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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kentucky & North Carolina Tornado Warnings


These warnings have expired.

4:47 P.M. Eastern Time, 5/24/2017 — county names with lines through them indicated that the tornado warning is CANCELLED for that county.

Three counties in Kentucky, USA currently have TORNADO WARNINGS: Estill, Jackson, and Rockcastle. These counties in North Carolina have Tornado Warnings between 4:47 P.M. and 5:45 P.M.: Bladen, Burke, Cumberland, Forsyth, Iredell, McDowell, Robeson, Sampson, Stokes, Surry, Union, and Yadkin. These warnings are expected to expire very soon at 5:00 P.M., but some may be extended further in time. In the Intellicast.com images below, red polygons indicate possible tornado rotation or possibly a tornado on the ground. A TORNADO WATCH is currently in effect until 6 P.M. (most areas) or 8 P.M. for parts of Florida (NE), Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Please check the National Weather Service or your local station for updates. Most of these alerts will expire soon, but the aforementioned counties may or may not experience additional tornado warnings later tonight.

Intellicast radar of Tornado Warnings in North Carolina at 4:45 P.M. Eastern Time on May 24th, 2017

Intellicast radar of the Tornado Warning in Kentucky's Estill, Jackson, and Rockcastle counties at 4:45 P.M. Eastern Time on May 24th, 2017

Azerbaijan Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of AZERBAIJAN: bauxite, cotton, foodstuffs and processed food, grains (especially rice), grapes and other fruit, iron ore, machinery, natural gas, nonferrous metals, petroleum, steel, tea, tobacco, and various vegetables. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include Italy (top importer), Germany, France, Indonesia, Czech Republic, Russia, Israel, the United States, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia, Georgia, India, Thailand, Canada, Afghanistan, Croatia, and Iraq.

Austria Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of AUSTRIA: antimony, chemicals, coal, dairy products, equipment and machinery, foodstuffs and processed food, fruit, grains, graphite and magnesite, iron and iron ore, lignite, lumber, metal goods, motor vehicles and parts, paper and paperboard, potatoes, salt, steel, textiles, and wine. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include Germany (top importer), the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Czech Republic, Hungary, the United Kingdom, Poland, China, Slovenia, Spain, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey, and Japan.

Australia Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of AUSTRALIA: alumina (aluminum oxide), barley, bauxite, coal, diamonds, gold, iron ore, machinery, meat, mineral sands, natural gas, nickel, petroleum, rare earth elements, silver, sugarcane, transport equipment, tropical fruits, tungsten, vehicles, wool, and zinc. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include China (top importer), Japan, the United States, South Korea, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany, Hong Kong, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands, France, Papua New Guinea, and Italy.

Armenia Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of ARMENIA: bauxite, diamonds, hydroelectric electricity to neighboring countries, foodstuffs and processed food, fruit (especially grapes), molybdenum, nonferrous metals, pig iron, small deposits of gold, some vegetables, and unwrought copper.

According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include Russia (top importer), Bulgaria, Iraq, Georgia, Canada, Germany, China, Iran, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States, Italy, Syria, Romania, Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine.

Argentina Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of ARGENTINA: chemicals, copper, corn, grapes, iron ore, lemons, manganese, meat, petroleum and gas, processed food, soybeans, steel, tea, tin, tobacco, vehicles, wheat, and zinc. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include Brazil (top importer), China, United States, Chile, India, Vietnam, Venezuela, Germany, Spain, Canada, Uruguay, the Netherlands, Algeria, Switzerland, Egypt, Indonesia, Paraguay, Italy, Malaysia, and Mexico.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Antigua and Barbuda Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of ANTIGUA and BARBUDA: bananas, bedding, coconuts, electronic components, food (produce and processed), handicrafts, live animals (livestock), mangoes, petroleum and derivative products, sugarcane, and transport equipment. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries and territories buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include Australia, Barbados, Cameroon, Curaçao, Dominica, France, Germany, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Poland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Angola Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of ANGOLA: bananas, bauxite, cassava, coffee, cotton, crude oil, diamonds, feldspar, fish, gold, refined petroleum products, sisal, sugarcane, and timber. Sisal was a major crop and export until war and drought decimated the sisal-harvesting industry; however, sisal production might make a comeback in several decades or years. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include China, France, India, Italy, Netherlands, Panama, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Algeria Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of ALGERIA: barley, citrus fruits, grapes, iron ore, natural gas, oats, olives, petroleum and derivative products, phosphates, uranium, wheat, and zinc. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Japan, Malta, Morocco, the Netherlands, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Albania Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of ALBANIA: asphalt, crude oil, footwear, fruits (especially grapes and olives), metal and metallic ore, textiles, tobacco, vegetables (corn, potatoes, sugar beets, etc.), and wheat. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include Bulgaria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Malta, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States.

