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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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      9 Architectural Landmarks in Buenos Aires
      Know before you go.
      List / Geography & Travel
      National Library, Buenos Aires, Argentina
      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’s the Difference Between Great Britain and the United Kingdom?
      Navigating the nomenclature of the British Isles
      Demystified / Geography & Travel
      Union Jack flag of Great Britain, united kingdom
      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.
      Glacial landform
      Glacial landform, any product of flowing ice and meltwater. Such landforms are being produced today in glaciated areas, such...
      Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
      esker: Nunavut
      Map
      Map, graphic representation, drawn to scale and usually on a flat surface, of features—for example, geographical, geological,...
      Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
      topographic map
      River
      River, (ultimately from Latin ripa, “bank”), any natural stream of water that flows in a channel with defined banks . Modern...
      Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
      Luxor, Egypt: feluccas on Nile River
      Dravidian languages
      Dravidian languages, family of some 70 languages spoken primarily in South Asia. The Dravidian languages are spoken by more...
      Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
      Dravidian languages: distribution

      Geography & Travel Quizzes

      wave. ocean. Cresting ocean wave. Large sea waves. storm, hurricane, tropical cyclone
      All About Oceans and Seas Quiz
      What is the world’s largest inland sea? Where is the Puerto Rico Trench? Find out how deep your knowledge of oceans and seas...
      Gutzon Borglum. Presidents. Sculpture. National park. George Washington. Thomas Jefferson. Theodore Roosevelt. Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota.
      National Parks and Landmarks Quiz
      Whether you would like to visit Yosemite, the Eiffel Tower, or the Taj Mahal, national parks and landmarks welcome millions...
      Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort; photo dated 2015. (state capitols)
      Capital Cities of the 50 States Quiz
      How well do you know U.S. state capitals? In this quiz, you’ll be shown a capital city, and you’ll need to choose the state...
      Panama Canal. Boat. Shipping. Ship and shipping. Container ship passing through the Panama Canal.
      Canals, Straits, and More Quiz
      Which two bodies of water does the Suez Canal connect? Which strait separates the continents of Asia and North America at...
      Rice terraces in Vietnam. (food; farm; farming; agriculture; rice terrace; crop; grain; paddy; paddies;garden)
      Know Your Asian Geography Quiz
      Where is the Mayon Volcano? What port’s name means “fragrant harbour”? Explore the geography of Asia with this quiz.
      Union Jack, British flag, Flag of Great Britain, British Culture, British Empire, England, English Culture, English Flag
      Know Your UK Geography Quiz
      What are “the Broads” of Norfolk, England? What is the largest lake in the British Isles? Test your knowledge. Take this...
      Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland. Basalt columns, UNESCO World Heritage Site
      Where in the British Isles?
      How much do you know about the geography of the British Isles? Take this quiz to find out.
      Union Jack flag of Great Britain, united kingdom
      Explore England, Scotland, and Wales Quiz
      What is the highest mountain in Wales? Which are the largest and most northerly of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands? Test...
      Aerial view of Iguacu Falls, Argentina. (Iguassu Falls, Iguazu Falls)
      Quick Quiz: Know Your Waterfalls
      What is the highest waterfall in Canada? What five-cascade waterfall is fed by melting snow? Find out how well you know your...
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      Quick Quiz: This Land Is Your Land
      How much do you really know about the land you live on? Test your knowledge of continents, islands, and countries in this...
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      Geography & Travel Subcategories

      Toronto Cities & Towns
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        Ontario, Canada
      • Kyiv
        national capital, Ukraine
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        national capital, Italy
      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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