Time to gear up and travel the world in a virtual tour of the planet!
More than just place names and statistics, geography is an exciting look at places and cultures, and can teach a whole lot about the world we live in.
Here are our Top Ten Geography Fun Facts that may surprise you:
Did You Know? - Geography Fun Facts
• Europe is the only continent without a desert.
• Maine is the one state in the United States whose name has only one syllable.
• The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world's oxygen.
• Antarctica is the only land on the planet that is not owned by any country.
• There is a city called Rome on every continent.
• The only man-made structure visible from space is the Great Wall of China.
• Australia is the only continent on earth without an active volcano.
• You can fit England, Wales, Scotland, and N. Ireland inside the US state of Michigan.
• France is about 30% larger than the state of California.
• About 90% of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
Elsewhere around the Web, discover a deep dig of knowledge and interesting geography facts and trivia including maps, historical tidbits, and interactive geography games and quizzes.
More about geography around the Web:
Enchanted Learning - Geography - Here's a great collection of kid-friendly lessons, games, maps, printouts, flags, quizzes, and activities. Geography
Homework Help - Woodlands Junior School in the UK offers information on rivers, mountains, volcanos, rainforests and world geography with special focus on the UK, India and France.
- The World Factbook - Discover images of flags and vital stats for every world country, maps for all 7 continent & major world regions, plus a time zone map and political & physical maps of the world viewable online or in PDF format.
History and Geography of Europe - Physical maps illustrating mountains, rivers, towns & countries, plus an outstanding collection of maps illustrating country boundaries as they evolved from the time of ancient Rome to the Middle Ages, with related photo galleries, images.
- Dozens of clickable maps, drag-and-drop games & puzzles browseable by continent or region and rated by level of difficulty.
Test Your Geography Knowledge - Name that location by clicking on the interactive maps to test your knowledge of countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, North & South America, world regions, capitals, U.S. states & capitals.
Geography quizzes - Test your knowledge of world countries, cities, capitals & regions. mountains, landmarks and world flags.
Find Your Longitude - Check out a fun interactive Shockwave game where sailors must find their location and return home using online navigation tools.