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Monday, June 18, 2018

Flag of the Day: Columbia, Missouri, USA


Flag of Columbia, Missouri in the United States

Location of Columbia, Missouri, UNITED STATES: Located between Kansas City (120 miles and 193 kilometers away) in the west and Saint Louis (110 mi and 117 km away) in the east; Columbia is in the north-central part of Missouri state. Surrounding towns and cities include Boonville, Centralia, Fulton, Hallsville, Jamestown, Jefferson City (capital of Missouri), and Rocheport.

Population: 125,000 (GeoFact of the Day estimate, 2018)


Municipal flag flying in the city of Columbia, Missouri in the United States

Geography Quiz — June 18th, 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)      Honiara is the capital of an island country in the South Pacific Ocean. Name this country.
A — SOLOMON ISLANDS
B — EAST TIMOR (Timor-Leste)
C — TUVALU

2)      Compared to the other two, which country has a longer coastline along an ocean?
A — CAMBODIA
B — ARGENTINA
C — GUINEA-BISSAU

3)      Also known as Gvozdena Vrata and Porţile de Fier in two national languages, the deep Iron Gate gorge is located on the border between SERBIA and what country to the northeast?
A — SLOVAKIA
B — ROMANIA
C — CROATIA

4)      The "Waltzing Matilda" folk song is associated with which region in the world?
A — Scottish Highlands
B — Australian Outback
C — Appalachia




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ANSWERS

Question 1:
A . . . . . Solomon Islands

Question 2:

B . . . . . Argentina

Question 3:
B . . . . . Romania

Question 4:
Australian Outback

Friday, June 15, 2018

Geography Quiz — June 15th, 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. Enjoy and good luck!

1)      The Ginza, a shopping and entertainment district, got its name because shoguns used to mint their coins in the area. Name the city where Ginza is located.
A — Seoul
B — Tokyo
C — Kyoto

2)      The culture of the Kerch Peninsula reflects the influence of the many empires that have controlled the area. This peninsula is located due south of what shallow arm of the Black Sea?
A — Sea of Azov
B — Caspian Sea
C — Aegean Sea

3)      In which country is the Festival of San Fermín held in?
A — FRANCE
B — MEXICO
C — SPAIN

4)      Fill in the blank: After tourism, the primary economic industry of The BAHAMAS is ___________________________.


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ANSWERS

Question 1:
B . . . . . Tokyo

Question 2:

A . . . . . Sea of Azov

Question 3:
C . . . . . Spain

Question 4:
Banking or finance

Monday, June 11, 2018

Flag of the Day: Durrës, Albania


Flag of Durres, Albania

Location of Durrës, ALBANIA: Located immediately east of the Mediterranean Sea coastline in west-central Albania. Surrounding towns and cities include Maliq Muço, Rrashbull, Shënavlash, Shijak, and Spitallë.

Population: 210,500 (GeoFact of the Day estimate, 2018)

Geography Quiz — June 11th, 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. Enjoy and good luck!

1)      Name the city that became COTÉ D’IVOIRE’s chief port after it was linked to the Gulf of Guinea by the construction of a canal.
A — Yamoussoukro
B — Odienné
C — Abidjan

2)      Which Canadian province is home to Banff National Park, a popular destination for national and international tourists?
A — Ontario
B — Manitoba
C — Alberta


3)      Which of the world's four oceans is the smallest?
A — Arctic Ocean
B — Atlantic Ocean
C — Indian Ocean

4)      A lengthy road bridge and rail tunnel link the islands of Fyn and Zealand in which country?
A — AFGHANISTAN and NORWAY
B — LAOS and DENMARK
C — BANGLADESH and LATVIA


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ANSWERS

Question 1:
C . . . . . Abidjan

Question 2:

C . . . . . Alberta

Question 3:
A . . . . . Arctic

Question 4:
B . . . . . Denmark

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Geography Quiz #3 — May 17th, 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. Enjoy and good luck!

1)      Which country's economy is more dependent on fisheries than the other three options?
A — BURKINA FASO
B — NORWAY
C — BOLIVIA
D — COLOMBIA

2)      What Central American country was formerly known as British Honduras?
A — BELIZE
B — COSTA RICA
C — PANAMA

3)      When Prophet Muhammad left Mecca, he traveled north to which now-sacred city in SAUDI ARABIA?
A — Tabuk
B — Riyadh
C — Medina

4)      Bengal is an administrative region in which two countries?
A — AFGHANISTAN and PAKISTAN
B — LAOS and THAILAND
C — BANGLADESH and INDIA


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ANSWERS

Question 1:
B . . . . . Norway

Question 2:
A . . . . . Belize

Question 3:
C . . . . . Medina

Question 4:
C . . . . . Bangladesh and India


Geography Quiz #2 — May 17th, 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. Enjoy and good luck!

