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Do You Know the 7 Wonders of the World?
The definitive listing of the ancient and modern Seven Wonders of the World, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography. Includes the new 7 wonders of the world.
A Quick Overview of the 5 Themes of Geography
The five themes of geography provide a framework for teaching geography; they include location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and region.
How Many Countries Are There in the World?
Discover the precise number of countries are in the world, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
How Many World Capitals Can You Name?
A comprehensive listing of the capitals of every country on earth, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
The 17 Smallest Countries in the World (They're...
A listing of the seventeen smallest countries in the world. All seventeen of these countries are extremely small and are less than 200 square miles in area.
Where Am I? The Secrets of Latitude and Longitude
Learn to understand the latitude and longitude lines running across your maps and globes. An overview of latitude and longitude from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
What Is Absolute Location?
A definition of the geography term absolute location, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
What Are the Different Types of Maps?
Types of Maps: Refer to this article to learn about the different types of maps used in geography. Learn information about each map type and see an example of each from Geography at About.com.
Geography of the World's Oceans
Geography of the World's Oceans: Check out this list to learn about the five oceans of the world from Geography at About.com.
20 Question Geography Quiz
The Internet's best and most famous twenty-question multiple-choice geography quiz to test your geographic knowledge from your expert Guide to Geography at About.com.
How Many Continents Are There on Earth? It's...
A discussion of what constitutes the seven continents of the world. Or are there 6 and not 7 continents? From your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
Discover the 20 Largest Countries in the World
A listing of the biggest countries in area in the world, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
From Baby Boomers to Millennials! Discover the...
Recent generations in the United States and their names, from the About.com expert site for geography.
How Big Are the Continents?
Information about the world's largest continent in area and the largest continent in population, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
Communist Countries
A listing of the current communist countries around the world, from your About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
Can You Name All 7 Wonders of the Modern World?
The American Society of Civil Engineers selected Seven Wonders of the Modern World, engineering marvels
What is the difference between relative and...
The answer to the question - What is the difference between relative and absolute location?
Can You Name All 50 State Capitals?
The state capitals of the fifty states of the United States of America, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
What Is Relative Location?
A definition of the geography term relative location, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
These Are the 24 Countries That Use the Euro
A listing of the countries that utilize the euro as their official currency. This euro country list is from your About.om Expert to Geography.
How Much Should You Worry About Acid Rain?
An overview of acid rain and its history, causes, effects, solutions to how it is being mitigated in our environment.
What Are the 28 States of India?
Read this article to learn the names, total population, capitals and land area of India's 28 states from Geography at About.com.
What Are Your Career Options With a Geography...
Learn about various job opportunities in the field of geography, from your About.com Expert to Geography.
What is the difference between the United...
The answer to the question - What is the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England?
What are the Four Spheres of the Earth?
Learn about the four spheres of the earth - the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere.
What is the circumference of the earth?
The answer to the geography question - what is the circumference of the earth?
26 Largest Cities in the World - List One
A listing of the largest cities and most populous cities in the world, based on metropolitan urban agglomerations population.
What Are the Major Lines of Latitude and...
An overview of the three most important lines of latitude on Earth - the equator, Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn, from the About.com Geography GuideSite.
Learn the Atlantic Hurricane Names for 2014
A list of the official hurricane names for 2014. The rotating list of names of hurricanes changes each year; this is the 2014 list of hurricane names from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
Printable World Maps - Free World Maps to Print
A huge collection of free blank outline printable world maps for every country in the world to print out for educational, school, or classroom use.
Where is zero degrees latitude and zero degrees...
The answer to the question - Where is zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude?
What Are the Sectors of the Economy?
An overview of the primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary, and even quinary sectors of the economy, from your About.com Guide to Geography. These sectors of the economy can divide all economic activities of a country into five categories.
The Truth About Christopher Columbus's Life
A brief biographical overview of Christopher Columbus, the explorer who discovered North America for Europe.
How To Convert Decimal Degrees into Degrees, ...
A simple How to on converting decimal degrees into degrees, minutes, and seconds.
