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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

National Geographic Quiz — February 20th, 2018


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GeoFact of the Day's GeoBee Quiz posts are essentially archived and therefore always available (↗), even if National Geographic removed questions from the website. Some questions may be fairly easy, especially for adults — but you never know when you'll encounter a toughie! Try this latest geography quiz; correctly answering at least seven out of ten questions means you surely are a geography whiz! Many more quiz questions are found on the National Geographic Geo Bee Quiz (↗) website.

1)      Which body of water is partially surrounded by the state of Maryland in the UNITED STATES?
A — Chesapeake Bay
B — Pamlico Sound
C — Atlantic Ocean

2)      The Mayflower and Titanic are two famous ships that began their transatlantic journeys at what British port city?
A — Southampton
B — Portsmouth
C — Plymouth

3)      Which of these provincial capitals in CANADA sit in a major oil- and natural gas-producing region?
A — Victoria
B — Halifax
C — Edmonton

4)      Freeborn boys wore togas with a purple border in which ancient Mediterranean civilization?
A — Roman
B — Ottoman
C — Egyptian
D — Mycenaean

5)      What city — once the capital of imperial RUSSIA — is the easternmost port on the Gulf of Finland?
A — Helsinki
B — Tallinn
C — Riga
D — Saint Petersburg

6)      Analogy: Mandarin is to Chinese as Castilian is to _____________.
A — French
B — Spanish
C — English

7)      Name the Highlands in northern South America vastly extending across land between the Orinoco and Amazon river basins.
A — Patagonian Highlands
B — Guiana Highlands
C — Brazilian Highlands

8)      The circumference of (distance around) Earth is commonly measured at which parallel of latitude?
A — Tropic of Cancer or 23½ degrees N latitude
B — Prime Meridian or 0 degrees longitude
C — Equator or 0 degrees latitude

9)      Berbers and what other Muslim group of people make up most of the population in ALGERIA, LIBYA, and MOROCCO?
A — Tuareg
B — Arabs
C — Fulani

10)      Large reserves of phosphates are found in which North African country bordering both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea?
A — TUNISIA
B — ERITREA
C — MOROCCO

















ANSWERS

Question 1:
A . . . . . Chesapeake Bay

Question 2:
A . . . . . Southampton

Question 3:
C . . . . . Edmonton

Question 4:
A . . . . . Roman

Question 5:
D . . . . . Saint Petersburg

Question 6:
B . . . . . Spanish

Question 7:
B . . . . . Guiana Highlands

Question 8:
C . . . . . Equator or 0 degrees latitude

Question 9:
B . . . . . Arabs

Question 10:
C . . . . . Morocco

Friday, February 16, 2018

Zimbabwe Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of ZIMBABWE: air pumps, aircraft, animal hides, asbestos, beverages, cement, centrifuges, chemicals, chromium, citrus fruit, clothing and textiles, coal, coffee, collector’s items, computers, construction vehicles, copper, corn (maize), cotton, cut flowers, diamonds, dried legumes, electricity to neighboring countries, ferroalloys, fertilizer, figurines and sculptures, footwear, fruit juice, furniture, gold, granite, graphite, gypsum, hairpieces and wigs, iron, lead, lithium, livestock, malt, medical supplies, metal goods, nickel and nickel mattes, niobium, oilseeds, packaged food, paper containers, peanuts and other ground nuts, pepper, pesticides, platinum, prefabricated buildings, refrigerators, rice, seafood, sowing seeds, spices, steel, sugarcane, tantalum, tea, telephones, tin, tobacco, transformers and transmissions, tungsten, vanadium, vegetable products, wheat, wood and wood products, yarn, and zirconium.

Zimbabwe produces a variety of machinery. Functions of the machinery manufactured in the Southern African country include bottling, construction, cooling, excavation, heating, industrial food preparation, liquid dispersal, and stone processing — among others. According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of Zimbabwe's exports include South Africa (top importer), Mozambique, Zambia, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Switzerland, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Malawi, Italy, the Netherlands, Tunisia, China, the United States, Spain, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Sudan, and Tanzania.

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That concludes the Country Exports series on GeoFact of the Day! In the next week or so, look out for a post containing convenient Word and PowerPoint documents, which will combine all the post links together for easy access.

