The Best Subject on Earth
Geography is the study of the Earth and its people. It sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Yet for decades, students yawned just hearing the word. They were forced to memorize the names of capital cities, important rivers and mountains, and natural resources. They were taught where places were and what was produced there. But they weren’t shown how our world looks and feels.
Then came National Geographic magazine. From the Amazon rain forests to the Sahara Desert, and from Kuala Lumpur to Great Zimbabwe-the natural and human-made wonders of our world have been brought to life by fascinating reporting and beautiful photographs, such as this one of a Russian couple, which was taken by Reza Deghati.
The National Geographic Society was formed in Washington, D.C, in 1888 by a group of professionals including geographers, explorers, teachers, and mapmakers. Nine months later, the first National Geographic magazine was published so that the Society could fulfill its mission-to spread the knowledge of and respect for the world, its resources, and its inhabitants.
In 1995, the first foreign-language edition of National Geographic magazine was published in Japan. Today, the magazines is printed in more than 20 languages and sold all over the world. National Geographic also puts out a number of special publications. National Geographic Explorer, for example, has been created for classrooms. Other publications feature travel and adventure. National Geographic TV programs are watched in over 160 million homes in 145 countries. The study of geography has come a long very since 1888. The Society’s mission has been fulfilled. In fact, it has even been extended to include worlds beyond Earth. From the deep seas to deep space, geography has never been exciting!
From the article about there is sentences containing passive voice :
- the natural and human-made wonders of our world have been brought to life by fascinating reporting and beautiful photographs
- The National Geographic Society was formed in Washington, D.C, in 1888 by a group of professionals including geographers, explorers, teachers, and mapmakers.
Source : Fuchs, Marjorie and Margaret Bonner. 2006. Focus on Grammar. White Plains : Longman