North Pole, Arctic
The North Pole is located at the northernmost point on the Earth's axis, an imaginary line running through the center of the planet around which it revolves. A little less than a century ago, American Robert E. Peary is credited with having led the very first expedition to the North Pole, plunging his flag into the snow on April 6, 1909

  South Pole, Antartica
Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, highest, and most remote continent on Earth. It surrounds the South Pole, the southernmost point on the Earth's axis. Almost completely covered by ice, Antarctica has no human population—if it did, though, they'd probably be hardcore hockey players.
  Death Valley, NV, USA
Death Valley National Park is the largest desert area in the U.S. and contains the lowest point in the western hemisphere—282 ft. below sea level. In 1913, the temperature in Death Valley rose to 134° F (57° C)—the hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States. Sno-cones wouldn't stand a chance.
  Mt. Everest, Nepal
Mount Everest (or Chomolungma in Tibetan) is the tallest point on Earth, standing 29,028 ft. high. On May 29, 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and a sherpa named Tenzing Norgay were the first humans in recorded history ever to reach the summit. If they were playing King of the Hill, they'd make the High Scorers list for sure.
  Mt. St. Helens, WA, USA
Mt. St. Helens is one of the few active volcanoes in North America. It last erupted in 1980, after over 100 years of dormancy. Before its last eruption, Mt. St. Helens was often compared to Japan's Mt. Fuji for its beauty and poise. These days, plants and other life forms are slowly returning to the mountain, and scientists say its moonscape-like terrain resembles what the Earth must have looked like back in the days of the dinosaurs!
  Ayers Rock, Australia
Ayers Rock, a.k.a Uluru, is one of the most recognized Australian landmarks. About 310 miles west of Alice Springs, Ayers Rock/Uluru rises 1138 ft. from the desert and is almost 6 miles around. But don't expect to see the whole thing if you go down under to check it out—it's estimated that at least two-thirds of the rock lies beneath the surface!
  Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt
Built by the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu of the Fourth Dynasty around the year 2560 BC, the Great Pyramid was created to serve as the Pharaoh's tomb. Although there are many theories about exactly how the pyramids were built, no one knows for sure. It's estimated that it took 20 years to build the Great Pyramid—good thing the Pharoah stuck around until it was done!
  Mt. Vesuvius, Naples, Italy
Mt. Vesuvius is famous for its volcanic eruption in 79 AD which destroyed the towns of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Since then, Mt. Vesuvius has spewed molten lava many times, but the last major eruption occured in 1944. Will Vesuvius blow again? If so YOU'll be the first to know.
  Mt. McKinley, AK, USA
Mount McKinley is the highest mountain on the North American continent, rising to 20,320 ft. Temperatures at the summit are severe even in the summer, and winter lows at just 14,500 ft. can plummet below -95° F! Permanent snowfields cover more than 50 percent of the mountain and feed the many glaciers that surround its base. During storms, winds can gust to more than 150 mph—so kite flying is pretty much out of the question.
  Angel Falls, Salto Angel, Venezuela
Angel Falls in southeastern Venezuela is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world, dropping 3212 ft. Discovered in 1935 by the American aviator and adventurer James C. Angel (after whom it's named), Angel Falls is sixteen times the height of Niagara Falls. Now if they'd only build a water park around it...
  Great Wall of China, Beijing, China
The Great Wall is over 1,500 miles long and over 25 ft. high. It's actually a collection of many walls, first united in the 3rd century BC by the Ch'in dynasty in order to protect China's northern border from invaders. Kind of like your backyard fence, only much, MUCH bigger.
  Rock of Gibraltar, Mediterranean Sea
The Rock of Gibraltar juts out of the ocean off the coast of a rocky peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea. The Rock rises to 1326 ft. above sea level and is 2.3 miles long. For hundreds of years, Great Britain (which has maintained possession since 1704) and Spain have disputed over which nation should be the Rock of Gibraltar's rightful owner. And it's not even made of gold!