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White House - geography.

White House - geography. I INTRODUCTION White House, official residence of the president of the United States, situated at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. The White House was built between 1792 and 1800 in a simple neoclassical style. Despite numerous renovations and additions since then, the White House has retained its classically simple style. The White House has been the home of...

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Washington Monument - geography.

Washington Monument - geography. Washington Monument, national memorial authorized in 1848. Located in Washington, D.C., at the western end of the National Mall, this four-sided stone structure honors George Washington, the first president of the United States (1789-1797). The monument was modeled after a classic Egyptian obelisk. It is 169 m (555 ft) high and is one of the tallest masonry...

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Taj Mahal - geography.

Taj Mahal - geography. Taj Mahal, a mausoleum in Agra, India, regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan had it built in memory of his wife, Arjumand Banu Bagam, known as Mumtaz Mahal (Persian for "Elect of the Palace"), who died in 1631. Building commenced about 1632. The mausoleum was complete by...

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Ural Mountains - geography.

Ural Mountains - geography. Ural Mountains (Russian Ural'skiye Gory), mountain chain in Russia, extending 2,400 km (1,500 mi) from its northern boundary at the Arctic Ocean to its southern limits at the steppes of Kazakhstan, traditionally separating the continents of Europe and Asia. The chain is divided roughly into four main divisions: the Polar, Northern, Middle, and Southern Urals. The Polar...

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Statue of Liberty - geography.

Statue of Liberty - geography. I INTRODUCTION Statue of Liberty, national monument proclaimed in 1924. Located in New York City, the monument consists of two small islands, Liberty Island and Ellis Island, that lie in Upper New York Bay. The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island. Ellis Island was once the location where most immigrants entered the United States. II STATUE OF...

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Sphinx - geography.

Sphinx - geography. Sphinx, in ancient Egypt, the stone figure of a lion in a resting posture, the upper part of the body being that of a human, usually male rather than female. In Egypt sphinxes appear to have been set up along avenues that formed the approaches to temples. The most famous of all Egyptian sphinxes is the Great Sphinx...

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Red Square and Kremlin - geography.

Red Square and Kremlin - geography. Red Square and Kremlin, Moscow landmarks that have played a central part in the political life of the city and of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). The Kremlin, a triangular fortified enclosure in the center of Moscow, is now the seat of the Russian government and the center of the Russian...

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Pyramids (Egypt) - geography.

Pyramids (Egypt) - geography. I INTRODUCTION Pyramids (Egypt), large structures with four triangular sides that meet in a point at the top, directly over the center of the pyramid's square base. Ancient peoples in several parts of the world built pyramids, but the Egyptians constructed the biggest and most famous pyramids, with which this article deals. For information on the pyramids of Mesopotamia,...

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial - geography.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial - geography. Mount Rushmore National Memorial, national memorial authorized in 1925. Located in southwestern South Dakota, in the Black Hills, the memorial features the heads of United States presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodor......

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Machu Picchu - geography.

Machu Picchu - geography. Machu Picchu, pre-Columbian Inca stronghold in the Andes, about 80 km (about 50 mi) northwest of Cuzco, Peru. Located at a high altitude on a ridge between two peaks, about 600 m (abo......

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Louvre - geography.

Louvre - geography. Louvre, (properly, Musée du Louvre), national art museum of France and the palace in which it is housed, located in Paris, on the right bank of the Seine River. The structure, until 1682 a residence of the kings of France, is one of the largest palaces in the world. It occupies the site of a 13th-century fortress....

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Lincoln Memorial - geography.

Lincoln Memorial - geography. Lincoln Memorial, national memorial authorized in 1911. Located in Washington, D.C., the structure commemorates United States president Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865). The marble, granite, and limestone building is situated in Potomac Park on the east side of the Potomac River. It was designed by architect Henry Bacon in 1912 to resemble a classic Greek temple and cost nearly...

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Leaning Tower of Pisa - geography.

Leaning Tower of Pisa - geography. Leaning Tower of Pisa, the campanile, freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of Pisa, Italy. Like the cathedral and associated baptistery, the tower was built in the Romanesque style (see Romanesque Art and Architecture). Adjacent to the three structures is a cemetery, or camposanto (Italian: literally, holy field, originally meant to hold sacred soil from...

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Great Wall (China) - geography.

