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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.
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 7 Wonders of the Modern World?
The American Society of Civil Engineers selected Seven Wonders of the Modern World, engineering marvels
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 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.
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.
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.
Communist Countries
A listing of the current communist countries around the world, from your About.com expert Geography GuideSite.
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.
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.
Geography Glossary: What, Exactly, Are...
A definition of the geography term push-pull factors, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 is the circumference of the earth?
The answer to the geography question - what is the circumference of the earth?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Absolute Location?
A definition of the geography term absolute location, from your About.com Guide 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?
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 are the Four Spheres of the Earth?
Learn about the four spheres of the earth - the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the difference between relative and...
The answer to the question - What is the difference between relative and absolute location?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Are Your Career Options With a Geography...
Learn about various job opportunities in the field of geography, from your About.com Expert to Geography.
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.
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.
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.
Which Countries Do Not Have an Embassy in the US?
A listing of the countries and nations that do not have diplomatic relations with the United States of America.
How To Convert Decimal Degrees into Degrees, ...
A simple How to on converting decimal degrees into degrees, minutes, and seconds.
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The Truth About Christopher Columbus's Life
A brief biographical overview of Christopher Columbus, the explorer who discovered North America for Europe.
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 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.
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.
What is the distance between a degree of...
The answer to the question - What is the distance between a degree of latitude and longitude?
9 Steps to Get Ready for the National Geography...
Suggestions for studying and preparing for the Geography Bee, more properly known as the National Geographic Bee, held in schools, at state level competitions, and national finals.
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 difference between a city and a town?
The answer to the geography question - What is the difference between a city and a town?
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How fast does the earth spin?
The answer to the geography question - How fast does the earth spin?
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.
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.
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 is the diameter of the earth?
The answer to the geography question - what is the diameter of the earth?
What Is Relative Location?
A definition of the geography term relative location, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which continent has the most countries?
The answer to the geography question - Which continent has the most countries?
Demonyms - Names of Nationalities
What to call people from each country of the world.
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. This slash and burn overview is from the About.com expert 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.
The 10 Longest Rivers in the World
A listing of the longest rivers in the world, from your About.com expert 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.
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.
Countries of Asia
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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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Functions of the United Nations?
A comprehensive history and overview of the United Nations and its activities around the world.
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.
How To Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius
a simple how-to on converting fahrenheit to celsius, from your about.com guide
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 Pakistan Got Its Name - Geography
The creation of the name Pakistan, from your About.com Guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which continent is the the world's smallest?
The answer to the geography question - Which continent is the the world's smallest?
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.
Marco Polo: Writer, Explorer, Unreliable Narrator
A biographical overview of the great explorer Marco Polo, who traveled throughout Asia in the 1200s.
Alfred Wegener, Scientist Who Theorized Plate...
A biographical sketch of Alfred Wegener, the scientist who theorized continental drift, plate tectonics, and Pangea.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How many oceans are on earth?
The answer to the question - How many oceans are on earth?
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.
The Treaty of Tordesillas - Geography
The deserts of the world, from your About.com Guide.
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.
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.
Fifty-Four Forty or Fight!: The Story Behind...
The story of the boundary between the United States and Canada.
The 8 Lowest Points on Land
A list of the higest mountains in the world, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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.
A Profile of Robert Cavelier de la Salle
A biography of the French explorer Robert Cavelier de la Salle who explored much of the region of the Louisiana Purchase and North America in the seventeenth century.
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.
Branches 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 these interesting branches of geography from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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.
What is the Continental Divide?
The answer to the geography question - What is the Continental Divide?
Thomas Malthus' Theories on Population,...
Thomas Malthus is a key figure in demography; he thought that human population increases much faster than agricultural production, thus the end result is inescapable misery and poverty. Learn about the theory of Thomas Malthus from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get to Know the Geography and History of India
Learn about India's history, governmental structure, economics, geography and climate.
What Are the Causes of Global Warming?
A comprehensive overview of global warming - its causes, its effects, its future, and what we can do about it, from About.com's expert Geography site.
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.
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
How Is a Population's Growth and Decline...
An overview of the Crude Birth Rate, 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.
Ranking the World's Most Popular Religions
A list of the most popular religions in the world, along with the number of adherents.
What is the most common street name in the U.S.?
The answer to the geography question - What is the most common street name in the U.S.?
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.
22 Interesting Earth Facts
A collection of basic facts about the planet earth, from your About.com Guide to Geography.
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.
What is the world's largest river?
The answer to the question - What is the world's largest river?
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.
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.
Geography and Map of France
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