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Why all world maps are wrong

How do you make something round into something flat without distorting it? Something round, like a globe or a planet, is three dimensional. Something flat, like a paper map hanging on the wall, is two dimensional. If ...

Marie Tharp: Uncovering the Secrets of the Ocean Floor

In the early 20th century, Alfred Wegener proposed a revolutionary idea: that the Earth’s continents were once joined together, and had gradually moved apart. The idea contradicted almost everything scientists thought...

The Basics of Freshwater + Water, Water, Everywhere?

With around 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons (326 million trillion gallons) of water on Earth, covering 71% of the Earth's surface, you'd think it would always be easy to find water we can drink. In fact, only arou...

Flying a drone over Sudan’s 3,000 year old Nubian Pyramids

Present-day Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt does, smaller structures known as Nubian pyramids that were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms. The first site of these royal tombs was in El-Kurru in no...

Yakko’s Nations of the World: An updated version

For anyone who watched cartoons in the early 1990s, Yakko's World from Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs will be familiar. A memory-challenging list song, Yakko’s World inventories the nations of the world in a to...

Earth Observations: Astronauts search for cities from ISS’ Cupola

What do volcanoes, islands, dry lake beds, and big cities look like from space? Join International Space Station Expedition 38 crew members Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio as they chitchat about Earth's cities and c...

Mesmerizing flight visualizations over 24 hour periods

The above air traffic visualization shows the incredible amount of planes coming and going from European airspace over the course of one summer day. It was created by NATS, an air traffic control services provider, an...

The Pangaea Pop-up – TED Ed

This papercraft pop-up book illustrates how South America and Africa used to be connected, how the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart 200 million years ago, how the Earth's seven primary tecto...

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

This incredible paper puppet video by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck chronicles the story of British naturalist, anthropologist, biologist, geographer, and intrepid adventurer Alfred Russel Wallace, who was also C...

An animated map of the bedrock beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet

What is beneath the world’s largest ice sheet? Compiled by the British Antarctic Survey and made from “millions of new measurements, including substantial data sets from NASA’s ICESat satellite and ...