5 Countries that Make Up the Scandinavian Region
Countries of Scandinavia: Refer to this list to learn about the five countries that are generally included as part of the Scandinavian region from Geography at About.com.
Begin Exploring the Age of Exploration with...
An overview of the history of the Age of Exploration and its impact on the geography of the world, from the About.com Geography site.
How Low and High Pressure Affects Global Weather
An overview of high pressure and low pressure and how air pressure impacts the weather and climate of an area. Learn all about high and low pressure from this About.com Geography article.
All About the Sahara, the World's Largest Hot...
The Sahara Desert is one of the world's largest and driest deserts. Located in northern Africa, the Sahara Desert is encompassed by several countries. Learn about the Sahara Desert from the expert About.com Geography GuideSite.
How To Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius
a simple how-to on converting fahrenheit to celsius, from your about.com guide
What Are the Layers of Atmosphere?
Learn about the layers of the atmosphere - the Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere, and Exosphere - from your About.com Guide to Geography.
World Atlas and World Maps - Maps and Geography...
The Internet's best maps and geographical information about each of the countries of the world, continents, U.S. states, and oceans.
How To Convert Celsius to Fahrenheit
a simple how-to on converting celsius to fahrenheit, from your about.com guide
Countries of the World Divided into 8 Regions
An official listing of countries arranged by eight world regions, as selected and determined by Matt Rosenberg, the About.com Guide to Geography. Find out which countries fit into which world regions.
Discover 34 New Countries Created Since 1990
Discover the impressive number of new countries that have become independent all around the world since 1990. This list also provides the history behind the new country creations.
How Did the World Come to Have 12 Million...
A comprehensive overview of refugees and the refugee situation around the world. Also includes information about Internally Displaced Persons.
What is the distance between a degree of...
The answer to the question - What is the distance between a degree of latitude and longitude?
Can You Name the 8 Main Islands of Hawaii?
Islands of Hawaii: Refer to this list to learn information about Hawaii's eight main islands from Geography at About.com.
What Is the Oldest Country in the World?
Discover the answer to the common geography question, what is the oldest country in the world? This article about the oldest country in the world comes from the About.com Geography GuideSite.
Geography Quizzes - The Internet's Best...
Test your geographic knowledge with the latest geography quiz - this page provides a listing of all the past geography quizzes from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Don't Get Lost: Here's a Basic Guide to Map...
Learn about map reading and how to use the different parts of a map from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
20 Largest U.S. Cities Based on Population
The 20 biggest cities and the largest city in the United States, based of population estimates, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Brief History of the Panama Canal
A brief history and overview of the Panama Canal in Panama, connecting the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
Learn the Three-Letter Olympic Abbreviation for...
Each country has its own three-letter abbreviation or code that is used during the Olympic Games to represent that country. This is a list of the countries that are recognized by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) as National Olympic Committees.
Geography Quiz - July 22, 2013
The Internet's best and most famous fifteen-question multiple-choice geography quiz to test your geographic knowledge from your expert Guide to Geography at About.com.
India Quiz - India Geography Quiz
A twenty-question multiple-choice quiz about the geography of India, from your expert Guide to Geography at About.com.
Can You Name the Largest Lakes in the World?
A listing of the deepest lakes, largest lakes in area, and largest lakes in volume around the world, from your expert Guide to Geography from About.com
Know Your Time Zones: GMT and UTC
An overview of GMT, Greenwich Mean Time, and UTC, Coordinated Universal Time, and how they came about and how they differ, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
What is the difference between a city and a town?
The answer to the geography question - What is the difference between a city and a town?
Countries of Africa
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3 Countries That Are Not Members of the United...
Find out which countries are non-members of the United Nations, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
What You Should Know about Plate Tectonics
Learn about the development and history of plate tectonics, from its innovation by Alfred Wegener to how scientists today understand how the plates of the Earth's lithosphere move.
3 Ways of Showing a Map's Scale
Learn how to read distances on a map through its scale. Map scale can be indicated in a variety of ways. This comprehensive article also provides the definition of large scale and small scale maps.
