On January 13, 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded. A group of scholars, explorers, and scientists met to discuss the organization of a society for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge. Two weeks later, on the afternoon of Friday, January 27, a certificate of incorporation was formally signed.
The National Geographic Society has made many contributions to exploration, science, and conservation. These contributions include assisting in the establishment of the National Park Service, exploring and mapping vast areas of the world, discovering sunken and buried treasures, and restoring archaeological sites. Perhaps most importantly, National Geographic writers, photographers, and producers have brought the world to millions of people—fulfilling the founders’ vision of increasing the diffusion of geographic knowledge.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry conservation Noun
management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.
Encyclopedic Entry: conservation diffusion Noun
the spread of people, ideas, technology and products.
to learn or understand something for the first time.
to form or officially organize.
person who studies unknown areas.
having to do with places and the relationships between people and their environments.
making and using maps.
National Geographic Society Noun
(1888) organization whose mission is "Inspiring people to care about the planet."
National Park Service Noun
U.S. federal agency with the mission of caring "for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage."
person who studies a specific type of knowledge using the scientific method.