On September 22, 1888, the National Geographic Society published the first issue of National Geographic magazine. Today, National Geographic magazine is known for insightful articles, photography, and maps about the world’s cultures and terrain.Although National Geographic is famous for its outstanding photography, the first issue did not have any photographs at all! National Geographic was a text-based scientific journal about geography until 1905, when the magazine published a photo essay on Tibet. The magazine’s first map supplement was published in 1918.Today, National Geographic is published in more than 30 languages around the world, including Japanese (the first local-language edition) and Ukrainian (the most recent local-language edition, first published in 2013).
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry culture Noun
learned behavior of people, including their languages, belief systems, social structures, institutions, and material goods.
study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.
Encyclopedic Entry: geography insight Noun
having to do with the area around a specific place.
symbolic representation of selected characteristics of a place, usually drawn on a flat surface.
Encyclopedic Entry: map National Geographic Society Noun
(1888) organization whose mission is "Inspiring people to care about the planet."
photo essay Noun
group of photographs, accompanied by minimal text, that tell a coherent story.
art and science of producing still or moving images using the chemical reaction of light on a sensitive surface, such as film or an electronic sensor.
to provide a written piece of work, such as a book or newspaper, for sale or distribution.
scientific journal Noun
magazine that focuses on developments in scientific research.
topographic features of an area.