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Articles written by your Guide about interesting geographic places around the world. Explore your planet through these fascinating vignettes.
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Seas of the Atlantic Ocean
Refer to this list to learn which seas are on the margins of the Atlantic Ocean.

Seas of the Pacific Ocean
Seas of the Pacific Ocean: Refer to this list to learn about the 12 seas bordering the Pacific Ocean.

Geography of the Pacific Ocean
Read this article to learn about the world's largest ocean - the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the Pacific Ocean's formation, topography, climate and economy.

Geography of the Mediterranean Sea
Read this article to learn about the Mediterranean Sea. Learn about the history, geography and ecology of the Mediterranean Sea.

Geography of the Northern Hemisphere
An introduction to the Northern Hemisphere, featuring information about the Northern Hemisphere's geography and climate, impacts of the Coriolis Effect and the distribution of population across the area. Learn these important facts and more about the Northern Hemisphere and its importance to world geography from the About.com expert geography GuideSite.

Geography of the Southern Hemisphere
Geography of the Southern Hemisphere: Refer to this article about Earth's Southern Hemisphere to learn more about its geography, climate, impacts of the Coriolis Force on objects in the Earth region, population distribution and biodiversity. Learn important facts about the Southern Hemisphere from the expert Geography GuideSite at About.com.

The Geography of Oceania
Geography of Oceania: Refer to this article for important information on the physical and regional geography of Oceania - the island group within the central and southern Pacific Ocean. Learn important facts about Oceania from the expert geography GuideSite at Geography at About.com.

The Canjuns
An overview of the Cajun people in Cajun country; includes Cajun history and Cajun cuisine, from the About.com Geography GuideSite.

Great Smokey Mountains National Park
An introduction and overview of one of the most popular National Parks in the United States, the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.

Sunbelt
The region of the United States known as the Sunbelt has experienced dramatic growth since World War II. Learn all about the Sunbelt from this article from the expert About.com Geography GuideSite.

Suez Canal Connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea
A history and overview of the Suez Canal, connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea through Egypt. Learn all about the Suez Canal from this About.com article from the Geography GuideSite.

Costa
Overview of costa, from the About.com Geography GuideSite.

Waitangi Day
February 6 has become known throughout New Zealand as Waitangi Day, in honor of the treaty between the Maori and the English.

Ukraine and Russia Gas Situation
Background on the gas situation between Russia and the Ukraine in early 2006.

Report From Hawaii
Guest columnist Muncel Chang writes of his experiences of living in Hawaii following the major earthquake that struck the islands.

Tristan da Cunha
Discover the world's most remote island, Tristan da Cunha, located in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.

Tibet - An Overview of Tibet
Cries ring out around the world to free Tibet from Chinese control. Learn more about the history and geography of Tibet and life under Chinese rule.

St. Croix to Split from U.S. Virgin Islands?
A petition has been initiated by the largest and most populous of the three U.S. Virgin Islands to ask Congress to create a new territory from St. Croix.

Geography of Puerto Rico
An overview of the history and geography of Puerto Rico, the United States island territory in the Caribbean.

New York Metropolitan Area
A description of the New York metropolitan area, based on the official definition of the metropolitan area from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.

Nunavut
Learn about Canada's newest territory, Nunavut, which was carved from Canada's Northwest Territories.

Northwest Passage - Discovering the Northwest Passage
Learn about the Northwest Passage, a water passage north of the Arctic Circle that decreases ship travel time between Europe and Asia. This article on the Northwest Passage is from the About.com expert Guide to Geography.

Nile River - Overview of the Nile River
Discover fascinating information about the world's longest river - the Nile River - and the Aswan High Dam that controls Egypt's lifeline.

Mount Everest - Overview of Mount Everest
An overview and information about Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Learn about Mount Everest from your About.com Guide to Geography.

The Mississippi-Missouri-Jefferson River System - The Mississ…
The Mississippi-Missouri-Jefferson River System is the world's fourth largest river system. The The Mississippi-Missouri-Jefferson River System drains much of North America. Learn all about the Mississippi-Missouri-Jefferson River System in this article from Geography at About.com.

The Map Room of the Cabinet War Rooms
An article about The Map Room of the Cabinet War Rooms in London a historic Second World War site, visited by your About.com Guide to Geography.

Kaliningrad
Learn about the Russian exclave oblast of Kaliningrad, from your About.com Guide to Geography.

History of Istanbul and Constantinople - An Overview of Istanbul and …
A comprehensive overview of the history of Istanbul, Turkey, a city at the center of world activity for more than fifteen centuries. Learn about the name changes from Constantinople to Istanbul.

India Place Name Changes - Place Name Changes in India
This article provides an overview of some of the major changes to city names in India since independence from Britain.

Holland - The Land of Holland
Information about what constitutes Holland and the Netherlands and learn who and what the Dutch are.