What Are the New 7 Wonders of the World?
The Internet's most famous expert geographer presents a new modern listing of the Seven Wonders of the World. From the About.com Guide to Geography, Matt Rosenberg.
Why Does China Have a One Child Policy?
Discover the ins and outs of China's One Child Policy, designed to limit population growth in the world's largest country. All about the One Child Policy in China from your About.com Guide to Geography.
The 10 Longest Rivers in the World
A listing of the longest rivers in the world, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
Commonly Asked Questions About Continents
Discover upon which continent various important points on the earth's surface are located, whether Europe or Asia or Africa or North America or South America or Australia or even Antarctica. From your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
Geography Glossary: What, Exactly, Are...
A definition of the geography term push-pull factors, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Do You Know Where the World's Newest Ocean is?
The International Hydrographic Organization has created a new ocean - the Southern Ocean - surrounding Antarctica. Learn about the world's new fifth ocean, from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
The 15 Oldest Cities in the United States
Oldest Cities in the United States: Refer to this list to learn about the 15 oldest cities in the United States from Geography at About.com.
All You Wanted to Know about the Green Revolution
Learn all about the Green Revolution from this overview and history of the Green Revolution from the About.com Geography site.
What Is the Importance of Site and Situation in...
The terms site and situation are used in the field of geography to help us understand why a city is located where it is located. Learn about these basic geographic concepts of site and situation.
What are the Definitions of Country, State, and...
Discover the definition of an independent country and find out the difference between a country, state, and nation, from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
Why Do Geographers Create and Use Thematic Maps?
An overview of thematic maps and their types; thematic maps are used to display data on a map. Learn about thematic maps and cartography from the About.com Geography site.
Current World Population
Discover the current world population and historic world population totals and growth since the year one, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
An A to Z List of Countries That No Longer Exist
Learn what happened to missing countries like Tibet, Rhodesia, Siam, and others, from your About.com Guide. A listing of countries that no longer exist.
What is the diameter of the earth?
The answer to the geography question - what is the diameter of the earth?
How many oceans are on earth?
The answer to the question - How many oceans are on earth?
Check Out the 20 Largest Cities in India
Large Cities in India: Refer to this list to learn which of India's cities are its largest. Learn about the twenty largest cities in India from Geography at About.com.
Countries of Asia
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How Does Culture Spread Around the World?
A discussion of the sources of culture (culture hearths), the regions of culture (culture regions), and the spread of culture (cultural diffusion) around the world, from the About.com Geography site.
Mercator Projection
A history and discussion of the Mercator projection and the uses and non-uses of the Mercator map, invented in 1569.
Read Up on the Positives and Negatives of...
An overview and assessment of the increased interconnectedness among countries, most notably in the areas of economics, politics, and culture.
Countries of South America
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All You Wanted to Know about the Suez Canal
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.
Why Are There Different Colors on Maps?
Maps usually use a standard palette of map colors to represent features on the earth. Learn about map colors from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
It's Not Just a Johnny Cash Song. What Is the...
A thorough look at the Pacific Ocean's Ring of Fire of volcanoes and earthquakes.
Can You Name the 10 Smallest Countries in the...
A photo gallery of the world's ten smallest countries, from 0.2 square miles on up to 115 square miles, these ten smallest countries are microstates. A photo gallery from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
What Is the Longest Day of the Year?
The summer solstice is the longest day in the year but it's not the day of earliest sunrise or sunset - learn more about this intriguing occurrence, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
The 8 Lowest Points on Land
A list of the higest mountains in the world, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Which continent is the the world's smallest?
The answer to the geography question - Which continent is the the world's smallest?
What Is Studied in Human Geography?
Human geography is one of the major branches of geography. Learn all about human geography through this overview from the expert About.com Geography GuideSite.
The 10 Largest Coral Reefs in the World
A listing of the world's 10 largest coral reefs, including their name, size, and location in the world's ocean.
Can You Name the 21 Countries Bordering the...
Countries of the Mediterranean: Refer to this list to learn about the 21 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea from Geography at About.com.
