POP QUIZ: IT’S GEOGRAPHY, DEAL WITH IT (answers)

And a globe-spanning round of applause to Ralph L, who scored a world-beating 7/10 on the Geography quiz this week. Way to go, Ralph!

1) Kilamanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain, is in what country?
2) What unusual distinction is shared by Uzbekistan and Leichtenstein, and no other countries in the world?
3) What is the larget African nation by population?
4) What is the only country to share a border with both the only nation whose name begins with a Q, and the only nation whose name ends with a Q?
5) Before Mozambique achieved independence in 1975, the capital city of Maputo was known by what name, the name of the Portuguese Explorer who established a trading station there in the 1500s?
6) Fuerteventura, meaning ‘Strong Wind’, is an island that is part of which archipeligo?
7) Cape Columbia, Canada’s northernmost point, is on what island?
8) Somali, Nazca, Caroline, Cocos, Burma and New Hebrides are all examples of what “minor” geographic features?
9) What borough of New York City is the only one entirely on the US Mainland?
10) The eastern basin of what former lake is now called the Aralkum desert, the lake having almost completely dried up due to Soviet-era river diversion?

1) TANZANIA
2) THEY ARE ‘DOUBLE LANDLOCKED’ (not only are they landlocked, but every country with which they share a border is also landlocked)
3) NIGERIA
4) SAUDI ARABIA (which borders both Qatar and Iraq)
5) LOURENÇO MARQUES
6) THE CANARY ISLANDS
7) ELLESMERE ISLAND
8) MINOR TECTONIC PLATES
9) THE BRONX
10) THE ARAL SEA

The photos online of the Aral Sea/Aralkum desert are remarkable. And it happened so fast! Scary.

Ok, so I get it. You don’t like geography. Responses were WAY down this week. But that’s ok. I’m not a big geography buff either, so it’ll take me a while to round up another ten questions. You’ve got time to study.

Thanks,
QM Bill

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