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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.
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.
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.
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
Communist Countries
A listing of the current communist countries around the world, from your About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the circumference of the earth?
The answer to the geography question - what is the circumference of the earth?
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Baby Boomers to Millennials! Discover the...
Recent generations in the United States and their names, from the About.com expert site for geography.
Geography of the World's Oceans - List of the...
Geography of the World's Oceans: Check out this list to learn about the five oceans of the world 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Geography Glossary: What, Exactly, Are...
A definition of the geography term push-pull factors, from your About.com 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.
What is the difference between the United...
The answer to the question - What is the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Hurricane 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.
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.
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.
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?
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 distance between a degree of...
The answer to the question - What is the distance between a degree of latitude and longitude?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where is zero degrees latitude and zero degrees...
The answer to the question - Where is zero degrees latitude and zero degrees longitude?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the diameter of the earth?
The answer to the geography question - what is the diameter of the earth?
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 Asia
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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.
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.
What Are Temperature Inversion Layers?
Learn about temperature inversion layers and their impact on local climates and smog, from the About.com expert geography site.
A History and Overview of Lewis and Clark's...
An overview of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Northwest in the Louisiana Purchase in the early 1800s. Learn about the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and its impact on the United States, from the About.com Geography site.
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.
What Do You Know about Christaller's Central...
The About.com Geography Site provides this easy-to-understand overview of Central Place Theory, from contributing writer Amanda Briney.
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.
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.
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.
Countries of Africa
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How To Convert Decimal Degrees into Degrees, ...
A simple How to on converting decimal degrees into degrees, minutes, and seconds.
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.
The Berlin Conference: Where a Continent Was...
From November 1884 to February 1885, European countries met in Berlin to divide Africa among themselves to colonize the continent.
What Are the Functions of the United Nations?
A comprehensive history and overview of the United Nations and its activities around the world.
4 Key Models in Urban Geography That Explain...
An overview of several key models used in urban geography to predict and describe the structure of an urban or metropolitan area, from the About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
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.
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.
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.
The Truth About Christopher Columbus's Life
A brief biographical overview of Christopher Columbus, the explorer who discovered North America for Europe.
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.
What Caused the Baby Boom?
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.
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.
Is Taiwan a Country?
A essay about whether Taiwan should be considered an country independent from mainland China.
10 Fascinating Facts about Africa
10 essential facts about Africa, including population, area, elevation, climate, health, and more from the About.com expert Geography site.
Alcatraz: The History of America's Worst Prison
An overview of the history and facts about Alcatraz prison located in San Francsico Bay. Learn about Alcatraz from this article from About.com.
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.
Latin American Cities Influenced by Colonial...
Learn about the unique structure of Latin American cities as they developed in the colonial environment of the New 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.
How Many McDonald's Restaurants Operate...
Discover the answer to the question of how many McDonald's restaurants exist worldwide.
The Horrifying Global Impact of the Black Death
An overview of the impacts of the Black Death on the global population and how it spread in the fourteenth century, 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.
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.
How Does the Coriolis Effect Impact Earth?
Learn about the Coriolis effect, which appears to deflect items moving on or above the earth's surface based on the rotation of the earth.
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.
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 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.
How Water, Wind, Ice and Waves Erode the Earth
Learn about water, wind, ice, and waves - the agents of erosion that wear away at the surface of the earth, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
Countries of South America
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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.
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.
Get to Know the Geography and History of India
Learn about India's history, governmental structure, economics, geography and climate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the Basics About Spain
Geography of Spain: Read this article to learn about the country of Spain. Learn about Spain's history, government, economy, geography and climate from Geography at About.com.
10 Fascinating Facts About the Florida Keys
Geography of the Florida Keys: Read this article to learn information about the Florida Keys. Learn about the history, geography, geology, climate and environment of the Florida Keys 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.
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.
How Are the World's Waterways Classified?
The classification of streams or rivers was developed to measure the size of the waterways of the world. Learn about stream order from this overview on the About.com Geography Site.
A Quick Summary about the Ottoman Empire
Learn about the Ottoman Empire, one of the world's largest and longest-lasting empires. The Ottoman Empire stretched across three continents for hundreds of years.
What is the Continental Divide?
The answer to the geography question - What is the Continental Divide?
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.
From Nicaragua to Nevis: The Countries of...
Refer to this list to learn about the countries of Central America and the Caribbean. Learn about these 20 countries based on their area from Geography at About.com.
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.
Find Out the Area and Population of All 13...
Refer to this list to learn which countries make up the Caribbean, their area and a few other facts from Geography at About.com.
Here's a Quick History of the European Union
A brief history and overview of the European Union. Learn about the development of the EU.
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.
The 20 Most Popular Countries for International...
A listing of the twenty most popular countries as tourist destinations for international travelers.
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.
The 10 Longest Rivers in the World
A listing of the longest rivers in the world, from your About.com expert Guide to Geography.
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.
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.
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 is the difference between relative and...
The answer to the question - What is the difference between relative and absolute location?
Learn All of Mexico's States and Districts
States of Mexico: Refer to this list to learn about the 31 states of Mexico and one Federal District from Geography at About.com.
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.
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.
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 about what causes waves, how energy moves them, and ocean currents.
Essential Geography Facts About the 14...
Geography of Countries Bordering China: Read this article to learn about the countries that border China. Learn geographic information about the fourteen countries that border China from Geography at About.com.
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.
Need to Know a 2-Letter Postal Code? A List of...
The two letter postal code state abbreviations for every state and territory in the United States.
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 Do Valleys Form?
Learn all about the development of valleys through this great overview article on valley formation from the expert About.com Geography site.
How many oceans are on earth?
The answer to the question - How many oceans are on earth?
10 Facts that Set Apart Rio de Janeiro
The history, economy, geography, climate and culture of Brazil's second largest city, one of the main tourist destination in the Southern Hemisphere.
Alfred Wegener, Scientist Who Theorized Plate...
A biographical sketch of Alfred Wegener, the scientist who theorized continental drift, plate tectonics, and Pangea.
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.
Learn How Ocean Currents Drive the World's...
Learn about ocean currents and how they circulate water in the oceans around the planet, from the About.com geography site.
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.
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 Absolute Location?
A definition of the geography term absolute location, from your About.com Guide to Geography.

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