How Many McDonald's Restaurants Operate...
Discover the answer to the question of how many McDonald's restaurants exist worldwide, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
Why India's Ganges River Is So Significant
Learn about the geography, history, significance and pollution of the Ganges River bordering India and Bangladesh from Geography at About.com.
What Are the Functions of the United Nations?
A comprehensive history and overview of the United Nations and its activities around the world.
Get to Know the Geography and History of India
Learn about India's history, governmental structure, economics, geography and climate.
The 3 Types of Human Migration
Learn about human migration, the permanent or semi-permanent relocation of people from one location to another. This population geography topic comes from the About.com Geography GuideSite.
What You Didn't Know about the Great Wall of...
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.
Sailing the Seven Seas in Ancient Times and Today
A history and definition of the idiom The Seven Seas. Find out what the ancient and modern Seven Seas consist of, from the About.com Geography Site.
What is the world's largest river?
The answer to the question - What is the world's largest river?
The 48 Countries of Asia by Area
Area of Asian Countries: Refer to this list to learn the area of Asia's 48 countries from Geography at About.com.
What are political and physical maps?
The answer to the question - What are political and physical maps?
Map Projections
Learn all about the basics of map projections, from your About.com Guide
The 24 Most Populous Countries in the World
A listing of the largest countries by population. The 24 most populous countries in the world with a population greater than 50 million people, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Is Greenland a Country?
Find out the current status of Greenland - is Greenland a country or a territory or what? Does Greenland have a capital? Learn more from this Geography at About.com article.
Do You Know the Fascinating History of the...
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Mason-Dixon Line, dividing the north from the south, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
A List of All the Olympic Game Cities Since 1896
A complete listing of all Olympic Game cities from the beginning of the modern Olympics in 1896 through 2020. Includes all Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games host cities.
Do You Know the 20 Highest Mountain Peaks in...
Read this article to learn the geography of the twenty highest mountain peaks in the United States. Learn about their heights and locations from Geography at About.com.
How fast does the earth spin?
The answer to the geography question - How fast does the earth spin?
10 Interesting and Unusual Facts about the...
USA Facts: Read this article to learn ten facts about the United States. Learn facts about temperatures, land area and history from Geography at About.com.
15 Important Facts About Brazil
Overview of Brazil: Read this article to learn about the 15 most important facts to know about Brazil- South America's largest country by area. Learn Important facts about Brazil from Geography at About.com.
What Is the Population of the United States?
The current USA population is above 300 million and expected to rise. Learn about the population of the USA from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
How Many People Live in the World's Most...
China's current population and information about Chinese population growth, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Learn about the 1991 Mount Pinatubo Volcanic...
The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines killed hundreds, damaged thousands of homes, and had negative effects on the whole planet.
Learn about the Controversial Theory of...
An overview of the topic of environmental determinism, a controversial and often considered a racist topic that explained why people are the way they are based on their geographic surroundings.
Ranking the World's Most Popular Religions
A list of the most popular religions in the world, along with the number of adherents.
What Are the Advantages of Global Warming?
Your About.com expert Guide to Geography provides a listing of the significant advantages and disadvantages of global warming.
California Earthquake Maps That Can Save Your...
This page provides clear direction for locating information about California earthquakes that have just occurred or past historical California earthquakes.
How Is Latitude Measured?
A thorough overview of latitude - learn all about latitude and how it is measured and how to understand it from this article from the About.com Geography GuideSite.
Do You Know the History of the Former Yugoslavia?
Learn about the former European country of Yugoslavia (1945-1992), now composed of Slovenia, Macedonia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Bosnia, from your expert About.com Geography GuideSite.
What Is Population Density -- And Where Is it...
Learn the meaning behind the term population density and find out how it relates to poulation and land area, from your About.com Guide.
All You Need to Know about the Supercontinent...
An overview of the supercontinent of Pangea, which covered one-third of the planet and began to break up about 200 million years ago to form the modern continents of today.
States Farthest North, South, East, and West
The answer to the question - Which U.S. states are the farthest north, south, east, and west? Discover the northernmost, easternmost, westernmost, and southermost states in the United States.
