The World Islands Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

The World Islands Quiz
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About This Quiz

From the same country that brought you the Palm Islands, behold the World Islands, a massive luxury oceanfront project. How much do you know about this extraordinary engineering adventure? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the archipelago.
The World Islands project is being constructed near the coast of which country?
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is a tiny country with enormous financial wealth.
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Saudi Arabia

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From an aerial perspective, the World Islands are supposed to look like what?
a map of Earth
However, the rendering of the world map is pretty inaccurate.
the surface of Mars
an version of the Middle East

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About how many islands make up the project?
100
200
300
Each of the 300 islands is man-made.

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How far off of the Dubai coast are the World Islands?
1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers)
2.5 miles
Two and a half miles is definitely too far too swim.
3.5 miles

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When did construction on the islands begin?
2003
Construction began in 2003, but most of the islands have not been developed.
2005
2007

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Nakheel Properties is the developer behind the islands. What does Nakheel mean in Arabic?
palm trees
Fittingly, the company also oversees the huge Palm Island developments near the World Islands.
holy water
bridge to eternity

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What construction technique is the foundation for the World Islands?
dredging
Engineers take sand from the seafloor to create the islands through dredging.
fabriforming
steel reinforcing

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Why did construction on the World Islands project almost come to a complete halt?
the increase of domestic petroleum production in the United States
the 2008 financial crisis
The financial crisis spared no one, not even the oil barons.
the collapse of oil prices

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How do developers build up sand to create each island?
They use hovering cranes to place each shovelful.
They spray sand using a huge gun.
The guns are placed on large ships, and they use GPS to spray the sand accurately.
They push sand into place with a waterborne bulldozer.

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What's the minimum square footage for each island?
10,000 square feet (929 square meters)
150,000 square feet
One hundred fifty thousand square feet is more than 3.5 acres.
500,000 square feet

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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum holds which position?
emir of Dubai
The emir of Dubai and his government have been heavily involved in the country's audacious engineering projects
CEO
vice president of Nakheel Properties

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Developers of the European portion of the islands are selling houses called what?
diving duplexes
floating seahorses
The floating seahorses, which have windowed, underwater bedrooms, are meant to float around the European area.
bobbing buoys

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About how many research hours were put into the floating seahorse homes?
13,000 hours
Thirteen thousand research hours is certain to reassure buyers that their pricey home won't spring a leak.
800 hours
400 hours

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The island representation of which country was the first to open a nightclub?
United States
Lebanon
The nightclub opened in 2012 on the island representation of Lebanon.
China

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In addition to the World Islands, Nakheel Properties envisioned another project named …
the Moon
the Universe
The Universe was supposed to be shaped like the Milky Way but was canceled due to the global financial crisis.
the Galaxy

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The company that's building a resort on the North American section of islands is from which country?
Saudi Arabia
United States
United Arab Emirates
It's actually the same entity from the UAE (Nakheel Properties) that launched the entire project.

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In 2006, the World Wildlife Fund called the UAE's extravagance about how many times more unsustainable than any other country's?
twice as unsustainable
three times as unsustainable
five times as unsustainable
The World Wildlife Fund said the UAE's extravagance is five times more unsustainable than any other country's. Along with Greenpeace, the organization argued that the artificial islands are disruptive to natural processes.

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On average, about how far apart are each of the private islands?
95 feet (29 meters)
330 feet
Three hundred thirty feet is more than enough space to drive a yacht through.
1200 feet

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How do contractors ensure that the sandy islands are solid enough to support buildings?
They vibrate the sand.
The vibro compaction technology was also used for the Palm Islands.
They use concrete.
They inject a type of glue into the sand.

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What does "rainbowing" refer to?
the technique of spraying sand into shallow waters
The arc of the spraying sand takes on the shape of a rainbow.
the concept of borrowing money on a project that's already far over budget
the idea of completing construction projects under budget

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When completed, the project will have created about how much artificial shoreline?
150 miles (241 kilometers)
One hundred fifty miles of shoreline is a lot of beach dredged up from nowhere.
280 miles
460 miles

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How do engineers prevent water stagnation within the confines of the island group?
They leave gaps in the breakwater.
They leave gaps in the breakwater. The tide helps pull and push water in and out of the project.
They pump in new seawater.
They built a hydroelectric facility that continually refreshes the water.

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In February 2010, the Daily Mail claimed that what was happening to the islands?
Two wealthy oil tycoons were purchasing the islands.
The islands were sinking into the sea.
Considering the way the project stalled, it's likely that some erosion occurred.
The islands were facing foreclosure.

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What's the diameter of the pipe used to suction sand from the seafloor for the purpose of building up the islands?
about 2 feet (61 centimeters)
about 3 feet
The 3-foot diameter pipe is big enough to quickly suction tons of sand.
about 6 feet

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How do developers direct electrical power to their individual islands?
solar power
generators
The cables from Dubai haven't materialized, so developers are currently forced to use huge generators.
cables from Dubai

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How deep is the water in which the project is being built?
95 feet (29 meters)
70 feet
30 feet
If it were any deeper than 30 feet, the project would be even more difficult.

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About how much sand was used to create the islands?
330 million cubic meters (11.7 billion cubic feet)
And that 330 million cubic meters doesn't even factor in the millions of tons of rock that were used.
900 million cubic meters
1.2 billion cubic meters

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About how far do the dredging ships travel from the place they dig up sand to the location of the islands they are building?
about half a mile (0.8 kilometer)
about 6 miles
The ships travel about 6 miles. They snag sand from the seafloor just outside the boundaries of the World Islands.
about 30 miles

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What prevents the sandy islands from washing away in the ocean currents?
a dike that's topped by a long bike path
a huge breakwater
The rocky breakwater stifles most incoming waves.
steel-reinforced concrete pillars

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About how long is the breakwater?
17 miles (27 kilometers)
It's abut 17 miles long. More than 30 million tons of rock were required to build this necessary feature.
28 miles
36 miles

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