• History of Geography as a Timeline

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    Listed here are significant events that happened in the field of Geography. Covered are events and advances in world geography, human geography, physical geography, and cartography/GIS. Some notes about this timeline page: This timeline on the history of geography is still very much a work in progress. You can help [...]

  • New Open Access Geography Journal from the Royal Geographical Society and Wiley

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    The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers, RGS-IBG) has launched its first fully open access journal entitled Geo: Geography and Environment.  The journal is a partnership with John Wiley and Sons Inc.  “We are extremely pleased to partner with Wiley to offer a journal that will be at the [...]

  • Maps of Israel

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    Printable maps of Israel.  This collection of maps showing the country of Israel include a detailed map showing major cities as well as an outline map that can be printed for a geography lesson about this country located in the Middle East. Map of Israel This map of Israel was [...]

  • Longest and Shortest Geographical Names in the World

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    Learn about the longest and short names for geographical locations in the world. What is the Longest Geographical Name in the World? The full ceremonial name for the Thai city of Bangok is Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.  At 163 letters, it’s the longest geographic place name.  The [...]

  • Urban Prairies

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    An urban prairie is a piece of urban land located within a city that has reverted back to green space through neglect, purposeful action, or a lack of management. These tracts of land are becoming increasingly common as homes are foreclosed and not maintained, construction sites run out of money [...]

Physical Geography

Definitions Related to Water

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Listed here are terms related to water bodies such as lakes, rivers, and oceans. Bank Rivers have two sides – the right and left banks. Bay A wide opening or bend in the land into which water flows. See also Gulf. Bed The land over which a river or stream [...]

What is a Pole of Inaccessibility?

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A pole of inaccessibility is a geographical point that represents the most remote place to reach in a given area, often based on distance from the nearest coastline. A geographic concept, the location of a pole of inaccessibility is not necessary an actual physical feature.  It is subject to a variety [...]

Rud-e-Gaz and Rud-e-Hara Wetlands, Iran

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This satellite image captured of southern Iran shows what an arid an inhospitable area most of this region is.  The dominant landscape in this image is the dry, arid, and lacking in vegetation. A small green section to the north and inland on the image is vegetated as the result [...]

Human Geography

Top Five Things to Do in Romania

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Among the rising travel destinations of the world, Romania is getting more and more attention every day, with much more than just negative facts. The true beauty and authenticity of Romania, its wild and pristine natural environment, the rich cultural heritage and many more advantages are drawing more travelers than [...]

Where Can You Travel On Your Passport?

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How freely you can travel in the world depends on your stated nationality based on the passport you carry.  Some passports afford ease of travel by not requiring the traveler to first procure oftentimes onerous visas to travel to another country.  The magazine GOOD has put together an info graphic [...]

The Great Inversion - Cities That Are Outpacing Their Suburbs

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The rise of the suburbs and the declining urban city which dominated much of American growth in the last half of the Twentieth century is reversing course.  This reverse migration back into urban centers was named the Great Inversion in Alan Ehrenhalt’s book, “The Great Inversion and the Future of the [...]

Geography 101

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Listed here are geography lesson plans organized by level. Kindergarten and First Grade Understanding direction based on the sun: teach children how to use the location of the sun to understand where north, south, east, and west are.

Understanding Direction Based on the Sun

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This lesson plan introduces the concept of direction to young children by using the location of the sun in order to understand where east, west, north, and south are located. Level: Kindergarten – First Grade Time: 30 minutes Materials: Paper and pencil How the Sun Shows Direction The way to a [...]

Definitions Related to Water

standard Definitions Related to Water

Listed here are terms related to water bodies such as lakes, rivers, and oceans. Bank Rivers have two sides – the right and left banks. Bay A wide opening or bend in the land into which water flows. See also Gulf. Bed The land over which a river or stream [...]

Geography Answers

What is a Pole of Inaccessibility?

standard What is a Pole of Inaccessibility?

A pole of inaccessibility is a geographical point that represents the most remote place to reach in a given area, often based on distance from the nearest coastline. A geographic concept, the location of a pole of inaccessibility is not necessary an actual physical feature.  It is subject to a variety [...]

What is England's Highest Mountain?

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The highest mountain in England is called Scafell Pike.  Found at 978 metres (3,209 ft) above sea level, Scafell Pike is located in Lake District National Park in Cumbria.   The mountain is comprised of igneous rock.  The shattered rock debris, thought to be from weathering such as frost action, that covers the plateau makes Scafell Pike the highest altitude example [...]

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Definition: Geography is the study of the surface of the Earth. The word derives from the Greek words hê gê (“the Earth”) and graphein (“to write”).  Geography is much more than Cartography, the study of maps. It not only investigates what is where on the Earth, but also why it’s [...]

Geography Fun

Topographical Tables - Geography as Art

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These furniture designs combine glass, wood, and other materials to emulate the land and water. Ocean Table Christopher Duff of Duffy London has designed a representation of an ocean using sculpted glass, Perspex and wood.  The wood is from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests and other controlled sources. Called the Abyss Table, the materials [...]

Test Your Geography With Google's Smarty Pins

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Google has quietly rolled out a new geography game called Smarty Pins.  The game ties in trivia questions from six categories (featured topics, arts and culture, science and geography, sports and games, entertainment, and history and current events) with guessing where the geographic location of the question is. Players start out with [...]

Geography Career

Meet a Geographer: Kristina Jacob

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Kristina Jacob is a GIS professional working at a local city in Southern California as well as an avid photographer (her work can be found on her site, Kristina Jacob Photography).  She shares her thought about what drew her to both geography and photography.  Kristina has also shared some amazing [...]

Maps

Where Can You Travel On Your Passport?

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How freely you can travel in the world depends on your stated nationality based on the passport you carry.  Some passports afford ease of travel by not requiring the traveler to first procure oftentimes onerous visas to travel to another country.  The magazine GOOD has put together an info graphic [...]

Comparing and Mapping World Prison Populations

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Pulling data from the International Centre for Prison Studies, Stuart Sandine has create an online tool that allows users to map out and compare worldwide incarceration data.  Sandine’s tool scrapes data from the ICPS so that it can be more easily visualized in the form of maps and graphs. Hosted on [...]

Map of Where Nobody Lives in the United States

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The United States represents a vast area of land with 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million square kilometers) in size.  With about 317 million residents , the U.S. is the third most populous country (after China and India) and the fourth largest country (after Russia, Canada, and China).   Nik Freeman, who runs [...]

Geospatial

Find Your Way Downstream with Streamer

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Water is essential for life on the planet, and tool from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) makes it easy and fun to trace water flow across the United States from your own computer. The device is called Streamer, and with only a few clicks, users can follow major water ways from [...]

Help Find Invasive Weeds in Hawaii

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Tomnod, which previously helped with crowdsourcing the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, has teamed up with the Nature Conservancy to map the location of Australian Tree Ferns and African Tulip Trees in order to better understand how these invasive plants are affecting native forests in Hawaii.  More than 80 percent [...]

Google Glass Leads to New Golf App

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With the arrival of Google Glass also comes the influx of new innovative mobile applications.  According to Google, Glass has a high definition screen (the equivalent of viewing a 25 inch HD screen from eight feet away), 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, 12 gigabytes of usable memory synched with Google cloud storage, [...]