The first map that most children encounter, other than the treasure maps of pirate stories, is likely to be a political map, though most will never hear that phrase associated with the object in front of them.
Human beings like to divide things up into easily identifiable categories. This includes dividing the Earth into continents and countries. Nations are further divided up into states, territories or other political entities in order to facilitate the administration of government and services. In some cases countries are grouped together into regions, such as the Middle East, and large countries, like the US, are divided into regions, like the East Coast or the Southwest.
The literal definition of hemisphere is “half sphere” which may lead people to believe that the Northern Hemisphere would include half the countries of the world and half the population. This is a mistaken assumption. In actuality, a vast majority of the land on the planet is located in the Northern Hemisphere and around 90% of the world’s population lives there.
As with most attempts to rank natural bodies, the question of the largest river in the world has multiple answers. This is because the idea of largest is inexact. Does largest mean longest? If so, then the answer is the Egypt’s Nile river. However, most people take largest to mean physical volume of water, in which case the largest river … Read More
As the third largest island in Europe, Ireland is actually surrounded by hundreds of other islands. Comprising over 68,800 square kilometers, the country sports a variety of geographic features, from coastline that falls below sea level to low-lying mountains surrounding a large central plain. The majority of the island sits at sea level, or an elevation of 0 meters.