As a kid I spent a lot of time on the Maryland shore. Squinting out across the endless blue expanse, I could have sworn I saw the edge of Portugal once or twice. I was shocked recently to learn that my childhood imagination had it all wrong. (Truly, a first.) With telescopic vision, I wouldn’t see the coast of Europe.…
Summer, season of roadtrips, is upon us! But where should I go? That, my friends, depends on you.
Whether you want to tell people about what’s it’s really like during Alaska’s shortest days or reveal a relatively unknown bit of local geography, we want to know what always takes people by surprise about your home.
It’s not just people who sometimes have surprising twists and turns in their backstories. Places—whether just a location, a house, or a building—also can lead complicated lives. We want to know about the locations near you (or even a place not so near that you’ve visited) with the most interesting histories.
What are they eating a lot of in each state, and only there? This map has the answers.
Glaciers around the world are in retreat, but not Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier. It’s steadily advancing into Disenchantment Bay, threatening to block the entrance to Russell Fjord and disrupt life in the nearby town of Yakutat.
Every city, town, and neighborhood has its own collection of local lore. Today we want to hear yours.
Deep beneath the surface of the water, an undersea volcano erupted this winter in the Southern Pacific Ocean. This is what it left behind.
Forget the guidebooks. Today, we want to know about the much lesser known attractions near you.
In this brand new map of the Ares Vallis region of Mars, released by the German space agency DLR, you can see the true differences in height between the high and low parts of our neighboring planet. The highest parts, expressed in red, are about 4000 meters (2.4 miles) above the lowest parts, in blue.
The ongoing civil war in Syria is literally sending the country back to the dark ages. New satellite imagery reveals that 83% of nighttime illumination has disappeared in Syria since the start of the four-year conflict that has claimed the lives of 200,000 people and displaced nearly half its population.
Forest fires are a danger in many places in the world. But, even when comparing similar forests, North America's fires are still stronger, hotter, smokier, and faster than fires elsewhere. Why? The answer is hidden deep in the forests themselves.
A lot of things about the places we live are becoming more and more the same the world over. And yet there are still some things that are unique to the area you find them in. Today, we want to know what makes where you live distinct.
To commemorate 100 years of making maps, National Geographic's Cathy Newman has penned a fascinating summary of the organization's cartographic influence on not just nature journalism, but on history and science itself. To date, NatGeo has produced 438 insert maps, 10 atlases, dozens of globes, and 3,000 maps for the…
This massive, winding river in Namibia flows mostly underground, emerging only for a few days per year. Despite its ephemeral journey, it has left a lasting impression on the Earth's surface.
The border between Mongolia and China falls roughly on the border between two ecosystems. In this satellite image from the US Geological Survey (USGS), you can see where the southern steppes of Mongolia give way to the northern Chinese desert. The transition zone is known as the Edrengiyn Nuruu.
Thanks to the wonderful Twitter feed from the park rangers at the Grand Canyon National Park, we have this incredible shot of a light dusting of snow that fell over the Grand Canyon today.
In the 1950s, Egypt and Britain played an old version of tit-for-tat. Egypt took the Suez Canal. The British decided to pay them back by stealing the river Nile itself. Yes, the whole Nile.
The annual Global Drug Survey charts drug use patterns across the globe. Of particular interest this year are some stats revealing which countries are the most likely to produce "bad trips" for users of psychedelic drugs.