Can You Score 29/35 on the Toughest World Geography Quiz of All Time?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
What is the capital of Yemen?
Aden
Aleppo
Taiz
Sana'a
Sana'a is one of the highest-altitude capitals in the world.

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Two countries in Africa are each surrounded entirely by the same third country. Which are they?
Rwanda and Burundi
Lesotho and Swaziland
Lesotho and Swaziland are both landlocked countries that are each surrounded entirely on all sides by South Africa.
Djibouti and Eritrea
Gambia and Cameroon

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Where is the deepest point in the ocean?
Hadal Deep
Challenger Deep
Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench is 36,070 feet deep!
Kermadec Trench
Romanche Trench

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How much have baseline temperatures risen since pre-industrial times?
2C
1.1C
Thankfully the answer is only 1.1C. At 1.5C - which will occur within the next 20-50 years, we will start to see sea level rise and increasingly troublesome weather. At 2C, low-lying nations like Kiribati and cities like Miami will be effectively removed from the map. Unfortunately it is probably too late to prevent this, though further damage may be limited by swift economic development now.
4C
1.5C

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Which is the biggest ocean?
Atlantic
Indian
Arctic
Pacific
The Pacific is by far the biggest ocean.

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What is the most southerly point in South America?
Macquarie Point
Pike's Peak
Cape of Good Hope
Cape Horn
Cape Horn is the most southerly point in Chile and has absolutely awful weather due to the fact that there is no other land that far south: the wind can blow unbroken all the way around the planet.

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What is a Pole of Inaccessibility?
A mountain that is hard to reach.
Either of the poles.
A point in the ocean that is furthest from land.
A point on land that is furthest from the ocean.
A Pole of Inaccessibility is the point on any major landmass that is furthest from the nearest coast.

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Which US state has the longest coastline?
Texas
Alaska
Alaska is the biggest state and also has the most coastline.
Hawaii
New York

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Which island nation has the highest number of islands?
Kiribati
Kiribati has a truly insane number of islands. However since most of them will be underwater by about 2100, sadly they won't be with us much longer.
Maldives
Mariana Islands
Marshall Islands

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Which African country's name literally means "lion mountains"?
Cote d'Ivoire
Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone literally means "mountains of the lion".
Sao Tome
Cape Verde

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What is the highest mountain in Antarctica?
Vinson Massif
Vinson Massif is over 16,000 feet tall and is part of the Sentinel Range.
Mount McKinley
Mount Marilyn
K2

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What is the lowest place on earth?
Lake Assal
Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is way below sea level at around 1412 feet below. If the sea ever broke through the mountains around it, it would be 2500 feet deep.
Death Valley
Turpan Depression

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What is the lowest level of the atmosphere called?
Exosphere
Troposphere
The troposphere is the lowest level and also the one you can breathe!
Thermosphere
Stratosphere

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Which is the most populous Muslim country?
Pakistan
Bangladesh
Saudi Arabia
Indonesia
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country, with 261,000,000 residents.

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How long is the Arctic night at the North Pole?
77 days
90 days
180 days
At the pole itself, it's 180 days, but the polar night extends down as far as the 66th parallel. The Arctic Circle is defined as the area within which the sun will not clear the horizon for at least one 24-hour period in a year.
100 days

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Which of these is NOT one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?
Temple of Artemis
Statue of Zeus
Colossus of Rhodes
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall is very wondrous indeed, but it's not one of the original seven!

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What of the following is the term for a line that joins all places of the same height above sea level?
Topographic line
Isobar
Contour line
A contour line is a line that joins all places of the same height above sea level!
Latobar

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Which of these cities is NOT on the Rhine?
Mainz
Berlin
The Rhine has a lot of cities on it but Berlin is not one of them.
Basel
Bonn

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Which of these is NOT one of Africa's four major rivers?
Amazon
The Amazon is in South America. The other three are in Africa.
Congo
Niger
Nile

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Which is the most significant river in North America?
Arkansas
Red
Mississippi
The Mississippi River is the longest and most important in North America, as it carries the most trade and provides water to the greatest number of people.
Snake

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What is the biggest tree by volume called?
General Sherman
Other trees are taller, but the giant sequoia known as General Sherman is the biggest in terms of having the most wood in a single stem. General Sherman is nearly 50% biggest than the next competitor.
Cheewhat Giant
Rullah Longatyle
Queets Spruce

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How many trees are there on earth?
3 trillion
There are about three trillion trees. This seems like a lot until you realize it is only half as many as before agriculture was invented.
1 trillion
500 billion
6 trillion

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What is the tallest cave on earth?
Son Doong, Vietnam
Son Doong is so big you could put a 40-story skyscraper inside it!
Sistema Sac Actun, Mexico
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA
Mulu Caves, Borneo

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What bird took the longest nonstop flight?
Arctic tern
Shorebird
Other birds have gone further in total but the shorebird was clocked at a staggering 7.145 miles without stopping to eat or drink.
Swallow
Falcon

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Which of these is not a body of water?
Pond
Tarn
Fjord
Pampas
Ponds, tarns, and fjords are all types of bodies of water. Pampas are a type of fertile grassland found in South America.

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Which of these is not a mountain range in South America?
Andes
Tumuk
Maya
The Cordillera, Tumuk and Andes ranges are all in South America. The Maya Mountains are in Central America.
Cordillera

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Which of these is not a type of weather associated with water vapor?
Smoggy
Muggy
Foggy
Rainy
Rain isn't vapor because it doesn't hang in the air. Smoggy, muggy and foggy weather all involve vapor in the air.

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Which of these is NOT an archipelago?
Leeward Islands
Iceland
Iceland is one big island. The others are all groups of islands known as archipelagos.
Antilles
Isles of Scilly

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What is the correct name for the study of how water moves around the planet?
Aquaculture
Hydrology
Hydrology is a way of studying the big pass-the-parcel game that is water's movement around the planet. Some water stays where it is as ice for ages; other water cycles through rain, ocean, clouds, streams and rivers.
Waterism
Waterology

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Which of these is NOT a layer in a rainforest?
Top layer
The other layer is called the forest floor. Top layer isn't a thing!
Emergent layer
Canopy layer
Understory

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Which of these is NOT a type of farming?
No-till
Tilling
Hilling
Spilling
Hilling is a way of planting crops in little molehill-like spots that are extremely friendly to the soil. Tilling is a way of churning up a field to plant crops. No-till farming is a way of getting the crops into the field without churning up the soil, suited to drier areas.

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Which of these is NOT a type of grassland?
Prairie
Tundra
Tundras and grasslands can be the same thing, but they are not always as they have distinct biomes. Tundra is really about rainfall levels; grassland is about what grows.
Shrubland
Savanna

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What is the trade route called that connected the Mongol Empire to the West?
Suez Route
Suez Road
Trans-Asia Route
Silk Road
The Silk Road was a route from Eastern Europe across the mountains all the way around the Gobi desert to Karakorum and then Beijing.

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Which of these is NOT one of the main deserts in Africa?
Namib
Kalahari
Sahara
Atacama
The Atacama is in South America. The other deserts are in Africa.

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What is it called when a river suddenly gets diverted into another path and simply abandons its usual path, sometimes temporarily?
River piracy
When a river goes from one streambed to another, that's actually called river piracy.
Rerouting
Diverting
Sinking

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