Geography of Interest

Snow in Hawaii

Hawaii may be in the tropics, but it gets snow every year.

How Ice Balls Form

When conditions are just right, a strange phenomenon called ice balls or ice eggs can form along beaches during cold conditions.

When Rivers Become Ice Roads

During the cold winter months, parts of Canada’s Mackenzie River become a ice road that trucks up to 22,000 pounds can navigate.

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

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.

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.

United States Geography

Bewick’s Wren

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

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…

Geography of Extremes

Physical Geography


Human Geography

What are Desire Paths?

As the name implies, desire paths (or social trails) are informal pathways made by pedestrians, cyclists, and animals that carve out more desired routes for passengers.

Maps and GIS

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.