is more than maps. It's basic to any understanding of how to
get from one place to another--in your head or on paper!
Check out the links below to see how wide the world is.
Geography: The Equator and the Prime
earth is a globe, of
course, and can be divided into lots of lines called
latitude and longitude. Latitude
lines run north and south; longitude lines run east and
west. The lines measure distances in degrees.
But where do you start? Where
is 0 degrees? This
illustrated article answers those questions and more in a
fun, easy-to-read way.
Island: Land of Giant Stones and
In the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles away from the
nearest population center, lies Easter Island, a strange and
mysterious place famous for what happened there many years
before and what kind of evidence has been left
Ten Longest Rivers in the
You know the Nile River is the longest in the world, right? How long is it? What's Number 2? This article tells you, along with giving you the lengths and places of the Top 10 rivers in the world.
The River as Boundary
For thousands of years, rivers have served as lines of division between civilizations, political entities, and religious groups. Even today, rivers form boundaries between states, countries, and political groups. Find out more about the rivers of today and yesterday and the roles they played in the history of the world.
The River as Lifeline
Settlements yesterday and today flourish near rivers, which have and continue to carry all manner of goods, services, and opportunities. The very first civilizations grew up on the banks of rivers and expanded from there. Subsequent settlements and civilizations have followed suit. The rest is (and continues to be) history.
Bodies of Water Bodies of water have names that are sometimes similar and sometimes different. Mostly, they are named according to size and location.
International Date Line
What is this weird line exactly? This illustrated,
easy-to-read article brings all into perspective. Find out
who says where the Line goes and why the Line can be moved
anytime at all.
Deserts, mountains, wastelandsthese are some of the planet's Unforgiving Places. Learn more about these lonely yet intriguing destinations.