Geography Basics

Geography is the study of the Earth’s physical and human features, their spatial relationships, and the processes that shape them. It is a broad and interdisciplinary field that incorporates elements of natural science, social science, and the humanities.

Geographers seek to understand the complex interactions between the natural environment and human societies, and the ways in which these interactions vary across different regions and cultures.

This category contains articles about introductory concepts in geography. Find resources, books, lesson plans, and maps for teaching geography to all ages. A fun way to learn about geography is through the use of quizzes which are also listed in this category.

Photo taken from an aircraft looking down at a heart-shaped glacier that is breaking off.

Measuring Greenland’s Ice Loss

Mark Altaweel

More accurate geospatial methodologies for measuring ice loss in Greenland indicate that existing approaches may not fully capture the scale of ice melt.

A screenshot showing a California geography puzzle page.

Geography Printables

Caitlin Dempsey

GeographyFun features maps, crosswords, and word searches for educators, students, and geography enthusiasts who love exploring the world through words.

A beaver drinks water at a pond surrounded by a grassy meadow.

How the Beaver-Wolf Dynamic Modifies Forests

Katarina Samurović

Researchers are studying how wolves shape forests by limiting beaver foraging, keeping them close to water to avoid predation.

A map with gradients of red showing ocean heat stress around the Florida Keys area in the Atlantic Ocean.

Mapping Coral Bleaching With Satellites

Caitlin Dempsey

Satellite data is being used by scientists to map out where ocean heatwaves are triggering coral bleaching events.

Satellite image of Kodiak Island showing snow covering the inland parts of the island.

Largest Island in Alaska

Caitlin Dempsey

Kodiak Island off the southern coast of Alaska is the second largest island in the United States.