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A Visual Guide to Global Trends

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A Complex World Explained

Modern humans relate to our planet and to one another in ways that may seem simple on the surface, but when examined carefully, can be mind-bogglingly complex. Turn on a light switch, place a phone call, eat a meal and you tap into a vast network of actions and consequences that connect us to the Earth and to other humans in ways both beneficial and detrimental.

EarthPulse explores these global connections with vivid and informative imagery, maps, diagrams, and interactives that illuminate where we are today, how we got here, and how our actions may affect the future of life on Earth.

Our Relationship With Nature Trends

Map: Tanzania Ecosystems and Conservation

Map: Northwest Europe Energy and Carbon

Featured Places

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Prehistoric Maps and Time Line

Glimpse the dramatically different face of our home planet as it appeared when sea monsters ruled the depths.

 

Map: Global Warming

Interactive Climate Change Map

Rising sea levels, heat waves, species loss—see what could happen where if current warming trends continue.

 

Map: Genographic Atlas

Where Do We Come From?

Discover unknown chapters of the human story as scientists from the Genographic Project reconstruct our history from clues written in our genes.

 

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Country Profiles

Find photos, maps, and articles for all the countries of the world.

 

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Test Your Geographic Knowledge

In 2006, we tested the geographic knowledge of 18- to 24-year-olds across the U.S. to see how much they know about our world. Find out how they did, and see how you compare.

 

EarthPulse Topics

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Geography of Wealth

See how diverse cultures measure wealth.

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Designed by Nature

Discover nature's patterns in innovative designs.

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Interactive Maps

Satellite imagery reveals the world in more detail than ever.

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Annual Temperatures

Find the typical temp for just about anywhere.

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Places of a Lifetime

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National Geographic Traveler presents top destinations.

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