Geography moves beyond simply knowing the capitals of countries. Anne-Laure Fréant discusses three ways people are more aware of geography than they realize.
Listed here is a table listing the top ten longest rivers in the world. Nile – Africa – 4,180 miles Amazon – South America - 3,912 miles Chang Jiang (Yangtze) – China – 3,917 miles Mississippi-Missouri-Red Rock - 3,902 miles Yenisei – Russia and Mongolia - 3,445 miles Huang Ho (Yellow) - China - 3,395 miles [...]
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 [...]
The citizens of many of the world’s countries still don’t realize that ignorance of geography can affect their political stability, economic success, and environmental health. Sure, it’s important to know where things are located. But even more important is learning in what ways those places are affected by their environments [...]
All throughout history, humans have imagined maps in different ways. The world has been portrayed as one large continent, several different continents, as population clusters, and even as humans, what is known as anthropomorphic maps. Many of these various maps and projections can be quite creative, and some of the [...]
Cartographers have been creatively crafting heads and bodies out of mountain ranges, coastlines, and other physical features. These anthropomorphic maps were intended mostly as propaganda pieces to show off the might of one country or stereotype foreign lands.
The American Intercity Bus Riders Association (AIBRA) has created a map showing travelers how to get around the United States without ever needing a car. The highly detailed map shows Amtrak train, Greyhound bus, and other public transportation routes. In theory, a passenger could travel from any two major points in the [...]
Malaysian Airlines flight 370 disappeared on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The flight left Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on March 8 at 12:43 a.m. local time en route to Beijing, China. Tracking of the airplane was last logged around 1:18am. Signs of the missing airplane, carrying 239 passengers and flight staff [...]
A change of government in the Ukraine served as a precursor to Russian forces entering the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Now, there is an interactive map story that helps to lay out the geography and timeline of events happening in Crimea. The map story, developed by Esri, shows three map [...]
The 22nd Winter Olympics are being held for the first time in Russia from February 7th to the 23rd, 2014. Russia previously was host to the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, which were held in Moscow. According to Olympic.org, the Sochi, Russia location is considered one of the most compact Olympics locations [...]
Iceland’s most recent eruption of its volcano Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 brought to the world’s attention this volatile and complex region. Despite its name, Iceland is a country of varied geography, topography, and landscape. Most of its population lives near the coastline which offers a more moderate climate compared to the [...]
Thirty-two have been called, but which will be chosen? NASA’s Earth Observatory is hosting the second annual Tournament: Earth, a reader-driven competition to choose the previous year’s top NASA image of our planet. The tournament starts March 3 and ends April 7, with five rounds of voting spread across five [...]
Aquatic dead zones are bodies of water where the oxygen conditions are so low that marine life is unable to be supported. The condition, known as hypoxia, occurs when dissolved oxygen (typically below 2 mg/l) is below the threshold needed to sustain life and the water becomes a biological desert. Aquatic [...]