July Travel Trivia: Are You A Maphead?

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If you’re like me, you probably don’t play enough Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? To brush up on your world geography anymore. That’s why we bring you the “Are You a Maphead? ” quiz every month. It won’t help you catch a series of improbably named international thieves, but it might help you understand the news a little better, or plan your next vacation.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What huge lake between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan has shrunk by 90% in the last half-century?

    Explanation
    The Aral Sea, located between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, has experienced a significant shrinkage of 90% in the last fifty years. This shrinkage is primarily due to human activities such as diverting the rivers that feed the sea for irrigation purposes. As a result, the sea has lost a large amount of water, causing severe environmental and ecological consequences in the region. The reduction in size of the Aral Sea has had a detrimental impact on the local communities that relied on its resources for their livelihoods.

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  • 2. 

    Manchuria is no longer an official name for the northeastern region of what country?

    Explanation
    Manchuria, which is no longer an official name, refers to the northeastern region of China.

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  • 3. 

    What giant Ferris wheel—the most-visited tourist attraction in Britain—rises 443 feet above the Thames River?

    Explanation
    The correct answer is the London Eye. The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel that stands at a height of 443 feet above the Thames River. It is considered the most-visited tourist attraction in Britain.

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    In what U.S. state would you find the Mesabi Iron Range of Itasca County?

    Explanation
    The Mesabi Iron Range is located in Itasca County, which is in the state of Minnesota. Minnesota is known for its rich iron ore deposits, and the Mesabi Iron Range is one of the largest iron ore mining regions in the state. Therefore, the correct answer is Minnesota (abbreviated as MN).

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    In addition to Haitian Creole, what is the other official language of Haiti?

    Explanation
    The other official language of Haiti, in addition to Haitian Creole, is French. Haiti was a former French colony, and French has remained an important language in the country, particularly in government, education, and business sectors.

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    What country lost its coastline on the Red Sea in 1991 when Eritrea became independent?

    Explanation
    In 1991, Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia, resulting in Ethiopia losing its coastline on the Red Sea. This means that Ethiopia no longer had direct access to the Red Sea through its own territory.

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    Florence, Siena, and Pisa are found in what central Italian region, famed for its wine and Renaissance culture?

    Explanation
    Florence, Siena, and Pisa are all cities located in the central Italian region of Tuscany. Tuscany is renowned for its wine production and its rich Renaissance culture. The region is known for its picturesque landscapes, historic architecture, and artistic heritage, making it a popular destination for tourists and art enthusiasts alike.

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    Besides Argentina, name another South American nation that borders Chile.

    Explanation
    Bolivia and Peru are both South American nations that border Chile. Bolivia shares a long border with Chile to the northeast, while Peru shares a shorter border to the north. These countries form part of the Andean region and have historical and cultural ties with Chile.

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    What Texas port was devastated in the 1900 hurricane that still stands as the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history?

    Explanation
    The correct answer is Galveston, Texas. In 1900, Galveston was hit by a devastating hurricane, known as the Galveston Hurricane or the Great Galveston Hurricane. It is considered the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, with an estimated death toll of 6,000 to 12,000 people. The hurricane caused widespread destruction, including the destruction of buildings, infrastructure, and loss of life. Despite the devastation, Galveston has since been rebuilt and stands as a testament to the resilience of its residents.

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  • 10. 

    Kurdistan stretches north from northern Iraq into the southeastern corner of what neighboring nation?

    Explanation
    Kurdistan stretches north from northern Iraq into the southeastern corner of Turkey.

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  • 11. 

    What city are you visiting if you’re crossing the Marketplace place between Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market?

    Explanation
    The correct answer is Boston, Massachusetts. The question is asking about the city you would be visiting if you are crossing the Marketplace place between Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market are both located in Boston, Massachusetts. Therefore, the correct answer is Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • 12. 

    On what continent would you find the Kalahari and Karoo Deserts?

    Explanation
    The Kalahari and Karoo Deserts are located on the continent of Africa. The Kalahari Desert covers parts of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, while the Karoo Desert is mainly found in South Africa. Both deserts are characterized by arid and semi-arid conditions, with sparse vegetation and unique wildlife adapted to survive in these harsh environments. Africa is known for its diverse landscapes, and the presence of these deserts adds to the continent's geographical and ecological richness.

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  • 13. 

    Canada’s first national park, Banff, is located in the Canadian Rockies on the western edge of what province?

    Explanation
    Banff, Canada's first national park, is located in the Canadian Rockies on the western edge of the province of Alberta.

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  • 14. 

    The river flowing through Hanoi to the Gulf of Tonkin is known by the name of what color?

    Explanation
    The river flowing through Hanoi to the Gulf of Tonkin is known as the Red River. This name is derived from the reddish-brown color of the river's water, which is caused by the high concentration of sediment and clay particles. The Red River is an important waterway in Vietnam, serving as a vital transportation route and a source of livelihood for many local communities.

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  • 15. 

    How many world nations have “Guinea” in their names?

    Explanation
    There are four world nations that have "Guinea" in their names. These nations are Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Papua New Guinea.

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