Great Wall of China - All About the Great Wall of China
Lean about the fascinating history of the Great Wall of China and find out whether or not the Great Wall of China can be seen from the moon. This article about the Great Wall of China is from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.

The Great Lakes - All About The Great Lakes of North America
A comprehensive overview of the Great Lakes of North America, which include some of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. From your About.com expert Geography site.

10 Most Important Things to Know About the Country of Georgia
An overview of the country of Georgia through a list of the ten most important things to know about Georgia, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.

Dykes of the Netherlands
Learn about the the reclamation of land in the Netherlands with dykes and polders.

Central Park - the History and Growth of Central Park
An overview of the history and development of New York City's famous Central Park. Discover the planning and growth of Central Park from this thorough article on the About.com geography site.

Beijing - 2008 Olympic Games City Beijing
A geographic overview of the city of Beijing, China, host city for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

Amazon River - Overview of the Amazon River
The eight most important things you need to know about the Amazon River in South America, from your About.com Guide to Geography.

Former Yugoslavia
Learn about the former European country of Yugoslavia (1945-1992), now composed of Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Bosnia.

Atacama Desert - An Overview of the Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert of northern Chile is the world's second driest region (icy Antarctica is first). Although the Tropic of Capricorn passes through the region, the Atacama lies in the rain shadow of Chile's Coast Range, which squeezes out the moisture from the atmosphere.

More Place Names
What country's name means "city of lions"? What country is named for the Latin word for prophesy? Find out the interesting meanings behind these ordinary place names.

Place Names
How did the Amazon River get its name? What did the 17th century governor of Virginia have to do with the naming of Delaware? Find out the meaning behind these and other place names.

Bermuda Triangle
For over thirty years, the Bermuda Triangle has been popularly known for supposedly paranormal disappearances of boats and aircraft. This imaginary triangle, also known as "Devil's Triangle," has its three points at Miami, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. Find out more about this mysterious area.

Chinese New Year
A listing of the names of the twelve Chinese New Year names and the calendar years they correspond with.

Antarctica
What you need to know about Antarctica - the coldest, windiest, driest, highest, quietest, most remote, and least understood continent on earth.2

Australia
Sparsely populated Australia is the only country on the planet which occupies an entire continent. Most Australians live near the coast and about 40% of the country live in Sydney and Melbourne alone.

Balkans Geographical Dictionary
Background and information about fifteen key places and terms in the Balkans, from the Adriatic Sea to Yugoslavia.

Beijing - 2008 Summer Olympic Games Host
Beijing was selected as the site of the 2008 Summer Games. Learn more about this historic capital of China.

Brazil
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world; in terms of population as well as land area.

Canadian Superlatives
The residents of Canada enjoy one of the world's most developed economies and best quality of life. These are some of the numerous superlatives associated with this prosperous, large, and beautiful nation.

China Regained Hong Kong
In 1997, China assumed control of their Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong. Learn the history and geography of this vibrant economic enclave in Southeast Asia.

China Regained Macau
Macau reverted from Portuguese to Chinese control on December 20, 1999.

German Capital Moved from Bonn to Berlin
In 1999, nine years after reunification, the German capital moved from Bonn and Berlin became the seat of national power for the first time since World War II.

India
A brief overview of the physical and cultural geography of the world's second most populous nation.

Kazakhstan Moved Capital City
Not only did they move it, they also renamed it.

Mecca
Learn all about the holiest city of Islam.

New York City Travelogue
See photos and read about your Guide's exciting first trip to the Big Apple.

Oregon Travelogue
Your Guide's adventure in the Pacific Northwest.

Pakistan
Learn the geography and history of this South Asian nation-state.

Pakistan's Name Acronym
The country name Pakistan is actually an acronym.

Panama Canal Became Panama's Canal
The Panama Canal was returned to Panama on December 31, 1999. Learn the fascinating saga of the canal's history.

Timbuktu
The mystique of Timbuktu has captivated the world and was the destination for many tragic explorations of the past few centuries. Learn all about this fascinating city.

Whirlwind Tour of the West Travelogue
Your Guide's travelogue and photgraphs of his nine-day trip around the western U.S., from Reno to Winnemucca to Salt Lake City to Moab to the Navajo Nation to the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas to Death Valley and home.

Geography of the Gulf of Mexico
Geography of the Gulf of Mexico: Read this article to learn all about the Gulf of Mexico. Learn facts about the Gulf of Mexico's history and exploration, economy and natural resources, geography and biodiversity from Geography at About.com.

Gog and Magog
Learn about the fabled Gog and Magog from the Bible and the prophet Ezekiel. From the About.com Geography GuideSite.

Geography of Kashmir
Geography of Kashmir: Read this article to learn about Kashmir. Learn ten facts about Kashmir's history, geography, climate, people and economy from Geography at About.com.

Geography of the Earth's Equator
Geography of the Earth's Equator: Read this article to learn about the Equator. Learn about the imaginary line that cuts the Earth in half from Geography at About.com.

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