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Asian Physical Geography

Guess these answers that pertain to the physical geography of Asia.
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First submittedJanuary 19, 2015
Last updatedMarch 31, 2015
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Hint
Answer
Highest mountains
Mount Everest
K2
Range of the above
Himalayas
Peninsula of Thailand and Vietnam, et al
Indochina
Bay between the above and India
Bay of Bengal
The vast eastern regions of Russia
Siberia
Subarctic forest biome in the above
Taiga
Biggest deserts
Arabian
Gobi
Biggest lakes
Caspian Sea
Lake Baikal
Lowest elevation on land
(shores of this lake)
Dead Sea
Hint
Answer
Largest islands
New Guinea
Borneo
Sumatra
Honshu
Sulawesi
Java
Luzon
Longest river
Yangtze
Twin rivers of Mesopotamia
Tigris
Euphrates
Gulf that the above flow into
Persian Gulf
Mountain pass between Pakistan
and Afghanistan
Khyber pass
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level 82
Jan 20, 2015
Glad I was trying to guess "Arabian Bay", even though it was rather stupid in retrospect.
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level 83
Jan 20, 2015
Funny, I kept trying the 'Persian Desert.' :) No joke.
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level 77
Jan 20, 2015
Once again, New guinea is not an asian island...
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level ∞
Jan 20, 2015
We consider Indonesia to be in Asia and Papua New Guinea to be in Oceania, which splits the island in half. You may consider this to be arbitrary, but consider that the boundary between Europe and Asia is equally arbitrary.
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level 77
Jan 20, 2015
Let's make clear that my upper comment was posted before those on the Oceania quiz. Sorry if I seem aggressive, but I really can't understand why you say that... The boundary between Europe and Asia is a bit artificial, still it's based on physical elements : Sea of Marmara and its straits, Black Sea, Caucasus, Ural. Seriously, New Guinea is generally considered as being part of Oceania. It is Indonesia that straddles two continents...
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level 71
Mar 20, 2015
I agree with Arp. The divide between Asia and Oceania/Australasia sits within the the political entity of Indonesian. The island of New Guinea is on the Sahul tectonic plate with Australia and is not part of Asia.
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level 59
Mar 30, 2015
The border between Asia and Oceania could be drawn in a lot of places, many proposals have good supporting arguments. (Personally, I would draw it even further west so Timor would also be in Oceania.) In cases like this, I'd recommend following the global consensus, just for the sake of neutrality and to not start arguments. There will always be those people in the comments complaining about it. Anyway, it's just 1 out of the 24 questions and quiz takers who are prepared for stuff like this will get it anyway.
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level 68
May 14, 2016
In my mind, islands aren't part of continents, unless inland. Continents are land masses. Islands are separate land masses. I could accept a definition based on continental shelf geography. But not political. And I don;t understand, really, why Asia and Europe are two continents, other than politically. But not by physical geography.
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level 67
Jul 17, 2017
I think that the thing called Oceania is normally a collection of places where Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian people are indigenous. The complicating factor is Indonesia, the eastern portion of which would thus qualify as part of Oceania. If Indonesia were split on such a line, I don't think there would be much debate about how to categorize the island of Timor (East Timor is usually categorized as part of Asia) or the island of New Guinea - they'd both be part of the Melanesian, and thus Oceanic, region.
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level 60
Jul 17, 2017
I have a solution, lets just merge the two continents in to one continent called "Austrasialia"
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level 48
Mar 14, 2018
New guinea is part of indo australian plate. it is part of the continent Australia. same as some islands of Indonesia. That's why Papua new Guinea is part of the australian continent and not asia. but indonesia is considered Asian Politically because its capital and mostly of its population is in asia. But Geographically speaking the island new guinea is part of the continent Austalia.
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level 65
Jul 30, 2019
I am coming late in this debate but again Arp is right. Considering New Guinea as part of Asia because it is in part occupied by Indonesia would be equivalent to consider the Balkans part of Asia because Turkey covers a part of it; or Sinai part of Africa because it is Egyptian. When you talk about islands you refer to physical geography, not political geography. In any encyclopedia and you will find that New Guinea is part of Oceania and different sub-continental georgaphical areas. Indonesia is a country with land on two continents. Sorry Quizmaster but there is nothing arbitrary in there, your suggestion is simply geographically wrong. This really needs to be fixed, pleaaaase!
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level 72
Jan 21, 2015
Without taking sides on this one (I can see merit in both arguments) I'll observe it's yet another situation with two different, but both "right", answers that the jetpunk experience has revealed to me. So many gray areas in geography. The next time I take an Indonesia quiz I'll glance to see whether Arp2600 or Quizmaster has set it before answering accordingly :)
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level 72
Jan 21, 2015
For the "Lowest Elevation" question I thought you wanted a number! Since I thought "this lake" was referring to the prior question (Caspian) I would have gotten it wrong anyway.
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level 77
Mar 30, 2015
That number changes routinely as the Dead Sea continues to get lower and lower.
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level 77
Mar 30, 2015
It was 400 something meters below sea level when I was last there.
