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  • The Great Chicago Fire

    This Week in Geographic History

    The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 devastated downtown Chicago. This drawing illustrates hundreds of people fleeing across the Randolph Street Bridge, a structure that still carries traffic from Michigan Avenue, in Chicago's downtown "Loop" business district, across the Chicago River.
  • First Human-Powered Circumnavigation

    Today on Daily Ideas

    British adventurer Jason Lewis was the first person to successfully circumnavigate the globe using only human-powered navigation—no motors, no sails. He hiked, biked, roller bladed, pedaled a paddleboat, and kayaked (above, in Indonesia).
  • Cool Schools

    This Week on the Globe

  • Weird But True!

    What superpower do ants have when facing down an enemy?

    By harvesting leaves to cultivate fungus in underground gardens, leaf-cutter ants play an important role in structuring tropical plant communities. A special caste of smaller ants ride on the surface of cut leaves to defend workers from parasitic insects. This photograph was taken on a tropical ecology fieldtrip in Southeastern Peru.
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