Afghanistan Exports


The following produce and materials are major exports of AFGHANISTAN: cotton, fruit, gemstones, handwoven carpet and rugs, hides and pelts (particularly of sheep), nuts, opium, and wool. According to the International Monetary Fund (data.imf.org), countries buying and importing most of those exports in 2016 include Belarus, China, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

National Geographic Bee — May 22nd, 2017


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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. 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 U.S. city is in western Texas and lies directly across the border from Ciudad Juarez, MEXICO?
A — Amarillo
B — Houston
C — El Paso

2)      Analogy: Known as "beasts of burden" due to their usefulness for rugged transportation and onerous work, Llamas are to people of the Andes Mountains as yaks are to people of the _____________.
A — Tibetan Plateau
B — Atlas Mountains
C — Balkan Mountains

3)      Mohandas (Mahātmā) Gandhi effectively demonstrated nonviolent protests to help which country gain independence?
A — BHUTAN
B — INDIA
C — TURKMENISTAN

4)      Which country does not border INDIA?
A — NEPAL
B — PAKISTAN
C — JAPAN

5)      Analogy: LESOTHO is to the Drakensberg Mountains as ANDORRA is to the what?
A — Pyrenees Mountains
B — Apennine Mountains
C — Carpathian Mountains

6)      The Gulf Stream is a warm ocean current in which ocean?
A — Pacific Ocean
B — Indian Ocean
C — Southern Ocean
D — Atlantic Ocean

7)      Perth is the most-populous city on the west coast of what country?

A — NEW ZEALAND
B — AUSTRALIA
C — LAOS

8)      Located in an agriculturally fertile valley, the city of San José grew rapidly in the 19th century as a coffee-producing center. Name the country in which this capital city is located.
A — COSTA RICA
B — BELIZE
C — GUATEMALA

9)      More than one-forth (1/4) of the world's bananas are exported from a South American country possessing the Galapagos Islands. What is this country?
A — ECUADOR
B — COLOMBIA
C — ARGENTINA

10)      In 1979, all of the Caroline Islands except NEW ZEALAND ratified a constitution and became what present-day country in the South Pacific Ocean?
A — TONGA
B — INDONESIA
C — Federated States of MICRONESIA














ANSWERS

Question 1:
C . . . . . El Paso

Question 2:
A . . . . . Tibetan Plateau

Question 3:
B . . . . . India

Question 4:
C . . . . . Japan

Question 5:
A . . . . . Pyrenees Mountains

Question 6:
D . . . . . Atlantic Ocean

Question 7:
B . . . . . Australia

Question 8:
A . . . . . Costa Rica

Question 9:
A . . . . . Ecuador

Question 10:
B . . . . . Federated States of Micronesia

Thursday, May 18, 2017

National Geographic Bee — May 18th, 2017


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GeoFact of the Day Blog's GeoBee Quiz posts are essentially archived and therefore always available (↗), even if National Geographic removed questions from the website. 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 this webpage: nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/quiz (↗).

1)      Independence, a starting point for expeditions along the Oregon Trail, is a town in which U.S. state?
A — South Carolina
B — Missouri
C — Oregon

2)      The world's northernmost national capital is heated almost entirely by geothermal energy. What city is this?
A — Reykjavik
B — Ottawa
C — Oslo

3)      Which island is farther north?
A — Sri Lanka
B — New Guinea
C — Babelthuap

4)      The fertile floodplain of the Chao Phraya river is the chief rice-growing region in ______________.
A — CHINA
B — MYANMAR (BURMA)
C — THAILAND

5)      A source of hydroelectric power, the Main river is a tributary of what river in GERMANY?
A — Danube
B — Elbe
C — Rhine

6)      A sun god's face adorns a wall of a temple in Kohunlich, an ancient Mesoamerican city in the state of Quintana Roo, MEXICO. This temple is located on which peninsula?
A — Yucatán
B — Guajira
C — Baja California