Zambia Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of ZAMBIA: animal hides, barley, beverages, bran, breakfast cereal, broadcasting equipment, cassava, cereal meal and pellets, chemicals, clothing and textiles, coal, cobalt, coffee, confectionery sugar, construction vehicles and cranes, copper, copper products (including bars and wire), corn (maize), cut flowers, excavation machinery, fertilizer, frozen vegetables, gemstones (especially diamonds and emeralds), gold, hydroelectricity to neighboring countries, insulated wire, interchangeable tool parts, iron products, lead, legumes, liquid pumps, magnesium carbonate, military ammunition and weapons, molasses, mollusks, olive and palm oil, packaged food, paper containers, peanuts, postage stamps, poultry meat, quicklime, raw and refined copper, rice, silver, sorghum, soybeans and soybean meal, sugarcane, sulphur (sulfur), sunflower seeds, tobacco, unmentioned edible preparations, uranium (small amounts), vegetable residues, wheat flour, wood, yeast, and zinc.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Switzerland (top importer), China, the United Arab Emirates, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Malawi, Luxembourg, Tanzania, Japan, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Germany, Rwanda, Burundi, South Korea, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Mauritius, Algeria, Swaziland, the United States, Uganda, Angola, Australia, Hungary, Ireland, and Madagascar.

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Yemen Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of YEMEN: aircraft parts, animal food, automobiles, baked goods, barley, bran, buckwheat, buses, cargo and passenger ships, cement, ceramic tableware, cereal meal, clothing and textiles, coal (small amounts), coffee, combustion engines, concentrated milk, copper, corn (maize), cotton, crabs and other crustaceans, cut flowers, dried and salted seafood, electric motors, fruit juice, gold, grapes, handicrafts, khat (qat) plants, lead, liquefied natural gas, marble, medical supplies, melons, mollusks, nickel, oilseeds, onions, petroleum, pulses, rock salt, scrap copper, scrap plastic, sheep hides, soap, sugar, tea, tobacco, tropical fruit (especially bananas), vegetable oil, and wheat flour.

Certain industries — particularly the automobile industry in Yemen — experience sharp fluctuations in operations from year to year when dealing with complications caused by civil unrest, destruction, and terrorism. The automobile industry was considered to be in shambles only a few years ago but fared well last year (2017) due to an increase in orders for vehicles.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include China (top importer), Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Egypt, Malaysia, the United States, South Korea, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Somalia, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Indonesia, Djibouti, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Vietnam, Argentina, Jordan, Japan, the Netherlands, Thailand, Ethiopia, Belgium, Lebanon, Eritrea, and India.

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Vietnam Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of VIETNAM: animal food, automobile parts, baked goods, bananas, batteries, bauxite, beverages (especially beer and liquor), broadcasting and video-recording equipment, cases and trunks, cashews, cassava, cement, chromate, cinnamon and other spices, circuit boards, clothing and textiles, coal briquettes, coal, coffee, copper pipes, electric motors, electric transformers, electricity to neighboring countries, electronics, feldspar, fertilizer, footwear, frozen fruit and nuts, furniture, glass, gravel, headphones and microphones, industrial printers, iron products, machinery, malt extract, manganese, natural gas, nickel, office machine parts, packaged food, paddy rice, pasta, peanuts, pepper, petroleum products, phosphates, quicklime, rare earth elements, rubber, seafood, silverware, soybeans, starches, steel, sugarcane, tea, telephones, tobacco, toys, valves, wheat flour, and wood products.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include the United States (top importer), China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Italy, the Philippines, France, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Cambodia, India, Canada, Taiwan, Singapore, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, Turkey, Israel, and Sweden.

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Venezuela Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of VENEZUELA: aluminum, animal hides, asphalt, automobile parts, bananas, basic manufactured goods, bauxite, beef, beverages (especially liquor), buckwheat, chemicals, chocolate, citrus fruit, clothing and textiles, coal briquettes, cocoa butter, coffee, corn (maize), dairy products, diamonds, eggs, electronics, excavation machinery, fertilizer, float glass, gold, insulated wire, iron materials, iron ore, melons, molasses, natural gas, oilseeds, packaged food, paper products, perfume plants, petroleum and petroleum coke, pork, rice, seafood (especially crabs and crabmeat), sorghum, steel, sugarcane, telephones, tomatoes, tree nuts, and wood fiberboard.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include the United States (top importer), China, India, Singapore, the Netherlands Antilles, Singapore, Cuba, Japan, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Aruba, Spain, Jamaica, Sweden, Nicaragua, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Chile, Belgium, the Netherlands, Turkey, France, Poland, Antigua and Barbuda, Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru, and Saint Lucia.

