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Friday, September 21, 2018

Flag of the Day: Malampa Province


Flag of the State of Zulia in Venezuela
Image from the Vexilla-Mundi website

Location of the Malampa Province:
North-central VANUATU — east of the Coral Sea (Mar Caribe) and in the South Pacific Ocean. Islands in Malampa Province include Akhamb, Ambrym, Atchin, Lovépi, Malekula (Malakula), Maskelyne Islands, Paama, Rano, Sakao, Uri, Uripiv (Urpiv), Vao, Vulai, and Wala. Towns on the islands of Malampa Province — most are on Malekula island unless specified otherwise in parentheses — include Aim, Amelvet, Baiap (Ambrym island), Brennwe, Craig Cove (Ambrym), Endu Pahakoi (Ambrym), Fona, Halos (Lopévi island), Horrok, Lakatoro, Lalinda (Ambrym), Laravet, Letokas, Leviamp, Linbul, Lulep Nessa (Paama island), Matanvat, Nou (Paama), Pinalum, Taram, Tautu, Tavie (Paama), Tevaliout (Paama), Vauleli Nessa (Paama), Vutekai (Paama), and Wihel.

Population: 37,200 (GeoFact of the Day estimate, 2018)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Flag of the Day: Zulia


Flag of the State of Zulia in Venezuela

Location of the State of Zulia in VENEZUELA: Located south of the Caribbean Sea (Mar Caribe) in northwest Venezuela. Zulia State almost completely surrounds Lake Maracaibo (Lago de Maracaibo). Zulia maintains a prominent petroleum extracting and refining industry, so the lightning bolt design on its flag is likely to represent the electricity generated from burning petroleum. Towns and cities in Zulia include Maracaibo (state capital), Altagracia, Bobures, Cabimas, Casigua, Ciudad Ojeda, Encontrados, La Concepción, La Solita, Lagunillas, Machiques, Mene Grande, Palmira, Paraguaipoa, Quisiro, Rosario, San Carlos del Zulia, San Rafael, and Sinamaica.

Population: 5,150,000 (GeoFact of the Day estimate, 2018)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

San Marino's Republic Day


Happy Independence Day, Sammarinese people!

Completely surrounded by Italy, the Republic of SAN MARINO is believed to be the world's longest surviving sovereign country! The establishment of San Marino dates back to 301, when Saint Marinus established a basilica on top of the mountainous, defensible territory. Annually celebrated on September 3rd, Republic Day is often known as the Founding of the Republic and the Feast of Saint Marinus. Annual festivities include a Solemn Mass in the Saint Marinus Basilica, procession of the saint's relics throughout the streets of San Marino, crossbow tournament, concerts, bingo, and fireworks.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Qatar's Independence Day


Happy Independence Day, Qataris!

The State of QATAR obtained independence from the United Kingdom in 1971. Qatar's Independence Day is annually celebrated every September 3rd.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Geography Quiz — August 27th, 2018


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Questions for this quick geography quiz are found on the National Geographic Geo Bee Quiz (↗) website. Keep testing your geographic knowledge (↗) with other quizzes from GeoFact of the Day. If there's a tricky question that you want to try answering correctly, definitely try searching for a post or accessing the Countries page (navigation bar). Your answer might be found on the GeoFact of the Day Blog ... Enjoy and good luck!

1)      The construction of the Aswan High Dam caused silt buildup in what lake?
A — Lake Victoria
B — Lake Natron
C — Lake Nasser
D — Lake Tanganyika

2)      Muslims in the city of Mopti pray at mosques made of clay and wooden frames. Mopti is almost halfway between BURKINA FASO and MAURITANIA in which country?
A — LIBERIA
B — MALI
C — SENEGAL

3)      Which river (Spanish: rio) forms part of the national boundary between COSTA RICA and NICARAGUA?
A — Rio San Juan
B — Rio Tipitapa
C — Rio Tarcoles

4)      The sun is located directly above the Equator at noon two times annually. What are these solar events called?
A — equinoxes
B — solstices
C — aphelions




Answers are listed below!
























ANSWERS

Question 1:
C . . . . . Lake Nasser

Question 2:
B . . . . . Mali

Question 3:
A . . . . . Rio San Juan

Question 4:
A . . . . . equinoxes

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Apolima Strait


Map of Apolima Strait in Samoa

Bisecting the Independent State of SAMOA in the South Pacific Ocean is the Apolima Strait, a navigable body of water that is approximately 16.9 kilometers (10.5 miles) wide and 32.2 kilometers (20 miles) long. Apolima Strait passes through and around several small islands between Samoa's two major islands: Savai'i and Upolu. These small islands include Apolima, Lepuia'i, Manono, and Nu'ulopa. In addition to the close-proximity Tafua Rainforest Reserve on Savai'i island, these islands are heavily forested — except Lepuia'i island, which basically resembles a big boulder!

