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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.
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.
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.
So, 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.
What Is Absolute Location?
A definition of the geography term absolute location, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Communist Countries
A listing of the current communist countries around the world, from your About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
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.
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.
What Are the Hurricane and Tropical Storm Names...
A list of the official hurricane names for 2015. The rotating list of names of hurricanes changes each year; this is the 2015 list of hurricane names from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
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.
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.
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 the Difference Between Relative...
Learn the difference between relative location and absolute location, and when it is best to use each of these geographic terms.
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.
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 Your Career Options With a Geography...
Learn about various job opportunities in the field of geography, from your About.com Expert to Geography.
22 Interesting Earth Facts
A collection of basic facts about the planet earth, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Where is zero degrees latitude and zero degrees...
The answer to the question - Where is zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude?
What is the circumference of the earth?
The answer to the geography question - what is the circumference of the earth?
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.
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.
What Is Relative Location?
A definition of the geography term relative location, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Geography of the World's Oceans - List of the...
A closer look at the five oceans of the world.
What are the Four Spheres of the Earth?
Learn about the four spheres of the earth - the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere.
18 Standards That Define Your Geography
The National Geography Standards provide eighteen core standards that should be understood by a geographically informed person.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Was the Colossus at Rhodes?
The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Ancient Wonders of the World, was a giant statue of the Greek sun god, Helios, and located on the island of Rhodes off of modern Turkey.
From Baby Boomers to Millennials! Discover the...
Recent generations in the United States and their names, from the About.com expert site for geography.
What is the distance between a degree of...
The answer to the question - What is the distance between a degree of latitude and longitude?
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.
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.
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.
Which islands are in the Windward Islands and...
The answer to the question - Which islands are in the Windward Islands and Leeward Islands?
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.
What is The Difference Between the United...
Find out the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England. Plus, what does Ireland have to do with all of this?!
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.
Geography Glossary: What, Exactly, Are...
A definition of the geography term push-pull factors, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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 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.
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.
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?
Meet the Man Who Propelled Portuguese...
Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal established his institute at Sagres and expanded geographic knowledge, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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.
What Are the Highest Mountain Peaks in the US?
What are the highest point in the United States? This list of the 20 highest peaks tells you about the highest peak in the U.S. as well as the highest in the 48 contiguous states.
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.
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.
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.
Find Out the Four 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.
What Is the Difference Between Country, State,...
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.
What Are The Largest Cities in the World?
A listing of the 30 largest cities and most populous cities in the world today and in the future, based on metropolitan urban agglomerations population.
Did the Hanging Gardens of Babylon Really Exist?
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, was built by King Nebuchadrezzar II in the city of Babylon for his homesick wife, Amytis.
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.
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.
How to Measure and Understand Population Growth
Population growth rates and doubling times are fascinating demographic variables that are used to estimate a country's future population.
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.
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.
What Are The Hurricane Names and Tropical...
A list of the official hurricane names for 2016. The rotating list of names of hurricanes changes each year; this is the 2016 list of hurricane names from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
What You Should Know about Plate Tectonics
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.
Organization of American States Member Countries
A listing of the member countries of the Organization of American States or OAS, from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
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.
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.
Check Out the Complete List of Retired...
A list of hurricane names that have been retired. The list of retired hurricane names includes famous and deadly hurricanes from the past decades.
Google Earth
Google Earth is an incredible piece of mapping software that is available as a free download from Google. This article is an overview of how to download, use, and zoom on Google Earth from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
The Truth About Christopher Columbus's Life
A brief biographical overview of Christopher Columbus, the explorer who discovered North America for Europe.
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.
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.
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 Overview of the Sub-Disciplines of Geography
The field of geography is a vast and wondrous academic field with thousands of researchers working in dozens of interesting branches of geography.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which islands are in the Greater Antilles and...
The answer to the question - Which islands are in the Greater Antilles and Lesser Antilles?
Geography 101: Your Primer to the "Mother of...
An overview of geography and the geography site at About.com, from Matt Rosenberg, geographer of the world.
Which Countries Are Landlocked?
Approximately one-fifth of the world's countries are landlocked and have no access to the oceans; learn all about landlocked countries from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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.
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.
Why Are Only a Few Landlocked Countries...
All landlocked countries have economic struggles because they lack access to the sea. But why are European landlocked countries wealthy while the others are not?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Convert Decimal Degrees Into Degrees,...
A simple description of how to convert degrees in decimal form into degrees using degree, minutes, and seconds.
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.
Mercator Projection
A history and discussion of the Mercator projection and the uses and non-uses of the Mercator map, invented in 1569.
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.
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.
Is Taiwan a Country?
A essay about whether Taiwan should be considered an country independent from mainland China.
