National Geographic’s Almanac 2020

A lively mix of all the things that National Geographic does best. The well-researched book features information from around the globe on everything from the environment to planetary science and space exploration, culture and history. 

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U.S. On sale: Aug. 27, 2019 | 400 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-4262-2052-4 | .99

The latest annual from the beloved brand that has ignited the explorer in all of us for more than 130 years, National Geographic’s Almanac 2020 offers everything you need to know about the world today — from science and nature to history, world cultures and the environment. Filled with exquisite photography, informative infographics, illustrated timelines and maps, this striking new edition honors the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with practical tips for improving your own sustainability habits. It also celebrates women past and present, illuminates space probes beyond our solar system and highlights top travel destinations around the world.

The book opens with trending topics across science, technology and culture — for example, pioneering women, the future of food and explorations beyond our solar system. It then moves into fascinating chapters on Exploration & Adventure, This Planet & Beyond, Life on Earth and The Science of Us. Recurring features include highlights from NG Explorers, the best photos from National Geographic’s world-renowned Instagram account and a quizmaster trivia feature for each chapter, with keys to the pages where answers can be found.

Test your knowledge! Answers are at the end of this release.

  • Q: How much of the Earth’s surface is dedicated to agriculture?
  • Q: In what year was the first known map of the moon published?
  • Q: What is the name of the strongest part of a hurricane?

The perfect reference gift for the middle and high school student, amateur scientist, nature lover, armchair traveler and trivia junkie, this one-of-a-kind annual — jam-packed with surprising facts and arresting images — presents the world in a whole new way!

About Cara Santa Maria

Quizmaster, foreword writer and spokesperson Cara Santa Maria is an award-winning science journalist who is also the creator and host of the popular science podcast “Talk Nerdy.” She is a correspondent on National Geographic’s Explorer and Netflix’s “Bill Nye Saves the World.” She has also appeared on CBS, CNN, Fox News, the Weather Channel and the Travel Channel.

About National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between the National Geographic Society and Disney, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

  • A1 : More than a third of the planet’s surface is dedicated to agriculture.
  • A2 : In 1645, Flemish cartographer Michael Langrenus published the first map of the moon.
  • A3 : The “eye wall” is the strongest part of a hurricane; winds can reach over 200 mph.

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