Several ferry services are available to connect the islands. The area's most extensive ferry line connects the town of Sālelologa with the Mulifanua Wharf Ferry Terminal, down the road from the Faleolo International Airport. Another ferry route connects Cape Fatuosofia's oceanfront Le Vasa Resort to a small village on Apolima island. Manono island has several transportation possibilities: ferries connecting the towns of Apai and Faleu and sometimes Salua as well as a road circling along the coastline. A couple of Apolima Strait's reefs are named Cathedral and Manono.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mermaid, Delaware


Rand McNally map of the community of Mermaid and New Castle County in northern Delaware

Maryland 2015-2016 state highway map showing Mermaid, Delaware (top-right)

So small that no signs designate its existence, Mermaid is a populated place in the northern part of Delaware state in the UNITED STATES. Essentially a suburb of Wilmington to the east, the Mermaid area has suburban-style stores and restaurants and is home to Goldey-Beacom College. Surrounding communities (most are neighborhoods or subdivisions) include Ainsley Woods, Eastburn Farms, Elsmere, Jarrell Farms, Limestone Hills, Newark, Newport, The Pines of Pike Creek, and Wilmington.

Friday, July 20, 2018

July 20th, 2018 Tornado Warnings


On Friday, July 20th, Tornado Warnings were found in multiple counties but particularly affected Indiana and Kentucky. Some counties experiencing Tornado Warnings and/or tornadoes include Blackford, Harrison, Jefferson, Kosciusko, Marshall, Wabash, and Whitley in Indiana and Bullitt, Mercer, Nelson, and Washington in Kentucky. A tornado in New Middletown, Indiana caused extensive destruction. Fortunately, no fatalities occurred from the July 20th tornadic storms.

View a list of Tornado Warnings any time from the National Weather Service (↗).


Intellicast.com map of the Tornado Warning that was in effect until 4:15 PM in Blackford County, Indiana.

Monday, July 16, 2018

9 Counties have West Nile Virus Mosquitoes — Indiana 2018


As of Monday, July 16th, 2018, nine counties in Indiana tested mosquitoes and have confirmed West Nile Virus in some of those mosquitoes. The nine counties are Allen (2 batches with WNV), Bartholomew (1), Carroll (1), Elkhart (2), Hamilton (1), Marion (6), Monroe (1), Putnam (1), and Tippecanoe (2). Please consider precautions to prevent being bit by mosquitoes, since the West Nile Virus can cause distressful side effects — especially in children and elderly people. Wear lightweight but long clothing to cover bare skin, spray repellent containing DEET on yourself when enjoying the outdoors (especially at dusk), and empty water that collected outside in containers, etc. so that more mosquitoes cannot be born. Stay up to date on the Hoosier West Nile Virus situation with the Indiana Department of Health's Interactive Infection Map (↗). This website has individual maps for mosquito infections, bird infections, equine/horse cases, and if people contract the non-contagious virus.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Zimbabwe is Known for...


●    A corrupt former President – Robert “Bob” Mugabe
●    Elephants and lions
●    Gin and tonics
●    Lack of fuel
●    Lots of inflation
●    Natural scenery
●    Pleasant weather
●    Victoria Falls

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Zambia is Known for...


●    Copper
●    David Livingstone
●    Growing tourism
●    Peaceful sunsets
●    The Victoria Falls
●    The Zambezi River
●    Troubled political history but a current multiparty democracy

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Uganda is Known for...


●    Being nicknamed the Pearl of Africa
●    Entrepreneurialism
●    Idi Amin
●    Lake Victoria and its tranquil scenery
●    Mountains of the Moon – Rwenzori Mountains
●    Murchison Falls
●    Rare mountain gorillas
●    White Nile River

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Tunisia is Known for...


●    Beach gigolos
●    Having more women’s rights compared to other Arab countries
●    Jasmine
●    Star Wars filming locations
●    The desert – and desert hockey
●    The Hand of Fatima (Hamsa) symbols for good luck
●    White-sand beaches

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Togo is Known for...


●    Colonial French influences in architecture, etc.
●    Emmanuel Adebayor
●    Its skinny shape
●    Lomé boulevards
●    Riots, unfortunately
●    Tamberma villages
●    Voodooism

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Tanzania is Known for...


●    Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro
●    Dhow sailboats
●    Its wildlife
●    Karibu (Welcome)
●    Red-garbed Maasai warriors
●    Safaris
●    Serengeti (extends into a small portion of Kenya)
●    Zanzibar’s carved doorways

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Swaziland is Known for...


●    Ezulwini Valley
●    HIV/AIDS, unfortunately
●    King Mswati III and his lavish lifestyle
●    Mkhaya Game Reserve
●    Royal weddings
●    Swazi art and crafts

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

Sudan is Known for...


●    Atrocities at Darfur and fleeing-for-their-lives refugees, unfortunately
●    Bokasi pickup trucks used for public transportation
●    Cities at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile Rivers
●    Desert land
●    Having more pyramids than Egypt!
●    Quiet but warm hospitality
●    Riverside palm groves

Most items were listed in The Africa Book; the MLA citation is below. What are other "trademarks" of this African country? Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment!

Phillips et al. The Africa Book: A Journey through Every
          Country in the Continent
. Lonely Planet, 2007.

— #AfricaWeek —

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