Great Wall (China) - geography. I INTRODUCTION Great Wall (China), popular name for a semi-legendary wall built to protect China's northern border in the 3rd century built along a different northern border in the 15th and 16th centuries AD, BC, and for impressive stone and earthen fortifications long after the ancient structure had mostly disappeared. Ruins of the later wall are found today along former border areas...

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Grand Canyon - geography.

Grand Canyon - geography. I INTRODUCTION Grand Canyon, deep, steep-walled canyon in northwestern Arizona, excavated by the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon is 446 km (277 mi) long, up to 29 km (18 mi) wide, and more than 1,500 m (5,000 ft) deep. It is the deepest and longest canyon in North America. The canyon contains towering buttes, mesas, and valleys within...

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Golden Gate - geography.

Golden Gate - geography. Golden Gate, strait in western California, at the entrance to San Francisco Bay, separating the bay from the Pacific Ocean. The strait is 8 km (5 mi) long and narrows to 1 km (0.6 mi) in width......

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Empire State Building - geography.

Empire State Building - geography. Empire State Building, New York City, skyscraper located on 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th streets, which, when it was completed in 1931, was the tallest building in the world. At 381 m (1250 ft) it no longer holds that distinction, having been surpassed in height by several str......

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Ellis Island - geography.

Ellis Island - geography. Ellis Island, complex of one natural and two artificial islands, joined by causeways, in Upper New York Bay, northeastern New Jersey and southeastern New York, near Manhattan. The complex belongs to the U.S. government. From 1892 to 1954 it was the headquarters of a U.S. immigration and naturalization district. The original island was called Oyster Island by...

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South America - geography.

South America - geography. I INTRODUCTION Alpacas Alpacas live in meadows, marshes, and grasslands of the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. The alpaca, which is closely related to the llama, is a domesticated type of the wild South American guanaco. The alpaca is raised for its fine wool, which is woven into sweaters, hats, and other items. W. H. Hodge/Peter Arnold, Inc. - geography. South...

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Europe - geography.

Europe - geography. I INTRODUCTION Countries of Europe European civilizations have, historically, been centers of economic and cultural development. Both the Renaissance (14th century) and the Industrial Revolution (18th century) originated in Europe. Europe's legacy extends to destructive influences as well, as both world wars began on the continent. © Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. - geography. Europe, conventionally one of the seven continents of the...

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Middle East - geography.

Middle East - geography. I INTRODUCTION Middle East, geographic and cultural region located in southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa. The geopolitical term Middle East, first coined in 1902 by United States naval officer Alfred Thayer Mahan, originally referred to the Asian region south of the Black Sea between the Mediterranean Sea to the west and India to the east. In modern scholarship, and...

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Asia - geography.

Asia - geography. I INTRODUCTION Countries of Asia Asia constitutes one-third of Earth's total land area, making it the largest of the seven continents. With about 3.7 billion inhabitants, the continent contains about three-fifths of the world's population. © Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved. - geography. Asia, largest of the Earth's seven continents, lying almost entirely in the Northern Hemisphere. With outlying islands, it covers...

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Arctic - geography.

Arctic - geography. I INTRODUCTION Arctic, large, cold area of Earth around the North Pole. The Arctic includes the Arctic Ocean, many islands, and parts of the mainlands of North America, Asia, and Europe. The Arctic region is particularly sensitive to global warming and other climate change, and it has a major influence on climate and weather on the rest of the...

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Antarctica - geography.

Antarctica - geography. I INTRODUCTION Antarctica, fifth largest of Earth's seven continents. Antarctica surrounds the South Pole and is a place of extremes. It is the southernmost, coldest, iciest, driest, windiest, most remote, and most recently discovered continent. Nearly the entire landmass lies within the Antarctic Circle. Air temperatures of the high inland regions fall below -80°C (-110°F) in winter and rise only...

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Yellowknife (Northwest Territories) - geography.

Yellowknife (Northwest Territories) - geography. I INTRODUCTION Yellowknife (Northwest Territories), city, capital of the Northwest Territories, Canada. Yellowknife is an important mining center and a service depot for the Mackenzie River valley. It is by far the largest settlement, and the only incorporated city, in the Northwest Territories. Located on Yellowknife Bay (an arm of Great Slave Lake) in the Fort Smith Region...

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