10 Important Facts About China's One Child Policy
Ten essential facts about China's One Child Policy, from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
20 Largest U.S. Cities Based on Population
What are the 20 biggest cities in the United States? Find out the answer here, with this list of the largest cities in the U.S., based on population estimates.
What Was Amazing About the Ancient Lighthouse...
Around 250 BCE, the 400-foot-tall Lighthouse of Alexandria was finished. For 1,500 years, it helped mariners reach the safety of Alexandria's harbor. A marvel of engineering, it became one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
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.
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.
What Made the Statue of Zeus One of the 7...
In the 5th century BCE, Greek sculptor Phidius created a beautiful sculpture of Zeus, which was considered one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
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.
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 Was the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus?
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, was a large, ornate tomb built for Mausolus of Caria.
Why Is the Great Pyramid at Giza so Amazing?
In the 26th century BCE, Egyptian Pharoah Khufu ordered the building of the Great Pyramid, the second and largest pyramid ever built.
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.
Peters Projection
A discussion of the Peters projection map and its supposed invention by Dr. Arno Peters and the controversy surrounding the Peters map.
What is the diameter of the earth?
The answer to the geography question - what is the diameter of the earth?
What Are the Functions of the United Nations?
A comprehensive history and overview of the United Nations and its activities around the world.
Free Blank Outline Maps of the United States of...
A free blank outline map of the country of the United States to print out for educational, school, or classroom use.
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.
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.
Why Was the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus...
The Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, was built around 550 BCE after King Croesus of Lydia conquered the Greek port-city of Ephesus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alfred Wegener, Scientist Who Theorized Plate...
A biographical sketch of Alfred Wegener, the scientist who theorized continental drift, plate tectonics, and Pangea.
How Hurricanes Impact Geography
An overview of the terrible storms known as hurricanes. Find out about hurricane season and how hurricanes are born, destroy, and die. Learn about hurricanes from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
What is the Von Thunen Model?
Discover the practical model for agricultural land use surrounding a city, the Von Thunen Model, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Overview of Daylight Saving Time and How It Works
Everything you ever wanted to know about the history of Daylight Saving Time. Find out why and when we spring forward and fall back for Daylight Saving Time!
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.
What Is Studied In Regional Geography?
Regional geography is a branch of geography that involves the study of specific regions of the earth. Regional geographers become experts on all aspects of their region - the language, cultural, physical features, cities, and more. Learn all about regional geography from this About.com Geography GuideSite article.
How Slash and Burn Agriculture Affects Geography
An overview of slash and burn agriculture, used by subsistence farmers to provide temporary fertility to the soil by burning plants.
What Is Population Density -- And Where Is it...
How does one compute population density? What country is the most densely populated? Which one is the least?
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.
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
Diffusion
A definition of the geography term diffusion, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
How Many People on Earth Share Your Birthday?
Discover how many people share your birthday around the world, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
Understand the Geographic Term 'Relief'
A definition of the geography term relief, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Ten Facts About the Pacific Northwest
Read this article to learn about the Pacific Northwest. Learn ten important geographic facts about the Pacific Northwest from Geography at About.com.
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.
What is the Continental Divide?
The answer to the geography question - What is the Continental Divide?
How to Define Geography: A Look Through the Ages
A large collection of quotes of definitions of geography from various sources, compiled by your About.com Guide to Geography.
Get to Know the Geography and History of India
Learn about India's history, governmental structure, economics, geography and climate.
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.
Geography of the Tropic of Capricorn
Overview and Geography of the Tropic of Capricorn: Learn about the geographic significance and naming of the Tropic of Capricorn - one of the Earth's most significant lines of latitude from the expert geography GuideSite at About.com.
The World's Largest Landlocked Countries
Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Chad, Mali and Ethiopia are the five largest in area of 43 countries that do not have any direct access to an ocean or sea.
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.
It's Not Just a Johnny Cash Song. What Is the...
The Ring of Fire is a fascinating horseshoe-shaped area filled with volcanoes. Find out where the Ring of Fire is located and how it was made.
Can You Name the 22 Arab States?
List of Arab Countries: Refer to this list to learn which countries make up the Arab world from Geography at About.com.
Learn About the Imaginary Line That Marks the...
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.
How Water Moves Between Oceans, Sky, and Land
A summary of how water gets from ocean to land to river and back again, through the hydrologic cycle from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Why Is the Tropic of Cancer Important?
Geography of the Tropic of Cancer: Refer to this article to learn about the importance of the Tropic of Cancer to understanding the Earth's physical geography. Also includes information on the Tropic of Cancer's naming and location on Earth's surface. Learn important facts about the Tropic of Cancer from Geography at About.com.
Do You Know How Observers Measure Precipitation?
Average annual precipitation is a vital piece of climatic data - one that is recorded through a variety of methods. Learn how to collect and analyze precipitation.

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