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Vanuatu Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of VANUATU: antiques, beef, cleaning products, cocoa, coconuts and copra, coffee, dried fruit, electric lighting, fish netting, handicrafts, iron gas containers, kava, numismatic (coin) collectibles, other tropical fruits and vegetables, refined petroleum, seafood, semiconductor devices, signaling equipment, taro, tug boats, wood, and yams.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Fiji (top importer), Thailand, Japan, China, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Venezuela, the United States, Malaysia, New Caledonia, Hong Kong, Chile, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the United Kingdom, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Russia, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Nigeria, the Netherlands, and Mongolia.

Rounded flag of Vanuatu

Monday, February 5, 2018

Uzbekistan Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of UZBEKISTAN: alcoholic beverages, aluminum bars, animal food, animal hides, automobiles, cabbage, chemicals, clothing and textiles, copper and iron products, copper wire, cotton, cucumbers and zucchinis, dried fruit, dried legumes, equipment and machinery, fertilizers, flavored water, fruit juice, gold, grapes, insulated wire, monofilaments, nuts, onions, packaged food, paper pulp, peat, perfume plants, petroleum products, pitted fruit, polymers, precious metal scraps, printed material, radioactive elements, refined copper, root vegetables, tobacco, utility meters, valves, wheat flour, yarn, and zinc.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Turkey (top importer), Russia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Ukraine, Iran, India, Poland, Tajikistan, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Belarus, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Indonesia, Georgia, Mongolia, Spain, the United States, Portugal, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.

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Uruguay Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of URUGUAY: adhesives, aluminum foil, animal fat and margarine, animal hides, automobile parts, automobiles, batteries, beverages, blood for medical uses, cellulose, chemicals, citrus and other fruit, cleaning products, clothing and textiles, dairy products (especially concentrated milk), electric machinery, fertilizer, flour, furniture, gemstones, gold, insulated wire, iron pipes, kaolin-coated paper, malt, meat, medical supplies, orthopedic appliances, packaged food, pesticides, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, plastic products, rice, scrap copper, seafood, seeds, soybeans, synthetic dyes, transportation equipment, vegetable sap, wheat, wood, and wool.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Brazil (top importer), China, the United States, Argentina, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Peru, Paraguay, Mexico, Israel, Russia, Spain, Chile, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Colombia, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam, Bolivia, Hong Kong, France, Cuba, Poland, South Korea, and South Africa.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Monday, January 22, 2018

United States Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of the UNITED STATES: air and liquid pumps, aircraft, aluminum plating, animal food, apples, armored vehicles, automobiles, baked goods, beauty products, berries, beverages (especially alcohol, flavored water, juice), blood for medical uses, broadcasting equipment, card and video games, centrifuges, chemicals, chocolate, cleaning products, coal briquettes, coal tar oil, coffee, combustion and spark-ignition engines, computers, copper ore, corn (maize), cotton, dairy products, delivery trucks, diamonds and other gemstones, dried legumes, electric control boards, electric motors, electric power accessories, electric transformers, excavation machinery, and forage crops.

Even more exports include frozen produce, furniture, gold, grapes, heating machinery, industrial printers, insulated wire, integrated circuits, iron products, jewelry, kaolin, laboratory instruments, lead ore, low-voltage protection equipment, machines for manufacturing, meat, medical devices and supplies, nuts, office machine parts, oilseeds, oranges, orthopedic appliances, oscilloscopes, paper products and pulp, pears, pesticides, petroleum and petroleum gas, pharmaceuticals, photo lab equipment, pitted fruit, plastic products, platinum, precious metal scraps, rice, sauce and seasoning, scrap aluminum, scrap copper, scrap iron, semiconductor devices, silver, sorghum, soybean meal, soybeans, starch residue, steel, telephones, televisions and video displays, titanium, tractors, trailers, transmissions, transportation parts, turbines, valves, wheat, wood, X-ray equipment, and zinc ore.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Canada (top importer), Mexico, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, South Korea, the Netherlands, Brazil, France, Belgium, Singapore, Taiwan, India, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Malaysia, Spain, Colombia, Austria, Chile, Thailand, Ireland, Vietnam, Turkey, Peru, and Dominican Republic.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