7)      Which European Union country had to tighten its border regulations since 2004 because two of its neighboring countries — BELARUS and UKRAINE — are not members of the EU?
A — MOLDOVA
B — POLAND
C — GERMANY

8)      Analogy: Genoa (ITALY) is to the Ligurian Sea as Amsterdam (The NETHERLANDS) is to what?
A — North Sea
B — Adriatic Sea
C — Gulf of Bothnia

9)      Situated in southern SPAIN, the city of Granada is part of an autonomous region conquered by the Moors in A.D. (C.E.) 711. What autonomous region is this?
A — Catalonia
B — Andalusia
C — Galicia

10)      Based on conventional maps (Antarctica in the south), which choice correctly describes the location of Edmonton in Alberta, CANADA?
A — beside the Mackenzie river
B — north of Calgary
C — west of Jasper National Park














ANSWERS

Question 1:
B . . . . . Missouri

Question 2:
A . . . . . Reykjavik

Question 3:
A . . . . . Sri Lanka

Question 4:
C . . . . . Thailand

Question 5:
C . . . . . Rhine

Question 6:
B . . . . . Yucatán

Question 7:
B . . . . . Poland

Question 8:
A . . . . . North Sea

Question 9:
B . . . . . Andalusia

Question 10:
B . . . . . north of Calgary

Thursday, May 11, 2017

National Geographic Bee — May 11th, 2017


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GeoFact of the Day Blog's GeoBee Quiz posts are essentially archived and therefore always available (↗), even if National Geographic removed questions from the website. 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 this webpage: nationalgeographic.org/bee/study/quiz (↗).

1)      The Balboa is the official currency of the country occupying land that explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa crossed to reach the Pacific Ocean in 1513. Name this country.
A — PANAMA
B — NICARAGUA
C — BRAZIL

2)      An oasis near the Taklimakan Desert's northern boundary, the Turpan (Turfan) Depression is the lowest point in ______________.
A — MONGOLIA
B — JAPAN
C — CHINA

3)      Gold is a prominent export for a Pacific island country in which the population communicates with more than 700 distinct languages. What is this Oceanic country?
A — INDONESIA
B — PAPUA NEW GUINEA
C — NEW ZEALAND

4)      Ghana, Kanem-Bornu, Mali, and Songhai are names associated with which of the following?
A — major religions in Africa
B — early empires in West Africa
C — Arab centers in East Africa

5)      What is the term for a ring-shaped coral island in the open ocean?
A — key
B — isthmus
C — aurora
D — atoll

6)      A ship canal in the UNITED STATES connects which port city to the Gulf of Mexico?
A — San Diego, CA
B — Houston, TX
C — Norfolk, VA

7)      The city of Yekaterinburg lies on the eastern side of RUSSIA's Ural Mountains. In which oblast (province) does this city lie in?
A — Sverdlovsk
B — Tambov
C — Kemerovo

8)      The most-populous city on the Tigris River is the setting for many Arabian Nights stories. Name this city
A — Jerusalem
B — Damascus
C — Baghdad

9)      Flowing into the Balearic Sea, the Ebro River is located in which country?
A — FRANCE
B — ITALY
C — SPAIN

10)      The ruins of Chichén Itzá provide archaeologists with historic and cultural information about the Toltec and which other pre-Columbian civilization?
A — Andes
B — Maya
C — Inca














ANSWERS

Question 1:
A . . . . . Panama

Question 2:
C . . . . . China

Question 3:
B . . . . . Papua New Guinea

Question 4:
B . . . . . early empires in West Africa

Question 5:
D . . . . . atoll

Question 6:
B . . . . . Houston, TX

Question 7:
A . . . . . Sverdlovsk

Question 8:
C . . . . . Baghdad, Iraq

Question 9:
C . . . . . Spain

Question 10:
B . . . . . Maya

South Sudan Quiz


Map of South Sudan in central and eastern Africa — from National Geographic MapMaker Interactive

See if you can answer these quiz questions pertaining to SOUTH SUDAN without the help of literary resources and the Internet. Answers are provided at the end — good luck!

