Can You Answer These Basic Geography Questions Everyone Should Know?

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Are you a World Geography buff? Take this quiz to see how much you really know.

World geography encompasses the branches of physical geography, human geography, and regional geography. All aspects of geography took millions of years to form, and they are always changing. Although you probably will not see too much of an overall change in geography in your lifetime, be aware that geography is a field in flux. From the land and water features that make the world what it is to the characteristics of the people who live across the globe, geography is an interesting and rich study of the world.

So, if you know the name of the world's tallest mountain, the location of the world's most active volcano, the world's deepest ocean, and the world's largest country, this quiz just might be for you. BTW, you should have answered these questions with Mt. Everest, Hawaii, the Pacific, and Russia, you're on track to get an A on this quiz. And, hey, IS Iceland called Iceland because it is covered in ice?

Do you think you know enough about world geography to ace this quiz or do you think you need to study your notes a bit more? Let's get started to find out.


What is the largest canyon in the world?

The Grand Canyon is the largest canyon in the world. The Grand Canyon is in Arizona.

Canada shares the world's longest national border with what country?

Canada and the United States share the world's longest national border. The border is 5,525 miles long.

What is the largest hot desert in the world?

The Sahara Desert is the largest hot desert in the world. The Arctic and the Antarctic have deserts, too, but they are cold deserts.

What is the smallest country in the world?

Vatican City is the smallest country in the world. It is only .17 square miles in area.

What continent covers all four hemispheres?

Africa is the only continent found in all four hemispheres. The four hemispheres are the north, south, east and west.

What country has more natural lakes than any other country?

Canada has more natural lakes than any other country in the world. There are 561 lakes in Canada.

What is the highest mountain peak in the world?

Mt. Everest is the highest mountain peak in the world. Everest is 29,029 feet above sea level.

What body of water separates the United States and Russia?

The Bering Strait separates the United States and Russia near Alaska. It is just over 50 miles wide at its narrowest point.

Most of the world's population lives in which hemisphere?

Most of the world's population lives in the Northern Hemisphere. Roughly 90% off all people live in the north.

What continent has the most countries?

The continent of Africa has the most countries. Africa has 54 countries.

What is the longest mountain range in the world?

The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world. They are 4,300 miles long.

What is the deepest ocean in the world?

The Pacific Ocean is the deepest ocean in the world. It is also the largest ocean.

What is the longest river in the world?

The Nile is the longest river in the world. It is 4,258 miles long.

Where is the lowest point on Earth?

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. The Dead Sea is 1,388 feet below sea level.

Where is the world's deepest lake?

Lake Baikal is the world's deepest lake is in Siberia, Russia. It is 5,387 feet deep.

What is the name of the line that divides the globe into east and west?

The Prime Meridian divides the globe into east and west hemispheres. The Prime Meridian is at zero degrees longitude.

What is the world's largest country?

Russia is the world's largest country. It is more than six million square miles in area.

What country has the world's largest population?

China has the world's largest population. More than 1.3 billion people live in China.

Where is the largest volcano in the world?

The largest volcano in the world is in the United States. Mauna Loa is in Hawaii and is also the most active volcano in the world.

Which of the world's continents is the largest?

Asia is the largest continent in the world. It also houses the most people.

Which ocean's name means "peaceful"?

The Pacific Ocean's name means "peaceful." The name is a misnomer, though, since the ocean is anything but calm.

Where is the largest coral reef?

The largest coral reef is in Australia. It is the Great Barrier Reef.

Is Iceland really covered in ice?

Iceland is actually really not covered in ice. It is called Iceland because the waters are full of icebergs.

How many great lakes are there?

There are five great lakes. They are Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior.

Which continent is the smallest?

Australia is the smallest continent. Asia is the largest continent.

Which of the following is the longest river in the U.S.?

The Missouri River is the longest river in the US. The Missouri River is 2,341 miles long.

How many countries are in the United Kingdom?

There are four countries in the United Kingdom. These countries are England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Which of the following countries does NOT border France?

Canada does not border France. Italy, Germany and Spain all border France.

What is the line called that divides the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres?

The equator is the line that divides the Northern and the Southern Hemispheres. The equator is at zero degrees latitude.

Which of the following is NOT a branch of geography?

Psychology is not a branch of geography. Physical geography, Human geography, and human geography are all branches of the study of geography.

How much of the surface of the world is water?

About 70% of the surface of the Earth is water. The other 30% is land.

What is the least populated country in the world?

Vatican City is the least populated country in the world. It is also the world's smallest country.

What is Asia's percentage of the total land mass of Earth?

Asia covers roughly 30% of the Earth's total land mass. The exact percentage is 29.9%

Which of the following cities is the most populated in the world?

Tokyo, Japan is the most populated city in the world. More than 31 million people live in Tokyo.

What country boasts the most spoken languages?

China boasts the most spoken languages. There are as many as 300 languages currently in use in China.

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