Geography & Travel

Sydney Opera House, Port Jackson, Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia.
How the "Big Apple" and 8 Other Cities Got Their Nicknames

Muddy York? City of 1,000 Minerats? Here's a rundown of how nine cities acquired their nicknames.

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Xi'an clay terracota soldiers, China. Terracotta Army inside the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, 3rd century BCE.
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21 Tombs Around the World

Here are 21 tombs from around the world that show the varied ways that different cultures at different times have housed and honored their dead.

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Lake Issyk-kul kyrgyzstan
9 of the World’s Deepest Lakes
How deep is your lake?
Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands
Galapagos Islands, island group of the eastern Pacific Ocean, administratively a province of Ecuador. The Galapagos consist of 13 major islands (ranging in area from 5.4 to 1,771 square miles [14 to 4,588 square km]), 6 smaller islands, and scores of islets and rocks lying athwart the Equator 600
Group of colorful apartments on Caminito Street, La Boca, Buenos Aries, Argentina.
How Do Countries Choose Their Capital Cities?
London, Tokyo, Buenos Aires…How are national capitals chosen?
Alaska: flag
Alaska, constituent state of the United States of America. It was admitted to the union as the 49th state on January 3, 1959. Alaska lies at the extreme northwest of the North American continent, and the Alaska Peninsula is the largest peninsula in the Western Hemisphere. Because the 180th meridian
Panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil circa 2008. Rio de Janeiro skyline, Rio de Janeiro city, Sugar Loaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay
Brazil: 10 Claims to Fame
Here are just 10 of the many important things to know about Brazil.
Panoramic view of the Mid Air Temple at Mount Heng, Xuan Kong Temple panorama image, China,
25 Must-See Buildings in China
Know before you go.
Southern and Central Andes and Patagonia
Andes Mountains
Andes Mountains, mountain system of South America and one of the great natural features on Earth. The Andes consist of a vast series of extremely high plateaus surmounted by even higher peaks that form an unbroken rampart over a distance of some 5,500 miles (8,900 kilometres)—from the southern tip

Spotlight: Antarctica

Antarctica is not only the world's southernmost continent. It is also the world's highest, driest, windiest, coldest, and iciest continent. How icy? There's about 7 million cubic miles of it (or 29 million cubic km), representing about 90 percent of the world's ice and 80 percent of its fresh water.


Flags of all nations of the world. Grouping of various country flags on a world map.
Which Country Is Larger? Quiz
See how these countries measure up.
Flag of Australia
Name That World Flag!
Our salute to flags from around the world. Can you name the countries they belong to?
Taj Mahal, Agra, India. UNESCO World Heritage Site (minarets; Muslim, architecture; Islamic architecture; marble; mausoleum)
Wonders of the World Quiz
Covering the ancient, new, and natural—prove you are no one-hit wonder.
Ceviche. Peruvian ceviche (sebiche). Raw seafood dish with lime, cilantro, peppers, plantains. Cuisine, food
A World of Food Quiz
In what country might you sit down to a smorgasbord? Why is durian fruit banned in several places? Take a trip around the world in this study of global cuisine.


The historical significance of the Hagia Sophia
The historical significance of the Hagia Sophia
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