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    Almost 40% of the world’s population lives within 100km of the coast. Discover how people interact with diverse coastal environments.

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    Dams are some of the largest man-made structures. Find out how we use these engineering marvels to harness the power of rivers.

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    Mountain ranges are the most distinctive landforms visible from the air. Discover some of Earth's highest, longest, oldest and most spectacular.

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    Discover some of nature’s most unusual events, creations and formations that can be found across the globe and find out why they exist.

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    Many cultures assign holy significance to the landscape around them; uncover some of the world’s most sacred sites and the people who worship them.

  • Colonial Arrivals

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    Explore the colonial history of some of the world’s greatest port cities and the roles the individual colonialists and explorers played.

  • Islands

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    Thousands of islands, large and small, dot our planet’s seas; find out the different ways in which they were formed, from volcanoes to coral.

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    Gathering valuable resources such as metals, chemicals or water has led to communities developing in areas that might otherwise seem inhospitable.

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    We consume more energy now than ever before – find out where this fuel comes from and how it is harnessed across the globe.

  • Farming and agriculture

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    Food is one of our most basic human needs: discover how farming and agriculture differ across the varied cultures and climates of our world.

  • Cities

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    Over half the world’s population live in cities: discover how these settlements were established and learn why they are of modern global importance.

  • Volcanoes

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    Explore the world's diverse volcanic landscapes, from the effects of eruptions to the millions of people who live in the shadow of volcanoes.

  • Road and rail transport

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    Roads and railways have acted as a catalyst for expansion, communication and development. Explore their influences across the world.

  • Caves and rock paintings

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    Huge networks of caves and caverns hold some of the oldest and least explored physical, natural and human environments on the planet.

  • Legends and Mythology

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    Myths and legends have been used for centuries to help different cultures make sense of how the world around them came to be.



The Andes is the longest land-based mountain range in the world, stretching the entire length of South America for more than 7,000km across seven countries.

The Aravalli Mountains make up one of the oldest ranges in the world, formed between one and two billion years ago.

The Sierra Nevada in California is predominantly made of a huge slab of mixed granite which formed deep below the Earth’s surface.

The Rockies have some of the highest peaks in Canada and would once have been higher than Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching up to 6,000m.

The Bernese Alps are one of the largest ranges in the Alps chain, which run 800km through Europe.

At 8,848m above sea level, Everest is the highest mountain in the world; in fact, the Himalayas are home to nine of the 10 highest mountains on Earth.

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The Andes, South America at 13,000m - The longest continental mountain range


The Bernese Alps, Switzerland at 13,000m - Breathtaking panoramas


The Rocky Mountains, Canada at 13,000m - Carving up the landscape


Mount Everest, China/Nepal at 8,848m - Measuring the mountain

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