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.

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 trigger 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.

A father and his daughter walking on a path through a forest.

Forest Bathing in the Coastal Redwoods

Caitlin Dempsey

Coastal redwoods offer a unique blend of sensory, emotional, and physiological benefits that make them a wonderful place for forest bathing.

Map of Florida. Map: Caitlin Dempsey, Natural Earth Data.

Interesting Geography Facts About Florida

Caitlin Dempsey

Show off your knowledge about Florida's geography with these fun and amazing facts.

A shaded relief map highlighting Alaska and the lower 48 states with the surrounding countries muted with a semitransparent white overlay.

Only State… Geography Facts

Caitlin Dempsey

Here are some interesting geography facts that are unique to individual U.S. states and do not occur in any other state.