling in Sichuan, what country would you be in? What ocean does Indonesia lie in? Sort out the facts about...
    Submarine periscope emerging from a water surface. Digital illustration.
    In Search of Atlantis...
    In which ocean would you find the Davis Strait? Where is Atlantis supposed to be found? Put your ocean explorer skills to...
    1:116 Aquanauts: Underwater Treasure, divers searching for treasure underwater
    International Waters
    Where would you travel to reach the world’s second deepest lake? What is the lowest body of water on Earth? Test the depth...
    Mount Everest (Himalayas; mountain; snow; Mt. Everest)
    To Everest and Back
    Where is the longest mountain range? Do you know what country Mount Everest is in? Put your climbing gear on as you scale...
    Color map of United States. Color USA map. Color USA map. Color dot USA map. Hompepage blog 2009, history and society, geography and travel, explore discovery
    Anywhere USA
    Where is the Great White Way? Where will you find the Empire State Building? Sort out the facts and discover everything the...
    Top of Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
    Uncover Europe
    Where is the Brandenburg Gate? Where is the longest river in Europe? Sort out the facts and visit cities, seas, and capitals...
    asia bee map
    Get to Know Asia
    Sri Lanka, India, and Indonesia are just a few places where you might travel to get a taste for new cultues, cuisines, and...
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    Geography & Travel Subcategories

    Riyadh Cities & Towns
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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
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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 Ocean 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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