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Planet Earth contains some extraordinarily diverse environments, some of which are easily habitable and some not so much. In different areas of Earth, one might find sweltering deserts, dense tropical rainforests, or bone-chilling tundras. Each biome and habitat comes with its own selection of flora and fauna, and it may include physical features such as canyons, volcanoes, rivers, or caves. Human beings have built homes in many different environments, settling the area and organizing it into units such as cities, states, regions, and countries, each with its own points of interest. Shifting trends in human migration have resulted in a human geography that is profoundly different from that of centuries ago.
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Featured content, November 18, 2020

What Is Known (and Not Known) About the Bermuda Triangle
People have been trying to solve the “mystery” of the Bermuda Triangle for years. Here’s what we know (and don’t know) about...
Companion / Geography & Travel
Big Sur. Pacific Ocean. Waves. Beach. Point Sur on the Pacific coastline near Big Sur, California.
5 Landmark Buildings in Copenhagen
Know before you go.
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Copenhagen, Denmark. May 7 2019 - Grundtvig's church.The rare example of expressionist church architecture.
Why New York Is Called "The Big Apple" and How 8 Other Famous Cities Got Their Nicknames
What’s so apple-y about New York, anyway?
#WTFact / Geography & Travel
Sydney Opera House, Port Jackson, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.
Which Waters Do You Pass Through When You “Sail the Seven Seas”?
Here’s a hint: It depends on when you’re sailing them.
Demystified / Geography & Travel
Sailboat against a beautiful landscape
Dravidian languages
Dravidian languages, family of some 70 languages spoken primarily in South Asia. The Dravidian languages are spoken by more...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Dravidian languages: distribution
Glacier
Glacier, any large mass of perennial ice that originates on land by the recrystallization of snow or other forms of solid...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Perito Moreno Glacier
Antarctica
Antarctica, fifth in size among the world’s continents. Its landmass is almost wholly covered by a vast ice sheet. Often...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Antarctica: Paradise Bay
Mountain
Mountain, landform that rises prominently above its surroundings, generally exhibiting steep slopes, a relatively confined...
Encyclopedia / Geography & Travel
Mount Sir Donald

Geography & Travel Quizzes

Union Jack flag of Great Britain, united kingdom
Explore England, Scotland, and Wales Quiz
What is the highest mountain in Wales? Which are the largest and most northerly of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides islands? Test...
Aerial view of Iguacu Falls, Argentina. (Iguassu Falls, Iguazu Falls)
Quick Quiz: Know Your Waterfalls
What is the highest waterfall in Canada? What five-cascade waterfall is fed by melting snow? Find out how well you know your...
7:023 Geography: Think of Something Big, globe showing Africa, Europe, and Eurasia
Quick Quiz: This Land Is Your Land
How much do you really know about the land you live on? Test your knowledge of continents, islands, and countries in this...
Mayflower. Plymouth. Photograph of the Mayflower II a full-scale reproduction of the Mayflower. The Mayflower II built in Devon, England, crossed the Atlantic in 1957 maintained by Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA.
World Explorers Quiz
Who wrote Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa? What did Ernest Giles cross in 1875?...
Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, built in the shape of a crown of thorns.
39 of the Most Challenging World Capitals Across History
Paris, Bujumbura, Pierre, and Nuuk all have something in common: they are all capital cities. And there are thousands more....
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47 Questions from Britannica’s Most Popular Geography Quizzes
Only the best and most determined quizmasters should tackle this quiz. It consists of questions taken from Britannica’s most...
Close-up of a weathered, old American flag of the United States of America, used as a patriotic decoration on Fourth of July (Independence Day), Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and other national holidays.
U.S. State Nicknames Quiz
Every U.S. state has a nickname. Some are official, some are not. All are unique. In this quiz, you’ll be shown nicknames...
The twin spires of the Grossmunster are a distinctive feature of Zurich's cityscape: the popular panoramic view shows Zurich Downtown Switzerland, with Lake Zurich and the snow-capped Alps in the background.
A Capital Idea
The city or town that functions as the seat of government and administrative center of a country, state, territory or province...
Workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty in Frederic Auguste Bartholdi's Parisian warehouse workshop; first model; left hand and quarter-sized head. Photo by Albert Fernique, ca. 1882-83.
Statue of Liberty Quiz
Think you know your history about one of the United States’s most recognizable symbols? Try your luck with this quiz.
Aerial view of Geneva, Switzerland from the north tower of St-Pierre Cathedral over the city's waterfronts on both sides of Rhone river as it flows out of Lake Geneva (Lake Leman). Most of the city's landmarks are visible, starting with the famous Jet D'E
Match The City To Its Nickname Quiz
You probably know New York is known as the Big Apple, but do you know the rest of these city nicknames? Test your knowledge...
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Toronto Cities & Towns
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Iraq Countries of the World
Although there isn’t universal agreement on the question of what qualifies as a “country,” it is generally accepted that in order to be a country, a state must be a sovereign unit that has a permanent population, defined territorial boundaries, a government, and the ability to enter into agreements with other states. Even when these conditions are met, however, internationally recognized independence is not a given, and a territorial entity that declares itself to be an independent country is not always recognized as such by the rest of the world.
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Auschwitz: entrance gates Historical Places
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Model T Highways & Trails
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Distribution of California Indians Human Geography
Since 1945 human geography has contained five main divisions. The first four—economic, social, cultural, and political—reflect both the main areas of contemporary life and the social science disciplines with which geographers interact (i.e., economics, sociology, anthropology, and political science and international relations, respectively); the fifth is historical geography.
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Latin inscription Languages
Language, a system of conventional spoken, manual, or written symbols by means of which human beings, as members of a social group and participants in its culture, express themselves. The functions of language include communication, the expression of identity, play, imaginative expression, and emotional release.
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Africa Physical Geography of Land
Earth’s geographic history has been one marked by significant overall change, with ice ages, continental drift, and other major disruptions ultimately shaping Earth's land into the landscape of mountain ranges, deserts, islands, and volcanoes that we see today.
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Lake Ann in North Cascades National Park, Washington Physical Geography of Water
Whether it's Lake Michigan, the Gulf of Panama, or the River Thames, bodies of water of all shapes and sizes can be found around the globe, and they play a critical role for human beings, who use such bodies of water as a source of drinking water, a means of transporting both goods and people themselves, or a place to engage in water sports, among a plethora of other possible uses. Additionally, many bodies of water provide striking scenes of natural beauty and house important marine ecosystems. Satiate your thirst for knowledge about Earth's oceans, lakes, seas, rivers, waterfalls, bays, and more.
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Moraine Lake at dawn, Banff National Park, southwestern Alberta, Canada. Nature Reserves & National Parks
Nature reserves are areas set aside for the purpose of preserving and protecting plants and animals, particularly endangered species. National parks may effectively serve a similar purpose by shielding threatened species from hunters, but these parks can also be created for the purpose of public recreation, affording its visitors a chance to be immersed in a protected natural environment. Many national parks have been created in the last 100 years, including Yellowstone National Park, the oldest and probably the best-known national park in the United States.
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Kentucky: flag States & Other Subdivisions
Every nation has its own subdivisions to demarcate smaller political units within its territory. Counties, districts, oblasts, polis, nomos, unitary authorities, boroughs, and cities are all examples (among many others) of how land can be organized.
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Plain of Esdraelon Geographic Regions
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Panoramic view of Machu Picchu, Peru. Tourist Attractions
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