Only True Geography Buffs Will Get 100% on This Quiz

By: Zoe Samuel

Only True Geography Buffs Will Get 100% on This Quiz
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About This Quiz

Geography is one of those topics that is horribly taught in schools, generally speaking. Somehow, many teachers manage to take the study of our physical world and how it interacts with us and we with it, and make it boring. However, the nerds among us know that geography is anything but dull. On the contrary, it's a fascinating topic that helps us to understand why societies succeed or fail, and what we can do to help them head in a positive direction.

Geography isn't just about remembering the names of cities, rivers, and mountains. It's also about knowing the tools that help a person to study these things, and how they came to be there in the first place. Most of all, it's about knowing how the topography of a landscape can impact the humans who live on it, and thus why civilizations tend to gather in certain places and to collapse under certain circumstances. It's an endlessly interesting subject that lends itself to a really dorky sort of memory, whereby you can absorb a great many facts and find them surprisingly relevant in your day to day life. It's time to see what you remember!

What is the highest mountain in Africa?
Fuji
Denali
Kilimanjaro
All the other mountains here are tall but they're not in Africa! Kilimanjaro is one of the highest peaks in the world and considered the easiest of the seven summits (the highest peak on each contintent) to climb.
K2

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What is the longest river in Asia?
Nile
Yangtze
The Yangtze is one of the main rivers in China. It was controversially dammed by the Three Gorges Dam to provide hydropower.
Yellow
Danube

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What sky phenomenon is formed by "refraction and dispersion of the sun's light by rain or other water droplets in the atmosphere"?
Rainbow.
Yep, we left off the part of the definition where it says it's a band of colors in the sky. A rainbow is typically formed when there is rain and sun at the same time, and it is always opposite the sun.
Stratus cloud
Sunset
Eclipse

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What can cause waves in the sea?
Wind
Tide
Quake
All of the above
All of these can cause a wave. Water is not stable, after all, so it is easily moved around.

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What is the coldest ocean?
Indian
Atlantic
Pacific
Arctic
The Arctic Ocean is warming rapidly but it's still really cold compared to the others! Unfortunately, it is warming fast enouh that it may soon be ice-free in the summers.

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What is the largest freshwater lake in the world?
Lake Michigan
Lake Superior
Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal may not have the biggest surface area but it is the biggest by volume. This is because it is really, really deep - more than a mile!
Lake Erie

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What is the most populated city in the world?
Tokyo
The capital of Japan is vast. It has nearly 40 million residents in the metro area. It's also quite dense compared to other megacities and has pretty good transit!
London
Shenzhen
New York

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What is the newest country?
East Timor
South Sudan
South Sudan is brand new, though it is off to a rocky start. It separated from Sudan proper after an entire generation of civil war.
Kosovo
Guyana

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What is the oldest continuously inhabited city?
London
Jerusalem
Athens
Damascus
Damascus has been a settlement for more than 10,000 years. That makes it the longest continuously inhabited place on the planet.

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Which of the rainy places below is the wettest?
Hawaii
Mawsynram, India
Mawsynram, India, is really, really wet. They get more than 11,000 mm (which equals 433 inches or 36 feet) of rain there per year!
Cropp River, New Zealand
Tutendo, Colombia

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How powerful was the biggest recorded earthquake in history?
9.5
It happened in Valdivia, Chile, in 1960. It killed 1,600 people, left millions homeless and caused half a billion dollars worth of damage in 1960s money.
11.5
5.8
7.2

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What is the smallest country?
Monaco
Vatican City
It is less than one half of one square kilometer. It's also entirely contained within the city of Rome.
Andorra
Luxembourg

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Which of these is NOT a layer of Earth's atmosphere?
Troposphere
Stratosphere
Mesophere
Duosphere
The missing one is thermosphere.

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How much carbon dioxide is there in the air, in parts per million?
320
100
1000
410
The amount is going up by about 2-3 ppm per year. At 410, we're seeing droughts, record heatwaves and wildfires. At 1,000 there will be no ice on the planet, meaning seas will rise 270 feet. That's why the amount matters!

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Which of these manmade structures can you NOT see from space without magnification?
Great Wall of China
You cannot actually see the Great Wall without magnification. You can see all the others, which include a mine, a dump, and a complex of greenhouses!
Greenhouses of Almeria, Spain
Bingham Canyon Mine, UT
Staten Island Dump, NY

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What is the Kármán line?
The India-Pakistan border
The deepest point in any given ocean
An ocean border
The beginning of space
It's at 330,000 feet and it's officially the point at which "space" begins. You can't breathe long before you get up there, but that's the officially agreed on spot. You don't want ot go over about 30,000 feet without oxygen, though, and ideally not above about 15,000.