1)     True or false: Gaining independence in July 2007, South Sudan is the world's newest country.
A — True
B — False

2)     Which lake with one syllable in its name is connected to South Sudan's major river, the White Nile (a.k.a. Mountain Nile, Bahr el Jabal, or Bahr al-Gabal) river?
A — Lake No
B — Lake Yes
C — Lake Sail

3)     South Sudan's mineral and energy resources include chromium ore, copper, diamonds, gold, hydroelectric power, iron ore, limestone, mica, silver, and tungsten. What high-demand resource is often the topic of disputes between South Sudan and SUDAN?

____________________

4)      Which livestock animals are especially revered by the Dinka people in their dances and ceremonies — while also being vital for the people's nomadic-herding (pastoral) traditions? (There are hundreds of words dedicated to this animal in the Dinka language!)
A — sheep
B — cattle
C — goats
D — camels

5)      According to Ethnologue (↗), which language is critically endangered and almost extinct, with about 200 communicators living in the year 2017?
A — Dinka
B — Banda-Ndélé
C — Bari
D — Aja


















ANSWERS
Question 1:
B . . . . . False; South Sudan is indeed the latest country to gain its independence, but that occurred in July 2011 (not 2007).

Question 2:
A . . . . . Lake No

Question 3:
Petroleum or oil

Question 4:
B . . . . . cattle

Question 5:
D . . . . . Aja

So, how did you do? Thanks for taking this quiz! The map image above is credited to National Geographic's Mapmaker Interactive (↗).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Slovakia Quiz


Map of Slovakia in Central Europe — from National Geographic MapMaker Interactive

See if you can answer these quiz questions pertaining to SLOVAKIA without the help of literary resources and the Internet. Answers are provided at the end — good luck!

1)      While most of Slovakia is located north and northeast of the Danube river, a section of land near Bratislava (the national capital) is separated from the rest of Slovakia. Nestled between AUSTRIA (west) and the Danube (east), which of the following communities is essentially isolated from the rest of its country?
A — Petržalka
B — Pezinok
C — Zohor

2)      Which mountain range does not cross through Slovakia but is found in northern ROMANIA and near southwestern Ukraine?
A — Carpathian
B — Oaș
C — Tatra (Tatry)


Flag of Slovakia3)      Established in the Constitution on September 1st, 1992 (Constitution Day) and first flown two days later, the Slovakian flag features a ___________________ cross.
A — latin
B — patriarchal
C — St. Andrew's (saltire)

4)      Nicknamed the "Painted Village," which of the following villages in northwestern Slovakia's Strážovské upland includes rows of black timber houses painted with ornate, lace-like lines made of chalky lime material?
A — Čičmany
B — Púchov
C — Rajec
D — Ďurďové

5)      Considered a national dish in Slovakia, Bryndzové halušky are miniature potato dumplings covered in creamy cheese made from ___________'s milk.
A — cow
B — goat
C — sheep


















ANSWERS
Question 1:
A . . . . . Petržalka

Question 2:
B . . . . . Oaș mountains

Question 3:
B . . . . . patriarchal

Question 4:
A . . . . . Čičmany

Question 5:
C . . . . . sheep

So, how did you do? Thanks for taking this quiz! The map image is credited to National Geographic's Mapmaker Interactive (↗). To test your knowledge about a neighboring country, attempt the Czech Republic quiz (↗)!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dunes in the Ad Dahna Desert


Location of sand dunes in the Ad Dahnā’ Desert of Saudi Arabia — map from GeoNames

About 80 kilometers northeast of Riyadh, the Ad Dahnā’ (Dahana) desert forms a boomerang in northeastern SAUDI ARABIA. According to the interactive map hosted on the GeoNames website (↗), over ninety (90) rippling dunes in the Ad Dahnā’ desert have names. Some of these dunes include Adh Dhaylīyah, Al Hidb al Qur’, Dughayyimat al Humrānī, ‘Irq ‘Anz, ‘Irq ash Shāwīyah, ‘Irq Sirū, ‘Irq Widd, Jadhmā’ Jahām, Jadhmā’ Mahraqah, Jaww Hijlān, Qira‘at ‘Imir, Umm al ‘Izām, ‘Urayq al Khalf, ‘Urūq al Jadhm, Zibārat Julayyil, Zibārat Munīfah, Zibārat Nājī, Zibārat Şaffāqah, and Zibāyir ar Ruwaykib. Searching for "Ad Dahna" images on your favorite search engine brings up typical desert-photo subjects: camels, lizards, and of course lots of orange-tinted sand!

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