For the third consecutive year, Google is sponsoring the National Geographic Bee, which sparks student interest in geography.
"Last fall, over four million students started preparing for the 2011 Bee. Today, the students who've progressed to the state bee level, will compete for one of the coveted 54 spots at the finals in Washington DC in May. It's not as simple as memorizing a list of capitals or identifying places on a map. These geographic black belts answer tough questions about human, environmental, physical, and regional geography," Google stated.
"The love of geography is a great asset for these students as they continue their education and careers. It might also lead them to a life of exploration and adventure. We asked a few famous explorers why geography is important to them and how they use Google Earth."
Watch the Geography video below to hear their great insight: