General Geography Information

How many continents are there?

A continent is a landmass with specific characteristics. Each continent is unique, but they are all characteri...

How many oceans are there?

National Geographic recognizes four oceans–Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific. Southern Ocean: The...

What is the world's longest river?

The Nile is now considered the longest river in the world. At one time, the Para River was considered to be pa...

What is the world's tallest mountain?

Mount Everest holds that distinction, with an elevation of 29,035 feet (8,850 meters).

How many countries are there in the world?

At last count, there were 195 independent countries. National Geographic's online Travel and Cultures database...

What is the world's largest desert?

Most experts agree that a desert is an area of land that receives 10 inches (25.4 centimeters) or less of prec...

Where can I learn more about global warming?

You can read about global warming—plus watch videos, get new stories, see photo galleries, and more—in our Env...

How are place names determined on NG maps?

National Geographic's policy for naming geographic features is governed by a representative council of advisor...

Is Crimea part of Russia or Ukraine?

Crimea, Ukraine: In a referendum that was disputed as illegal and under occupation, a vast majority of Crimean...

Who controls the Gaza Strip and the West Bank?

Gaza Strip and the West Bank, Palestinian Areas, Israel: In November 2012 the UN General Assembly voted to ele...