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What is the fastest land animal?
Bear
Ostrich
Hare
Cheetah
You probably learned this as a child and it's still true. A cheetah can run up to 75mph.

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What is the biggest living thing on Earth?
Blue whale
Woolly mammoth
Giant redwood
Humongous Fungus
This fungus is in Oregon and it covers more than 2,000 square miles! They call it the Humongous Fungus, an apt name if ever there was one.

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What is the biggest type of tree?
Giant pine
White oak
Giant sequoia
The biggest of the big is called General Sherman. At 52,500 cubic feet, it is nearly twice the size of the next contender.
Monkey puzzle

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What is the deepest cave?
Naica Mine
Krubera Cave
At 7,208 feet deep, this cave system is nearly a mile and a half deep! It's in the country of Georgia, in Eastern Europe. Just don't go too far down. You might awaken a Balrog!
Cheddar Caves
Blue Grotto

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How far above sea level is Null Island?
100 feet
27 feet
0 feet
It's a trick question! Null Island is not real, it's just a place in the sea that is at zero latitutde and longitude. Photos that have no geotag typically get tagged as being at Null Island, though, so actually there are more photos on the internet "taken at Null Island" than any other location on Earth!
202 feet

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Which of these is NOT a type of cloud?
Cirrus
Fluffismus
Yep, there's no cloud called a Fluffismus, though we wish there were. The nice fluffy everyday ones you see are cumulus clouds.
Cumulus​
Stratus

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What is the lowest dry place on Earth?
Denakil, Ethiopia
Lake Assal, Djibouti
Turpan Pendi, China
Dead Sea Depression
This area is about 1,200 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea is slowly evaporating and may eventually disappear altogether as there is no water source to feed it.

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Which of these is not a type of wave?
Breaker
Seiche
Round
Waves can look rounded but this is not a category of wave. There is, however, such a thing as a tubular wave, which is a beautiful wave with a rounded tunnel of air inside!
Swell

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What causes wind?
Different air pressure
Wind always moves from higher to lower pressure areas. A doldrum, where there is no wind, means the air pressure in that area is very steady.
The tides
Rotation of the Earth
Moisture in the air

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What is the biggest forest on Earth?
Congo
Amazon
The Amazon rainforest is 2.1 million square miles, which is 1.3 billion acres. An effort is being made to protect it, as only 2/3 of it is currently still standing.
Daintree
Taiga

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Which of these is the oldest settlement in the Americas?
Tlapacoya
This settlement was nearly destroyed when a freeway was built through the site. It appears to date back to 7500 BC.
Santo Domingo
Caparra
Nombre de Dios

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What distinction does the Atacama Desert enjoy?
Driest desert
The Atacama is the driest place on Earth. It gets so little rain that Lake Vanda, in the same region, is three times saltier than the ocean.
Biggest desert
Wettest desert
Highest desert

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Which of these is NOT a feature of coastline?
Headland
Tombolo
Beach
Thrust
Beaches, headlands, and tombolos are all features of coasts. A tombolo is a sandbar that joins an island to the mainland.

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What type of hills are the famous Chocolate Hills of the Philippines?
Dome
Mound
Fold and thrust
Haycock
These amazing-looking hills are not made of chocolate, alas. They just turn brown in the dry season. They're conical "haycock" hills that are likely to become a UNESCO protected site.

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In plate tectonics, which of these is NOT a type of plate boundary?
Divergent
Convergent
Transform
Undertow
Undertow is not a type of plate boundary. Plates do sometimes go under one another, but that is called subduction.

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Which of these is NOT one of the three main states in which you might find a volcano?
Active
Erupting
Erupting is a subcategory of "active." If a volcano is active, it may just be giving off gas, but it may also be erupting. Otherwise, it is extinct (dead forever) or dormant (might go off, but not currently).
Extinct
Dormant

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Where is the world's deepest canyon?
Tibet
At 19,715 feet, the Yarlung Zangbo canyon in Tibet is by far the deepest. It is nearly four miles deep in places.
Arizona
Antarctica
Kenya

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What's the one key difference between a tree and a shrub?
Height
It's literally that simple: trees are taller. They also typically have a single trunk of at least 2 inches in diameter and a height of 4.5 feet. Shrubs have multiple, shorter woody "trunks."
Trunk diameter
The number​ of trunks
Leaf size

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What is the name of the cloud type that looks like a saucer?
Saucer cloud
Lenticular
These amazing stationary clouds form in the high troposphere and are sculpted smooth by gentle air currents. They are quite rare and very beautiful.
Nimbus
Cirrocumulus

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