1)      The Amazon and Paraná rivers both flow through which country?
A — ARGENTINA
B — BOLIVIA
C — ECUADOR
D — BRAZIL


2)      The Tyrrhenian Sea separates the island of Sardinia from the mainland of which country?
A — GREECE
B — ITALY
C — CROATIA

3)      Which U.S. state is not part of the Four Corners region?
A — Idaho
B — Utah
C — Arizona

4)      Which Great Lake is bordered by Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and another state?
A — Lake Erie
B — Lake Huron
C — Lake Superior
D — Lake Ontario
E — Lake Michigan

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ANSWERS

Question 1:
D . . . . . Brazil

Question 2:
B . . . . . Italy

Question 3:
A . . . . . Idaho

Question 4:
E . . . . . Lake Michigan


Geography Quiz #1 — May 17th, 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. Enjoy and good luck!

1)      One of the world's largest producers of nutmeg includes a clove of spice on its national flag. Name this Caribbean island country.
A — GRENADA
B — JAMAICA
C — CUBA

2)      Which country in South Asia is not one of the world's two largest producers of tea as of May 2018?
A — CHINA
B — KAZAKHSTAN
C — INDIA

3)      Many of Russia's chief industrial centers have developed along the banks of a river flowing into the Caspian Sea. Name this river.
A — Lena
B — Volga
C — Yenisey

4)      In which region in North America would you expect to find permafrost?
A — Northwest Territories
B — New England
C — Great Plains


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ANSWERS

Question 1:
A . . . . . Grenada

Question 2:
B . . . . . Kazakhstan

Question 3:
B . . . . . Volga

Question 4:
A . . . . . Northwest Territories

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sudan Post is Updated


My Sudan post (↗) — link opens in a new tab or window — is updated with more information. Thanks for visiting GeoFact of the Day ... today and always!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Geography Quiz #3 — April 17th, 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. Enjoy and good luck!

1)      In 1991, ESTONIA, LATVIA, and LITHUANIA gained independence from what obsolete country?
A — East Germany
B — Czechoslovakia
C — Soviet Union
D — Belarussian Union

2)      On March 13th of 2018, the government of SOUTH KOREA announced its intention to talk with IMF officials to make sure the UNITED STATES will not have reason to believe South Korea is a currency manipulator. (In a recent Treasury report, the United States did not call South Korea or other allied trading partners as currency manipulators.) In 1997, South Korea received a $21 billion bailout from the IMF to stabilize its economy. What do the initials IMF stand for?
A — International Monetary Fund
B — Industrial Monetization Fund
C — Income Maximization Fund

3)      Overlooking the confluence of the Dadu and Min rivers, the Leshan Giant Buddha (circa 8th century A.D.) was carved out of a cliff in hopes of protecting sailors from dangerous currents. This statue is in what officially atheist country?
A — LAOS
B — CHINA
C — VIETNAM

4)      Which country is not ruled by a leader named the sultan?
A — OMAN
B — BRUNEI
C — PAKISTAN


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ANSWERS

Question 1:
C . . . . . Soviet Union (USSR)

Question 2:
A . . . . . International Monetary Fund

Question 3:
B . . . . . China

Question 4:
C . . . . . Pakistan

* GeoFact of the Day (not National Geographic) came up with Question 2 based on recent news reports (particularly from Reuters) and IMF statistics.


Geography Quiz #2 — April 17th, 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. Enjoy and good luck!

1)      "Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable" is the motto of which northern U.S. state that is home to Theodore Roosevelt National Park?
A — Wisconsin
B — North Dakota
C — South Dakota

2)      San Agustín (English: Saint Augustine) was an important ceremonial center in what South American country north of ECUADOR?
A — VENEZUELA
B — COLOMBIA
C — BRAZIL

3)      Guernsey and Jersey — dependencies of the British crown — are part of a group of islands located between England and FRANCE. Name this island group.
A — Channel Islands
B — Shetland Islands
C — Balearic Islands

4)      Which of these island countries has a smaller total land area?
A — CUBA
B — MALTA
C — JAMAICA


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ANSWERS

Question 1:
B . . . . . North Dakota

Question 2:
B . . . . . Colombia

Question 3:
A . . . . . Channel Islands

Question 4:
B . . . . . Malta

Geography Quiz #1 — April 17th, 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. Enjoy and good luck!