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level 60
Jul 17, 2017
I don't know, with all those plate tectonics it could be much lower by now, or higher. It would only take, what? 10 million years?
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level 48
Jul 17, 2017
With all those plate tectonics it could be much quicker. Things are moving fast in Israel.
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level 75
Mar 30, 2015
That's what I was guessing as well...kept trying basic numbers, sometimes with an 'm' for metres! I even though - "This can't be right anyway, the shore of the Dead Sea must be lower"...especially ridiculous since I live 40km from it.
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level 26
Mar 30, 2015
Just wondering if the Caspian Sea counts as a lake. Wouldn't it count as a SEA? If not, please make that clue a bit clearer. Perhaps put "Biggest lake/sea" as the clue. Thanks.
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level 45
Mar 30, 2015
5.5 million years ago, due to tectonic uplift, the Caspian Sea got landlocked. That is how it now falls under the category of "lakes", being the largest in the world.
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level 56
Jul 17, 2017
It's a lake - it's totally cut off from any other seas or oceans, so it meets the definitions of a lake. The name might be a little misleading, but once learned it's never forgotten! (there is also the Aral Sea, which is a lot smaller than the Caspian Sea, even at its natural size decades ago, but is still a lake and still has the word "sea" in its name)
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level 48
Mar 14, 2018
it is called sea because Caspian sea is too big and salty that people before believe that it is a sea. we cant considered it a "sea" because it doesnt even have an outlet to the sea or ocean. same as Dead sea. it's salty because it dont have outlet going to the ocean and completely surrounded by land.
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level 58
Mar 30, 2015
I started coming to this site about a year ago. I wouldn't have known any of these answers then, and now I got 21/24.
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level 58
Apr 1, 2015
To clarify - I did know the highest mountains and their range, Eastern Russia, the rivers at the dawn of civilisation and the lowest place, but not one of the islands by name, the longest river, the lakes.
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level 53
Mar 30, 2015
For my entire time...For my ENTIRE time here on JetPunk I thought when people said "the above" they were talking about some continental spiritual god or something. I JUST found out they are talking about the answer above the current highlighted box
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level 77
Apr 11, 2015
So you figured out that there is no body of water between god and the subcontinent of India?
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level 57
Jul 17, 2017
LOL
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level 28
Mar 30, 2015
Can you accept Baykal?
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level 60
Apr 19, 2015
I don't know if this would qualify as nitpicking, but K2 is in the Karakoram Range, so you might want to consider changing the wording for the mountain range question to refer primarily to the single tallest mountain. I suppose it could also be possible that I'm missing some common understanding that the Karakoram is not an independent range.
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level 48
Mar 14, 2018
Yes, that's what i have observed also. K2 is not in the Himalayas..
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level 17
Apr 23, 2015
New guinea is an Australian island
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level 23
Oct 18, 2017
You mean Oceanian.
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level 48
Mar 14, 2018
Nope, New guinea Island is an Australian continent island. There's no Oceania Continent.
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level 14
Jun 22, 2015
The Arabian Desert has other names, which are the Rub Al Khali and the Empty Quarter.
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level 77
Jul 17, 2015
Yes, please accept Empty Quarter or Rub Al Khali. I tried both, but could not think of Arabian desert.
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level 28
Jan 14, 2016
K2 is technically within the bounds of the Karakoram range, and you should accept Baykal, as that is the common name for the lake in Russia.
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level 63
Jul 17, 2017
I believe the Russian name is Байкал, so that should be accepted too ;)
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level 58
Oct 9, 2016
The islands were the toughest part. Finally figured out it was the Indonesian ones. Couldn't spell Sulawesi, so typed Celebes, was happy that is was accepted.
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level 62
Jul 17, 2017
Wow I can't believe I missed the Persian gulf :/ On the plus side, I feel like God for getting Sulawesi.
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level 56
Jul 17, 2017
I think you should accept Chhogori for K2, it's very common name for this peak
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level 56
Aug 14, 2017
So common that I've never heard it called that or seen it written like that before!
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level 56
Aug 14, 2017
A quick look on Wiki and I find that Chhogori is the name for the mountain in local languages - in other words, not in English.
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level 23
Oct 18, 2017
There is very scant evidence to show Chogori is used widespread locally. In fact, there is not really a local name for it at all. Similarly, the name Mount Godwin-Austen is rarely used by Westerners. So, basically, everyone calls it K2.
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level 57
Jul 17, 2017
First 100% I've gotten in ages! Awesome quiz
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level 51
Aug 30, 2017
Classic. Did this quiz without reading it specifically being Asian answers and getting miffed that Baffin Island or Lake Superior didn't make any of the answers.. then going and looking up Baffin Island's square Km's compared to Honshu just to make sure I was right..then coming back to complain how dumb this quiz is and realizing I was the dupe all along.
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level 65
Aug 31, 2017
Aral Sea - always remember :(
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level 48
Mar 14, 2018
i rated this quiz 2 because there's a lot of mistake here. like new guinea and mount k2. New guinea is in the Australian Continent. And K2 is not in the Himalayas. Please made a correction for that and try to search it in the net.
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level 46
Dec 14, 2018
Isn’t K2 in the Karakoram range