United Kingdom Exports


According to MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of the UNITED KINGDOM: aircraft and automobile parts, aircraft, aluminum, animal food, antiques, artwork (especially paintings and sculptures), automobiles, baked goods, barley, beauty supplies, beverages, blood for medical use, boats, broadcasting equipment, brochures and other paper products, centrifuges, chemicals, chocolate, cleaning products, clothing, coffee, computers, delivery trucks, diamonds, dried legumes, engines, furniture, gas and electric turbines, gold, jewelry, leather footwear, liquid pumps, low-voltage protection equipment, medical instruments and supplies, metal products, nitrogen compounds, pesticides, petroleum, petroleum gas, pharmaceuticals, plastic products, platinum, potatoes, scientific instruments, scrap aluminum, scrap copper, scrap iron, tea, telephones, tires, titanium, tractors, wheat, and valves.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include the United States (top importer), Germany, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, China, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Hong Kong, Japan, Turkey, Sweden, South Korea, Poland, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Saudi Arabia, India, Norway, Russia, Denmark, South Africa, Czech Republic, Angola, and Austria.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

United Arab Emirates Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: aluminum, automobiles, baked goods, beauty and shaving products, broadcasting equipment, chemicals, chocolate, clothing and textiles, computers, concentrated milk, construction materials, copper wire, dates, diamonds and other gemstones, dried legumes, dried seafood, electric batteries, engines, equipment and machinery, fertilizer, flavored water, fruit juice, gas turbines, gold, handicrafts, iron products, jewelry, light fixtures, meat, medical supplies, natural gas, nuts, parts for aircraft and automobiles, pepper, perfume, petroleum and petroleum products, polymers, precious metal watches, printed material, re-exports from other countries, rice, rubber tires, scrap aluminum and copper, ships, spices, sugar, synthetic yarn, tea, telephones, tobacco, and tropical fruit.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include India (top importer), Iran, Switzerland, Oman, Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Kuwait, Qatar, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Iraq.

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Ukraine Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of UKRAINE: air and liquid pumps, aircraft, automobiles, baked goods, ball bearings, bran, cargo and passenger ships, chemicals, chocolate, clay, coal, coats and suits, concentrated milk and other dairy products, confectionery sugar, corn (maize), eggs, electric equipment (heaters, motors, transformers, etc.), electricity to neighboring countries, equipment and machinery, fertilizer, footwear, frozen fruit and nuts, fruit juice, gas and steam turbines, glass bottles, grain (especially barley and wheat), gravel, honey, insulated wire, iron and steel products, iron ore, kaolin, low-voltage protection equipment, malt extract, natural gas, nickel, packaged food, paper products (especially wallpaper), petroleum and petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, plastic sheeting, poultry meat, refined copper, soybeans, sugar beets, sunflower seeds and other oilseeds, telephones, televisions, titanium, tobacco, transmissions, transportation parts, vegetable residues for animal feed, and wood.

According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include India (top importer), Russia, Egypt, Turkey, China, Italy, Poland, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Iran, Hungary, the United States, Belarus, Romania, Israel, Czech Republic, Algeria, Iraq, and Austria.

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Uganda Exports


According to National Geographic MapMaker (mapmaker.nationalgeographic.org) and MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of UGANDA: aircraft parts, animal hides, baked goods, beverages, broadcasting equipment, buckwheat, cassava, cement, clothing and textiles, cobalt, cocoa beans, coffee, construction vehicles, copper, corn (maize), cotton (raw and prepared), cut flowers and other horticultural items, dried legumes, electricity to neighboring countries, flour, frozen vegetables, glass bottles, gold, iron products, leather, limestone, milk and concentrated milk, millet, oilseeds, potatoes, pulses, rice, seafood, soap, steel, sugar, tea, and tobacco. According to February 2017 statistics from the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Kenya (top importer), South Sudan, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Italy, Tanzania, the Netherlands, Burundi, Sudan, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, China, Spain, India, Tunisia, Zambia, and Portugal.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Tuvalu Exports


According to MIT's Observatory of Economic Complexity (atlas.media.mit.edu), the following items are major exports of TUVALU: cleaning products, coconuts, copra, dried fruit, fish nets, integrated circuits, iron containers, lighting, non-fillet frozen seafood, numismatics (commemorative coins), petroleum (small amounts), semiconductor devices, signal equipment, tug boats, and turbines. Countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports include Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Fiji, Japan, Kiribati, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the United States.

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