Physical Geography

Physical geography focuses on geography as an Earth science (and is sometimes called Earth System Science). Learn about the different branches of geography that fall under the physical geography category: climatology, geomorphology, biogeography, and more.


Where are the Desolation Islands?

Kerguelen Islands, captured on October 28, 2016 by the the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite.Kerguelen Islands, captured on October 28, 2016 by the the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite.

Located in the southern Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa and just north of Antarctica, the Kerguelen Islands have earned the nickname “Desolation Islands” due to their remote location.