Latest Geography Articles


Geography of Interest

Geography of Giant Sequoias

Giant sequoias are one of the longest lived tree species, with the oldest giant sequoia living an estimated 3,400 years.

Geography of Daylight Saving Time

Not all countries observe Daylight Saving Time, which entails moving the clocks forward an hour in the spring and backward an hour in the fall.



Geography Basics

Understanding Direction Based on the Sun

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.

What is Geography?

Geography is the science that studies the Earth and the physical and human influences that shape it.

Latitude and Longitude

Learn more about lines you see on a map running east-west and north-south called latitude and longitude.

How Many Countries Are There?

The answer to the question of how many countries there are in the world remains a question with many different possible answers.



United States Geography

Bewick’s Wren

The Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) is a small songbird native to North America.



Geography of Extremes


Physical Geography

Triple Dip La Niña Event

Current predictions have given La Niña a strong probability of persisting into 2023, making it a triple dip event.




Human Geography

ZIP Codes in the United States

It’s likely that if you routinely send mail to a location within the United States, you know how critical it is to get the ZIP code right in order for your mail to arrive at its intended destination. What Does ZIP Code Stand For? The ZIP stands for “Zone Improvement Plan.” The Census Bureau defines…


Maps and GIS

Population Geography of the United States

The United States represents a vast area of land with 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million square kilometers) in size.   A recent release of population figures by the U.S. Census Bureau…

California as an Island

Well into the 17th and 18th centuries, cartographers created maps of the region showing California separated from the mainland by a strait.

Survey Markers and Benchmarks

Benchmarks are a type of survey markers whose elevations have been surveyed as accurately as possible based on the technology at the time.


Geography Books

Review | Under the Wave at Waimea

Set in Hawaii and with a champion surfer as its central character, “Under the Wave at Waimea” introduces us to the global geography of surfing.