Quick, what two countries have had a longstanding conflict over the region of Kashmir? Thirty-six percent of the young Americans who answered that question in National Geographics recent geography survey got it right. How would you do?
National Geographic commissioned the Roper survey to test the geographic knowledge of 18- to 24-year-olds in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Sweden, Great Britain, and the United States.
So who is fighting over Kashmir? To find out, and to see how you stack up against young Americans ...
A woman pulls a cart through India traffic. Photograph by Steve McCurry
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Geography is the daily news that determines our future.
Now more than ever, geographic literacy is necessary for us to understand global events and cultures.
Make geography a part of your life. As a family watch the news with a globe or atlas handy. Check out these related links for activities and games that make geography fun. Talk to your childrens teachers and your state politicians about the importance of geography. Get the word out: Geography matters.