1)      Seismographs are used to detect and record which natural hazard?
A — earthquakes
B — blizzards
C — hurricanes

2)      Which country does not border BHUTAN?
A — INDIA
B — CHINA
C — AFGHANISTAN

3)      Launceston is a port city with over 80,000 people on which island in the Southern Hemisphere?
A — Guam
B — Tasmania
C — Palau

4)      The Adironback Mountains — covering much of the area between Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario — tower above the northern part of which state in the UNITED STATES?
A — Vermont
B — New York
C — Maine


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ANSWERS

Question 1:
A . . . . . earthquakes

Question 2:
C . . . . . Afghanistan

Question 3:
B . . . . . Tasmania

Question 4:
B . . . . . New York

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Lions Clubs Create Irrigation System to Help Feed Burkinabé


According to the March 2018 issue of Lions Clubs International's LION Magazine (the online version is available at LionMagazine.org), members of Lions Clubs from Venice (Venezia), ITALY traveled over 3,870 kilometers and 2,400 miles to West Africa for a project to help with hunger and malnutrition. They collaborated with the Baobab Lions Club of Koudougou, BURKINA FASO to set up a drip irrigation system. The Lions Clubs International Fund (LCIF) granted $54,267 (US Dollars) — an equivalent of €43825.05 and West African C₣A 28,873,563.68 — for setup costs, training local people on the proper usage of the system, and growing vegetable gardens sustained by irrigation. Lions volunteers created a well, solar-power water pump, and storage tank and then planted various vegetables and Moringa trees. The ultimate goal is for locals to grow enough excess food so they can start a village market to sell their nutritious produce.  

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Struve Geodetic Arc


What is the Struve Geodetic Arc, a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning across the countries of BELARUS, ESTONIA, FINLAND, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, MOLDOVA, NORWAY, RUSSIA, SWEDEN, and UKRAINE? The UNESCO World Heritage Site webpage (↗) provides an interactive map and description:

The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through 10 countries and over 2,820 km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. This helped to establish the exact size and shape of the planet and marked an important step in the development of earth sciences and topographic mapping. It is an extraordinary example of scientific collaboration among scientists from different countries, and of collaboration between monarchs for a scientific cause. The original arc consisted of 258 main triangles with 265 main station points. The listed site includes 34 of the original station points, with different markings, i.e. a drilled hole in rock, iron cross, cairns, or built obelisks.

Surveyors from around the world and other people involved in geodesy and geography might consider adding a [probably expensive] trip through Eastern Europe onto their travel "Bucket List"! The Money and Geography Blog (↗) — one of GeoFact of the Day's "sister blogs" — will soon have a post showing silver and cupronickel coins issued by Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova, and Ukraine to commemorative the establishment of this monumental* surveying initiative. The UNESCO description is available under license Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Intergovernmental Organization 3.0 license (↗).

* Pun intended! Various stops along the transnational arc do have monuments, but the arc is also outstandingly significant to the science of geodesy.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Largest Desert in the World? Not the Sahara!


Conventional wisdom holds that the Sahara Desert spanning across North Africa is the world's largest desert. That is true if you only consider non-polar deserts! We would need to wear cozy parkas and to shield our skin from bitter-cold temperatures in order to walk on what truly is the world's largest desert: the Antarctic Polar Desert. This vast feature encompasses about 14,245,000 km² and 5,500,000 mi² of land.

Switching from the South Pole to the North one, we should know that the second-largest desert is the Arctic Polar Desert. Covering areas of Québec (extreme northern part), the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon (CANADA), Greenland (DENMARK), FINLAND, NORWAY, RUSSIA, SWEDEN, Alaska (UNITED STATES), the Arctic Polar Desert boasts an area of approximately 14,000,000 km² and 5,400,000 mi². Finally, the Sahara Desert is in 3rd place: 9,200,000 km² and 3,550,000 mi².

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Flag of the Day 4: Madeira




Location of Madeira: an archipelago and autonomous region situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. The islands of Madeira administratively belong to PORTUGAL.

Population: approximately 300,000 (GeoFact of the Day estimate, 2018)

Flag of the Day 3: Bandung




Location of Bandung city: western Java island in southwestern INDONESIA.

Population: 2,800,000 in city limits, 8,600,000 in metro area
(GeoFact of the Day estimate, 2018)

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