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Countries with the Highest Population Density

The Tightest-packed Countries on Earth Population density is a simple function of how many people, on average, live in a given area of a country. Density is a quick and reliable way of gauging how…

Countries with the Lowest Population Density

The Least-settled Countries on Earth Population density is a simple function of how many people, on average, live in a given area of a country. Density is a quick and reliable way of gauging how…

Kumbakonam

(Encyclopedia) Kumbakonam ko͝ombəkō´nəm, city (1991 pop. 150,869), Tamil Nadu state, SE India, on the Kaveri River. Its district, in the richest part of the river delta, has one of the highest…

Jos Plateau

(Encyclopedia) Jos Plateau jôs, region, c.3,000 sq mi (7,770 sq km), alt. c.4,200 ft (1,280 m), central Nigeria, W Africa. The plateau, composed mainly of granite, slopes gently to the north and is…

Cochin

(Encyclopedia) Cochin kō˝chĭn´, former princely state, 1,493 sq mi (3,867 sq km), SW India, on the Arabian Sea. Now part of Kerala state, the region of Cochin has one of the highest population…

penguin

(Encyclopedia) penguin, originally the common name for the now extinct great auk of the N Atlantic and now used (since the 19th cent.) for the unrelated, generally antarctic diving birds of the…

tornado

(Encyclopedia) tornado, dark, funnel-shaped cloud containing violently rotating air that develops below a heavy cumulonimbus cloud mass and extends toward the earth. The funnel twists about, rises…

Mound Builders

(Encyclopedia) Mound Builders, in North American archaeology, name given to those people who built mounds in a large area from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Mississippi River to…

shopping center

(Encyclopedia) shopping center, a concentration of retail, service, and entertainment enterprises designed to serve the surrounding region. The modern shopping center differs from its antecedents—…