U.S. Time Zone Map
A detailed time zone map of the United States. This map provides county-level boundaries of the time zones of the United States. Page 203.
How Do We Measure the Size and Shape of the...
Learn all about the size of the earth, the shape of the earth, and how its size and shape are measured in the science known as geodesy, from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
Do You Really Know What a Map Is? Find Out
Learn the answer to the question - What Is a Map? - with this basic, easily-understood overview of maps.
Peters Projection
A discussion of the Peters projection map and its supposed invention by Dr. Arno Peters and the controversy surrounding the Peters map.
22 Interesting Earth Facts
A collection of basic facts about the planet earth, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Can You Name the World's 10 Most Popular...
A listing of the ten most popular world languages and the number of speakers for each language.
That Ferdinand Magellan Sure Had a Fascinating...
A biography of the life of Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who is credited with circumnavigating the earth.
How We Define Various Types of Water Bodies
Find out the similarities (and differences) between different types of water bodies, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
The 15 Republics in the USSR
A brief overview of the former USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) and the fifteen new countries formed from the USSR in 1991.
Why Is Rostow’s Stages of Growth...
Discover Rostow's stages of economic growth and development, along with criticisms of his 1960 theory from this article by geographer Juliet Jacobs on Geography at About.com.
Find Out the 20 Largest National Parks in the US
Largest United States National Parks: Refer to this list to learn about the twenty largest national parks in the U.S. from Geography at About.com.
What's the Difference Between An Embassy and a...
A country's embassy or consulate is a diplomatic office in a foreign country where citizens and foreigners alike can interact with the host country on an official basis. Learn all about the function of the embassy or consulate.
Geography of Coffee
Every morning, millions of people around the world enjoy a cup of coffee to get a jump start on their day. Learn about the geography of coffee, from Geography at About.com
Everything You Need to Know about the Louisiana...
An overview and history of the Louisiana Purchase, including the Lewis and Clark expedition of the Louisiana Purchase. From the About.com expert Geography site.
Find Out the 4 Traditions of Geography
The four traditions of geography were created by geographer William D. Pattison: 1. spatial tradition, 2. area studies tradition, 3. man-land tradition, and 4. earth science tradition.
Europe's 45 Countries Ranked By Area
European Countries by Area: Refer to this list to learn the area of Europe's 45 countries from Geography at About.com.
What is Longitude?
An overview of longitude and how to learn and find longitude on a world map. Learn all about longitude from this expert About.com Geography GuideSite article.
Understand How the International Date Line Works
Find out how the International Date Line works along with the 24 time zones of the world, from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
What is the Continental Divide?
The answer to the geography question - What is the Continental Divide?
Can You Name India's Seven Union Territories?
Read this article to learn about the Union Territories of India. Learn what they are as well as their names, land areas, capitals and populations from Geography at About.com.
All You Wanted to Know about Ocean Waves
An overview of ocean waves, which are caused by the friction of wind over open ocean water. Learn all about ocean waves from this geography article on About.com.
How the Baby Boom Affected the History of the...
The Baby Boom of 1946 to 1964 in the United States (and similar years in Allied countries) was a huge increase in the number of births. Learn all about the Baby Boom from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Discover When Countries Around the World...
A complete listing of every country in the world and its independence day, ranked from oldest to youngest. Discover which countries are the oldest countries and which are the youngest or newest countries in the world. From your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
Easy Geography Quiz - Multiple-Choice East...
The Internet's best and most famous fifteen-question multiple-choice geography quiz to test your geographic knowledge from your expert Guide to Geography at About.com.
How Does the Core-Periphery Theory Divide Up...
The world can readily be divided into a core and periphery, with the core containing most of the wealth while the periphery contains most of the population. Read this article to learn about the core and periphery model of the world.
Demographic Transition: Learn All about This...
The demographic transition model seeks to explain the transformation of countries from having high birth and death rates to low birth and death rates. In developed countries this transition began in the eighteenth century and continues today. Less developed countries began the transition later and are still in the midst of earlier stages of the model.
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